Pic 1 – Rebecca Wright, RD, LD
Pic 2 – Laura King, Amy Fennel, Rebecca Wright, Amy Ferguson, Alyssa Bryan, and Lauren Jones, Dietitians at MCCH.
MURRAY, KY – Registered Dietitian, Rebecca Wright, recently retired from Murray-Calloway County Hospital after 35 years of service. She is a graduate of Murray State University and states she loves this college town. She even moved away from Murray for a couple of years after graduating from MSU, but her love for the Murray community brought her back and she never left again. She said working at MCCH has been like growing up with a large family.
“I am sad to leave my work family but excited to move on to the next chapter of my life,” she said.
“When I completed my Master’s degree, I began working as a Clinical RD at a hospital in Paducah, but before I could get settled in my new office, an opening came available at Murray-Calloway County Hospital. It made sense to interview for that position since I lived in Murray and had two young children, and that was the beginning of my career at MCCH.”
During her tenure, Wright says she has seen many changes at the hospital and served under five CEOs, beginning with Mr. Stuart Poston.
Rebecca says, “It was so exciting watching the development/construction of the South Tower of the hospital and also having a Center for Health and Wellness built for the hospital employees and the community! I love the CHW. And now we have a state of the art Regional Cancer Center. Our hospital has expanded over the years and the need for RD services has increased. When I started at the hospital, we employed only two clinical RDs. With more service lines, the requirement for RDS has exploded to a requirement for six RDs. And actually we need another part-time RD at this time.”
Rebecca has worked in numerous areas of the hospital and says she has loved each practice area from acute care to the cancer center, to cardiac rehab, the wellness center and for the past 15 years, she has worked alongside Dr. Brian Swain in the Bariatric Solutions medical practice. She says she loves helping patients reach their health goal and improve their nutritional status by implementing modifications she recommends.
“It has been an honor to serve in this capacity and I am thankful for the opportunity to fulfill my dream as a nutrition expert at such as awesome institution,” said Wright.
Rebecca and her husband, Dan, plan to spend many days working outdoors in their Apple Orchard and vacationing at the ocean to fish/kayak. They will also will be traveling to Nashville frequently to see their two children and two grandchildren.