Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Kentucky recently welcomed Robert Murray as their new assistant medical director. The position had previously been held by Jeremy Luckett, who became the organization’s full-time medical director earlier this year.
Murray received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville and his degree in medicine from the University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. Murray said a rotation in hospice care during an internship in West Virginia is what drew him to this position.
“Seeing the different families involved in hospice throughout West Virginia really drove me to the specialty,” he said. “Hospice of Western Kentucky reminds me of that special program in West Virginia.”
Murray said he’s eager to become involved in Owensboro and the Hospice of Western Kentucky community.
Hospice CEO Belinda Blair said she is excited to have Murray on board in this position.
“He is very passionate about caring for hospice and palliative care patients,” she said. “He had previous experience in this area during his training and always felt like it was a calling. He will be a huge asset to our clinical team as well as the entire organization.”
Murray started in May and is providing coverage for Luckett and other providers, as well as rotating weekend call. Some of his responsibilities include evaluating new admissions, as well as rounding on current patients.
“The goal will be to make the patient as comfortable as possible and alleviate any pain and/or any uncomfortable symptoms that come with the end of life,” Murray said. “Also, my goal will be to educate the loved ones and family on goals of end of life care and expectations.”
In addition to his position as assistant medical director, Murray also serves as a hospitalist in Evansville, Ind., and Henderson.