CA: Methodist aims for ‘destination’ status with upgrades
The $280 million project to modernize the Methodist University Hospital campus is meant to upgrade care for more than Memphis-area patients, officials said.
The combination of new facilities and high-powered talent attracted by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will make a “destination program,” said Michael Ugwueke, president and chief operating officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.
Methodist University is the flagship campus for the six-hospital system and the primary teaching hospital for the university’s College of Medicine faculty and students.
The nationally recognized Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute gets new facilities in part of a 440,000-square-foot tower to be constructed.
The West Cancer Center, now in Germantown, will add a comprehensive cancer center at the hospital in the Medical District near Downtown.
Ugwueke said that Methodist University and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital already are drawing a significant number of regional and even national patient referrals.
“So part of the program you see here is going to be a destination program,” he said.
The project, which includes construction of the tower, demolition of the Crews Wing to make way for two gardens and a 700-space parking plaza, is scheduled to be finished in the first quarter of 2019.