UT Brand Added to Largest Hospital in Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System

New signage featuring the UT logo is unveiled.

New signage featuring the UT logo is unveiled at Methodist UT Hospital.

The bright orange UT logo unveiled Wednesday, Feb. 25, on exterior signage at the largest and most comprehensive hospital in the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system is a striking symbol of a successful partnership that started more than a decade ago and continues to grow.

That partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system supports a multidisciplinary  collaboration among physicians and clinical teams, and brings the most advanced medical care to patients in the Mid-South.

Members of the UT board of trustees, in Memphis for their winter meeting, joined administrators and dignitaries from Methodist and UTHSC for a luncheon and unveiling of the impressive signage at the main entrance of Methodist University Hospital, which is now Methodist UT Hospital.

“Placing the UT initials on the downtown Methodist hospital building and reframing the name as Methodist UT Hospital reflects the convergence of the UTHSC and Methodist missions and visions,” said UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD. It is the first time in more than a decade that the UT initials appear on a Memphis hospital.

More than 300 physicians are currently in training in Methodist facilities, and more than 1,865 medical and surgical specialists have been trained in these locations since the partnership began. Methodist UT and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the major facilities in the hospital system, are core teaching hospitals of UTHSC, along with five other core teaching partners across the state – Regional One Health and the VA Medical Center in Memphis, the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, and the Saint Thomas Health system in Nashville.

Faculty members from UTHSC make up a significant complement of the physicians and clinicians who provide care at Methodist UT Hospital while teaching the next generation of health care professionals in the clinical and hospital setting. The hospital is also home to UT Methodist Physicians, an academic physician practice group created in 2013 as an outgrowth of the partnership between the university and the hospital.

Chancellor Schwab welcomed the guests and praised the collaborative effort, which bolsters recruitment of top-quality physicians, fosters clinical research, and provides venues to train UTHSC students. All of these will boost national rankings for both entities and further their commitments to provide world-class care for all.

From left, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb, UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD, and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke share congratulations after the unveiling.

From left, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb, UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke share congratulations after the unveiling.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb; Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke, MPH, DHA, FACHE; and Methodist UT Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman, DDM, MBA, addressed the group before the unveiling, offering statistics that reflect the success of the partnership and its benefits to both entities. In 2014, there were 165 UT-affiliated attending MDs at Methodist UT Hospital, accounting for 7,387 inpatient admissions and 2,360 inpatient surgeries. The intent is to continue to grow those numbers.

Plans are also under way to establish or expand residencies and fellowships in oncology and emergency medicine. Areas of expertise, including transplant medicine, stroke and neurological care, oncology, radiology, and thoracic surgery, have flourished as the partnership has grown.

New signage that includes the UT brand is planned throughout the hospital at a cost of about $600,000.

Francine Rogers Appointed Interim Safety Officer for UTHSC

Francine Rogers

Francine Rogers

Francine Rogers has been named the interim safety officer for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).

Originally from Massachusetts, Rogers has been employed at UTHSC as the institutional biosafety officer since 2006. She has directed the laboratory safety program since 2009. In addition to these duties, Rogers will have responsibility for ensuring safety compliance and protocol for the entire Memphis campus. The position will report directly to Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer for UTHSC. [Read more...]

Bruce Holden Named Interim Chief of Police for UTHSC Memphis Campus

Bruce Holden named interim chief of police for UTHSC.

Bruce Holden named interim chief of police for UTHSC.

Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Bruce Holden interim chief of police for the Memphis campus. [Read more...]

UTHSC Named to List of 2014 Top Workplaces in Memphis by The Commercial Appeal

Top Workplace HomePageSliderThe University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has been named one of the 2014 Top Workplaces in Memphis by The Commercial Appeal. [Read more...]

Communications and Marketing Wins Two Gold, Honorable Mention in 2014 MarCom Competition

marcomThe Communications and Marketing Department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) earned distinction for their three entries in the 2014 MarCom International Awards. [Read more...]

New Buildings and Amenities to Change the Face of UTHSC as Part of Newly Unveiled Master Plan for Growth

More than 75 people attended the Campus Master Plan Open House.

More than 75 people attended the Campus Master Plan Open House.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) campus of the future will have at least 15 new buildings to meet expanding academic, research, clinical care and support needs. It will also have improved pedestrian and bicycle routes, better traffic flow, more parking, well-designed green spaces and landscaping, prominent signage, 10 renovated buildings, and updated housing options. [Read more...]

Emile J. David Named Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities Administration for UTHSC

Emile David

Emile David, RA

Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Emile David, RA, as the associate vice chancellor of Facilities Administration, effective immediately.

“Emile brings strong business contacts and a wide variety of experience to this position,” Dr. Brown said. “We have every confidence that his efforts will result in increased operational efficiency on a variety of projects going forward.” [Read more...]

William Walsh III Named Interim Chief of Police for UTHSC

William Walsh III

William Walsh III

Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has named William Walsh III, as the interim chief of police, effective immediately.

“The combination of his law enforcement background and knowledge of the particular requirements of an academic community made Captain Walsh the right choice to serve as interim chief,” said Dr. Brown. “His ties with area law enforcement units and focus on strategic leadership of the department will serve him well in this demanding role.” [Read more...]