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UT Initials Added to Name of Methodist University Hospital


Beginning this week, the University of Tennessee initials will appear on a Memphis hospital for the first time since 2004, when the UT Bowld Hospital closed its doors.

The bright orange UT icon will be added to new exterior signage at Methodist University Hospital, and the hospital will be referred to as Methodist UT Hospital in recognition of the successful and growing partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system. The new signage above the hospital’s main entrance and its new Emergency Department entrance, which face Bellevue Boulevard, will be unveiled at approximately 12:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 25.

Methodist UT Hospital, the largest and most comprehensive hospital in the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system, is a core teaching hospital for UTHSC. Faculty members from UTHSC make up a significant complement of the physicians and clinicians who provide care at the 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.

A brief program and lunch will begin at noon in the Center of Excellence in Faith and Health located inside the main hospital entrance in the Tower wing. UT System President Joe DiPietro, UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD; Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb; Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke, MPH, DHA, FACHE; and Methodist University Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman, DDM, MBA, will offer remarks prior to unveiling the new signage.

Members of the UT Board of Trustees, who are holding their winter meeting in Memphis at UTHSC Feb. 25-26, will be on hand for the unveiling ceremonies.

About Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) is an integrated health care delivery system based in Memphis, Tenn. Founded in 1918 by The United Methodist Church to help meet the growing needs for quality health care in the Mid-South, MLH has grown from one hospital into an eight-hospital system that also includes a home health agency, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient facilities, hospice residence and physician practices serving the Memphis and Mid-South area. Methodist was recently named the best hospital in Memphis for the fourth consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has consistently been named one of the Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks in the country. The Memphis hospitals are licensed as one and with 1,765 licensed beds and more than 64,000 inpatient admissions, Methodist is the third largest hospital in the country. With 12,000 associates, Methodist is the second largest private employer in Memphis. Methodist Le Bonheur’s major areas of focus are: cardiology, oncology, neurosciences, transplant, and pediatrics. For more information visit www.methodisthealth.org.