Methodist Extended Care Hospital is a 36-bed acute care hospital that focuses on the treatment of long-term patients that are medically stable but require intense, regular medical attention. MECH is located on the fourth and fifth floors of the Thomas Wing inside Methodist University Hospital.
For questions or for more information on MECH please contact a MECH representative at (901) 516-2595.
Amenities and Hours
Family Presence/Visitor Hours
8:30a.m. - 9:00p.m.
Partners in care may be with patients 24/7. Other guests are welcome in patient rooms from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. to respect sleeping hours. We are flexible to meet the needs of families. Hours may vary on some units and floors. Please check with the nurses’ station if you have questions.
Food and Dining
Main Hospital, Ground Level
Take elevators to Lobby (L). The escalator in the Thomas Wing will take you to the cafeteria on the Ground Level.
Hot meals served at the hours listed below, and the grill is open until 1:30 a.m. daily. Snacks and drinks available anytime. You may bring outside food into the dining room. A microwave is available for you.
Monday – Friday
Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
*Grill open until 1:30 a.m. daily.
The Plaza Coffee Shop
Main Lobby, Floor 1
Smoothies, gourmet coffee, snacks, drinks and grab and go items available anytime.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tower Wing, Floor 1 (near Lobby)
Fresh and silk flowers and plants, balloons, gifts, cards, drinks and snacks are available. Phone orders are welcome with free delivery within the Methodist University Hospital.
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Main Lobby, Floor 1 (near Admissions Desk)
Family Care Center
Near Main Lobby, Floor 1
Main Lobby, Floor 1 (inside Plaza Coffee Shop)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Free WiFi is available through the GUEST network. You'll be prompted to accept Methodist's terms and conditions by clicking the "I accept" button. The connection will automatically time out after eight hours of inactivity.
Visitors can park in any hospital lot for free. The main parking lot is located on Eastmoreland Ave.
901.516.6660 or 901.516.6530
Security and Escorts
You may request a security officer to escort you to your car. Please dial “0” and ask the hospital operator for assistance. For your safety, security services are available 24 hours a day.
Snack and drink machines are located on most floors. The nursing station will be able to assist you with the nearest location.
Methodist Extended Care Hospital (MECH) staff is trained to provide highly individualized care of patients who are medically fragile and still require specialized nursing care and intensive therapies through an extended hospital stay. While at MECH, patients get the acute care they need to ensure a smooth transition to home, skilled care, nursing home, rehabilitation facility or to home health care.
The Patient Care Team includes Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Medical Social Workers, Rehabilitation Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, Specialized Case Managers, Chaplain and Patient Educators. Together they develop and implement comprehensive programs and focused care to assist the patient and family to the highest functional level. Most medical care is delivered directly at the bedside; therefore, patients are not hurried here and there. This provides consistency and opportunities for patients and families to be more involved in their care.
The majority of our patients stay 10-25 days. The longer length of stay and the lower nurse-patient ratio provide an opportunity for staff to develop a close, trusting and healing relationship with the patient and their families with unrestricted visiting hours. Methodist Extended Care Hospital services are designed for a unique patient population that flourishes in the patient-centered focus of the interdisciplinary team. We specialize in medically complex wound care, low intensity rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation and ventilator weaning.
Our specialized programs include, but are not limited to:
The MECH rehabilitation team consists of highly trained physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and speech pathologists who are dedicated to helping each patient reach his or her goals and return to a higher quality of life. All patients admitted to our hospital receive individualized care that includes one-on-one visits by each discipline of the rehabilitation team to determine the best strategy for optimal care.
We provide skilled evaluations and custom treatments for the following conditions:
- Stroke and Neurological Conditions
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Post-Surgical and Orthopedic Injury
- Prosthetic and Orthotic Training
- Balance Training
- General Conditioning
Ventilator Weaning Program
Methodist Extended Care Hospital's ventilator program uses evidence-based protocols to provide a progressive customized plan of care for our patients. We provide individualized programs for patients with acute or chronic respiratory disorders who may have artificial airways, ventilators or require extensive respiratory treatments to maintain normal breathing without mechanical support. We also offer basic ventilator and tracheotomy care training for those who will be caring for the needs of a loved one. A three-year study of ventilator patients was conducted within our facility to determine the best patient-to-therapist ratio and to develop a standard protocol of care following best practice models. As a result, we have had tremendous success in ventilator weaning, which has lowered 30 days on the ventilator to an average of less than 8 days.
Conditions we see in this program include:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Acute Respiratory Failure
Our clinical interdisciplinary team works together to provide individualized care. Physician-directed treatment plans are enhanced by a bedside evaluation, assessment and plan performed by a respiratory therapist. This program is overseen by the Mid-South Pulmonary Specialists, P.C. group.
Wound Care Program
The MECH wound care program treats patients with impaired tissue integrity who are at high risk for complications. The program utilizes the latest in evidence-based medical and technological treatment of wounds, customized specifically to the individual patient. The goal is to help wounds heal, ultimately allowing the patient greater comfort and improved quality of life.
After a comprehensive evaluation of the history and current status of the wound, our specially trained wound care team develops an individualized treatment plan and carefully monitors the patient's progress. The wound care team consists of:
- Consulting Physicians
- Wound Care Nurse
- Physical Therapist
Types of wounds that would benefit from the MECH wound care program include:
- Arterial/Venous Ulcers
- Pressure Ulcers
- Diabetic/Neuropathic Ulcers
- Surgical Debridement
- Post-Surgical or Amputation Complications
For questions or for more information on MECH, please contact a MECH representative at (901) 516-2595.
|Administration||Sandra Bailey, VP/CEO/Administrator||516.2215||516.2022|
|Barb Branson, Executive Assistant||516.2215||516.2022|
|Sandra Hugueley, Associate Administrator/CNO||516.7414||516.2022|
|Admissions||Heather Bierbrodt, Director, Administrative Services||516.8860||516.7576|
|Judi Adair, Case Manager||533.4514 (pager)||516.7576|
|Ann Bailey, Case Manager||533.6711 (pager)||516.7576|
|Dannine Austin, UR Manager||516.9088||516.7576|
|Biomedical Engineering||Willie Askew, Mechanic, Facilities Maintenance||516.8079||516.8990|
|Chaplain||Dennis Neenan, Chaplain||728.3586 (pager)||516.2022|
|Clinical Director||Catharine McDonald, Clinical Director||516.7514||516.8629|
|Clinical Support||Renee Wilson, Director||516.7970||516.2022|
|Education||Rhonda Davis, Unit Educator||516.7426||516.2022|
|Environmental Services||Renee Wilson, Director||516.7970||516.2022|
|Sharon Fitzpatrick, Lead||533.1347 (pager)||516.2022|
|Finance||Kris Sanders, CFO||516.0724||516.0699|
|Health Information Management||Heather Bierbrodt, Director, Administrative Services||516.8860||516.7576|
|Vickie Watson, Concurrent Records Analyst||516.2774||516.7576|
|Human Resources||Tina Sims, Director||516.0885||516.2300|
|Judith McGee, HR Generalist||516.7046||516.2300|
|Infection Prevention||Debra Lynch, Infection Prevention Lead||516.7861||516.2022|
|Laboratory||Renee Wilson, Director||516.7970||516.2022|
|Annie Tate, LLT||575.6388 (pager)||516.2022|
|Materials Management||David Van Netta||516.2512||516.2022|
|Medical Staff/QI||Heather Bierbrodt, Director, Administrative Services||516.8860||516.7576|
|Linda Mills, Credentialing Specialist||516.2595||516.7576|
|Trudy Porter, Credentialing Specialist||516.2595||516.7576|
|Nutritional Support||Anita Jones, Clinical Dietician||516.2448||516.8990|
|Patient Care Coordinators||Kim Dowe, Days||516.2439||516.7410|
|Kachina Knight, Nights||516.2439||516.7410|
|Kelly Methvin, Weekends||516.2439||516.7410|
|Bobby Stewart, Days||516.2439||516.7410|
|Beth Trowbridge, Weekends||516.2439||516.7410|
|Patient Care Services||Susie Smith, Staffing Coordinator||516.7512||516.2022|
|Jacci Brown, Wound Care Nurse||533.0004 (pager)||516.7409|
|Pharmacy||Joyce Broyles, Director||418.0045 (pager)||516.2022|
|Lydia Hutchison, Pharmacist||516.2111||516.2022|
|Quality Management||Heather Bierbrodt, Director, Administrative Services||516.8860||516.7576|
|Respiratory||Robert Farmer, Supervisor||516.7967||516.2022|
|Social Work||Bridget Eddins||516.7025||516.2022|
|Therapy||Renee Wilson, Director||516.7970||516.2022|
|Teresa Smith-Ingram, Supervisor||516.7416||516.2022|
|Utilization Management||Dannine Austin, Manager||516.9088||516.7576|
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