Michael Ugwueke expands responsibilities as new president of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Michael UgwuekeAfter serving more than a year as executive vice president and chief operating officer, Michael Ugwueke has been approved by the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) board as president and COO of MLH, as well as president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals (MHMH). MHMH is the entity that includes the five Memphis hospitals licensed as one, including Methodist Germantown Hospital, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Methodist North Hospital, Methodist South Hospital, and Methodist University Hospital. The move, effective May 1, is designed to help MLH become a stronger integrated system to best serve our patients. Reporting directly to MLH CEO Gary Shorb, Ugwueke will be responsible for operations across the system.

"Since being promoted to chief operating officer for MLH in January of 2013, Michael has led our adult facilities through a challenging healthcare environment with a clear sense of purpose to provide the highest quality care to our patients and their families," said Gary Shorb, CEO of MLH. "We originally selected Michael for the COO role because of his passion for patient- and family-centered care, his ability to build strong bonds with physicians, his commitment to excellent clinical quality and his dedication to community wellness. These are exactly the qualities that will make him an outstanding President/COO."

"I personally feel energized by the responsibilities of navigating through changing times, and I can think of no one I’d rather have by my side than Michael," added Shorb. "My commitment to MLH is rooted in a deep personal connection to our mission and our strong culture.  Knowing that Michael shares that strong commitment makes me extremely confident about what we can accomplish together."