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Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) unveiled its Centennial book titled “The Power of One” which documents the healthcare system’s past 100 years and a look ahead at the system’s next 100 years.
Board members, family members of John Sherard Sr. who founded Methodist Hospital which became Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, senior leaders, and the team that produced the book attended the unveiling.
“This is an exciting year for Methodist as we celebrate serving our community for our first 100 years,” said Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and CEO Michael Ugwueke. “We are proud of our accomplishments in our first century and look forward to improving every life we touch in our next 100 years and beyond.”
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare began in the early 1900’s as Methodist Hospital and the dream of John M. Sherard, Sr., a Mississippi farmer and Methodist Church layman from the North Mississippi Conference. He was concerned for his pastor who was being treated in the charity ward of another hospital in Memphis. It became John Sherard’s mission in life to establish a place that provided high-quality care for all, regardless of ability to pay. He worked throughout several conference areas to gain support from conference leaders, churches and women’s groups. Methodist Hospital opened its doors in 1918.
Over the past 100 years, MLH has grown from a single hospital in a donated space into a healthcare system that includes five adult hospitals, one children’s hospital, a home health agency, residential hospice, surgery and diagnostic centers, cancer treatment center, physician practices and outpatient clinics.