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The Methodist Healthcare Board of Directors approved a plan Thursday to file a certificate of need (CON) for a master campus plan for Methodist University Hospital, the healthcare system’s flagship hospital and the city’s academic medical center. This plan, set for CON filing in February of 2016, will modernize the hospital, enhance the patient-and-family centered care experience and will relocate services to improve patient flow.
“This extensive project truly shows the commitment Methodist has to the health and well-being of all Memphians and to the Medical Center,” said Jeff Liebman, CEO for Methodist University Hospital. “As Methodist Healthcare approaches 100 years in Memphis, we continue to believe in our mission of providing affordable, high-quality healthcare for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.
The project includes the addition of a 700-space parking garage, which will increase campus parking by 100 spaced. Because this structure does not require state approval, it is set to break ground in February 2016. The Expansion also includes a 440,000 square foot addition which will create room to relocate services into a centralized location within the hospital, as well as provide state-of-the-art medical technology. The relocation of such services as oncology, transplant services and outpatient services into a centralized location will increase efficiency for medical staff, patients and visitors.
With the expansion also comes the removal of several older buildings on campus, including the Crews Building and the eventual demolition of the system’s former nursing college, Wilson Hall. The demolition of the Crews building, located on the corner of Union Avenue and South Bellevue will provide room for an open green space area and shift the primary entrance of the hospital to provide better visibility and wayfinding for patients and visitors.
“The green space, updated buildings and state-of-the-art technology will truly provide an enhanced patient-and family-centered care environment,” added Liebman. “This master plan will help us better meet that mission and push us further along our journey towards being one of the top academic hospitals in the country.”
If the CON is approved by the State, construction for the entire campus plan will begin soon and is expected to take more than three years to complete, with a target date of completion mid-2019.
As plans become finalized, additional details will be made available.