Methodist University Hospital Shorb Tower: A Dedication to the Future of Medicine

Posted on: December 12, 2018

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare held a Dedication of Shorb Tower at Methodist University Hospital, Wednesday, December 12, as one of the final events in the year- long celebration of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s Centennial.

“We are wrapping up our celebration of a Century of Innovations and a Dedication to the Future of  Medicine,” said Michael Ugwueke, president and CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. “What better way to celebrate our commitment to our next century than to dedicate a new patient-care facility that will be home to some of the most advanced technology and equipment available. We are excited about the opportunity this new state-of-the-art building offers to truly elevate healthcare for the communities we serve.”

The 450,000 square foot Shorb Tower, named for former President and CEO Gary Shorb, represents a $275 million investment in providing expert care focused on our patients, and is one of the largest transformational projects in the history of the Memphis Medical District.

“As the major academic campus and principle teaching hospital of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, it is important that we are pioneering advances in medical care. Shorb Tower was designed to do exactly that,” said Roland Cruickshank, president, Methodist University Hospital. “A facility such as this sets the stage for us to recruit the very best medical talent to join our already outstanding medical staff and caregivers.”

MLH broke ground in 2016 on the project, which also includes the renovation of 95,000 square feet of the existing Methodist University Hospital campus. The design and construction of Shorb Tower were guided by the needs of patients and families who come to Methodist University Hospital for services ranging from primary care to extremely complex healthcare procedures and is one of many ways MLH is demonstrating a continued commitment to elevating the health of the communities it serves.

Shorb Tower is expected to be completed in spring of 2019 and will be home to transplant, cardiology, blood and marrow transplant and oncology services.


Highlights include:

  • The Transplant Institute conveniently consolidates both inpatient and outpatient services in a single location to provide patients and visitors easier access.
  • Our 18 new Operating Rooms, including 3 dedicated Transplant ORs, are designed with a focus on our status as an academic medical center in partnership with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
  • Advanced technology will elevate patient care.
  • Our commitment goes beyond providing exceptional care. We are also committed to environmental sustainability, and we are pursuing LEED certification.
  • Providing an uplifting environment for our patients through beautiful art, a relaxing Rooftop Garden and a comforting Reflection Room.
  • Convenience for patients and families is also a top priority with the newly constructed Parking Plaza that provides 700 parking spaces and access directly into the new tower.