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Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is pleased to announce that the new Shorb Tower at Methodist University Hospital (MUH) is now open to patients.
“We are incredibly excited to formally announce the opening of this new state-of-the-art tower that will truly elevate healthcare for the patients and families we serve,” said Michael Ugwueke, president and CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. “Regardless of ability to pay, it’s our continued commitment to bring the most advanced treatment options to the communities that we serve.”
Construction of the 450,000-square-foot tower, named for former MLH President and CEO Gary Shorb, began in 2016 and is part of the health system’s $275 million MUH campus expansion project.
“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,” said Roland Cruickshank, president of Methodist University Hospital. “With new technologies and processes, we hope to enhance the patient experience.”
The nine-story patient tower offers convenient access to state-of-the-art technology and advanced comprehensive care for transplant, cardiology, blood and marrow transplant and oncology services.
“This is one of the largest transformational projects in the history of midtown and the Memphis Medical District,” said Cruickshank. “With the modernization of our University campus and the addition of Shorb Tower, we are able to advance our mission of providing the entire community with exceptional patient-focused, compassionate and innovative care.”
Included in Shorb Tower are 18 new operating rooms, three of which are dedicated to transplant. Operating rooms are larger to support complex surgeries and to accommodate care collaboration among multi-disciplinary teams including our academic partners. ORs also feature video integration. MUH is the first adult hospital in the MLH system to have this capability to live-stream surgeries for education purposes as well as store surgical images and video in a patient’s medical records.
Patient rooms are larger to provide more comfort and ease. Valet parking is available for the convenience of patients, family members and visitors, and the parking plaza gives direct access into the new tower. Also included in Shorb Tower are a café, reflection room, garden and artwork from local Memphis artists.