Methodist Healthcare Foundation

Our Stories

We’re grateful for our many community partners and donors, as well as our loyal staff, physician partners, nurses, caregivers and volunteer leaders. Together, we share a common hope for the healing of people, families and neighborhoods.

We hope that these stories and images will open your eyes to the miracles we see here at Methodist each and every day.

Sherard-60 Thirty descendants of Methodist’s founder, John Holmes Sherard, gathered to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.
Haley-James-60 When 23-year-old Haley Rust went to the emergency room running a temperature, she thought she might have the flu. She was not prepared to hear the news she received.

Methodist Hospital Auxiliary, a support organization comprised of women from Methodist churches throughout the Mid-South, celebrated its 85th anniversary at a special luncheon.


Mission-aligned Johnson Controls puts MLH patients and community front and center.


Supporting organizations like Methodist Hospice is simply the right thing to do, according to Ann and Jim Forbis, and they are grateful to be able to support organizations they are passionate about.


To address the growing need for behavioral health resources, primary care physicians are partnering with the Dennis H. Jones Living Well Network.


Learn why the Bragorgos family has a deep and personal appreciation for the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute.


After attending a Methodist Foundation event, the Rudners made a gift that was deeply personal.


Learn about our hospice program that cares for pediatric patients & their families

Transplant-brother-sister-62 Keith Pridgen and Amy Thomason recently celebrated the one year anniversary of the day he donated 65% of his liver to her at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute.
Higdon-62 Dennis Higdon learned that a life insurance policy he no longer needed could still benefit others.
Varnell-thumb There’s no shortage of connections to Methodist Healthcare for Jeanne Varnell.

The efforts of Dr. Joe Weems and his wife, Dorothy, have blessed hospice patients and staffs across the Memphis area, and their passion for the cause is always in view.

Hutcherson-thumb DeRhonda Hutcherson doesn’t dwell on the difficult aspects of her breast cancer treatment. What she prefers to focus on are the series of healthcare guardian angels that made her diagnosis and treatment possible.
Nancy-Barnett-62 Learn more about Foundation board member and Methodist supporter, Nancy Barnett.
Cancer-JS-62 MLH’s first-ever Cancer Program Specialist, Jeremy Sanders, has a first-hand understanding of the impact of cancer, especially within underserved communities.

As the primary caretaker for both her mother and her aunt, Kathleene A. Sims knows first-hand how important hospice care can be for patients and families at the end of life.


For over 14 years, Jane Nuckolls dedicated her life to nutrition and combating hunger in Memphis.  In her final days of life, Jane created a Living Trust to continue impacting hunger in Memphis.


Gary Shorb knew Michael Ugwueke was the best candidate to replace him as CEO and to lead MLH into the future.


Learn more about Foundation board member and Centenary United Methodist Church Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Deborah B. Smith.

Mike Conley and Orion FCU

Mike Conley and Orion Federal Credit Union present a donation to benefit the Methodist Sickle Cell Center. 

Michael Drake, CEO of masterIT

Michael Drake is chairman and CEO of masterIT and joined the Methodist Healthcare Foundation board in July of 2015.

Jane and Jack Morris

A couple's generous support helps strengthen and expand hospice programs

Sally Shy

Learn more about long-time Foundation board member, Sally Shy, and why she thinks “Methodist is the long arm of caring and love and hope for the future of our community.”

Sally, Karen

More than 100 people joined Karen and Reggie Garner of Magnolia Homes to raise funds for a special bathtub for hospice patients.


The numbers are impressive for the Congregational Health Network, the heart and soul of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s Center of Excellence in Faith and Health

Kurt Tauer

Dr. Kurt Tauer is a board–certified oncologist and Chief of Staff at The West Clinic.

Bowl with Mike Conley

Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies hosted the 6th Annual Bowl ‘n Bash event to benefit the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Center.

Donna Abney with children

This summer, Camp Riverview Alive provided children in need with school supplies and information to help make healthier choices.

Caitlin and Jason Motte

Caitlin Motte and her husband, St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Jason Motte, were so touched by the care at West Cancer Center and Methodist, they began their own quest to end cancer.

Sherard family

Multiple generations of the Sherard family have tirelessly supported Methodist Healthcare. For them, it’s a heritage of healthcare excellence. 

MAG is a strong advocate for resident hospice care

Medical Anesthesia Group (MAG) is a strong advocate for residential hospice care. But for this group, it’s also personal. 

Methodist works toward widespread wellness

In less than a year, the work by Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare to address healthcare issues in a South Memphis neighborhood has grown from an experiment to a full-time endeavor focused on the 38109 zip code. 

J. W. Gibson

J.W. Gibson’s dedication to the Memphis community developed early, and as a member of the Foundation board, he shows no signs of stopping. “One thing that really drew me to Methodist was the outreach to improve healthcare for the underserved."

Michael Drake

Michael Drake, founder, chairman and CEO of MasterIT, is passionate about the Dennis H. Jones Living Well Network. "It gives people a very safe place to go to seek counsel and to find a way through whatever they're dealing with."

Keith and Kent Ingram

Brothers Kent and Keith Ingram are committed to bringing the Congregational Health Network to West Memphis. "Methodist has taken healthcare and its mission to another level. They have found a way through ministry, through churches, to further their outreach."

Dr. Bob Richardson

Dr. Bob Richardson’s career started as a way to fulfill a promise. In January of 1954, Bob became very ill. “I thought I was going to die. And I said, ‘God, let me get well, and I’ll spend my career helping sick folks.’ And I got well.” He never forgot his promise.

Ed and Nancy Barnett

Ed and Nancy Barnett are longtime supporters of Methodist for many reasons. Ed says he’s watched Methodist grow and evolve and still stay true to its mission of taking care of all people, wherever they are, regardless of ability to pay. “Methodist was committed, and they’ve stayed committed, to staying in the downtown area,” Ed says. “They just seem to be hitting all the right notes.” 

Larry Jensen

Larry Jensen serves on the Foundation board, he says, because Methodist lives out the message of the Gospels. “If you have someone caring about you as a person, that buoys hope. You’ve got to give people the opportunity to receive with dignity. That’s part of what Methodist is trying to do.” 

Jack Morris

There’s a clock on the sign in front of every location of Jack Morris Auto Glass. Jack will tell you it started as a way to convince city officials to allow him to have a bigger sign. Spend some time with him though, and the clock takes on a new meaning. Time is precious to Jack, and he spends a lot of his helping others—including Methodist Healthcare.

The people that we serve inspire each and every one of us who have chosen to be part of this incredible healthcare system. Our hearts are full with the gratitude that comes from seeing the results of our care.

Gifts to the Foundation contribute to research and education that are saving lives; to providing care for those who can’t afford it; to building a hospice residence for patients at the end of life; and to creating our first non-clinical center of excellence ever, The Center of Excellence in Faith and Health.

All of this is made possible thanks to the support and contributions of many. We are grateful for your generosity, and so are the individuals and families we serve.

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