The Memphis Medical Center is the focal point of more than $1.5 billion in capital improvements, including institutional renovations, expansions and new construction that are either underway or were recently completed.
Here’s a look back on this year’s highlights and how you can donate to each cause:
- Southern College of Optometry began construction on a new $9.4 million, 23,016-square-foot classroom and instructional facility, allowing the college to expand its technology capabilities
- The MED, one of the nation’s three busiest trauma centers, is undergoing a $20.7 million renovation and expansion of its emergency room
- Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare unveiled plans for a $33.5 million emergency department and helipad at Midtown’s Methodist University Hospital
- Southwest Tennessee Community College broke ground on a new $18.2 million, 74,000-square-foot Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building to increase enrollment of nurses by 45 percent
- University of Tennessee Heath Science Center is transforming the Memphis campus into a state-of-the-art Health Science Center – the first step of which is the $36 million, 135,000-square-foot Translational Science Research Building
- St. Jude Children Research Hospital is underway on a new $190 million tower to provide space for replacement surgical department, intensive care unit and subsequent proton beam therapy service – some of the most cutting edge cancer therapy available
- Church Health Center not only opened a new dental clinic for the under-insured, but also announced plans to be a part of the Sears Crosstown redevelopment
- Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center is working toward a Center for Excellence in Pediatric Obesity, one of the largest of its kind in the country
- Memphis VA Medical Center was awarded one of the top Veterans Affairs hospitals in the country and is undertaking $44 million in renovations
- Memphis Bioworks Foundation is completing the first $23 million Specialized Lab as part of a planned $450 million, 1.3 million-square-foot development for UT and Baptist Research Park. This lab alone will allow research currently being done outside of Memphis to stay here.
Memphis Medical Center, the redevelopment group for the area funded by the hospitals and the universities themselves, employs 20,000, teaches 10,000 students and 700,000 patients each year. The nonprofit has an annual $3 billion operating budget.
Click here to learn more about Memphis Medical Center projects that are in the works.