Mayor Ford visits MED as a patient

Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford revealed Thursday that he chose The Regional Medical Center at Memphis for treatment and was hospitalized overnight when his blood pressure spiked two weeks ago.
Ford said he had worked a 14-hour day on county business and had forgotten to take his blood pressure medicine when the spike occurred. He shared the story at a meeting of The MED Task Force, a group of community leaders who have been meeting regularly to devise new sources of revenue for the financially struggling hospital.
Ford said he did not call ahead to the hospital, which is owned by the county, to let anyone know he would be arriving.
“I don’t think they treated me any different than anybody else in the emergency room,” he said.
Ford said he had no complaints about how doctors and other hospital staff cared for him.
The story compelled Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz to share a joke.
“The word on the street, at least down on the fourth floor, is Commissioner Malone called ahead to get a room for you,” Ritz said.
Ford and Deidre Malone are opponents for county mayor in the Democratic primary on Tuesday.
Ford said he had “MED Fever” and pointed out he had a personalized Elvis Presley car tag. Proceeds from the sale of the tags go to support the hospital’s trauma center, which is named in honor of Presley. He urged others to purchase the tags.

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