The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, known for 30 years as The MED, passed quietly into the annals of Memphis history Wednesday with the unveiling of a new name – Regional One Health.
CEO and President Reginald W. Coopwood took the wraps off the facility's new logo and name change, already posted where The MED used to be.
"When the Shelby County Health Care Corporation adopted the name Regional Medical Center in 1983, the organization was a stand-alone acute care hospital. Over the years, a broader reach of inpatient and outpatient services have been added, but we continued to be identified under the hospital name," explained Coopwood, who is also an MD.
"Creating the name Regional One Health allows us to unify all of our services under one brand to reflect the work we have done to grow our system and better serve this community."
Director of Communications Angie Golding said the move is a high-water mark in the life of the medical center.
"We are all very excited about the name change and the forward-moving direction of Regional One Health. We continue to strive for the highest standards of excellence in serving the medical needs of Shelby County and surrounding communities," said Golding. "Our website has already been changed as well. It's just a great time to be a part of the Greater Memphis area."
One of the newest innovations of Regional One Health opened its doors last October under the direction of Robert Farmer, clinical director of Respiratory Services.
"We just opened a hospital within a hospital," said Farmer. "The Regional Medical Extended Care Hospital. We're located in the Jesse Turner Tower and are presently operating in our first six-month, data collection phase. I expect that we should be fully operational right about October."
The Extended Care Hospital treats patients with ventilators, trachs, COPD and other respiratory disorders.
"We're the link between ICU and the hospital, a link that has been missing for a long time," said Farmer. "At full capacity, the Extended Care Hospital will have 24 beds. It substantially increases our ability to provide specialized care for patients with special respiratory needs. The Turner Tower renovation was completed last year, and we are presently operating at half capacity."
Golding said Dr. Coopwood and Regional One Health administrators are working hard to expand their reach into the medical community by communicating the extensive specialty care and services now available in their medical system.
"We are trying to maintain the advances we've made in offering quality care to all patients. Regional One Health has become the hospital of choice for so many patients who could choose some other local hospital. We want to continue in that vein," said Golding.
"Our name change reflects all of our specialized areas of care – burns, wounds, respiratory, newborn, outpatient surgery center, a rehabilitation hospital and a primary care network of some of the city's best physicians."
Dr. Coopwood said all specialty care and facilities are now housed under one brand. Extensive investment has been made in "the sustainability and growth" of the system for future expansion.
"We are proud to offer accessible, efficient, and quality healthcare to residents of West Tennessee, East Arkansas, North Mississippi, and other areas of the Mid-South. We are so much more than just a hospital. Our new name adequately reflects that."
A brief history...
1829 – Tennessee legislators appropriate $3,300 to open The Memphis Hospital.
1830 – Doors open primarily to sick travelers coming to town via the Mississippi River.
1832-35 – Extensive treatment of cholera epidemics throughout the city and state; A new medical education component was added.
1862 – Seized by federal troops as a Civil War hospital for wounded soldiers.
1866 – City of Memphis takes over operation of hospital
1936 – Theresa Gaston Mann donates $300,000, along with other Gaston holdings to the facility – dedication of the new John Gaston Hospital.
1956 – E.H. Crump Hospital opened its doors to serve African-American patients; other city facilities segregated.
1968 – The Newborn Center opened to address high African-American
1983 – The Regional Medical Center, "The MED" is named; the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center opens.
1985 – Burn Center opened.
1992 – Wound Center added.
1994 – MedPlex Ambulatory Care Center - outpatient treatment center opens with 40 areas of specialty and sub-specialty care.
1999 – Shelby County Health Department and The MED opens six Health Department primary care clinics and four hospital-owned community-based clinics – a network called The Health Loop.
2001 – Mobile Wound Care Clinic services nursing homes.
2003 – Rehabilitation Hospital of Memphis opens, offering acute care, trauma, burn and stroke patient care.
2004 – Sheldon B. Korones Newborn Center renamed after founder and director.
2010 – Orthopedic Inpatient Unit for total joint replacement patients is opened.
2012 – Vascular Institute at Regional Medical Center opens.
2014 – World-class medical facilities system announces name change and broader reach with specialty care facilities and services.