Methodist ex­pan­sion at half­way point

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Tout­ing what they call one of the most trans­for­ma­tive projects the Med­i­cal Dis­trict has ever seen, Methodist Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials say they’ve reached the half­way point in con­struct­ing a $275 mil­lion tower that will con­sol­i­date ser­vices and in­crease ca­pac­ity while ac­com­mo­dat­ing tech­no­log­i­cal up­grades.

The hos­pi­tal, part of the Methodist Le Bon­heur Health­care sys­tem, hosted a top­ping-out cel­e­bra­tion this week as the fi­nal beam was in­stalled to bring the tower frame to its fi­nal 10-story height. Of­fi­cials also an­nounced a name for the struc­ture — the Gary Shorb Tower, in honor of the long­time CEO who re­tired last year.

“This new tower will el­e­vate care for Mem­phis and the Mid-South,” Michael Ug­wueke, Shorb’s suc­ces­sor as Methodist Le Bon­heur’s pres­i­dent and CEO, said in a pre­pared state­ment.

Work be­gan on the ad­di­tion last year and is slated for com­ple­tion dur­ing the spring of 2019. At­test­ing to the scale of the pro­ject, roughly 600 con­struc­tion work­ers are busy at the site at any given time.

With its 450,000 square feet of space, the new tower will cre­ate room for up­graded di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices and the lat­est med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy, Methodist of­fi­cials say. Pa­tient rooms will be larger and fea­ture state-of-the-art equip­ment, and a new park­ing plaza of­fers 700 spa­ces eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to the tower.

In ad­di­tion, de­part­ments that now are scat­tered across six blocks near the hos­pi­tal cam­pus at 1265 Union will be con­sol­i­dated, al­low­ing for in­creased ef­fi­ciency for med­i­cal staff and more con­ve­nience for pa­tients and their fam­i­lies. Among the func­tions to be con­sol­i­dated are two of the most im­por­tant at the hos­pi­tal:

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