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Memphis is a healthcare city, with a history that dates back to 1911 when the University of Tennessee medical college was founded here. Now the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, UTHSC is the epicenter for medical education across the state, offering degrees in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, graduate health sciences, and health professions.

Memphis is also the home of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Families at St. Jude never receive a bill for treatment, housing, or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. It will cost $1 billion to operate St. Jude this year, and more than 75% of those funds must be raised from donations.

Our doctors and healthcare facilities are consistently ranked highly nationwide by ratings agencies and press outlets, and the healthcare industry in Memphis has boomed in the last decade, even through the recession.

From trauma care to orthopedics, Memphis leads the nation. From cutting-edge medical technology to inovative treatment plans (head to https://purehempfarms.com for more info on the medical benefits of CBD), Memphis is the place to come to. Keep reading to learn more about each of our outstanding medical facilities.

Photo provided by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Baptist MemphisBaptist Memorial Hospital

Regarded as one of the premier health care systems in the nation, Baptist Memorial Health Care is an award-winning network dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality care for patients. With 21 affiliate hospitals throughout the Mid-South, Baptist combines convenience with excellence of care. Excellent care is needed to those who require it, other companies such as Lakeside Manor Assisted Living offer care services too which are both affordable and professional, helping and supporting those who require assisted living care to get through the day.

With the intention of caring for people close to their homes, the Baptist system also offers more than 4,500 affiliated physicians; home, hospice and psychiatric care; minor medical clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; Baptist Medical Group, the Memphis area’s largest multispecialty physician group; and an education system highlighted by the Baptist College of Health Sciences.

In 2017, Baptist Memorial Health Care became the first organization in the world to receive a 10-star rating from Epic, one of the largest electronic health record providers in the nation.

Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

A part of the Memphis community since 1922, the VA Medical Center is a tertiary-care facility and one of the most complex in the nation’s VA healthcare system. Located in the heart of the Memphis medical community, the VA Medical Center makes services available to more than 196,000 veterans residing in 53 counties in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. It serves as a regional referral center for spinal cord injury and prosthetics treatment and offers acute medical, surgical, and psychiatric care as well as comprehensive primary, intermediate, and specialized outpatient care to entitled and eligible veterans.

In addition to the medical facility in Memphis, there are also nine veterans’ outpatient clinics in the surrounding areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., treats children each year through community programs, regional clinics and a 255 bed state-of-the-art hospital. Le Bonheur serves as a primary teaching affiliate for the University Tennessee Health Science Center and trains more than 350 pediatricians and specialists each year.

Nationally recognized for clinical excellence in pediatrics, Le Bonheur has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children’s Hospital for seven consecutive years.

Memphis Mental Health Institute (MMHI)

MMHI is one of five psychiatric hospitals in Tennessee. State-owned and operated, this public community hospital specializes in short-term, inpatient, intensive psychiatric care for adults, serving the Memphis community since 1962. Hospitalizations are on a voluntary or involuntary basis, or patients can also be referred by the court system for pre-trial evaluations. The hospital offers 2 short-term care units for a total of 55 beds.

MMHI assists patients who are not typically served by the private service sector and have no other inpatient treatment resources available to them. Patient care teams consist of multiple experts who help individuals receive personalized care based on their specific needs, working together to help facilitate each individual’s transition back to the community.

Memphis Mental Health Institute ensures the highest quality of inpatient psychiatric services through accreditation and regulations from the Joint Commission, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Methodist MemphisMethodist Healthcare

Founded in 1918 by The United Methodist Church to help meet the growing needs for quality health care in the Mid-South, Methodist has grown from one hospital into a six-hospital system that includes Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, which has been named a “Best Children’s Hospital” for seven consecutive years by US News & World Report. Methodist also offers a home health agency, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient facilities, hospice residence and physician practices serving all corners of the Memphis and Mid-South community. With more than 13,000 associates and 1,650 licensed beds, MLH provides care for over 60,000 inpatient admissions annually.

For six consecutive years, Methodist has been named the best hospital in Memphis by U.S. News and World Report. Methodist has earned a spot on the 2017 Great Place to Work and Fortune list of 100 Best Companies to Work For, and in 2016, the hospital was ranked #21 in Best Workplaces for Diversity, #1 in Best Workplaces for African Americans, and #18 in Best Workplaces for Women.

Regional One HealthRegional One Health

Regional One Health is a health care system providing accessible, efficient, quality care for individuals in the Mid-South. Its primary service area includes west Tennessee, east Arkansas and north Mississippi. Focusing on compassionate care and exceptional services, Regional One Health is anchored by the acute care hospital Regional Medical Center, which is home to highly respected Centers of Excellence including trauma, burn, neonatal intensive care and high-risk obstetrics. Regional One Health is home to the only Level 1 trauma center in a 150-mile radius and the only burn center in Tennessee to be verified by the American Burn Association and American College of Surgeons.

Also located on Regional One Health’s main campus in the medical district are an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, long term acute care hospital, outpatient surgery center, and an array of outpatient specialty services. Regional One Health is also home to a network of primary care and specialty care physician offices and outpatient services with locations from downtown to east Memphis.

The majority of providers at Regional One Health are part of UT Regional One Physicians, a partnership between Regional One Health and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Regional One Health is one of the largest medical and surgical teaching sites for UTHSC.

st francis hospitalSaint Francis Hospital

Saint Francis Hospital is a full-service award winning and nationally recognized healthcare facility that offers a wide range of services including a chest-pain emergency center and a Cardiac Care Center that has been named a UnitedHealth Premium Cardiac Specialty Center. Other services include InQuicker the online check-in emergency treatment system, a stroke emergency center, diabetes care center, cancer care center, family birthing center, women’s center, behavioral health services, geriatric psych unit, nursing home, five sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, a sleep center, an ambulatory surgery center, a heartburn center, and the TotalCare Outpatient Diagnostic Center. Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis was certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and was awarded the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ as a Certified Hip and Knee Replacement Program. Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is the only hospital in Memphis to receive American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award for Heart Attack Care.

The Saint Francis Center for Surgical Weight Loss has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery and as a CIGNA Certified Hospital for Bariatric Surgery.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

St. Jude is ranked #1 in the nation for Pediatric Cancer on U.S. News and World Report‘s 2017 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals”.

UTHSCUniversity of Tennessee Health Science Center

As the flagship statewide, public, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care and public service. Employing more than 6,000 people on its faculty, staff and not-for-profit corporation faculty practice groups, UTHSC contributes more than $2.7 billion to the local economy.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, UTHSC offers four undergraduate and more than 30 graduate or professional degrees and has more than 50 endowed professorships. UTHSC’s Memphis campus comprises six colleges – Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy.

In order to be eligible to study medicine, most US medical schools require you to take The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Preparing for this exam is a long process but one that can be made more manageable with assistance. The Critical Analysis and Reasoning section of the MCAT, commonly referred to as MCAT CARS, is designed to test your comprehension skills. If you’d like to take an MCAT practice test, Jack Westin have example papers available to work through at your leisure.

The UTHSC College of Pharmacy was ranked #17 in the nation among pharmacy schools in 2017 by U.S. News and World Report.


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