Monthly Archives: November 2013

World AIDS Day 2013

WAD2013web Memphis Health Center, Inc. will observe World AIDS Day on December 2, 2013; 1 pm at 360 E.H. Crump Blvd in the main conference room. There will be a brief program and memorial service for those who have lost their fight with AIDS. Light refreshments served. For more information, please contact LaToya Dansby at 302-3205.

Crump Blvd. Construction Kick-Off Hailed As Major Success!

At 10 am on October 24th, Memphis Health Center, Inc. staff and Board members held a celebratory event to announce the official start of a major renovation and expansion project expected to last 14-18 months at its main clinic site located at 360 E.H. Crump Boulevard in South Memphis. The event signifies the 40 year old Center’s commitment to transformational change in the delivery of preventative and primary care services to the uninsured, medically underserved and disadvantaged citizens living in Shelby and Fayette counties, Tennessee. The $5.6 million project is viewed as an essential step in the Center’s goal of becoming the medical home of choice for area residents. Plans include the upgrade of technology and infrastructure significantly in order to support MHC’s ongoing conversion to electronic health records and the future deployment of an interactive patient portal. This will provide clinical teams with real-time data necessary to effectively case manage chronically ill patients and engages patients in their own care planning. The project also includes a 5,000 square foot expansion, which will allow MHC to hire 2 additional providers, increasing access to care by 9,000 encounters annually. City leaders view the project as an essential upgrade to the healthcare safety net within the City’s urban core. A recent article in the Commercial Appeal highlighted the importance of Memphis’ safety net healthcare providers when it reported that Memphis suffered from a 28.3% poverty rate in 2012, up 1.1% since 2011. This was the highest rate in the nation for large urban cities with populations of 1m+. 1 in 3.5 Memphians lives at or below the national poverty level. DSC_1045 The project is also considered to be a major economic investment within an area of the City most recognized for its gradual decline over the last 30 years. The adjacent Metro Shopping Center, once a source of pride and economic activity, has degraded into a shell of its former glory with numerous vacancies, cracked driveways and collapsed benches. Other adjacent properties, such as the buildings directly across 4th Street from MHC on Crump Blvd. are currently vacant and appear to be in deteriorating condition. Mayor A.C. Wharton had already designated the neighborhoods surrounding the job site as a Revitalization Zone and MHC’s plans are sure to have a direct and immediate influence on others interested in investing and rebuilding in this area located within walking distance of downtown Memphis. The milestone event garnered tremendous fanfare as the Center welcomed more than 400 attendees including prominent city and county leaders, media representatives, program and vendor partners, patients and members of the local community. The Booker T. Washington Marching Band, Majorettes and Color Guard opened the program with inspirational speeches delivered by the Center’s Board Chair Lois Stockton, CEO Willeen Hastings, Deputy Director for Senator Steve Cohen Willie Stanley, Mayor A.C. Wharton, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Director of the Shelby County Health Department Yvonne Madlock. Architectural renderings of the planned building were unveiled by the mayors and wowed the audience. CEO Willeen Hastings commented “Our vision is to make the corner of Crump & 4th a beacon of light and hope, a facility emanating health and wellness throughout all of Memphis for decades to come.” DSC_1013 MHC received a federal grant of $4,725,000 under the Affordable Care Act from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration to support the construction. $400,000 will be contributed by MHC itself and the remaining project cost will be raised through an ongoing capital campaign seeking tax-deductible donations and sponsorships from businesses, associations and private individuals. To donate please click here. For more information on the Crump Renovation & Expansion Project or to become a sponsor, please contact Marilyn Burress at (901) 261-2003 and by email at MBurress@mphshc.org.