Havens of Health

A guide to full-service hospitals in the Memphis area.

illustration by Martha Kelly | Memphis Urban Sketchers

As the medical center of the Mid-South, our city is fortunate to have so many facilities that can help patients with any medical condition. Hospitals such as St. Jude have gained worldwide fame for the treatment of childhood cancer, but other facilities  offer world-class specialized care for burns, cardiac problems, cancer, pediatrics, orthopedics, and other health issues from head to toe. With over 20 facilities in our area, the possibilities for patient care for people of all ages are almost endless.


Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville

1500 West Poplar, Collierville, TN, 861-9000
Total staff: 380
Total licensed beds: 81
Baptist Collierville opened in May 1999. The hospital sits on a 75-acre, parklike campus and features extra-large patient rooms and a walking trail. Medical services include a full-service emergency room, inpatient and outpatient surgery, ICU, a six-bed stepdown unit, screening and diagnostic mammography, outpatient diagnostic testing, and the Baptist Sleep Disorders Center.


Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

7601 Southcrest Parkway., Southaven, MS, 662-772-4000
Total staff: 1,950
Total licensed beds: 339
Baptist DeSoto offers diagnostic, surgical, and rehabilitation services. In 2006, Baptist DeSoto opened a new, 11-story tower featuring all-private rooms, expanded operating suites, and a new emergency room. In 2010, Baptist DeSoto received the Hospital of the Year award (100 beds or more) from the Mississippi Nurses Association. The hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation program ranked in the top 1 percent in the nation for quality in a report based on 2009 performance outcomes. In 2010, the hospital’s Women’s Center became the first breast imaging facility in DeSoto County to offer digital mammography. In 2011, the emergency department was upgraded from level IV to level III. In 2012, HealthGrades, a national healthcare ratings organization, ranked Baptist DeSoto’s heart services No. 1 in Mississippi.


Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women

6225 Humphreys Blvd., 227-9000
Total staff: 600-plus
Total licensed beds: 140
Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women opened in 2001 and offers labor and delivery, gynecological surgery, a 40-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and is a regional referral center for high-risk pregnancies, mammography diagnostics, and urogynecology. It is the only freestanding women’s hospital in Memphis and one of only a handful of such hospitals nationwide. Special facilities and services include pediatrics (including a pediatric emergency department slated to open in spring 2015), the Dr. Sam P. Patterson Library, a high-risk pregnancy center, a urodynamics center, and a comprehensive breast center that includes mammography, stereotactic biopsy, ultrasound, digital mammography, breast health specialists (nurses specially trained in breast cancer care). The hospital also offers a multidisciplinary breast conference where patients can get second and third opinions at no additional cost, and the area’s only Breast Risk Management Center, which allows women at increased risk for developing breast cancer the opportunity to access the resources and specialized care needed to manage their risks — all in one location.


Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis

6019 Walnut Grove Road, 226-5000
Total staff: 3,300-plus
Total licensed beds: 771 (This includes the Baptist Memorial Restorative Care Hospital and Skilled Nursing Unit.)
Baptist Memphis is the flagship of the Baptist Memorial Health Care system, and serves as a major referral system for patients throughout the Mid-South. Recent additions to the hospital include the hybrid vascular surgical suite, the valve center, and the CyberKnife for stereotactic radiosurgery. In 2010, the hospital celebrated its 25th anniversary of Memphis’ only heart transplant program. For the past 17 years, consumers have named Baptist Memphis their most preferred hospital for overall healthcare services in a National Research Corporation poll.


Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown

2100 Exeter Road, 757-1350
Total staff: 300
Total licensed beds: 68
Baptist Rehab-Germantown is a post-acute-care facility that offers a comprehensive array of inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation services. The hospital concentrates on a variety of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and diagnostic services to treat many types of injuries and conditions, such as stroke, arthritis, spine and back disorders and injuries, fractures, amputations, and head injuries. The hospital also offers a diagnostic center featuring MRI and CT scans, as well as wound care, diabetes, and pediatric services. Nine of Baptist Rehab-Germantown’s inpatient and outpatient services have earned the highest accreditation possible for a rehab hospital.


Delta Medical Center

3000 Getwell Road, 369-8100
Total staff: 625
Total licensed beds: 243
Delta Medical Center is a medical surgical hospital with behavioral health services. In addition to a 24-hour emergency department and an intensive care unit, Delta has a sleep disorders program, hyperbaric and wound-care services, pulmonary rehabilitation, imaging services, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and cardiology. Delta’s inpatient behavioral health services include a mental health unit, senior care services, and an addictions program. Outpatient programs include day hospitalization, intensive outpatient programs for addictions, and senior adult mental health issues. Services free to the community include a monthly Lunch and Learn Series, diabetic educational groups, and a cancer support group.


Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center

1030 Jefferson Avenue, 523-8990    
Total staff: 2,373
Total licensed beds: 260
A part of the Memphis community since 1922, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a level I tertiary-care facility and one of the most complex in the nation’s VA healthcare system. In the heart of the Memphis medical community, the VA Medical Center makes services available to more than 175,000 veterans in 53 counties in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Kentucky. 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. The VA has 10 community-based outpatient clinics, three of which are VA-staffed.


Lakeside Behavioral Health System

2911 Brunswick Road, 377-4700, 1-800-232-LAKE
Total staff: 550
Total licensed beds: 305 (261 acute, 44 residential)
Lakeside provides comprehensive treatment for children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens. As a full-service private behavioral health hospital, Lakeside specializes in inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment for emotional/behavioral problems, emotional trauma, and addiction problems for all ages. Lakeside’s 37-acre main campus is near Interstate 40 and U.S. Highway 64 and has been operating since 1976. Lakeside also has an around-the-clock assessment center to help people find the treatment that best meets their needs. It offers specialty programs for suicide intervention, bipolar spectrum disorders, trauma resolution, geriatric psychiatry, and young adult populations.


Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

848 Adams, 287-KIDS
Total staff: 2,300
Total licensed beds: 255
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital treats more than 250,000 children a year. Services include more than 50 medical and surgical subspecialties and a staff of more than 700 pediatricians, pediatric specialists, and subspecialists. Le Bonheur has been named by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children’s Hospital. Serving as a primary teaching affiliate for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the hospital trains more pediatricians than any other hospital in the state. Le Bonheur includes a Neuroscience Institute, which has become a national leader in treating children with brain tumors, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. Other premier services include pediatric orthopedics, pulmonology, nephrology, a Heart Institute, and Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being, which targets neighborhoods with high rates of diabetes, asthma and obesity.


Memphis Mental Health Institute (MMHI)

951 Court Avenue, 577-1800
Total staff: 189.  
Total licensed beds: 111 (operating 55)  
Tennessee currently has only four state-operated mental-health facilities.  MMHI continues to provide educational and training opportunities for UT medical students and residents. As of July 2013, the community-based crisis services for Memphis and Shelby County are co-located in the MMHI facility. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services contracts with Alliance Healthcare Services for a full array of crisis-support services including mobile assessment, short-term crisis stabilization, and medically monitored chemical detoxification services. This co-location provides essential mental health services as a “safety net hub” for citizens of Shelby County.


Methodist Extended Care Hospital (MECH)

225 South Claybrook, 516-2595
Total staff: 130
Total licensed beds: 36
Methodist Extended Care Hospital treats long-term patients who require intense, regular medical attention. Often referred to as a hospital within a hospital, MECH operates a separate facility within Methodist University Hospital.


Methodist Fayette Hospital

214 Lakeview Drive, Somerville, TN, 516-4000
Total staff: 67
Total licensed beds: 46
Methodist Fayette Hospital offers inpatient and outpatient services including cardiology, general surgery, and radiology along with diagnostic services such as ultrasounds, mammography, MRI, CAT scans, and nuclear medicine.


Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital

7691 Poplar Ave., 516-6000
Total staff: 1,502
Total licensed beds: 309
Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital offers a wide array of services including an emergency department, renowned obstetrics and maternity program with a Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), complete surgical services and minimally invasive robotic surgery. Comprehensive cardiac services include dedicated open-heart surgical suites and cardiac catheterization labs, a cardiovascular intensive-care unit, and inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation. The hospital also features an inpatient pediatric unit and emergency services operated under the standards of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Methodist Germantown Hospital features a certified chest pain center and is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission.


Methodist North Hospital

3960 New Covington Pike, 516-5200
Total staff: 1,091
Total licensed beds: 246
Methodist North Hospital is a comprehensive, acute-care hospital serving residents of Raleigh-Bartlett in North Shelby County and surrounding areas. It offers a wide range of services, including extensive cardiac services, an emergency department, a Total Joint Center, a critical-care unit, same-day surgery services, a wound-care center, and rehabilitation services. Methodist North has a certified chest pain center and is designated a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission.


Methodist South Hospital

1300 Wesley Drive, 516-3700
Total staff: 728
Total licensed beds: 156
Methodist South Hospital serves South Memphis and surrounding areas. This acute-care hospital includes an emergency department, an award-winning obstetrical program, a critical-care unit, same-day surgery unit, a wound-care center, and a complete array of outpatient services. It also offers cardiac catheterization and open-heart surgery. Methodist South features a certified chest pain center and is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission.


Methodist University Hospital

1265 Union, 516-7000
Total staff: 2,421
Total licensed beds: 661
Methodist University Hospital is the largest, most comprehensive hospital in the Methodist Healthcare system. In the heart of the Memphis Medical Center, it is the major academic campus for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. It is a tertiary-care and referral center that offers acute-care services as well as specialized services in transplant neuroscience, cardiology, orthopedics, cancer, emergency care, and minimally invasive surgery. The hospital has a certified chest pain center and is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission.


Regional Medical Center of Memphis

877 Jefferson Avenue, 545-7100
Total staff: 2,421
Total licensed beds: 631
The Regional Medical Center (The Med) is a healthcare system providing accessible, efficient, quality healthcare for individuals in the Mid-South. Focusing on compassionate care and exceptional services, The Med is anchored by highly respected Centers of Excellence including trauma, burn, neonatal intensive care, and high-risk obstetrics. In addition to its notable Centers of Excellence, the hospital provides an array of primary care, subspecialty clinics and outpatient services. The Med serves as one of the largest medical and surgical teaching sites for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.


Saint Francis Hospital

5959 Park Avenue, 765-1000
Total staff: 1,700
Total licensed beds: 519
Saint Francis has been recognized for excellence of care by United Healthcare, CIGNA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. In 2011, the American Heart Association presented the Gold Performance Achievement Award to Saint Francis for heart failure and cardiovascular disease in its “Get With the Guidelines” program. Saint Francis offers a wide variety of services and is noted for its many Centers of Excellence, including its Center for Surgical Weight Loss, Sleep Center, Chest Pain Emergency Center, Heart & Vascular Center, Surgical Services, Diabetes Center, and Women’s Center. The hospital serves as an academic training site for University of Tennessee surgical, family practice and psychiatric residents. It is accredited by the Joint Commission.


Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett

2986 Kate Bond Road, 820-7000
Total staff: 617
Total licensed beds: 156
Bartlett’s first full-service healthcare facility opened in 2004. The facility features a wide range of services, including emergency care, an intensive-care unit, a Women’s Center, cardiology, oncology, and diabetes care. It recently received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Achievement Award for heart failure in its “Get With the Guidelines” program. Saint Francis-Bartlett is fully accredited by the Joint Commission.


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

262 Danny Thomas Place, 595-3300
Total staff: 3,844
Total licensed beds: 78
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is focused on finding cures and saving children from cancer and other deadly diseases. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push overall childhood cancer survival rates from 20 percent to 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. St. Jude also has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers. 


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