After serving more than a year as executive vice president and chief operating officer, the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare board has approved Michael Ugwueke as president and COO of its parent company Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, as well as president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals (MHMH).
MHMH is the entity that includes the five Memphis hospitals licensed as one, including Methodist Germantown Hospital, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Methodist North Hospital, Methodist South Hospital and Methodist University Hospital. The move, effective May 1, is designed to help MLH become "a stronger integrated system to best serve our patients."
Reporting directly to MLH CEO Gary Shorb, Ugwueke will be responsible for operations across the system.
"Since being promoted to chief operating officer for MLH in January of 2013, Michael has led our adult facilities through a challenging healthcare environment with a clear sense of purpose to provide the highest quality care to our patients and their families," said Shorb. "We originally selected Michael for the COO role because of his passion for patient- and family-centered care, his ability to build strong bonds with physicians, his commitment to excellent clinical quality and his dedication to community wellness. These are exactly the qualities that will make him an outstanding President/COO.
"I personally feel energized by the responsibilities of navigating through changing times, and I can think of no one I'd rather have by my side than Michael," added Shorb. "My commitment to MLH is rooted in a deep personal connection to our mission and our strong culture. Knowing that Michael shares that strong commitment makes me extremely confident about what we can accomplish together."
MLH is an eight-hospital system that also includes a home health agency, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient facilities, hospice residence and physician practices serving the Memphis and Mid-South area. The Memphis hospitals are licensed as one and with 1,765 licensed beds and about 60,000 inpatient admissions, it is the third largest hospital in the country. With 11,000 associates, Methodist is the second largest private employer in Memphis.
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