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The Future of The MED [WEB EXCLUSIVE]

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For the Spring edition of Memphis Crossroads Magazine, contributor Rosalind Guy interviewed Dr. Reginald Coopwood, the president and CEO of the Regional Medical Center at Memphis (The MED). In addition to the full story about the MED’s recent improvements, Dr. Coopwood also talks about the future plans for the MED in this web-exclusive story. 
The recent changes at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis are part of the organization’s strategic plan to create a long-term sustainable model for the hospital in this community. And once it has achieved that goal, it will be time to move on to much larger goals, namely a new state-of-the-art hospital.
Dr. Reginald Coopwood says that he can imagine that sometime in the next five to seven years, there will be cranes down there working on the new facility. “First we have to build a sustainable model to be able to build a new hospital,” he said. Once the new facility is built, he said, the new enhancements that have helped to create a warmer and inviting environment at the hospital will be carried over to the new facility.
In the meantime, construction continues on the hospital’s Trauma and Intensive Care Unit, with plans to perform upgrades to the Labor and Delivery Postpartum section in the future.

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis is home to four Centers of Excellence: the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center, the Firefighters Regional Burn Center, the Sheldon B. Korones Newborn Center, and High-Risk Obstetrics. It’s also a place where miracles happen almost every day, Coopwood said.

-- Christina Meek

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