“Celebrate good times, come on!” The song by Kool & the Gang – this year’s MED Night: A Soul Celebration headliner – pretty much encapsulates not only the night, but the overall feeling about Regional One Health’s vision and new direction.
Kool & the Gang headlined this year’s MED Night: A Soul Celebration. The event is the fourth annual fundraiser for the Regional One Health Foundation.
That vision was laid out, right at the start of the evening, by Dr. Reginald Coopwood, CEO of Regional One Health. He foreshadowed a nationally competitive academic medical center in the Mid-South.
“Imagine a flourishing academic medical center staffed with world-renowned physicians – the best of the best,” Coopwood said. “Both doctors trained right here in Memphis and recruited from all over the country. Doctors committed and passionate about delivering extraordinarily patient-focused care and creating a vibrant health care system in Memphis, competitive with the likes of Mayo and Cleveland clinics.”
It’s a goal, according to Coopwood, that will take unity with and commitment from community leaders. That’s where events like the April 5 MED Night held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center are instrumental.
MED Night is Regional One Health Foundation’s (formerly the MED Foundation) largest fundraiser of the year. The health care system’s specialized, state-of-the-art capabilities are supported by financial donations to the Foundation.
This year saw the largest attendance in the event’s history. More than 900 people came out to show their support and dance the night away to soul classics by Kool & the Gang, Shirley Alston Reeves (of the Shirelles) and Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Revue. The evening brought together the heart of the Memphis community with the soul of the music industry, all to benefit Regional One Health. It’s a system, Coopwood reminded the crowd, that provides world-class care.
“Regional Medical Center remains the place where miracles are performed every day,” Coopwood said, “whether it is in our Elvis Presley Trauma Center by our world-class trauma surgeons; or where we are caring for extremely premature babies that otherwise would have died but for the lifesaving treatments that were developed right here in Memphis by physicians in our NICU.”
For all of the work being done, Coopwood said he knows there’s room for improvement. Right now at Regional Medical Center – the system’s acute care hospital – there’s a renewed focus on being attentive to all aspects of healing – mind, body and spirit.
“We took this desire for even greater quality of care and compassion for our patients, and created a vision – a rallying cry for our team – inspiring us and guiding us through the transformation to come,” Coopwood said. “Quite simply, that vision is to become, along with our academic partners, a premier academic medical center. This vision reinvigorated our staff to reach to heights not seen in this great city, focusing on the art of healing in all we do and making sure we will seek to restore the well-being of those who enter our doors.
Dancers from New Ballet Ensemble entertained the crowds Saturday at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.
“There will be no reason for anyone in our community to ever look outside of Memphis for any treatment for any condition. In fact, what we build will draw others to our community seeking care. Think of the economic impact to Memphis, the intellectual capital that will be attracted to our city, and the dramatic improvement in health care for those all across our region.”
Some recent examples of what support for the Foundation has enabled within Regional One Health include:
• Expansion and renovation of the Firefighters Regional Burn Center
• Establishment of a Nurse Residency Program
• Ongoing training and professional development for first responders in Arkansas and Mississippi
• Opening of a state-of-the-art infusion room, where all infusion services are consolidated into one soothing and healing environment
• Funding for no-cost mammograms for uninsured patients
• Simulation equipment to enhance training opportunities for doctors, nurses and residents.
Charles Vance is an account executive at RedRover.