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VOL. 129 | NO. 143 | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Regional One Health Expands Footprint

By Don Wade

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In the last year, Regional One Health has added about 100 employees and its new name.

“It’s gone pretty well. People are starting to embrace our identity. And we’re continuing to grow our programs.”

–Sarah Colley
Regional One Health’s senior vice president of human resources

Of course, for about three decades it was known as The Regional Medical Center at Memphis – or simply The MED. That officially changed back on Feb. 26 when Regional One Health became the new name for the Shelby County Health Care Corp. and the “umbrella” name for the hospital.

In recent years, The MED has undergone a transformation: into a broader health system as new services, such as preventive care, a long-term acute care hospital, and an outpatient surgery center came on line.

As Dr. Reginald W. Coopwood, president and CEO of Regional One Health, said back in February: “The time is right to brand these services under a singular system identity, which speaks to our transformation and our mission.”

Sarah Colley, Regional One Health’s senior vice president of Human Resources, says about 50 of the new hires are tied to the outpatient surgery center and long-term acute care hospital; about a third of the positions are professional level. This year also has seen an expansion from 20 to 30 beds in the rehabilitation hospital and more jobs have been created there, too.

The new name, Colley says, is beginning to take hold in the community.

“It’s gone pretty well,” she said. “People are starting to embrace our identity. And we’re continuing to grow our programs.”

The Regional One Health Surgery Center is a prime example.

“We’re really able to compete with other surgery centers in town in terms of having the latest and the greatest in technology,” Colley said.

And with some land out at Tenn. 385 and Kirby Road, Regional One Health’s reach will grow in the future. Colley says they have plans for more outpatient services in the East Memphis location.

The health system’s identity as a trauma center and a place for burn care isn’t going away – nor should it. The identity is merely expanding.

“People are starting to see us as more,” Colley said.

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