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VOL. 129 | NO. 79 | Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Ugwueke Named Methodist Le Bonheur President

By Kate Simone

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Michael O. Ugwueke has been named president and chief operating officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, as well as president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals. In his new role, Ugwueke will be responsible for strategic management of the operations of six hospitals within the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system, as well as other key corporate functions.


Hometown: Born in the southeastern part of Nigeria and immigrated to the United States in 1980.

Experience: I joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in 2007 as administrator/CEO of Methodist South Hospital. In 2009, I served as senior vice president/CEO for both Methodist North and South Hospitals. In 2012, I was named executive vice president/COO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

Prior to joining Methodist, I was vice president of operations for Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill.; vice president, strategic planning and support services, Washington Hospital Center, D.C.; and executive director, corporate strategy and marketing, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Fla.

Family: Wife, Rebecca; son, Michael Jr.; daughter, Grace

Favorite quote: “We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

Favorite movie: “Lincoln”

The sports team(s) you root for: Memphis Grizzlies

What’s playing on your stereo right now? R&B, jazz, Bob Marley

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Family, playing golf, exercising and reading.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My parents were instrumental in shaping my values and my passion to make a difference in anything that I do.

What attracted you to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare? The mission of the hospital and total commitment to serve the needs of our entire community.

What are your goals in your new role? Continue to improve the quality of care that we provide for our patients and their families while maintaining our “Power of One” culture.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Immigrating to the United States at the age of 21 and completing my college education in three years, and my wife and kids.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Pursue your passion as if there is no tomorrow.

James F. Williamson has been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ 2014 Edward S. Frey Award for career contributions to religious architecture and support of the allied arts. Williamson is a professor in the University of Memphis department of architecture. His professional practice focuses on religious architecture and has included new and restored churches across the country.


Jody McKibben has been named regional manager of Marcus & Millichap’s mid-market offices in the South, including locations in Memphis, Knoxville and Nashville, and Birmingham and Mobile, Ala. McKibben has served as the sales manager of the company’s Memphis office since September 2012.

Matt Hayden has joined Boyle Investment Co. as deputy treasurer, providing assistance with financial accounting and reporting, as well as tax planning and compliance. Hayden previously served as senior vice president in the investment banking group at Wunderlich Securities Inc.

Tara Meier has joined inferno as account executive, Meier previously served as director of marketing for the Butler County Visitors Bureau in West Chester, Ohio. Anna Yarbro has joined inferno as account coordinator. Yarbro previously worked for a Memphis advertising agency.

Michael Turner has joined Douglas & Associates as an associate financial adviser. Turner previously worked for American Express Financial Advisors and Charles Schwab & Co.

PROPERTY SALES 51 328 20,960
MORTGAGES 58 387 24,132
BUILDING PERMITS 170 842 43,435
BANKRUPTCIES 50 288 13,468