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We’re grateful for our many community partners and donors, as well as our loyal staff, physician partners, nurses, caregivers and volunteer leaders. Together, we share a common hope for the healing of people, families and neighborhoods.

We hope that these stories and images will open your eyes to the miracles we see here at Methodist each and every day.

Sally, Karen

More than 100 people joined Karen and Reggie Garner of Magnolia Homes to raise funds for a special bathtub for hospice patients.


The numbers are impressive for the Congregational Health Network, the heart and soul of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s Center of Excellence in Faith and Health

Kurt Tauer

Dr. Kurt Tauer is a board–certified oncologist and Chief of Staff at The West Clinic.

Bowl with Mike Conley

Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies hosted the 6th Annual Bowl ‘n Bash event to benefit the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Center.

Donna Abney with children

This summer, Camp Riverview Alive provided children in need with school supplies and information to help make healthier choices.

Caitlin and Jason Motte

Caitlin Motte and her husband, St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Jason Motte, were so touched by the care at West Cancer Center and Methodist, they began their own quest to end cancer.

Sherard family

Multiple generations of the Sherard family have tirelessly supported Methodist Healthcare. For them, it’s a heritage of healthcare excellence. 

MAG is a strong advocate for resident hospice care

Medical Anesthesia Group (MAG) is a strong advocate for residential hospice care. But for this group, it’s also personal. 

Methodist works toward widespread wellness

In less than a year, the work by Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare to address healthcare issues in a South Memphis neighborhood has grown from an experiment to a full-time endeavor focused on the 38109 zip code. 

J. W. Gibson

J.W. Gibson’s dedication to the Memphis community developed early, and as a member of the Foundation board, he shows no signs of stopping. “One thing that really drew me to Methodist was the outreach to improve healthcare for the underserved."

Michael Drake

Michael Drake, founder, chairman and CEO of MasterIT, is passionate about the Dennis H. Jones Living Well Network. "It gives people a very safe place to go to seek counsel and to find a way through whatever they're dealing with."

Keith and Kent Ingram

Brothers Kent and Keith Ingram are committed to bringing the Congregational Health Network to West Memphis. "Methodist has taken healthcare and its mission to another level. They have found a way through ministry, through churches, to further their outreach."

Dr. Bob Richardson

Dr. Bob Richardson’s career started as a way to fulfill a promise. In January of 1954, Bob became very ill. “I thought I was going to die. And I said, ‘God, let me get well, and I’ll spend my career helping sick folks.’ And I got well.” He never forgot his promise.

Ed and Nancy Barnett

Ed and Nancy Barnett are longtime supporters of Methodist for many reasons. Ed says he’s watched Methodist grow and evolve and still stay true to its mission of taking care of all people, wherever they are, regardless of ability to pay. “Methodist was committed, and they’ve stayed committed, to staying in the downtown area,” Ed says. “They just seem to be hitting all the right notes.” 

Larry Jensen

Larry Jensen serves on the Foundation board, he says, because Methodist lives out the message of the Gospels. “If you have someone caring about you as a person, that buoys hope. You’ve got to give people the opportunity to receive with dignity. That’s part of what Methodist is trying to do.” 

Jack Morris

There’s a clock on the sign in front of every location of Jack Morris Auto Glass. Jack will tell you it started as a way to convince city officials to allow him to have a bigger sign. Spend some time with him though, and the clock takes on a new meaning. Time is precious to Jack, and he spends a lot of his helping others—including Methodist Healthcare.

Savanah Stewart talks about cancer the way she talks about her life, with zest and eagerness

When she talks about cancer, Savanah Stewart doesn’t speak haltingly or in hushed tones. She talks about it the same way she talks about her boyfriend, her chemistry degree or her plans to attend dental school—with the zest and eagerness of someone who has things to do and people to see. Then there’s the gratitude.

Dr. Jeanne Jemison specializes in behavioral pediatrics and serves on the Foundation board.

Dr. Jeanne Jemison specializes in behavioral pediatrics, and as a Foundation board member she believes, “you don’t get on a board to change its direction. You get on a board that has the same direction as you. Methodist is grounded.”

Arbeny and Kenesha learned the importance of living donor organ transplants at the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute.

Since third grade, best friends Arbeny Davis and Kenesha Reed have shared dance lessons, friendship and all the ups and downs of childhood. Now, after a living donor organ transplant, the girls are giving new meaning to the term “friends for life.”

Scott Hennessy volunteers his time for Methodist Hospice patients.

Scott Hennessy is one of nearly 100 volunteers who show up every day to help care for Methodist Hospice patients. For Scott, it’s personal. Both of his parents are deceased and his father was cared for by hospice which led him to this volunteering experience.

The Coccis and their "extended family" at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital celebrated after the labor and delivery of their miracle twins.

“The babies are part of their lives, too. You know they medically shouldn’t be here. It’s thanks to the Methodist team that they are.”  Learn more about their miracle maternity story at Methodist Germantown.

Richard Link

After receiving a kidney transplant, Richard Link struggled with regaining his strength and stamina. Today, he helps other transplant patients stay fit and active by teaching free tai chi classes.

Debbie Jones and Rick Kirchoff

When Debbie Jones' husband took his life after battling depression, she decided to turn tragedy into good. Learn about how Debbie is working with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare to help other families struggling with depression.

Dixie Laster

Dixie Laster is a nurse with a special calling to care for the dying and to help make the last days of a person’s life on earth comfortable. She and others like her at Methodist are working to make sure patients and families at the new Methodist Hospice Residence are surrounded by love and light.

Taleka Perry

Taleka Perry’s clinical and administrative skills—combined with a lifelong love for the hands-on work of hospice caregivers—was exactly what the Hospice Residence team was looking for in a director.

Dr. Marty Carr

Dr. Marty Carr, Medical Director for the emergency departments at Methodist Healthcare, is a long-time supporter of Methodist and the Foundation.

Baker Donelson

The law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz is a longtime supporter of Methodist Healthcare. But when illness took one of their own, the firm's connection became personal. Find out why the firm made a commitment to the Methodist Hospice Residence.

Margaret Kirkland

After a valiant fight with cancer, Margaret Kirkland made the decision to move to the Methodist Hospice Residence, where she could receive the care she needed and her 12-year-old daughter Hannah could visit her daily.

Dianne Papasan

A lifelong career as a dental hygienist wasn't what prepared Dianne Papasan to be a curator of healing art. It was her broader life experiences that did that.

Dorothy Weems

Dorothy Weems has been volunteering in hospice for ten years. Although she's done everything from retrieving opera recordings to rocking five-day-old babies, what she does most is listen.

The people that we serve inspire each and every one of us who have chosen to be part of this incredible healthcare system. Our hearts are full with the gratitude that comes from seeing the results of our care.

Gifts to the Foundation contribute to research and education that are saving lives; to providing care for those who can’t afford it; to building a hospice residence for patients at the end of life; and to creating our first non-clinical center of excellence ever, The Center of Excellence in Faith and Health.

All of this is made possible thanks to the support and contributions of many. We are grateful for your generosity, and so are the individuals and families we serve.