JACKSON, Tennessee – West Tennessee Healthcare and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital have announced a new collaboration to provide specialized pediatric care to the children of West Tennessee. A resolution approving the collaboration was approved by the West Tennessee Healthcare Board of Directors at its June 29, 2021 meeting.
In July, the two organizations will seek approval from the state of Tennessee to build a pediatric hospital in the hospital licensed to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. The pediatric department will be the first of its kind in West Tennessee and will be staffed with pediatric experts from Le Bonheur and West Tennessee Healthcare.
The two organizations will work together on their joint mission to improve the health of children in West Tennessee by improving access to expert child care and developing broader specialty pediatric programs. This will allow West Tennessee children within 18 counties to stay closer to home while receiving the highest level of care.
“We are so proud of the work we have done in childcare at West Tennessee Healthcare for many years. We look forward to being approved to work with Le Bonheur Children’s to continue this worthy mission, “said James (JR) Ross, President and CEO of West Tennessee Healthcare. “Children in our region deserve that we all work together to ensure they grow up healthy, safe, and strong.”
Further details on the scope of the project, including the services provided, are expected later this year. For more information and to stay up to date, visit www.lebonheur.org/westtennessee or www.wthpediatrics.org.
“We are honored to join West Tennessee Healthcare to improve care for children in West Tennessee,” said Le Bonheur President Michael Wiggins. “Our organizations share a mission to improve the health of families in West Tennessee, and we look forward to working together to ensure that children are cared for near their homes.”
Le Bonheur Children’s has a longstanding presence in Jackson and West Tennessee. Families are familiar with a 20 exam room ambulance on Vann Drive off Interstate 40 in Jackson that offers 17 pediatric specialties. Le Bonheur on the Move, a mobile medical unit in West Tennessee, is helping children connect with a pediatric nursing home. Le Bonheur also provides school nursing, behavioral navigation, health education, and school health screening for various communities in West Tennessee.
Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, part of West Tennessee Healthcare, has served the area since 1950 and is the largest hospital between Memphis and Nashville. The health system offers a full range of health services, including hospitals and clinics across the region, and employs more than 7,000 people.
About the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital treats children through community programs, regional clinics and a state-of-the-art hospital with 255 beds. Le Bonheur serves as the primary teaching partner of the University Tennessee Health Science Center and trains more than 350 pediatricians and specialists each year. Nationally recognized Le Bonheur is ranked Best Children’s Hospital by the US News & World Report. For more information, please call (901) 287-6030 or visit lebonheur.org. Connect with us at facebook.com/lebonheurchildrens, twitter.com/lebonheurchild or on Instagram at lebonheurkinder.
Via West Tennessee Healthcare
West Tennessee Healthcare is a public, not-for-profit healthcare system with locations in 18 counties in West Tennessee. West Tennessee Healthcare’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve while delivering exceptional and compassionate care. For more information visit www.wth.org.