West Tennessee Healthcare and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Announce Pediatric Collaboration in West Tennessee

JACKSON, Tennessee – West Tennessee Healthcare and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital announced a new partnership to provide specialized pediatric care to the children of West Tennessee. A resolution approving the partnership was approved by the West Tennessee Healthcare board of directors at their June 29, 2021 meeting.

In July, the two organizations will seek approval from the state of Tennessee to develop a pediatric hospital-within-a-hospital licensed from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. The pediatric unit will be the first of its kind in West Tennessee and is expected to be staffed by pediatric experts from Le Bonheur and West Tennessee Healthcare.

The two organizations will work together in their shared mission to improve the health status of children in West Tennessee by improving access to expert pediatric care and developing more comprehensive pediatric specialty programs. This allows West Tennessee children from an 18 counties radius to stay closer to home while receiving the highest level of care.

“We are so proud of the work we have done at West Tennessee Healthcare for many years to care for children. We look forward to approval to work with Le Bonheur Children’s to continue this valuable 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.”

More details on the scope of the venture, including the services provided, are expected later this year. For more information and to stay updated as the details evolve, visit www.lebonheur.org/westtennessee or www.wthpediatrics.org.

“We are honored to join West Tennessee Healthcare to improve the care we provide for children in West Tennessee,” said Le Bonheur President Michael Wiggins. “Our organizations have a shared mission to improve the health of families in West Tennessee, and we’re excited to work together to ensure child care is close to home.”

Le Bonheur Children’s has a long presence in Jackson and West Tennessee. Families are already familiar with a 20 exam room outpatient clinic on Vann Drive off Interstate 40 in Jackson, which offers 17 pediatric subspecialties. Le Bonheur on the Move, a mobile medical unit in West Tennessee, helps children connect with a children’s hospital. Le Bonheur also provides in-school nursing, behavioral health navigation, health education, and school-mandated screenings to several communities in western Tennessee.

Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, part of West Tennessee Healthcare, has served the region since the 1950s and is the largest hospital between Memphis and Nashville. The health system provides a full range of health services, including hospitals and clinics across the region, and employs more than 7,000 people.

About Children’s Hospital Le Bonheur

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital treats children through community programs, regional clinics and a state-of-the-art 255-bed hospital. Le Bonheur is a primary education affiliate for the University Tennessee Health Science Center, training more than 350 pediatricians and specialists each year. Nationally recognized, Le Bonheur is ranked by US News & World Report as a best children’s hospital. For more information, call (901) 287-6030 or visit lebonheur.org. Connect with us at facebook.com/lebonheurchildrens, twitter.com/lebonheurchild or on Instagram at lebonheurchildrens.

About West Tennessee Healthcare

West Tennessee Healthcare is a not-for-profit public health care system with locations in 18 counties in West Tennessee. West Tennessee Healthcare’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve while providing exceptional and compassionate care. For more information, visit www.wth.org.

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