Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Celebrates 100 Years

Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Michael Ugwueke, president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, share a moment with Cato Johnson, the hospital's senior vice president during the Party of the Century to celebrate 100 years of the health system.

To commemorate its 100-year anniversary Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare hosted what it called "The Party of the Century" at the FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms Park last month.

"For the last one hundred years, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has served as a beacon of expertise and care in our community and region," said Michael Ugwueke, CEO and president of the Methodist Healthcare system. "Our centennial is more than an anniversary. It's a celebration of our commitment to the future of medicine."

A century ago, John Sherard, a Mississippi farmer hoped one day to help open a hospital that would provide high-quality care for everyone regardless of their ability to pay. Sherard was committed to this mission after his minister received care in a charity ward at another Memphis hospital. His dream became what today is Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

"To this day, we stay true to our founder as we continue to be a mission-driven organization committed to providing high-quality care to everyone regardless of their ability to pay," said Ugwueke.

The elegant evening featured special guest Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers president and former NBA star, live musical entertainment, a silent disco, gourmet food, cocktails and special indoor and outdoor activities, all overlooking beautiful Hyde Lake at Shelby Farms Park. Sponsors included AutoZone, Cigna and FedEx.


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