The MED

During its 180-year history, The MED has evolved from a small hospital opened to contain disease carried by travelers on the Mississippi, to a Civil War hospital and ultimately to the Regional Medical Center (The MED) it is today.

The MED received level-one trauma accreditation in 1985, making it the only one to serve Memphis and its 150-mile radius. It also has one of the highest survival rates in the nation for trauma patients – 98 percent after the first 24 hours.

The MED has more than 50 areas of specialty and five Centers of Excellence. Some of the most recognized Centers of Excellence are the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center, Firefighters Regional Burn Center and the Sheldon B. Korones Newborn Center.

The newly formed Neurotrauma Intensive Care Unit treats more brain injuries than any other in the country.

The MED Statistics

  • The only level-one trauma center serving Memphis and its 150-mile radius
  • One of the nation’s three busiest trauma centers
  • A 98 percent trauma survival rate after the first 24 hours
  • Five Centers of Excellence
  • 50 areas of specialty
  • Training for 50 percent of Tennessee physicians
  • More than 1,000 residents of Arkansas and Mississippi treated for trauma in the last year
  • 45,000 babies delivered since inception
  • 55,000 emergency room visits per year
  • 300,000 patients treated last year
  • $368,000,000 in care provided to patients unable to pay because of no insurance or exhausted insurance benefits