Health care is one of the most important businesses in Memphis. The area has 19 hospitals with over 4,000 beds, and employs more than 21,000 full-time personnel.
The Regional Medical Center at Memphis is the South’s largest and one of the nation’s foremost centers for medical research. Known as "The Med," it is an acute care "safety net" hospital. It provides care for high-risk births and the region’s only facility for Level I trauma injuries. It also houses the only full treatment burn center within 150 miles, and employs more than 1,800 people.
Baptist Memorial Health Care System operates six hospitals in the metro area.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis is one of the nation’s top medical schools. The UT campus consists of six colleges, a School of Biomedical Engineering and 106-bed Bowld Hospital.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, is a center for clinical research and care of children with catastrophic diseases. It is world famous for its cancer research and its success in treating childhood cancers. In addition, it is currently conducting major research on cancers, acquired and inherited immunodeficiency and genetic disorders.
Saint Francis Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in the Memphis area, with 609 beds and a new facility in Bartlett. Methodist Hospitals of Memphis operate six facilities with a total of more than 1,800 beds.
LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center serves 95 counties in six states with satellite facilities in the area. LeBonheur is the Mid-South’s premier pediatric hospital and operates the region’s only pediatric emergency department and pediatric intensive care unit. A licensed, fully accredited 225-bed center, it is recognized as the region’s pediatric specialty referral center.
The VA Medical Center provides medical care for veterans living in the area on its 33-acre compound. It serves the region as a referral center for spinal cord injuries and prosthetic treatment and has 274 beds.