Press Release from Bill Gibbons for Governor, Feb. 16, 2010:
Memphis, TN – Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons toured Memphis’ Regional Medical Center today to learn first hand about the area’s largest trauma center, the financial challenges it faces, and what it needs from Tennessee’s next governor.
“The MED is in critical condition financially, and as a candidate for governor, I wanted to speak directly with leaders at The MED about the root of the problem, and how to pave the way for a more positive future for the trauma center. It is imperative that we properly support and fund the hospital to keep it’s doors open,” Gibbons said.
The MED, which houses cutting-edge trauma, burn and neo-natal centers, serves a six state region within 180 miles of Memphis and often absorbs the cost of a large number of patients without insurance. It is also critical to UT’s Health Sciences Center.
“The MED is not only a safety net hospital that gives medical care to the uninsured, but it’s also an educational training facility for doctors in Memphis. Of the roughly 450 physicians going through residency programs, 140 of them do so at The MED. I’m not sure state government understands the importance of The MED to Tennessee, but I do. And as governor, I will be committed to helping the hospital get the money it deserves,” Gibbons added.
Bill Gibbons, a Republican, is the Shelby County District Attorney General, serving as the top state law enforcement official in Tennessee’s largest jurisdiction. He entered the governor’s race on January 4, 2009. For more information on Bill Gibbons, visit his campaign website at www.Gibbons2010.com.