During a ceremony held Friday, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) unveiled the name for its Transplant Institute currently under construction in Shorb Tower at Methodist University Hospital. It will now be called the James D. Eason Transplant Institute – named in honor of long-time Memphis transplant surgeon James Eason, MD, who serves as program director of the institute. Eason also serves as University of Tennessee Health Science Center Chief of Transplantation, and he holds the UTHSC Endowed Chair of Excellence in Transplant Surgery.
“I am both humbled and honored to be acknowledged in this way, and I am also proud to be part of building a transplant program that has become a shining beacon of care across the diverse population that we serve,” said Dr. Eason. “With the new, state-of-the-art facility, the Transplant Institute will continue to be a place where patients and families want to receive care.”
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare broke ground on Shorb Tower, named for former CEO Gary Shorb, in 2016. The 450,000 square foot Shorb Tower, expected to be complete this spring, represents a $275 million investment in providing expert care focused on patients, and is one of the largest transformational projects in the history of the Memphis Medical District.
The Transplant Institute was made possible in part thanks to the support of many generous donors to the Methodist Healthcare Foundation. Prior to breaking ground on Shorb Tower, MLH system received a $40 million anonymous donation to be used to transform the Transplant Institute located at Methodist University Hospital and support pioneering research in collaboration with UTHSC.