How Memphis is fixing health care


Target, Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, photo by Joshua Gatts, posted under the Creative Commons license.

“It really does take a village,” says Alex Halperin, who describes how one hospital and hundreds of churches set a model for community health — and save money too. The Congregational Health Network at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, has saved the hospital an estimated $4 million in annual costs and improved patient outcomes in a region where nearly one-third of the population live below the poverty line. Read more about this exciting cross-disciplinary collaboration in the September 3, 2013 Salon article.¬†One of the network’s co-founders, the Rev. Gary Gunderson, is now part of a similar initiative at Wake Forest, North Carolina, FaithHealthNC.

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