April 14, 2017


Greetings to my Brothers and Sisters of the CME Church,

 I am delighted to report to you the CME Church’s Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital (CCCH) is being renovated at this present time to become a healthcare facility for those with special needs. Collins Chapel Hospital was built by the CME Church to serve African Americans during an era when other hospitals in the Memphis / Shelby County Community would not take black patients. I thank God for the leadership and support of the College of Bishops of the CME Church along with the Board of Directors from each Episcopal District in helping us launch this much needed healthcare facility.  

We have been recently blessed to have the support of Rev. Dr. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., President of Rainbow PUSH Coalition and a disciple of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to speak out on behalf of the project in a fundraising effort for CCCH.  We met at the historic Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church here in Memphis with over 1,000 persons present to support our efforts on Monday, April 3rd.  We are engaged in a 12-month Stewardship effort to raise funds to make the project a success.  You may mail your tax-deductible donation payable to Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital (CCCH) to the office of the First Episcopal District, CME Church, Attn: Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr., 4466 Elvis Presley Blvd., Ste. 222, Memphis Tennessee  38116. 

We know at present there are some serious health disparities in the African American community that need to be addressed. We are proud of the fact that the CME Church was the first to build a hospital to serve blacks in the Memphis area.  Please pray that we can work and plan together for an improved healthcare system for our nation.  You will find an article
here from the Tri-State Defender Newspaper supporting our efforts with Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital.  We thank you for any monetary gift that you can send to help us with this worthy cause.

 

Your Servant in Christ,
 

Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.
Presiding Prelate of the First Episcopal District
Chair, CCCH Board

$3 Million fundraiser targets renovation of historic hospital.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson keynoted the April 4th tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church, where First District Presiding Prelate Bishop Henry M. Williamson Sr. helped reveal plans for the renovation and conversion of the historic Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital building. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

 
Greetings to my Brothers and Sisters of the CME Church,

 I am delighted to report to you the CME Church’s Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital (CCCH) is being renovated at this present time to become a healthcare facility for those with special needs. Collins Chapel Hospital was built by the CME Church to serve African Americans during an era when other hospitals in the Memphis / Shelby County Community would not take black patients. I thank God for the leadership and support of the College of Bishops of the CME Church along with the Board of Directors from each Episcopal District in helping us launch this much needed healthcare facility.  

We have been recently blessed to have the support of Rev. Dr. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., President of Rainbow PUSH Coalition and a disciple of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to speak out on behalf of the project in a fundraising effort for CCCH.  We met at the historic Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church here in Memphis with over 1,000 persons present to support our efforts on Monday, April 3rd.  We are engaged in a 12-month Stewardship effort to raise funds to make the project a success.  You may mail your tax-deductible donation payable to Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital (CCCH) to the office of the First Episcopal District, CME Church, Attn: Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr., 4466 Elvis Presley Blvd., Ste. 222, Memphis Tennessee  38116. 

We know at present there are some serious health disparities in the African American community that need to be addressed. We are proud of the fact that the CME Church was the first to build a hospital to serve blacks in the Memphis area.  Please pray that we can work and plan together for an improved healthcare system for our nation.  You will find an article here from the Tri-State Defender Newspaper supporting our efforts with Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital.  We thank you for any monetary gift that you can send to help us with this worthy cause.

 
Your Servant in Christ,
 
Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.
Presiding Prelate of the First Episcopal District
Chair, CCCH Board
 
 

Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital

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CME CHURCH Launches $3 Million Healthcare Project: 

Rev. Jesse Jackson to Speak Monday Night (4/3/2017) in Memphis

in Support of Collins Chapel Hospital Rehab Project



 

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 March 29, 2017
CONTACT:  Patricia A. Rogers Public Relations
901.355.9009 
JoAnn W. Jones, Executive Assistant
Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.
901.337.3773


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Memphis, TN - The First Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will host "The Healthcare Crisis in America: Calling for Adequate and Sufficient Healthcare for all Citizens in the Nation." The event, centered around the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017, at 7 pm at Mt. Olive CME Cathedral, 538 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.  Rev. Jesse Jackson, Founder and National President of Rainbow PUSH Coalition (People United to Serve Humanity), will be the keynote speaker. 


The event is a fundraising effort for the $3 million renovation to restore Collins Chapel Health and Rehabilitation Center located at 409 Ayers.  The CME National Church has owned and operated Collins Chapel Hospital since its beginnings and is supporting this new healthcare initiative.  Formerly known as Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital, it was founded in 1910 at 418 Ashland Street during the period of racial segregation in Memphis, and served many African-Americans until the 70s.  It was closed in 1980 when integration allowed the African-American community to be treated at Memphis area hospitals. 


Bishop Henry Williamson, prelate for the First Episcopal District of the CME Church, which is comprised of 180 churches in Tennessee and Arkansas, says the project has received a Certificate of Need (CON) from the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency for a Medicare skilled nursing facility.  "The project is going to be converted into a first class rehabilitation facility. "Collins Chapel Hospital has had a long-standing legacy of providing healthcare services to residents in the Memphis community since 1906.  It is now located in a thriving medical district with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Regional One Health." 


We are proud of the rich history of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church providing Healthcare to the African American community in Memphis.  We look forward to providing quality medical care for the needs of an aging community in a changing environment here in Shelby County.


Bishop Williamson states they will honor Rev. Dr. William E. George, Chief Administrator of Collins Chapel Hospital for over 30 years, Retired Senior CME Bishop William H. Graves, Sr., Rev. Maxie D. Dunnam of the United Methodist Church, and Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. with The Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Dream Keepers Award at the Services.