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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.

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


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