‘We are afraid:’ Doctors worry about strain on hospitals, need to protect children

By  and , Daily Memphian Updated: August 13, 2021 2:27 PM CT | Published: August 13, 2021 2:22 PM CT
<strong>County officials, including Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, toured Le Bonheur Children&rsquo;s Hospital on Friday, Aug. 13.&nbsp;&ldquo;One of the really, really hard truths is that this hospital, this community asset, is really under strain right now,&rdquo; Harris said at a press briefing afterward.</strong> (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

County officials, including Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, toured Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital on Friday, Aug. 13. “One of the really, really hard truths is that this hospital, this community asset, is really under strain right now,” Harris said at a press briefing afterward. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

“The ERs are inundated,” said Dr. Shailesh Patel. “If we do not change course, we are headed to our darkest hours, our darkest days.”

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Dr. Nick Hysmith Dr. Sandra Arnold Dr. Michelle Taylor Dr. Shailesh Patel Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Jane Roberts

Jane Roberts

Longtime journalist Jane Roberts is a Minnesotan by birth and a Memphian by choice. She's lived and reported in the city more than two decades. She covers healthcare and higher education for The Daily Memphian.

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Rob Moore is an Arkansas native who moved to Memphis to attend the University of Memphis. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English. He covers Economic Development and Commercial Real Estate.


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