Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has donated $250,000.00 to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The money will go towards a medical student scholarship named for Dr. Ed Reed. Reed was the first black surgeon general in Memphis, who passed away at the age of 92 in 2012.
Methodist will donate $50,000.00 per year for the next five years. The scholarships will be awarded to students currently enrolled or admitted to the medical school.
This fall, the Dr. Ed Reed Scholarship will be awarded to five students. They are Megan Delores Ward, Andrew Stephen Poole, Bryauna Schunece Lewis, Keadrea Renee Wilson and Petrina L. Craine. These students will each receive $10,000.
Dr. Reed was not only the first black surgeon general to establish practice in Memphis, but he also helped integrate the surgical staff at the former St. Joseph Hospital in the 1960s.