Adding a little Sugar to the Salt

Hunt Properties, GP. is excited to announce construction of a new Hyatt Place hotel coming soon to the campus of West Tennessee Healthcare Jackson-Madison County General Hospital (JMCGH). The hotel will be located on the corner of West Forest Avenue and Lambuth Avenue.

The hotel will also be home to a Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home-like setting for families of children who are receiving medical care at JMCGH in the neonatal intensive care unit and at Le Bonheur Children’s inpatient unit, both located on the third floor of the hospital.

The hotel will be a 5-story facility with 107 rooms, approximately 79,000 sq. ft., and will include meeting spaces up to 2,500 sq. ft., a full-service fitness center, an indoor/outdoor pool with a bar, a coffee bar with lounging area, a full-service commercial restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating, and an upscale business center. The Ronald McDonald House will occupy the 2nd floor and will include 20 rooms, a community kitchen and living area, as well as a laundry area for families who need a home away from home while their children receive medical care.

“Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMCH) is excited to expand into Jackson and serve the families of West Tennessee as their child is undergoing treatment and healing care at Le Bonheur Children’s”, said Jill Crocker, Executive Director of RMCH-Memphis.  “RMHC provides the gift of togetherness during a family health crisis. RMHC is grateful for the opportunity to serve with the West Tennessee partners that have helped to make this opportunity possible: West Tennessee Healthcare, Hunt Properties, GP, and Le Bonheur Children’s.”

“Families are important to a child’s healing process, and we are grateful to the Ronald McDonald House Charities for making sure children in West Tennessee can have the support of their families close by,” said Le Bonheur Children’s President Michael Wiggins. “This gift is an investment in the future of West Tennessee, and we are proud to be a part of this new collaboration.”

Construction of the Hyatt Place will begin in December 2022 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2024. A celebratory groundbreaking will be held at the site on the corner of West Forest Avenue and Lambuth Avenue on December 16, 2022 at 3pm. The public is invited to attend this special event.

According to James Ross, President and CEO of West Tennessee Healthcare, “For several years, we have recognized the need for our patients’ families and our employees to have convenient lodging close to the medical center campus. We are extremely grateful to Hunt Properties, GP. and Ronald McDonald House Charities, in addition to Le Bonheur Children’s, for collaborating together to serve our community in this way.”

“We are also incredibly excited about the opportunity to have the Ronald McDonald House presence serving the Jackson and West TN area.  We have had a long partnership with the Memphis chapter,” stated Tyler Gamble, local McDonald’s franchisee.  “Their work and ability to provide love, strength and provision in a family’s darkest hour touches lives in a way that very few other organizations can.  I have experienced this personally and through our McDonald’s relationship with RMHC.  We are excited to come alongside the Jackson community in supporting RMHC and there is no better way than our round-up program at McDonald’s where every penny will remain with RMHC right here in West TN allowing families to be with their children during some of the scariest times in their lives!”

Local donor, Dr. Chris Lewis, also added, “The Ryder Lewis Memorial Fund was established through the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation to improve the lives of others in a way that would honor Ryder, who died at the age of 13 in a boating accident. The fund seeks opportunities to care for children and their families in times of need. We are excited to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis to bring a house to West Tennessee in 2024. The Ronald McDonald House will bless families in our community with a place to call home when they need it most, and we look forward to serving together for years to come.”

About Hunt Properties, GP:

Hunt Services Inc. is a wholly owned West Tennessee corporation. Established in September, 1999 by David and Melissa Hunt, the company has grown to include DOC Imaging LLC., Hunt Hospitality LLC, Novus Construction LLC and Novus Advance Manufacturing LLC . The Company has achieved annual income over 30 million dollars per year by providing innovative solutions along with dedicated customer services. We continue to grow our business within the medical sector, hospitality sector and with steel manufacturing opportunities. Hunt Services Inc. has been recognized as an Elite Dealer with Kyocera/Copystar products as well as receiving the Hampton Inn Developer of the Year award twice.  Hunt Hospitality has received several operational and performance awards, namely the Conrad Hilton Award, 3 Lighthouse Awards as well as maintaining a very high rating on Star Reports, which rates hotel properties. Our goal is to strive for excellence with our customers, business partners, employees and the communities that we operate in.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities: 

Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMCH®), is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through a global network of over 260 chapters in more than 60 countries and regions, RMHC enables, facilitates and supports family-centered care through three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House ®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room ® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®. RMHC programs help families with ill or injured children stay together and near leading hospitals and health care services worldwide, ensuring they have access to the medical care their child needs while fully supported and actively involved in their child’s care.

About Le Bonheur Children’s: 

Le Bonheur Children’s provides expert care for children in more than 45 pediatric subspecialties, encompassing an 21-bed satellite hospital within Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and an outpatient center in Jackson, Tenn., outpatient centers in Tupelo, Miss., and Jonesboro, Ark., and a 255-bed hospital in Memphis, Tenn. As the primary pediatric teaching affiliate for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur trains more than 350 pediatricians and specialists each year. Nationally recognized, Le Bonheur has been named a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital for 12 consecutive years and is a Magnet-designated facility, the ultimate credential for high-quality patient care and nursing excellence.

For more information, please call (901) 287-6030 or visit lebonheur.org. Connect with us at facebook.com/lebonheurchildrens, twitter.com/lebonheurchild or on Instagram at lebonheurchildrens.

H/T to Gary

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