Hamiltons Honored at Methodist Center of Excellence Grand Opening

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare officially opened its new Center of Excellence in Faith & Health, a collaborative center of research, innovation and training that occupies 16,000-square-foot of newly renovated space at Methodist University Hospital. It contains a family care center, family education library, consultation space for families and physicians, and a state-of-the-art studio area for training and teleconferencing.

HEI Professor of Ophthalmology, Dr. Ralph S. Hamilton, and his wife Barbara Hamilton, a dedicated volunteer with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for the past 41 years, generously donated the initial funds for construction of the center. At the February 22 grand opening ceremony, a dedication plaque was unveiled honoring Dr. and Mrs. Hamilton for their gift. Many heath care and community leaders attended the event, including Barrett G. Haik, MD, FACS, Hamilton Professor and chair of Ophthalmology and director of the UT Hamilton Eye Institute, and James C. Fleming, MD, FACS, professor and vice-chair of Ophthalmology at UT HEI, who both congratulated the Hamiltons on the honor they received for their outstanding generosity.

The inscription on the dedication plaque reads, "Methodist Healthcare recognizes the generous lives of Dr. Ralph and Barbara Hamilton who exemplify the enduring virtues of integrity, compassion, creativity and faithfulness. The Center of Excellence in Faith and Health is a testament to their lifetime of spiritual development. May all who come to this space to learn, teach or receive care further their legacy."