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Positively Memphis

A few days ago, Pat Halloran, an iconic figure in Memphis, died suddenly.

Pat was known far and wide for saving and revitalizing the Orpheum Theater, and bringing Broadway to Memphis. But Pat wasn't a native Memphian. He grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and only came here as an adult.

After he retired from the Orpheum, he dedicated himself to a new not-for-profit he called Positively Memphis. He hosted lunches that gathered the diversity of Memphis to discuss what is good and right about our city, and to raise money for children's charities.

Pat wasn't naive about our struggles, but he chose to focus on the positive, and to aid children who will be our future. Under Brett Batterson's leadership, Pat left the Orpheum in good hands, so that Memphis will always have Broadway. But it will take all of us for Positively Memphis to thrive. Going forward, we don't need to do it for Pat or ourselves. We need to do it for our children.

This is Dr. Scott Morris for Church Health.


Dr. G. Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div, is founder and CEO of Church Health, which opened in 1987 to provide quality, affordable health care for working, uninsured or underserved people and their families. In FY2021, Church Health had over 61,300 patient visits. Dr. Morris has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and M.D. from Emory University. He is a board-certified family practice physician and an ordained United Methodist minister.