Monthly Archives: January 2014

MHC lends a hand to a young mother and her 3 children during the Christmas season

photo-3The administration and staff of Memphis Health Center, Inc. worked together to make this a very special Christmas for one in-need local family. Each department donated clothes and toys to fulfill the Christmas wish list for Josiah (age 2), Jordan (age 4), and Jeremiah (age 6), all current patients at Memphis Health Center’s Crump Boulevard clinic location. The gifts were presented to an overjoyed family at a small reception held at the Crump site on Friday, December 20th at 10:30 am. MHC’s longest tenured employee and lead Pediatrician, Dr. Manhar Gandhi, became aware of the young mother of 3’s current situation during a recent visit, “I get to know all of my patients very well. I cannot effectively treat them without getting to know them first, it comes natural for me. Sometimes a small act of kindness can change a life and it was apparent to me that this family was in need of a little kindness right now.” Gandhi presented his idea to a few others and shortly thereafter the entire MHC team mobilized to make this Christmas an unforgettable one for this very fortunate family of 4. “They are so happy to have something to look forward to on Christmas day! MHC has always been there for my family’s health needs, but I never could have imagined such a Christmas miracle.” the children’s mother exclaimed during the event. “MHC’s mission is about helping those that need us most while still providing access to world-class health care for every member of our community. Our staff goes above and beyond for every patient, every day. The overwhelming response we’ve seen on this family’s behalf today just exemplifies that general attitude of care and concern we share for all of our patients.” Said Brian Wallace, MHC’s CFO. photo-2 MHC is a non-profit federally qualified community health center founded in Memphis, TN in 1971. The 1st health provider of its type in the Memphis area more than 40 years ago, today MHC continues to seek 100% access to affordable preventive and primary health services with 0% health disparity for all residents of Shelby & Fayette counties, TN. The Center accepts most commercial insurances, TennCare, Medicare and provides a sliding fee scale program for individuals that have no insurance or are underinsured. MHC has 3 clinic locations and offers extended hours on Mondays and Wednesdays until 9 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call our Patient Care Center at (901) 261-2000 during normal business hours (7:30 am- 5:30 pm Monday-Thursday & 7:30 am- 11:30 am Friday) or visit our online Appointment Request feature by clicking here: Appointment Request If you are interested in supporting the Center’s mission by making a tax-deductible donation, please visit the donation portal by clicking here (link to or call Marilyn Burress, Manager of Grants & Special Programs, at (901) 261-2003.

MHC National Homeless Memorial Day Event Lauded as Success

Memphis Health Center, Inc. (MHC), hosted a Homeless Memorial Day Program on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., in partnership with Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church. There were over two-hundred (200) individuals in attendance. National Homeless Memorial Day is commemorated annually in over 150 cities and counties across the United States on the first day of winter. It serves as a call to action to end homelessness in our city and our nation. Since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless has sponsored National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on the first day of winter to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our homeless citizens who have paid the ultimate price for our nation’s failure to address the issue. Mark Luttrell, Shelby County Mayor was an honored speaker for the event, along with local area homeless support agencies, homeless and formerly homeless individuals, religious leaders, and concerned citizens will honor the lives and dreams of homeless men and women who died this year in Memphis and will renew their commitment to end homelessness. More than 50 homeless and formerly homeless persons who lost their lives this year will be remembered. Lunch was provided for participants and clothes, care packages, shoes, blankets and hats from the Church’s clothes closet will be distributed to homeless attendees. “Unemployment and poverty are increasing, foreclosures continue at a record rate, and shelters and food pantries cannot meet the increased demand,” said Willeen Hastings, Chief Executive Officer of MHC. “We use this occasion to call on all Memphians and all Americans to commit and recommit ourselves to ending homelessness. While we seek economic solutions for our country, we cannot forget our most vulnerable citizens.” MHC’s mission is to provide access to comprehensive preventative and primary healthcare and to reduce health disparities in medically underserved areas. For more information, please visit