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Happy Birthday, Church Health

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34 years ago today, Church Health opened its doors in a small house in Midtown Memphis. We saw 12 patients and were focused on providing quality healthcare for people who work in low wage jobs, but who are uninsured. Today, with the help of thousands of physicians, nurses, dentists, and lay volunteers Church Health is the anchor tenant at Crosstown Concourse, the largest health center of its type in America.

So how did it happen? I believe it is a reflection of the spirit of community that exists in Memphis. Despite our differences, we actually care about our neighbors and we want each other to live healthy, productive lives. With all of our challenges in Memphis, we can become a healthy city if we tackle all of our problems in a manner that strives to care for one another, the way you would want to be cared for. That is what has allowed Church Health to thrive and it's the path forward through the pandemic and all of our problems. I am proud to call myself a Memphian because of what I have witnessed happen at Church Health.

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.