About Church Health

Church Health is a faith-based, non-profit organization located in Memphis, Tennessee that provides comprehensive healthcare and health services to individuals with little or no access to healthcare. In the past year alone, Church Health had more than 54,000 patient encounters. In addition, Church Health has extended training, education and outreach to countless individuals and organizations with the goal of fostering physical, emotional and spiritual well-being among patients, participants, families and the community at-large.

Our Mission

Church Health seeks to reclaim the Church’s biblical commitment to care for our bodies and our spirits.

Our Purpose

To improve health and well-being so that people can experience the full richness of life.

Our Virtues 

Gentleness

Kindness

Compassion

Humility

Patience 

Love 

Our History

Beginnings

Dr. Scott Morris, a family practice physician and ordained United Methodist minister, founded Church Health in 1987 to provide quality, affordable healthcare for working, uninsured people and their families.

In 1986, after college, seminary, medical school and his ordination as a United Methodist minister, Dr. Morris moved to Memphis, one of the poorest major cities in America. Dr. Morris knew the need would certainly be there, and if Church Health could work in Memphis, it could work anywhere.

Scope

We are the largest private faith-based health clinic in the U.S.

Quality

We are recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. This rigorous standard of care delivery encourages close partnerships between patients and their providers.  

Support from Memphis’ Faith & Health Community

That same year, Dr. Morris was appointed Associate Pastor at St. John’s United Methodist Church and then began to plan and raise the initial funding for Church Health. St. John’s, located in Midtown Memphis, purchased the organization’s first building, a dilapidated boarding house across the street from the church, and agreed to lease it for $1 per year.

Central Church then agreed to finance the renovation of the building and its conversion to a clinic. The Plough Foundation and Methodist Hospital each provided funding to launch Church Health.

Dr. Morris and one nurse saw 12 patients at Church Health on September 1, 1987. Thanks to a broad base of financial support from the faith community and the volunteer help of doctors, nurses, dentists and other healthcare providers, Church Health has since expanded to provide medical, dental, behavioral health, optometry, physical rehabilitation, wellness and nutrition services and outreach. In addition, extensive support has provided to faith-based and community organizations to build health ministries and wellness programs.

The Model for Healthy Living 

In 2008, the Model for Healthy Living was introduced and now serves as the cornerstone for Church Health care and outreach; health and well-being are defined by Faith, Medical, Movement, Work, Emotions, Nutrition, and Friends & Family. 

Who We Serve

More than 80% of our patients live at or below poverty line, equivalent to less than $12,000 for a single individual per year.

Growth

Continuing our remarkable growth in FY2018, patient visits now average approx. 5,000 per month.

The Move to Crosstown Concourse

In March 2017, Church Health consolidated operations of its thirteen facilities into Crosstown Concourse, former home to a Sears-Roebuck distribution and retail center that had been rehabilitated to a glorious “vertical urban community.”

Today, more than 45 businesses and 260 apartments call Crosstown Concourse home.

Costs

Cost: Whether they have a cold, a broken bone or are dealing with chronic pain or disease, our patients pay only $35 to access our Walk-In Clinic.

1986

1986

Dr. Scott Morris moves to Memphis. 

1987

1987

Church Health founded.

1999 Perea

1992

Recognizing that health is about more than prescribing pills, Church Health opens Hope & Healing. Later renamed Church Health Wellness, the facility offered nutrition, exercise and wellness education programs. 

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1999 Perea

1999

Perea Preschool opens on the campus of Caldwell Elementary School in Memphis, serving 48 students in its first year.

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2008 MHL

2008

The Model for Healthy Living introduced.

2016 Residency

2016

The Church Health Family Medicine Residency program is launched.

2016 Rebrand

2016

The Church Health Center rebrands to Church Health.

2017 Crosstown

2017

Church Health moves to Crosstown Concourse

Health Education & Prevention

Healthcare is about more than just prescribing pills. We believe we have a responsibility to take care of the bodies God gave us, so we have been committed from our beginning to health education and prevention.

Our wellness programming now offers everything from community cooking classes in our state-of-the-art Nutrition Hub  to group yoga, Pilates and dance classes in our Creative Movement Studio. We also offer activities for children and families in The Well, Church Health’s family wellness center.

Preach, Teach & Heal

Our Faith Community Engagement staff offers hope for a healthier life by reaching people where they worship. Church Health provides the support, consultation and education to start or strengthen health ministries in congregations. FCE develops faith-health curriculum for congregations and collaborates with faith communities in other ways as well.

The MEMPHIS Plan

The MEMPHIS Plan is Church Health’s employer-sponsored healthcare plan for small business and the self-employed. By relying on donated services from volunteer doctors and area hospitals and laboratories, the MEMPHIS Plan offers uninsured people in lower-wage jobs access to quality, affordable healthcare.

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