ABOUT US

MISSION


The Mission of the Athens Neighborhood Health Center is to provide affordable, high quality primary healthcare to medically under-served individuals in Athens-Clarke County and surrounding areas. Athens Neighborhood Health Center will make healthcare affordable to all people by assigning uninsured and under-insured persons to a sliding fee scale. The target populations to be served include children living in poverty, the working poor, elderly individuals on fixed incomes, homeless individuals and persons with chronic illnesses.

HISTORY

The concept for Athens Neighborhood Health Center began around the kitchen table of a Clarke County cook who later became a county commissioner. The women at the table knew that many in Athens did not seek medical attention simply because they were not comfortable in doing so. Together, the three women, along with the support of elected officials and their community, made Athens Neighborhood Health Center a reality in 1971. Their desire to provide quality, affordable health care in a comfortable environment remains the focus of Athens Neighborhood Health Center. Today the Center's three facilities are the medical homes for thousands of Athens-Clarke County residents as well as those from surrounding counties.

In 2012, Athens Neighborhood Health Center (ANHC) became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) by attaining the stringent requirements of the Bureau of Primary Health Care within the Health Resources and Services Administration. As an FQHC, Athens Neighborhood Health Center is much better positioned to grow and expand its services to the people of the greater Athens area throughout the upcoming decades.

OPERATIONS and HOURS

ANHC is a private,non-profit, outpatient medical facility. Our Mission is to provide comprehensive primary healthcare to citizens of Athens-Clarke County and surrounding areas,regardless of their ability to pay for these services.The center is governed by as many as eighteen members on the Board of Directors.
ANHC provides primary evidence-based care, patient/family education, and self-management support for children (from infancy through adolescence), adults, and the elderly. Acute care and care for chronic illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes are available at the center. Behavioral health needs are addressed. Immunizations, and a host of laboratory services are made available to our patients.

ANHC is staffed with dedicated physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and medical assistants. A friendly and helpful administrative staff is always on hand to greet you and to suggest an appointment that will minimize waiting. Emergency appointments are accepted. ANHC will ask patients to provide complete medical history and transfer of records from outside the practice if applicable. Contact our main office number for the medical records department.

ANHC offers medical care and treatment to anyone in need of these services. Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurances are accepted. Patients who do not have insurance are charged on a sliding scale fee schedule which is based on yearly income and family size. Our Insurance navigators can aide uninsured patients in obtaining insurance through the health insurance exchange.

ANHC is open and the phones are answered during the following hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 8:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:00pm to 5:00 pm.
Tuesday: 8:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Friday: 8:00am to 2:00pm.
ANHC can be reached by contacting our two main office numbers: 706-546-5526 or 706-543-1145. Our on-call providers can be reached after hours by contacting either of our main office numbers.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Members of the Senior Leadership Team at Athens Neighborhood Health Center include:

Mellinda Craig, MSW, Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer Richardson, MBA, Director of Marketing and Outreach
Nedsely Vila, MD, Interim Medical Director

BOARD MEMBERS

The Athens Neighborhood Health Center is a non-profit organization and is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors.   The board includes community leaders, business leaders, representatives from non-profit organizations, and individuals who are clients of ANHC.

MAE WALTER-PRESIDENT
WILLIAM L. BLAND, JR.-VICE PRESIDENT
YASIRI BONTIVA
KATHERYN B. DAVIS
ANDREA DENNIS
SHIRLEY EDWARDS
CHANDLER KAVENNAUGH
TONI MILES, M.D.
HENRY YOUNG, Ph.D