The Mission of the Athens Neighborhood Health Center is to provide affordable, high quality healthcare to all individuals in Athens-Clarke County and surrounding areas.


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. In 2018, ANHC earned the NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition. See below for a full description of the Patient-Centered Medical Home and it's importance to you and ANHC.


ANHC is a private,non-profit, outpatient medical facility. Our goal 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, CHIP, and other insurances are accepted. For a list of accepted insurances, please click on the following link: ACCEPTED INSURANCES. 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 aid uninsured patients in obtaining insurance through the health insurance exchange, Medicaid, CHIP, or Medicare..

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.
Saturday: 8:00am to 12:00 noon (ANHC East only).
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 calling 706-475-9706.


The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront of care. PCMHs build better relationships between people and their clinical care teams. Research shows that they improve quality, the patient experience, and staff satisfaction, while reducing health care costs.

NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Program is the most widely adopted Patient-Centered Medical Home evaluation program in the country. More than 12,000 practices (with more than 60,000 clinicians) are recognized by NCQA. And more than 100 payers support NCQA recognition through financial incentives or coaching. If your practice earns recognition through NCQA, it means you have made a commitment to providing quality improvement within your practice and a patient-centered approach to care that results in patients that are happier and healthier. Athens Neighborhood Health Center earned the NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition in 2018.

Some background: The American Academy of Pediatrics introduced the medical home concept in 1967, and in 2007, leading primary care-oriented medical professional societies released the Joint Principles of the PCMH. The next year, NCQA released its PCMH Recognition program, the first evaluation program in the country based on the PCMH model. Today, NCQA’s PCMH Recognition program has evolved to feature a set of Six Concepts that make up a medical home. Underlying these concepts are criteria (activities for which a practice must demonstrate adequate performance to obtain NCQA PCMH Recognition) developed from evidence-based guidelines and best practices.


Through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), eligible Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - supported health centers may be granted medical malpractice liability protection with the Federal government acting as their primary insurer. To receive coverage, grantees must submit an initial deeming application to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care and meet the requirements to attain deemed status. Renewal applications for redeeming must be submitted on an annual basis to continue coverage.

A deemed health center, its employees, and eligible contractors working within the approved scope of project are considered federal employees and are immune from lawsuits for medical malpractice. A patient who alleges acts of medical malpractice by a deemed health center cannot sue the health center or the provider(s) directly, but must file the claim against the United States Government. The Federal government assumes responsibility for costs related to a claim resulting from the performance of a medical, surgical, dental, or related function. There is no cost to a participating health center or its providers. These claims are reviewed and/or litigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel and the Department of Justice according to FTCA requirements. Athens Neighborhood Health Center is a FTCA deemed health center.


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

Marcus Garner, Chief Executive Officer
Stalina Gowdie, MD, Chief Medical Officer
John Wolfe, MPA, Chief Financial Officer
Marcus Greene, Clinical Operations Officer
Jennifer Richardson, MBA, Director of Marketing and Outreach
Linda Cherry, Director of Human Resources
Almena Smith, Revenue Cycle Manager


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