The Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is named for one of the groundbreakers in medicine from the middle of the 20th Century. In addition to his responsibilities as Surgery Department Chair at Meharry Medical College (1943 – 1973), Dr. Matthew Walker, Sr. was a champion of comprehensive community healthcare who established health programs in Tennessee and Mississippi.
Dr. Walker advocated at local and state levels for nearly a decade before receiving an initial Federal grant of approximately $1.5 million to start a community-based clinic in Nashville. This grant was used to build the health center that has continually brought high-quality, affordable care to Middle Tennessee’s underinsured and uninsured citizens for a half century.
The initial clinic, called the Meharry Neighborhood Health Center, opened March 11, 1968 in a temporary location as the first Federally Qualified Health Center in the state of Tennessee. In 1970, the clinic’s name was changed to Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center to honor Dr. Walker’s legacy of tirelessly advocating for health care for all people, regardless of race or socioeconomic status.
Today, Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center provides primary medical care, behavioral health services, dental care and health education to approximately 17,000 people annually in Nashville, Clarksville and Smyrna Tennessee.
We are committed to principles which help us provide high quality care and services to heal the whole person and the whole family.
To provide quality healthcare services, health education and to promote wellness.
To be the provider of choice offering quality state-of-the-art healthcare services to our patients regardless of their economic status.
All people should have easy access to quality healthcare.
Our focus is the patient. Every patient interaction is an opportunity to make a positive difference.
Ethics, Honesty & Integrity
We believe in mutual respect, fairness, and truthfulness.
We support a clear and open exchange of information that will enhance understanding our patient needs and expectations.
We will maintain a strong sense of community outreach that enables us to be a catalyst for developing programs to address health and other community-related concerns.
Accreditations & Affiliations
The Joint Commission
Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is accredited as an ambulatory care facility and certified as a primary care medical home by The Joint Commission. Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center has maintained its ambulatory care accreditation since 1983, reflecting our commitment to providing safe and quality patient care in compliance with the standards set by The Joint Commission.
Only five other community health centers in the country attained accreditation prior to Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center. We are proud of this legacy and remain committed to continuously improving the quality and safety of patient care.
Federally Qualified Health Center
Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, Inc. is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).