In the early 1930s, Dr. Wallace Clark of LaGrange visited the Mayo Clinic as a patient. Persistent migraine headaches and a heart ailment had taken him many places for treatment, but he was most impressed by this Rochester, Minnesota medical facility. Realizing the quality of care that could be given to patients through group practice, Dr. Clark decided he wanted similar facilities for the West Georgia area. And therefore, he dedicated his life to make this dream a reality. While searching for a partner, a salesman from a surgical supply house told Dr. Clark about a young physician who was finishing his residency in surgery at Ware County Hospital in Waycross, Georgia. Clark contacted Holder in the mid-1930s and as the saying goes... "The rest is history"..
Dr. Clark died in 1955, breaking a 20-year relationship that had been immensely successful. This left Dr. Holder at the helm, and through his strong leadership the Clinic continued its steady growth. By 1957, the physicians had outgrown their medical facility for a second time and relocated to the present facility at the corner of Smith and North Lewis streets.
In 1961, Clark-Holder Clinic (originally organized as a partnership) was re-organized as a professional association taxable as a corporation. The Clinic was one of the first medical groups in Georgia to adopt Articles of Association and By-laws under the new law, Georgia Professional Association Act, passed by the Georgia General Assembly in April of 1961. In 1965, the IRS changed the law so that an association similar to Clark-Holder Clinic could not be taxed as a corporation solely because it "resembled" a corporation. The IRS said it had to be "identical" to a corporation and challenged the right of professionals to incorporate. After years of litigation, Holder vs. U.S. became one of two test cases carried through the courts all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Due to Dr. Holder’s persistence and favorable rulings at each lower court, the IRS finally decided to drop its appeal at the Supreme Court level. Dr. Holder, along with Dr. O'Neill of Cleveland, Ohio, and Dr. Kruzner of Miami, Florida, led the battle that won the war for equality for all self-employed, professional people, including physicians, accountants, and attorneys - the right to incorporate and to enjoy the tax benefits of corporate practice.
Today, we maintain the same high standards that Drs. Wallace H. Clark and James S. Holder established in 1936. The physicians and staff at Emory Clark-Holder Clinic continue to focus on its primary mission of taking care of its patients.