Health Care Leader Celebrates Rapid Growth with Dedication of New Headquarters

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Homegrown medical visionary, AFC, drives Birmingham economywith job creation and innovation.

American Family Care (AFC), one of the world’s leading providers of urgent care and family care, celebrates its rapid growth with a building dedication ceremony at its new headquarters in Birmingham. Starting with a single location in Hoover, Alabama in 1982, American Family Care has pioneered the concept of non-emergency room urgent care. Today, with more than 140 clinics and 500 physicians, the company is on track to care for more than 2 million patients this year.

In the course of its rapid growth, AFC has become one of the Southeast’s greatest entrepreneurial success stories – creating about 1,000 Alabama-based jobs, including more than 500 that have been added since the 2008 recession. Local government officials and other dignitaries will help celebrate the company’s building dedication on Thursday, April 23 at 3700 Cahaba Beach Road in Birmingham.

“Our success is the result of the hard work and dedication of our employees and franchisees who work tirelessly to bring kind, compassionate health care to Birmingham and the nation,” said D. Bruce Irwin, M.D., founder and CEO of American Family Care. “We are thrilled, yet humbled, by our growth as we continue to pursue our mission to provide the best health care possible, in a kind and caring environment, while respecting the rights of all patients, in an economical manner, at times and locations convenient to the patient.”

Humble beginnings to homegrown hero: Birmingham’s very own health care pioneer

Born the son of a cobbler in Center Point, Alabama, Dr. Irwin earned an undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College and graduated from the School of Medicine at University of Alabama at Birmingham. While working in the emergency room of Brookwood Medical Center, he discovered that some non-critical emergencies were clogging up the waiting rooms. Despite his lack of education and experience in business, Dr. Irwin sketched a business plan for a network of urgent care clinics on a notepad.

“American Family Care is an innovator in its field and we are proud the company calls Birmingham home,” said Brian Hilson, president and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance. “Birmingham is a breeding ground for innovation in health care because our community has a long history tied to the medical industry. American Family Care’s great success serves as an indicator of Birmingham’s continued success and the entrepreneurial spirt that can be found here.”

American Family Care New Headquarters Dedication Ceremony

Who: Local government officials, local dignitaries, and several patients, whose health has dramatically improved and/or lives have been saved by American Family Care – Birmingham’s homegrown health care leader for urgent care and family care.

What: Building dedication ceremony

When: Thursday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Media Contacts:
Stacey Hilton shilton(at)919marketing(dot)com 919.459.8163
Sue Yannello syannello(at)919marketing(dot)com 919.459.8162

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About American Family Care:
Starting with a single location in Hoover, Alabama in 1982, American Family Care has pioneered the concept of non-emergency room urgent care. Today, with more than 140 clinics and 500 physicians caring for more than 2 million patients a year, AFC is the world’s leading provider of urgent care and family care. The company’s stated mission is to provide the best healthcare possible, in a kind and caring environment, while respecting the rights of all patients, in an economical manner, at times and locations convenient to the patient. For more information, visit http://www.americanfamilycare.com.

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