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Dr. Bruce Irwin opened the first American Family Care® in 1982, making it the first urgent care, family care, and primary care practice in Birmingham, Alabama. As a child, Dr. Irwin frequently watched doctors attend to his father’s medical needs. During frequent trips to the emergency room, Dr. Irwin noticed that many non-emergency patients were taking up time and resources from the ER, making the experience more difficult for themselves and those in need of true life-saving care. It was during this time he came up with his idea for an urgent care network that could attend to the needs of non-emergency patients who were in need of immediate attention.

From the outset, Dr. Irwin held to the philosophy of “putting the patient first,” an attitude that quickly made AFC one of the most successful urgent care clinics in the area. More than 35 years later, the AFC brand and philosophy have spread to more than 200 facilities across 26 states, treating nearly three million patients a year. We are proud to stand as one of the most widely-known and admired brands in healthcare and anticipate having more than 500 clinics nationwide in the next five years.

Our Mission

It is our mission 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.

What sets us apart from other urgent care clinics are our on-site technology and services, which include:

  • Physicians
  • Digital X-rays
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic procedures
  • Electronic medical record keeping
  • Highly trained teams of doctors, nurses, and support staff 
  • Clinical lab testing

Pioneers in the Urgent Care Practice

All AFC clinics are designed, equipped, and staffed to provide accessible primary care, urgent care, minor emergency treatment, and occupational medicine. We are considered pioneers in non-emergency room urgent care, with a majority of our patients coming in, receiving care, and returning home in one hour’s time on average.

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Walk-in Medical Care When You Need It, Where You Need It

Urgent care centers, sometimes called walk-in clinics, are a convenient healthcare resource for people nationwide. At American Family Care®, we do not require appointments or referrals. If you cannot wait until your primary care physician has time for an appointment, our clinics are here to provide the immediate medical care you need at a fraction of the cost you will encounter at the emergency room. We strive to make the healthcare experience as convenient and accessible as possible, which is why our clinics are open during the evening hours and on weekends.

AFC SERVING COMMUNITIES AROUND THE NATION

Across the country, AFC is growing. In fact, we’ve been ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. We’re proud to serve more than three million patients each year, and with over 180 clinics throughout the United States, we can offer accessible care close to home. With no appointments, short wait times, and in-network physicians available with extended hours, it’s no wonder more patients turn to AFC.

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3700 Cahaba Beach Road Birmingham, AL 35242

Our Mission and Values:

Our mission is to provide the best healthcare possible in a kind and caring environment, in an economical manner, while respecting the rights of all of our patients, at times and locations convenient to the patient.

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