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AFC’s story is one of following your dreams and overcoming incredible adversity. Our founder, Dr. Bruce Irwin, had an early and intense exposure to health care after a tragic train accident left his father wheelchair-bound. Witnessing the care and compassion his father received while recovering from the accident inspired the young man to one day become a doctor. With his father retrained as a shoe repairman, Bruce Irwin and his five sisters grew up in extreme poverty – but the young man never wavered from his goal of becoming a doctor.

After graduating from medical school, Dr. Irwin experienced firsthand the overcrowding of emergency rooms and saw the difficulty working people had accessing health care around their schedules. Knowing there had to be a better way, he envisioned a new kind of health care— with a facility equipped and staffed like an ER, and able to provide routine care from the consumer’s point of view. This simple idea came to fruition in 1982 when the first American Family Care location opened in Birmingham, Alabama. Located close to where patients lived, worked, and shopped, it offered extended hours, 7 days a week. Best of all, it provided access on a walk-in basis, so patients could get the right care, right when they needed it.

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Back then – in a world where politicians, academicians, and insurance companies drove the world of medicine – the idea of patient-centered health care was a radical one. But the idea took off, and AFC began building clinics in neighborhoods all over. Today, with hundreds of clinics across the U.S. caring for millions of patients each year, AFC is the nation’s leading
provider of urgent care, accessible primary care, and occupational medicine. Best of all, our clinics are independently owned and operated by people committed to your community.

Dr. Irwin’s pioneering efforts created a health care revolution. Today, our vision is to become one of the most admired brands in health care. The key to our success is adherence to our values, and our mission statement: 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.

“From the beginning, my goal was to make high-quality healthcare as accessible as possible. That continues to this day.”

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The Executive Team

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Dr. Bruce Irwin, MD
Founder and CEO

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Randy Johansen

Randy Johansen

President and Member of the Board of Directors

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Joseph Hawley, CPA

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officers

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Dr. Benjamin Barlow, Chief Medical Officer of American Family Care

Dr. Benjamin Barlow, MD
Chief Medical Officer

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Claudius Moore

Claudius Moore
Chief Information Officer

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Jason Badyrka
Vice President, Franchise Operations

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Michael Chester

Michael Chester
General Counsel

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Gwen Dwyer
Vice President, Clinical Operations

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Mark Goodwin

Mark Goodwin
Vice President, Revenue Cycyle Management

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Sean Hart
Vice President, Franchise Sales

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Jessica Higginbotham

Jessica Higginbotham
Vice President, Pharmacy Services

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Patti Holt

Patti Holt
Vice President, Recruiting

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Jim Kerr

Jim Kerr
Vice President, Human Resources

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Chris Sherrod
Vice President, Procurement

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William Talley

Williiam Talley
Vice President, Facilities Management

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Salisia Valentine 1

Salisia Valentine
Vice President, Provider Services

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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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