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American Family Care Skyrockets to Top of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 List

For the eighth time, American Family Care (AFC), the nation’s leading provider of urgent care and accessible primary care, ranks among the best in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®, the world’s most admired and respected franchise ranking.

AFC is listed at 82 — the highest ranking on the prestigious list for the health care brand to date and the first time breaking the top 100. The company’s growth, financial strength, stability and brand power are used by Entrepreneur magazine to determine placement.

“We are pleased that the strength and resiliency of the American Family Care franchise opportunity are reflected by its position as the highest-ranked urgent care opportunity in the Franchise 500,” said D. Bruce Irwin, M.D., Founder and CEO of AFC.

American Family Care was quick to adapt to changing circumstances in 2020, which led to their success during a challenging year. “Innovation and adaptability have always been at the heart of American Family Care, adds Dr. Irwin. “As COVID-19 began to impact the nation, we immediately started brainstorming ways to adapt to offer solutions for our patients and our franchise owners.”

To ease patient fears about in-person doctor visits, AFC moved quickly to launch the AFC/Telecare portal, which allows medical providers in the American Family Care network of nationwide healthcare clinics to provide virtual visits to patients, including assessment/screening of COVID-19 symptoms or any other healthcare problems, such as acute illnesses and trauma, help managing chronic illness and prescription medication as needed all from the safety of their home.

AFC also became the first health care provider in the country to provide the fastest-available molecular point-of-care test for the detection of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. The national recognition drove even more patients to AFC clinics.

In Entrepreneur’s continuing effort to best understand and evaluate the ever-changing franchise marketplace, the company’s 42-year-old ranking formula continues to evolve as well. The key factors that go into the evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength and financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500 in ranking order.

Since its inception, the Franchise 500 has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. American Family Care’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.

To view American Family Care in the full ranking, visit

About American Family Care:

Founded by Dr. Bruce Irwin with a single location in 1982, American Family Care has pioneered the concept of convenient, patient-centric healthcare. Today, with more than 220 clinics and 600 in-network physicians caring for nearly 3 million patients a year, AFC is the nation’s leading provider of urgent care, accessible primary care, and occupational medicine. Ranked by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., AFC’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

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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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