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Our History


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Early 2005

In 2005, Christ Health received a Compassion Capital Collaborative sub-award through Christian Community Health Fellowship to help establish our initial clinic on the campus of The Foundry, a ...

residential alcohol and drug recovery ministry in Bessemer, Alabama. At The Foundry, we refined our vision while serving both the residents of The Foundry and the good people who live in and around Bessemer.

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Late 2007

Late in 2007, Dr. Robert Record and Dr. John Fischer were given the opportunity to purchase the Eastern Health Department building in Woodlawn. They pursued the building with vigor and found ...

a great partner in Church of the Highlands who shared their vision for holistic community transformation that included increased access to healthcare for those in need. Much like Christ Health's Foundry relationship, Church of the Highlands' Birmingham Dream Center became an excellent community development partner and a landlord willing to rent clinical space for below market-rate. Initial operating capital came in the form of a large grant from another the Daughters of Charity religious order, another miraculous Christ Health partner. 

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March 2009

As medical residents, Dr. Robert Record, a "transplant" to Birmingham, and Dr. John Fischer, a "local", both loved Birmingham and dreamed of opening a clinic that could help eliminate the healthcare ...

gap that exists in our community. Their dream evolved into a vision and then became a reality in March 2009 when Christ Health Woodlawn opened in the fully renovated, 16,600 square foot building of the former Eastern Health Department. The Woodlawn clinic began with 18 exam rooms, 6 dental operatories, and space for a small pharmacy. Today, the clinic has grown to 23 medical exam rooms and will begin renovations to add space to serve even more patients in 2020.

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Spring 2013

Christ Health Woodlawn was awarded a Section 330 grant as a federally qualified health center in November, 2013. Earlier that year, with the arrival of twins to Dr. Fischer's growing family, ...

he reluctantly left Christ Health to pursue opportunities which would allow his wife to remain home with their three young children. The Bessemer clinic was closed, with the UAB School of Nursing later opening a primary care clinic at that location to serve Foundry residents and other patients in that area.

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