Our History

Providing compassionate health care since 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.


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 the Daughters of Charity religious order, another miraculous Christ Health partner.



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.


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.



With a passion to multiply our work by developing physician leaders, in collaboration with the St. Vincent’s Health System, in October 2017 Christ Health took over operation and management of the St. Vincent’s East Family Medicine Residency and opened its second Primary Care clinic in the Chalkville community of Eastern Jefferson county in Alabama.


Christ Health completed construction on the Live Oaks Clinic adjacent to our primary care clinic in Woodlawn in April 2019. Christ Health opened the Live Oaks Clinic to help solve the mental health crisis in Birmingham by utilizing key components of the AIMS model to provide holistic and affordable mental health treatment. The facility includes 5 rooms for children and adolescents, 5 rooms for adult consultation, and a group therapy room. The clinic has offices for up to 4 licensed counselors and space to relocate and expand our community pharmacy. Live Oaks Clinic psychiatrists work hand-in-hand with our CHC medical providers to help them confidently diagnose and treat mild to moderate mental health disorders during medical visits. This training helps free up valuable psychiatry appointment slots for those patients with severe and/or persistent mental illness and will eventually allow us to build protocols that we can incorporate into the residency program and share with other primary care clinics.