American Family Care Kicks Off 40TH Year of Business With Prestigious Honor

Nation’s Fastest-Growing Urgent Care Franchise Named to Franchise 500 for Ninth Year in a Row

BIRMINGHAM, AL / ACCESSWIRE / January 13, 2022 / Celebrating 40 years in business this year, American Family Care (AFC), the nation’s leading provider of urgent care and accessible primary care, starts off 2022 with an impressive honor from Entrepreneur magazine – a listing in the Franchise 500®, the world’s most admired and respected franchise ranking.

AFC ranks as the #1 urgent care franchise opportunity and #184 on the overall list. 2022 marks the ninth consecutive year the brand has been recognized on the important catalog. Key factors that go into the evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability.

“It is truly an honor to be included in the 2022 Franchise 500. This recognition is a testament to all the hard work our entire team at American Family Care has put into the brand despite extraordinary challenges – challenges we were able to overcome and come out ahead thanks to our resilient business model,” said Dr. Bruce Irwin, MD, Founder and CEO of AFC.

40 years ago, Irwin changed the concept of healthcare and transformed the concept of a healthcare business into one that could be franchised. This opened the door to entrepreneurs interested in running a successful healthcare business.

AFC closed an incredible 58 deals in 2021 – a 132 percent increase in the number of franchises sold the previous year. The brand now has 269 locations open in 28 states.

“There is a swell of interest in AFC from entrepreneurs who desire to own a business in the lucrative healthcare space,” adds Sean Hart, Vice President of Franchise Development for AFC. “Over the past year, we have helped a record number of people achieve that dream – and with four decades of experience and success under our belt, we look to surpass that milestone in the year ahead.”

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 43rd annual Franchise 500 is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.

To view American Family Care in the full ranking, visit

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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 250 clinics and 800 in-network physicians caring for over 6 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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