Alabama Regional Medical Services

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Alabama Regional Medical Services (ARMS, formerly Birmingham Health Care for the Homeless and Birmingham Health Care) is a non-profit health center founded in 1985 to facilitate delivery of health care to indigent populations in Birmingham. It was part of a 19-city pilot project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Memorial Trust and receives ongoing funding, as a Federally Qualified Health Center, from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Jonathan Dunning was the organization's CEO until 2008. Issues arising from Dunning's relationship with for-profit companies doing business with Birmingham Health Care have limited the effectiveness of the clinic's operations. UAB, which had partnered with the clinic since 2003, ended its relationships with Birmingham Health Care in 2011. Central Alabama Comprehensive Health filed a lawsuit against Birmingham Health Care in order to obtain records of its management contracts with the organization.

In 2014 and 2015 several former officials of Birmingham Health Care, including Dunning, were arrested on federal fraud charges. Following their convictions in 2016 the clinic renamed itself Alabama Regional Medical Services. In March 2018 ARMS moved to the former Cooper Green Mercy Hospital at 1515 6th Avenue South.

Clinic locations

former locations

References

  • Oliver, Mike (June 24, 2012) "Ties between Birmingham nonprofit and ex-CEO's companies raise questions." The Birmingham News
  • Oliver, Mike (February 2, 2015) "Former nonprofit CEO arrested, charged in $14 million health care fraud case." The Birmingham News
  • Worthy, Ariel (September 13, 2018) "Birmingham health center welcomes everyone with open ARMS." The Birmingham Times

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