Integrated Medical Systems

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Integrated Medical Systems International, Inc. (IMS) was a consulting and management firm specializing in maintaining surgical instruments for medical clients. It was acquired by the Steris Corporation of Mentor, Ohio for $175 million in 2014.

The privately-held IMS was founded in 1991 by Gene Robinson. The company tested, repaired and refurbished medical equipment and provided management, training and planning services to more than 2,500 hospitals and clinics across the country. By 2014 the company had revenues of more than $150 million and employed 1,200 people, 300 of which were based in the Birmingham area.

IMS's first offices were located on Morris Avenue and later moved to Homewood. The company consolidated its Birmingham operations to a 10-acre IMS Corporate Campus in the Sloss Business District on 2nd Avenue South in Birmingham. The company also operated repair centers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Phoenix, Arizona.

The 2010 move cost $7.5 million, including renovations to an existing repair building and to adjacent former Noland Building, as well as construction of new facility for its subsidiary Wedge Manufacturing, which carried out high-precision machining. Vikon Surgical, a medical device developer, and Robinson's non-profit Instruments of Mercy also shared space at IMS' campus.


  • Kent, Dawn (February 21, 2010) "Surgical company IMS moving to Birmingham from Homewood." The Birmingham News
  • Estes, Cary (May 2010) "On the Cutting Edge: Gene Robinson and Integrated Medical Systems work to improve surgical equipment and the city of Birmingham." Birmingham magazine. Vol. 50, No. 5, p. 69
  • Williams, Roy L. (April 3, 2011) "On the Record: With Gene Robinson, CEO of Birmingham's IMS, surgical equipment supply company." The Birmingham News
  • Tomberlin, Michael (April 1, 2014) "Ohio's STERIS Corp. purchasing Birmingham's IMS in $175 million deal." The Birmingham News

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