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The legacy of AltaPointe Health was born from a need for mental healthcare services more than 60 years ago when local authorities established Mobile County Community Mental Health. In late 1957, almost 325 people received services from its five-member team that operated with a $36,500 budget.

Today, AltaPointe Health is an extensive healthcare system providing primary and behavioral healthcare.  Each year it provides more than 1 million services to 45,000 patients across Alabama. A national leader in behavioral health for more than 60 years, AltaPointe expanded its service array in 2018 to include primary care.  With an even greater focus on the patient's whole health, it operates Accordia Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center with six clinic sites.  Rounding out the continuum, AltaPointe operates two psychiatric hospitals serving children and adults, one behavioral health crisis center, 20 outpatient behavioral healthcare clinics, and BayView Professional Associates, its private practice arm serving southwest Alabama.  Its team of 28 physicians and 16 physician extenders renders the medical care services throughout the organization and serves as the administration and faculty for the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine-Department of Psychiatry. J. Tuerk Schlesinger is its chief executive officer.

Read more about the history of AltaPointe Health.

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