Dr. Lacy Smith graduated from the School of Medicine in 2008 and completed her residency at the Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency College of Community Health Sciences in 2011. Her involvement in a rural medicine research project as a resident would go on to shape her career. Upon completing her training, she would spend her first eight years with the Rural Health Clinic in Bibb County, joining Cahaba Medical Care in Centreville in 2011.
She was instrumental in converting Cahaba Medical Care into what we know it as today; working to achieve non-profit status and winning a $650,000 competitive grant to transform it into a
Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Community Health Center. She now serves as the Deputy CEO, Chief of Operations, primary grant writer, and Chief Medical
Officer for this 11-site organization with over 275 employees and 54 health care providers. Additionally, she serves as the co-founder and Associate Program Director of the Cahaba Family Medicine Residency (now, Cahaba-UAB Family Medicine Residency). This program graduated its 3rd resident class in 2018 with 50% of those students planning to remain in Alabama; the program is rapidly successful and will host 36 residents by 2021.
During her tenure as COO and CMO with Cahaba Medical Care, she has written over ten successful, multi-year federal grants supporting either uninsured and low-income patients or primary care training. Additionally, she has led the clinic and her team in its successful application in 2014 (and renewal in 2017) to becoming an NCQA Level 3 (highest) Patient Centered Medical Home as well as an accredited JCAHO Ambulatory Care Center and Patient Centered Medical Home. Additionally, during her tenure, Cahaba Medical Care has been nationally recognized by HRSA as a “Clinical Quality Improver” from 2013-2016, and as a “Health Center Leader” three years in a row (2016-2018), recognizing a clinical team that achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers nationwide.
Her work has increased the health care capacities of multiple rural communities including Maplesville, Woodstock, Bessemer, and Centreville. She has recently focused her attention to the underserved health care populations within Jefferson County, bringing medical care to the communities of West End and Ensley. While pursuing the expansion of medical care in these areas, she also maintains an active clinical practice and is highly sought after by her patients.
Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with her husband, Luke, and their four daughters: Audrey, Lydia, Natalie and Ainsley. She was nominated for this award by her colleague, Dr. John B. Waits.