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1991: Hope For the Pee Dee Begins
The idea for HopeHealth is born in the living room of a woman whose two adult children had tested positive for HIV. What began as a support group for those affected by HIV in Florence, South Carolina, quickly grew in response to community need.
1994: Hope for the Pee Dee Support Group is Incorporated
The organization partners with CareTeam from Myrtle Beach to staff a weekly clinic to provide case management services in the Pee Dee.
1995: First HIV Case Manager
CareTeam hires Renee Lambert as the first case manager dedicated to patients in the Pee Dee.
1997: First Grants Awarded & Employees Hired
Hope for the Pee Dee is awarded federal funding (Ryan White Part B and HOPWA) to provide case management services in the Pee Dee (Florence, Darlington, Marion, Marlboro, Dillon, and Chesterfield counties). Renee Lambert and Deena Hilton are hired as the first employees.
2000: A New Vision of Hope
Carl Humphries is hired as executive director of Hope for the Pee Dee.
2002: Primary Care Services Begin
Hope For the Pee Dee is one of only three agencies in the state to be awarded Ryan White Part C funding to provide primary care and early intervention services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
2004: Hope is Given a New Name
Hope for the Pee Dee is renamed HopeHealth, Inc. Also in 2004, the organization is awarded a CDC HIV Prevention, increasing medical staff and access to care.
2005: HopeHealth Aiken is Added
HopeHealth is awarded Ryan White Part B and HOPWA federal funds to provide case management and support services in Aiken, Barnwell, and Allendale counties.
2006: HopeHealth Orangeburg is Added
HopeHealth is awarded Ryan White Part B and HOPWA federal funds to provide case management and support services in Orangeburg, Bamberg, and Calhoun counties.
2007: Community Health Center Status
HopeHealth is awarded a HRSA Section 330 grant and becomes a community health center. Primary care services are available in Florence county to all individuals, regardless of ability to pay.
2008: HopeHealth Palmetto Site is Added
An empty warehouse is transformed into a renovated medical facility, becoming HopeHealth Palmetto.
2013: Service Area Expansion
HopeHealth is awarded a HRSA Section 330 grant to acquire Black River Healthcare and expand services into Lower Florence, Williamsburg, and Clarendon Counties. New sites include Timmonsville, Lake City, Manning, and Kingstree.
2014: HopeHealth Medical Plaza Groundbreaking
HopeHealth breaks ground on a new facility in Florence (360 North Irby Street). The former landfill site is donated by the City of Florence.
2016: HopeHealth Medical Plaza Opens
Tracks café, pharmacy, lab services, pediatrics & adolescent care center.
2016: New Services Added
Substance abuse, pain management, behavioral health, women’s health, radiology, and dental health added.
2016: HopeHealth Greeleyville Opens
Located in the former Black River Healthcare building, HopeHealth Greeleyville opened its doors to patients on April 18 and provides primary care services to children and adult patients in the Williamsburg area.