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Looking Back on the Past 30 Years

Founded in 1991, HopeHealth provides high-quality, comprehensive primary and specialty care services in Florence, Clarendon, and Williamsburg Counties.


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 for the Pee Dee 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

Phase one of the Medical Plaza was opened and included a café, pharmacy, lab services, and primary and pediatric care. In 2017, phase two opened to expand services and clinical suites.

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.

2019: Rheumatology and endocrinology services are added

Rheumatologist Dr. Supen Patel and endocrinologist Dr. John Culleton join HopeHealth.

2020: HopeHealth holds Pine Needles Groundbreaking

HopeHealth breaks ground on a new medical facility in the West Florence area by Pine Needles Road.

2020: HopeHealth Pediatrics in Florence moves

HopeHealth holds ribbon cutting for the new location on 2nd Loop, home of HopeHealth Pediatrics in Florence and The CARE House of the Pee Dee.

2021: HopeHealth on Pine Needles Road opens 

Residents on the west side of Florence have more convenient access to HopeHealth primary care services with the new location on Pine Needles Road, a 10,000-square-foot facility with its own pharmacy.

2022: HopeHealth celebrates groundbreaking at HopeHealth in Manning

In the fall of 2022, HopeHealth hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the expansion of HopeHealth in Manning at 12 W. South Street, Manning, SC 29102.

The groundbreaking signified the start of a 12,566-square-foot addition to the HopeHealth in Manning building, connecting the facility’s two existing on-site buildings. The addition provides a new main entrance facing S. Mill Street, housing a large lobby with security, restrooms, a new lab, and a large reception and information center.

2023: HopeHealth in Orangeburg undergoes mass renovation

HopeHealh in Orangeburg is renovated to include a pharmacy and expand services.

2023: HopeHealth holds Streater Building dedication

The Streater Building is an important African American architectural landmark of the downtown business district in Florence, dating back to at least 1904 when General Armstrong Streater owned and operated a small mercantile business and grocery store out of the building. HopeHealth purchased the building, located at the corner of Dargan and Darlington Street in 2018 to utilize it as a place to provide value-based community services outside of the traditional scope of health care.

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