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Looking Back on the Past 25 Years

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

History

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.

HopeHealth Orangeburg


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 Blackriver 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.

HopeHealth Medical Plaza Ribbon Cutting


2016: New Services Added

Substance abuse, pain management, behavioral health, women’s health, radiology, and dental health added.

Medical Plaza Hanna and Dixon


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.

HopeHealth Greeleyville Doctor's Office in Greeleyville SC

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