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Getting to Zero

Florence is 1 of 3 HopeHealth Infectious Disease Treatment & Prevention Centers providing clinical care, case management, and community support around Hepatitis C, HIV, STDs, and other infectious diseases.

HopeHealth Palmetto

HopeHealth Palmetto is 1 of 3 Infectious Diseases Treatment and Prevention Centers, and committed to providing HIV/AIDS services to Florence, Darlington, Marion, Marlboro, Dillon, and Chesterfield Counties. HopeHealth has provided care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS since the organization’s founding in 1991. It has since expanded its infectious diseases services to include community education and prevention, as well as Hepatitis C care.

The Palmetto Infectious Diseases team consists of teams of medical case managers, a community management and clinical staff including nurses and four board-certified infectious diseases physicians. HopeHealth Palmetto provides care to more than 1,000 patients per year

Services Offered

Clinical Services

Clinical services consist of medical care and treatment related specifically to a patient’s diagnosis. The clinical staff team includes a medical office assistant, a nurse and a provider. The team meets with patients at least quarterly to assign and review patients’ medications, labs and coordinate any referrals for specialty care services.

  • Infectious Disease Providers: Nurse Practitioner & LPN
  • Prescription management
  • On-site lab services
  • Referrals: Specialty Care, e.g. eye care, oral care, pain management
  • Transportation
  • Behavioral Intervention: ARTAS

Client Services

HopeHealth offers a range of supportive services for its infectious diseases patients in coordination with their medical treatment, including medical case management. HopeHealth employs a team of medical case managers to serve as coordinators and work directly with the clinical team to manage patients’ medical needs, medication regimens, referrals, other social services.

HIV/AIDS Medical Case Management
Hepatitis Medical Case Management

Social Support Services

  • Medication Assistance
  • ADAP – AIDS Drug Assistance Program
  • HOPWA – Housing for people living with AIDS
  • Behavioral Intervention: Healthy Relationships
  • Nutrition Education
  • Referrals

Community Services

Community services include HIV/STD and Hepatitis C prevention and education in communities around Florence, Marion, Marlboro, Darlington, Dillon and Chesterfield counties

Community Programs

Financial Services

  • Sliding scale for RW patients depending on income and insurance.
  • We accept all forms of insurance.

Our Providers

Akin Olatosi, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine
Degrees and Certifications
University of Ibadan College of Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
American Board of Internal Medicine
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Julio Arroyo, MD, FIDSA

Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine
Degrees and Certifications
Doctor of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, 1971
Internal Medicine Residency at San Juan City Hospital, Rio Pedras, Puerto Rico, 1972-1974
Infectious Disease Fellowship at Barnes and Wohl Hospitals, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1974-1976
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Ramesh Bharadwaj, MD

Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine
Degrees and Certifications
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, India, 2001
Internal Medicine Residency, Michigan State University/KCMS, Kalamazoo, MI, 2004-2007
Infectious Disease Fellow, Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2007-2009
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Rishika Motiani, MD

Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Kinesiology
Degrees and Certifications
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, M.P.Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, India, 2005
Master of Science in Kinesiology, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX, 2009
Internal Medicine – Pediatrics Resident, University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC), MO, 2009-2011
Internal Medicine Resident, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, 2011-2013
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