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HopeHealth dedicates foundation to Longs Drugs

FLORENCE, S.C. (October 19, 2018) – HopeHealth held a dedication ceremony in the Medical Plaza Meditation Garden Thursday and unveiled the plaque naming the garden’s fountain for Longs Drugs.

The fountain is the second named gift at HopeHealth and is the result of the ongoing support of Longs Drugs. This support allows HopeHealth to expand its services and provide essential care for more members of our communities.

“A lot of what we do wouldn’t be possible without this relationship,” said Carl M. Humphries, HopeHealth CEO.

Humphries said the partnership with Longs Drugs has been more of a friendship with both organizations growing side-by-side since HopeHealth became a Federally Qualified Health Center in 2007.

“Their help has facilitated the expansion of our services and afforded us the opportunity to help many more people,” he said.

Christi Epps, Longs Drugs CEO, was integral to those early meetings and recognized the efforts of the team members at Longs Drugs in the Medical Plaza and all those behind the scenes that help make everything possible, noting especially pharmacist Jessica Crowe who has been with the Longs Drugs operation at HopeHealth since day one.

“(They) are the ones who really make it happen on a day-to-day basis,” said Epps.

Epps commended “all of the great work that HopeHealth and all FQHCs throughout the state do to serve patients and help provide quality health care,” and said such efforts are really something needed in our communities.

Epps also touched on the changes that the two organizations have traversed together and the major evolution of both. As HopeHealth has expanded, so has the pharmacy – from an initial 250 square-foot office with two employees, to 750 square feet, and then to its current 5,000 square-foot location with more than 20 employees at the Medical Plaza.

The named gift from Longs Drugs is the first of its kind for the HopeHealth Medical Plaza, though additional naming opportunities are also available.

“We are so proud of this great opportunity to present our first named gift,” said Scherrie Cogdill, associate director of development. “It represents just one of the ways people and organizations can give to our nonprofit organization.”

Other opportunities to support HopeHealth include donating to our compassionate care fund and participating in HopeHealth programs and events such as Children of Hope and the second HopeHealth Golf Classic in Manning on Nov. 15.

HopeHealth is one of 23 nonprofit, federally qualified health centers in South Carolina. We provide quality and affordable health care services to individuals in Florence, Clarendon, and Williamsburg Counties and infectious diseases services in Aiken, Clarendon, Florence, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg Counties. To become a patient, call 843-667-9414 or visit



HopeHealth educates its patients on the importance of having a health care home. As a primary care facility, HopeHealth’s medical team works to prevent and detect illness and the early onset of disease, provide routine physical examinations and promote overall healthy lifestyles.

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