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Provider Wellness Committee


The purpose of the Provider Wellness Committee is to promote a positive culture among the providers who provide care for our patients. The members seek to determine ways to enhance job satisfaction, foster collegiality, and identify and minimize areas of frustration. This standing committee is essential in facilitating communication, decision-making, and ensuring alignment with our overall mission, vision, values, and strategic initiatives.

Committee members:

Mark Warrin – AVP – Physician Services
Charlene Chalmers, MD / Supen Patel, MD / Paul DeMarco, MD – Physician Representatives
Deana Freeman, ANP / Meagan Millhouse, DNP – APP Representatives
Vicky Peterkin, LISW – BH Provider Representative
Melanie Jones – OAVP Representative
Heather Flowers – Finance Representative
Joy Floyd – Practice Administrator Representative


  • Ensure that HopeHealth providers have a resource to utilize pertaining to provider satisfaction – the ability to funnel questions/concerns concerning compensation, work/life balance, career development, longevity, etc.
  • Spending intentional time with providers (rounding for outcomes) and reporting the perspective of providers to senior leadership
  • Develop intentional opportunities/pathways for career development that are beneficial for both the provider and the organization

Provider Members:

Charlene Chalmers, MD
Pediatrics, Manning

About Dr. Chalmers: I am originally from Rogers, Arkansas but moved to Athens, GA my senior year of high school and consider GA my home.

Fun Fact: I lived in Tanzania for one year teaching English after college and now I run a non-profit for the students I used to teach. I go back every year to visit them and love being a part of their lives.

Why did you choose to serve on the Provider Wellness Committee? I chose to be on the committee because I am passionate about mental health and wellness, firmly believing that as providers we need to take care of our mental, physical and emotional health in order to provide care for others.

Deana Freeman, ANP
Primary Care, Medical Plaza

About Deana: I am from Bennettsville, SC but I have lived in Florence SC since 2012.

Fun Fact: I actually enjoy fishing – and yes I will bait my own hook with worms and crickets AND take the fish off the hook.

Why did you choose to serve on the Provider Wellness Committee? I chose to serve on this committee because provider retention and satisfaction is important to me and because it is important that providers feel heard and appreciated in a time where they often just feel overwhelmed and overworked. We take care of a population of patients that truly need us and we have to remember why we came into this field to begin with – to serve and care for others.

Vicky Peterkin, LISW-CP
Behavioral Health, Medical Plaza

About Vicky: I was born in New York but raised in Florence, SC (moved here when I was age 4), and I consider Florence home.

Fun Fact: I met Run from the group Run DMC one summer when I was visiting my grandparents in NY.

Why did you choose to serve on the Provider Wellness Committee? I wanted to serve on this committee to assist with improving provider retention, help HopeHealth keep the best and the brightest providers, engage more closely with my peers and colleagues, and help improve overall provider satisfaction with working at HopeHealth.

Megan Millhouse, DNP
Primary Care, Orangeburg

About Megan: I am from Orangeburg, SC.

Fun Fact: Twins run in my family and I was blessed with a set of my own. I have 2-year-old twin girls, Nova and Noelle.

Why did you choose to serve on the Provider Wellness Committee? ”You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” Shirley Chisolm

Supen Patel, MD
Rheumatology, Palmetto Street

About Dr. Patel: I originally grew up in Uganda but most of my life has been in Houston and then Florence since 1997.

Fun Fact: I love to be around family and friends and give back to the community.

Why did you choose to serve on the Provider Wellness Committee? I chose to serve to help make providers’ voices heard and to make changes to make our lives better.

Paul DeMarco, MD
Primary Care, FMU

About Dr. DeMarco: I was born in Brooklyn, NY but was raised in Charleston, SC

Fun Fact: I went to high school with Stephen Colbert

Why did you choose to serve on the Provider Wellness Committee? Who doesn’t want happy, healthy providers who love their work?

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