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posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
HopeHealth, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) based out of Florence, SC hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for their new facility on Wednesday, August 20th at 2:00 pm at 360 North Irby Street in Florence. Among those providing remarkswas Honorable James E. Clyburn, 6th Congressional District of South Carolina, U.S. House of Representatives.
From its founding as a grass roots nonprofit in 1991 until today, HopeHealth has been committed to providing excellent care to patients from all across the Pee Dee Region. Today, they provide primary health care to more than 31,000 patients throughout 11 locations in Florence, Clarendon and Williamsburg Counties. Their diverse patient population includes customers from all cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. As a FQHC, they are able to offer reduced fees to the uninsured through a sliding fee scale.
HopeHealth services include but are not limited to family health care, internal medicine, pediatrics, certified diabetes center services, nutritional services, behavioral health, infectious disease care and medical massage. With more than 34 physicians and nurse practitioners located across three counties, they provided 110,918 medical visits in 2013.
In 2012, HopeHealth was one of three South Carolina health centers to be awarded a $5 million capital grant from Health and Human Services. The original grant called for HopeHealth to expand their current location by adding a three story building to their site at 600 East Palmetto Street. In 2013, Mayor Wukela along with other influential Florence leaders approached HopeHealth about the possibility of moving the project to the former Bush Recycling grounds. The City of Florence, Congressman James E. Clyburn and the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation had already made significant contributions toward the clean-up of the property. The City generously offered to donate the property to HopeHealth, and they began the process of seeking approval from the federal government to change the location of the facility.
After about a year of logistical work and approval processes around officially obtaining the land, HopeHealth is ready to begin construction of the new facility. Demolition of three structures on the property was recently completed and the start of site work will take place in August; construction will begin in the fall. The first phase of the facility will be completed in summer/fall of 2015 and will include close to 50,000 square feet of medical space and administrative offices.
This special event was amidst a few other community events HopeHealth hosted in their service areas to recognize National Health Center Week. For more information, visit hope-health.org or call 843-667-9414.