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HopeHealth adds new departments, expands patient services in Florence

January 29, 2019 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – HopeHealth has expanded its services with the addition of rheumatology, endocrinology and diagnostic ultrasound in Florence.

>> Endocrinology: Dr. John Culleton sees patients at the Diabetes & Nutrition Institute inside the HopeHealth Medical Plaza in Florence and focuses on conditions that impact the endocrine system: glands that produce hormones directly into the bloodstream.

These hormones communicate with various areas of the body to control and coordinate functions including digestion, metabolism, respiration, reproduction, growth, sleep, and mood.

Culleton earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston and his Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science (with honors) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

>> Rheumatology: Dr. Supen Patel leads the rheumatology team at HopeHealth on Palmetto Street with support from Melissa Felder, FNP. The HopeHealth rheumatology department serves patients suffering from autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. Integrated with our primary care and specialty services, the rheumatology team also sees patients with musculoskeletal disorders that include shoulder, hip and knee problems.

Patel earned his medical degree from University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio and his bachelor’s in chemistry and biology from Houston Baptist University. He has served patients in the Florence area for more than 20 years.

>> Diagnostic ultrasound: The introduction of diagnostic ultrasound at the HopeHealth Medical Plaza in Florence adds another tool for primary care and specialty care providers to better serve patients in the Pee Dee. A noninvasive and painless procedure that uses sound waves instead of radiation to produce diagnostic images, the state-of-the-art ultrasound technologies allow for real-time examination of internal structures such as the kidneys, gallbladder and liver, and it provides for more accurate early detection of cardiovascular diseases and more.