“Southern hospitality” comes in many forms. For Dwayne Pope, the drive to offer medical services to residents of rural South Carolina would eventually lead to expansion of assistance programs across Georgia and North Carolina. More than two decades after the founding of Pope Diagnostics, Mr. Pope continues to build upon his reputation of being a pillar of the community and is immensely proud of the lives he and his staff have touched.
According to a late 2017 news report from Business Insider, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina left a bit to be desired when it came to overall health. The states were ranked 41st, 33rd and 44th respectively. To put this in perspective, the top five healthiest states were, in order, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Utah and Connecticut. The rankings, based on a World Health Organization (WHO) report, were based on “behaviors, community and environment, policy and clinical care,” according to the America’s Health Rankings study. Everything from high school graduation rates and drug deaths to excessive drinking and physical inactivity were factored for in the WHO study. While North Carolina finished at about the middle of the road for the latter category, Georgia ranked in the bottom bracket and South Carolina was a few places out of falling into the same dismal category. Mr. Pope knows that progress can be made and the selfless services that his operation offers is one way of getting to the goal.
When Dwayne Pope launched Pope Diagnostics in 1997, he knew there was a need for accessible medical testing. Hospitals and private practices without the equipment or personnel to offer cardiac and vascular care would receive help from Mr. Pope’s company. Through the success that he saw in South Carolina, Dwayne Pope knew that truly embracing southern hospitality would mean that his services should expand to other nearby states in need. When the registered sonographers, cardiologists, radiologists, neurologists and surgeons treat those in need, the work is done close to home and near the doctor’s offices that these patients already visit.
The future of health care in the U.S. is in question and those who’ll pay the price are the ones least capable of being able to carry the financial burden of efficient treatment. Dwayne Pope recognizes the unfairness of this predicament and is proud to state that to this day, his operation continues to maintain fruitful relationships with partnered organizations and the patients he’s helped treat.