Genesis Health Care hosts groundbreaking expansion to help Pee Dee health services

(Left to right): Dr. Alex Cohen (Chief Medical Officer), Mrs. Ruthie Matthews and T.C. Sawyer (Chairman of GHC Board of Directors) performing the ground breaking. PHOTO BY DAWSON JORDAN

GROUNDBREAKING NEWS AT GENESIS HEALTHCARE — Howard Nettles, Genesis’ Director of Community Outreach & Recruiting, revealing the plans for the new facility. PHOTO BY DAWSON JORDAN.

Genesis Health Care, a federally qualified health center serving the Pee Dee, broke ground for the expansion of its Pee Dee Health Care location on Monday. The Darlington community was invited to join the Genesis staff in commemorating this event at Pee Dee Health Care, 201 Cashua St., Darlington. “We are elated to begin the expansion of our Pee Dee Health Care center,” said Howard Nettles, Director of Community Outreach and Recruiting at Genesis. “This renovation will not only allow us the opportunity to better serve our current patients, but will also provide us the space to continue expanding our services to more friends and neighbors throughout the Darlington region and beyond.” Pee Dee Health Care PA was originally founded in Darlington in 1974 by Dr. Josiah Matthews. It became Genesis Health Care Inc., a nonprofit community health center, in 2010 when Dr. Matthews and Dr. Alexander Cohen donated the practices to the community. Since that time, Genesis, under the guidance of its board of directors, has maintained its commitment to provide superior care to all members of its communities regardless of their ability to pay. The groundbreaking marked the start of an expansion planned in two phases. Phase 1 is anticipated to be completed by Oct. 1, 2022, and will cost around $10 million, including the expansion of an additional 28,000 square feet for the site along with a new parking lot. Phase 2 will immediately follow, including the movement of the site’s pharmacy, the addition of a space for ill patients and expansion of the health care center as a whole to accommodate more patients. Phase 2 is estimated to cost approximately $2 million. Genesis’ Pee Dee Health Care provides a wide variety of health care services to Darlington and its surrounding community. For more information on Genesis and its services, visit

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