Truesdale Medical Center, offering both primary medical care and treatment specific to those living with HIV, has opened in North Charleston. The center operates in partnership with Palmetto Community Care, a nonprofit providing complete compassionate HIV care and prevention education awareness in the Charleston area.
Truesdale Medical Center is located at 6296 Rivers Ave., Suite 310 in North Charleston, in the Trident United Way building. It provides a variety of services, including HIV medical care, HIV primary care, primary care for non-HIV patients, treatment for acute illness and chronic illness as well as gynecological services, viral hepatitis management and prevention and treatment for other sexually transmitted infections.
“Truesdale Medical Center is committed to providing excellence in health care as well as focusing on complete, compassionate HIV care and preventative medical services,” said Bradley Childs, CEO of Truesdale Medical Center and Executive Director of Palmetto Community Care. “This is a much-needed resource for the community and for HIV-positive clients at Palmetto Community Care.”
While clients at Palmetto Community Care will be able to receive both HIV care and primary care services at Truesdale Medical, members of the community ages 16 and up can seek care at the center as well. The general public can pay for services with insurance, Medicaid and Medicare.
Jami Dybik is the center’s practice manager. She previously was financial services coordinator for Palmetto Community Care. Samantha Wadford is the family nurse practitioner. She has 18 years of experience working in community and hospital nursing, most recently as the family planning nurse consultant for S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
The center’s physician is William D. Largen, MD, a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in infectious disease at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has a strong passion for managing the complexities of HIV care, including the special psycho-social support it requires.
“With more than 500 HIV-positive clients at Palmetto Community Care, we know that our community needed another medical provider for HIV primary care. Our central location at the epicenter of the HIV epidemic in the Lowcountry combined with 27 years of work in the HIV/AIDS community ensures that we are very well equipped to help all HIV-positive patients with a full spectrum of medical care, and focus on those most at need for complete, compassionate medical care and preventative services,” Childs said.
Truesdale Medical Center is named in memory of James Edward “Jimmy” Truesdale who passed away on Feb. 12, 2017, at the age of 76. Truesdale was a dedicated supporter of Lowcountry AIDS Services (now Palmetto Community Care) for many years, including serving as president of the board of directors.
Truesdale Medical Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday; and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 843-266-3870. Learn more about Truesdale Medical Center at www.truesdalemedical.org.