About Us

Pee Dee Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a hospital based AHEC with McLeod Health and is one of four regional centers of the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium. Created in 1973, Pee Dee AHEC, located in Florence, SC, builds and supports the healthcare workforce the twelve northeastern counties in South Carolina needs through educational programming and academic partnerships to broaden the distribution, increase the diversity, and access to high quality primary care especially across our rural and underserved communities.


In 1971, Congress developed the AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) program to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations. The National AHEC network has expanded to include 54 programs and more than 200 centers operating in almost every state and the District of Columbia. South Carolina AHEC was established in 1972 as one of the first 11 AHECs created in the country. Today, SC AHEC is a robust system servicing the entire state of South Carolina through federal funding from HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration), recurring state funds and private grant funding from philanthropic organizations. The South Carolina AHEC Program Office is a state agency that is administratively housed at MUSC in Charleston. South Carolina AHEC contracts with the four regional AHEC centers located throughout the state to meet the local needs of rural and underserved areas in every county of South Carolina.

Staff Directory

Jason Brown Health Careers Program Coordinator
Becca Hamilton Health Professions Student Coordinator
Kirstie Hogges Health Professions Student Coordinator
Nita Jackson Administrative Assistant
Kimberly Morris Allied Health Continuing Professional Development Coordinator
Beejay Parnell Nursing Continuing Professional Development Coordinator
Karen Price Office Coordinator
April Orange Program Director, McLeod Health School of Medical Laboratory Science
Subira Smalls Health Careers Program Coordinator
Gail B. Weaver Director, Pee Dee AHEC

Service Area

Located in Florence, Pee Dee AHEC serves a twelve-county region in northeastern South Carolina which includes Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg.