When you consider the fact that there are fewer doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals operating in rural areas, it’s no wonder that there’s a significant disparity in treatment. According to Stanford University, access remains a key concern for the people living in more remote areas of America. What’s more, some of these smaller facilities don’t have every single tool that modern medicine has come to offer. “Health care facilities in these areas are small and often provide limited services,” the Stanford study on barriers to treatment states, later adding that “geographic distance, extreme weather conditions, environmental and climatic barriers, lack of public transportation, and challenging roads” all contribute to the problem.
Dwayne Pope knew he had to do something about the above facts. As a certified and registered cardiac and vascular sonographer, Mr. Pope would eventually take his training in ultrasound and put it to use in the communities he loves so much. It was November 1997 when Dwayne Pope established Pope Diagnostics, which specializes in cardiovascular health screenings through a number of invasive tests and studies. Seeing the need to provide such services to the residents of rural South Carolina, Mr. Pope would offer his services to hospitals and private practices that would benefit from having the skills and tools on-hand to screen patients. Through regular hard work, Dwayne Pope and his clinics would also be recruited by medical professionals in Georgia and North Carolina. The patients who attend one of these screenings aren’t traveling far from home so the possibility of added stress is eliminated and the sonographers who help Mr. Pope organize such events have been personally-selected due to their experience in the medical field.
“The difficulties of access to health care facilities may impair outcomes by increasing patients’ physical and emotional stress, reducing the likelihood of seeking follow-up care, and limiting proximate family support,” the Stanford study states. Dwayne Pope has regularly worked to reduce the above impediments and his clinics are staffed by leading cardiologists, radiologists, neurologists and surgeons. In fact, Mr. Pope has made it his mission to only hire registered sonographers who have relevant real-world experience and exhibit a sense of professionalism that puts patients at ease. The net effect of medical offices deciding to bring these services to a community in need is getting overall medical treatment on a more level playing field compared to the plethora of programs offered in urban areas.