Patient Advocates

Helping Patients With What’s Next

Filling out forms and knowing who to talk to can be difficult. Our patient advocates work directly with you to guide you through the process.

Welvista Patient Advocacy Program

Welvista created the Patient Advocacy Program to help address many of the issues facing South Carolina’s uninsured population.


We currently have patient advocates on-site at the following hospitals:

  • Lexington Medical Center
  • MUSC Health Columbia Medical Center Downtown (formerly Providence Hospital)
  • MUSC Health Columbia Medical Center Northeast (formerly Providence Hospital Northeast)
  • Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital
  • Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital

Hospital Advocates work in conjunction with doctors, social workers, case managers, and nurses to enroll eligible, uninsured hospital patients.  They provide assistance in getting the necessary medications sent to patient’s homes upon discharge.


To create statewide awareness of Welvista’s lifesaving services, our Community Outreach Advocates live in or near the SC counties’ they serve.  They collaborate with free clinics, federally qualified health centers, health care providers, civic associations, churches, community organizations, etc., to help reach the uninsured population who cannot afford their medications.  Their role is to teach and train those offering assistance to these patients.


Welvista’s Patient Advocacy Program includes participation in the South Carolina Proviso as a safety net provider for our State.  We work closely with the Department of Health and Human Services to expand our services in the forty-six Healthy Outcome Plan Programs operating in South Carolina.  The goal of this initiative is to decrease visits to emergency rooms and lower hospital readmissions directly related to patients not having the medications they need.

We also partner with the SC Access Health network.  Access Health helps patients find a medical provider enabling them to get prescriptions for the medication they need.

SCThrive is a web-based service that simplifies and centralizes the process for low-income individuals and families to apply for a variety of state and federal benefits.  Through its eligibility-screening tool, SCThrive can ensure that people are fully aware of the benefits that are available to them, including Welvista.

The partnership between Welvista, Access Health, and SCThrive provides additional access to Welvista for uninsured patients throughout the state.


Patient Forms

Application Packet

Employer Statement of Income Form

No Household Income Form

Community Outreach Advocacy Program (COAP)

  • Nichole Gibson

    Nichole Gibson
    Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Williamsburg
    Cell: 803.563.3948
    Office: 803.933.9183 ext 400

  • Rob Korn
    SC Department of Corrections and SCThrive
    Cell: 803.360.2475
    Office: 803.933.9183 ext 400

  • Stephanie Miller
    Abbeville, Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens
    Cell: 864.580.1036
    Office: 803.933.9183 ext 400

  • David Powell

    David Powell
    Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Jasper
    Cell: 803.331.0272
    Office: 803.933.9183 ext 400

  • Open
    Calhoun, Clarendon, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Saluda, Sumter
    Cell: 803.920.4315
    Office: 803.933.9183 ext 400

  • Wanda Dicks
    Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Edgefield, Hampton, Orangeburg
    Cell: 803.760.3572
    Office: 803.933.9183 ext 400

  • Linda Stewart

    Linda Stewart
    Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Union, York
    Cell: 803.331.3942
    Office: 803.933.9183 ext 400

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If you are seeking information on your application status or are a patient with questions about your prescription(s), please call us at 803-933-9183.