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Tribute to Dr. Hugh V. Coleman

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SC Recovering Professional Program would like to pay tribute to and honor the legacy of Dr. Hugh V. Coleman. Dr. Coleman served as the first medical director of SCRPP from January 1, 2000-June 30, 2007, when he retired a second time.  We are extremely grateful for his foresight and implementation of a monitoring program for licensed healthcare professionals, his passion for their recovery, his assistance to all, but specifically healthcare professionals, and lastly, his sense of humor. Thank you, Dr. Coleman, you will be forever missed.  

Dr. Hugh V Coleman, 93, passed away on Friday, June 18, 2021. Dr. Coleman was born in Columbia, SC, the son of the late H Victor Coleman and Mary Knight Coleman. He got his B.S. degree from the University of South Carolina and his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Coleman practiced General Surgery in Marion, SC from 1960 to 1998. After retirement he was instrumental in forming the Recovering Professional Program, a program the helps Health Care Professionals with substance abuse problems. In March 2002, Dr. Coleman received South Carolina’s highest award, The Order of the Palmetto, presented by Gov. Hodges at the governor’s Mansion for being a catalyst in the creation of the Recovering Professional Program.

Dr. Coleman had many other accomplishments that are too numerous to mention. He was a high achiever and excelled at everything did.

Mental Illness Awareness Week

NAMI Mid-Carolina is hosting a week of FREE Education Meetings.  You can attend one meeting or you can attend them all. 


THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Who Should Attend:  Parents, Educators, Care Givers, Students, Employers, People Living With Mental Illness, Family Members of People Living With Mental Illness, Mental Health Professionals, Veterans, First Responders, and anyone else looking to learn.

Expanded Scope of RPP Services

The South Carolina Recovering Professional Program (SCRPP) is proud to announce an expanded scope of services, additional options for peer support meetings, and a new full-time medical director/MRO.  

RPP Now Welcomes Referrals for Mental Health and/or Behavioral Concerns

Although RPP has historically accepted referrals and provided monitoring for participants diagnosed with a substance use disorder or co-occurring condition, RPP now welcomes referrals for intake and/or initial assessment of healthcare professionals for whom there is a concern of mental health or behavioral condition or disorder to include depression, anxiety, job-related burnout, professional sexual misconduct, or any other condition which can interfere with, or impede, the ability to safely and effectively treat patients. 

Recovery Meeting Participation

SCRPP Participants may now attend expanded recovery meetings that will count towards a participant’s weekly individualized meeting requirements. These include Celebrate Recovery, Smart Recovery and Refuge Recovery. SCRPP is also looking at the potential inclusion of additional meetings that may also count towards weekly requirements. For information on meeting participation, please contact your Recovery Specialist at RPP. 

RPP Welcomes Medical Director and Certified MRO, Dr. Rebecca Payne

On July 1, 2020, Dr. Rebecca Payne joined SCRPP as our full-time medical director.  Dr. Payne received her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia in 2005. She completed psychiatry residency training and an addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of South Carolina. She is board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry.  She is a certified medical review officer and has experience with completing forensic evaluations for LLR. Dr. Payne is now available to consult with participants.

For more information or to refer a colleague or employee who may benefit from our program, give us a call today.

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day

September 17, 2020 is National Physician Suicide Awareness Day. The American Association of Suicidology is hosting a day of Facebook interviews for National Physician Suicide Awareness Day on Thursday, September 17th.  You can follow their page and interviews with suicide prevention experts talking about physician suicide and what they can do to help. https://www.facebook.com/AASuicidology/photos/join-our-all-day-national-physician-suicide-awareness-day-facebook-live-streamin/10155843310868927/


A free CME/CNE Live Webinar Featuring Dr. Adam B. Hill is occurring Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 2-3pm EST, presented by Converys and Med-IQ, A Convery’s company. To register for “Hope and Recovery: A Physician’s Journey to Mental Health,” please visit www.cvent.com/d/17q124.  


Other resources on Physician Suicide