Black Lung Clinic officially open

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Trinity Health System has announced that the Black Lung Clinic is officially open and accepting patients.

According to hospital officials, the clinic has the foremost professionals in the region with regard to diagnosing and treating occupational lung disease. Joining those professionals are board certified pulmonary physicians.

The clinic is located at the St. Clairsville Medical Plaza at Exit 215 off of I-70. The Trinity Health System Black Lung Clinic is currently accepting patients for appointments at the new location.

Becky Maruca, project coordinator and Ann Coates, patient care coordinator formerly from the East Ohio Regional Hospital Respiratory and Occupational Lung Disease Clinic have joined with Trinity Health System to continue the tradition of providing black lung and occupational lung disease testing to the Ohio Valley.

The new clinic will provide continuity of care for patients who were previously served by EORH, and those on staff will help workers by providing testing and benefits counseling and offering assistance to complete Department of Labor applications.

The clinic’s service area includes the northern panhandle of West Virginia and eastern Ohio.

Additionally, pulmonary rehab, a Better Breathers club and a COPD educator will be available at the West Campus in Steubenville.

Black lung, otherwise known as pneumoconiosis, is a progressive lung disease. Even though someone may no longer have dust exposure, it can appear and cause shortness of breath, cough with or without black sputum and chest tightness.

Some people don’t have symptoms until they retire. The clinic will perform a breathing test, a blood sample to check oxygen level, an EKG and a black lung chest x-ray prior to an evaluation.

“Trinity Health System is committed to serving the needs of the communities in the Ohio Valley,” Matt Grimshaw, president and CEO of Trinity Health System, said. “This clinic is another step to doing just that in our region. Our footprint continues to grow, and currently we serve a larger geographic area than any other health system in the region.”

For information, contact the Trinity Black Lung Clinic at 844-TPG-LUNG or (844) 874-5864.