The Black Lung Clinic at Reynolds Memorial Hospital offers a one-stop clinic for evaluation of black lung disease and other occupational lung diseases.
Our providers are with you every step of the way, offering benefits counseling, filing state and federal claims, and providing services to meet with an attorney if your claim is worth pursuing.
The Black Lung Clinic is a NIOSH certified spirometry and chest x-ray testing site, which also offers disease-specific education, respirator fit testing, and pulmonary rehabilitation services for those who qualify. See below to learn more.
Those who have breathing problems, or have worked in an occupation that may have exposed them to potential breathing hazards, a screening for respiratory health problems is recommended.
Examples of work places include, but are not limited to:
- Coal Miner
- Chemical worker
- Glass worker
- Pottery worker
- Construction worker
Even if you are not showing symptoms of a respiratory problem, you should get tested to establish a baseline for future comparisons.
Testing will include a breathing test, a blood sample to check your oxygen level, an EKG and chest x-ray. Our highly trained physicians will evaluate your test results, examine you, and then make a determination on your pulmonary status.
Benefits Assistance/Filing Claims
We can assist you in applying for benefits, either state or federal, from the US Government if your exposure was at work and you qualify. Our outreach benefits counselor can help:
- Identify your qualifying benefits
- Fill out necessary forms
- Refer to an attorney (if necessary)
- Follow up as needed
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services
Pulmonary Rehab is a program targeted to reduce the feelings of labored breathing. How do we do that?
- Baseline assessment
- Action plan
- Supervised exercise
- Breathing management
- Outcome assessment
Pulmonary Rehab is divided into two phases. The first phase is a three month program covered by most insurances. The second phase is a self-pay program that helps you maintain your strength. You DO need a physician order for pulmonary rehab.
- Faces of Black Lung (pt. 1)
- Faces of Black Lung (pt. 2)
- American Lung Association: Coal Worker’s Pneumoconiosis (Black Lung Disease)