The Regional Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of a new outpatient neurology clinic in October.
Hospital officials say there has been a long-standing need for this service in the community. RMC hired an inpatient neurologist in 2020, but outpatient care had to be done outside the community.
RMC Chief Operating Officer Sabrina Robinson said:
“We have a lot of patients in our community with neurological diagnoses such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and stroke,” she said. I need treatment in Calhoun County and this outpatient office will support the treatment I provide at a certified stroke center.”
She said there is a waiting list for service.
The 2,500 square foot clinic is located at 1103 Cook Road. The facility has 3 laboratories and 1 procedure room.
The clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to noon. The clinic is closed for lunch from 12:00pm to 1:00pm daily.
Clinics help diagnose and treat neurological disorders, including dementia, epilepsy, movement disorders, neuromuscular disease, headaches, multiple sclerosis, post-stroke management, neurological disorders, concussion management, dizziness/dizziness, and more. Provide symptom care.
Specialty treatments include lumbar puncture, occipital nerve block, botox for migraines, electromyography and nerve conduction studies.
“I am very excited that this line of service has been opened, and not just because many hospital systems are closing it due to uncertainty in healthcare. “This is especially important to me because I suffer from it and the neurologist’s treatment has improved my quality of life,” Robinson said.
Dr. Tushar Trivedi and Constance Bailey and Brandi Johnson, certified family nurses, will serve as clinic providers.
Trivedi said the clinic was “extremely needed” in the community. Wait times for neurological treatment can be up to 6 months in some cases.
When I was hospitalized three years ago, I was concentrating on inpatient care.
“During the interview, I made sure to include in the contract that I would only do inpatients,” Trivedi said. “After working here for a year, he realized how much our community needed outpatient neurology services.”
In her first year of practice, Trivedi said she met a young woman who had seen many primary care doctors because of weakness in both legs. A woman is currently in a wheelchair.
After examining her and performing an MRI, Trivedi said she was diagnosed with transverse myelitis.
“Over the past two years, I’ve seen a lot of stories like that, which has led our team to think that this is very important and that we need to start an outpatient clinic.” he said.
RMC President and CEO David Southerland said:
“We currently offer neurology services on an outpatient basis, but this is not being done,” Southerland said. “This is a specialty medical service here in Orangeburg that has never been offered on an outpatient basis before. You don’t even need to.”
The clinic will be called the RMC Neurology Clinic until a formal agreement is signed with the Medical College of South Carolina. Under the signed agreement, the hospital he will become MUSC Health Orangeburg and Calhoun County.