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RMC, Vein clinic

Lead mammographer Rebecca Hejl explains a breast X-ray to hospital staff and board members at the tour of the Regional Medical Center’s primary care practice and the vein clinic.

The Regional Medical Center has officially opened its vein clinic and mobile services van, with the goal of providing enhanced medical services to residents of Orangeburg and Calhoun counties and those in surrounding communities.

An estimated 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from venous disease.

“About 25 percent of our people have identified venous disease, and they were traveling out of town to have these procedures done,” said Debbie Lyons, director of the vein clinic and mobile services van. “It takes a little while to get a vein clinic going, but we are now to the point where we are real busy.”

The clinic, housed in the RMC Annex Building, offers free venous disease screenings each month. After the screening, a venous ultrasound is done and then, if necessary, a radiofrequency ablation is performed.

“We see patients for at least three visits,” Lyons said.

Vein treatments are performed on an outpatient basis. The clinic is staffed by one clinical and one non-clinical employee, and has four RMC surgeons.

The mobile services van enables the hospital to transport its digital mammography, vascular screening, vein screening, ultrasound, health screenings and health education services to scheduled stops at area businesses, schools and organizations, Lyons said.

The cost to construct the vein clinic was roughly $116,000. The van was $408,136, and the cost of mammography unit was $190,000.

For more information about the RMC’s new mobile services van, call 803-395-4708. For more information about the screenings and treatment options offered at the vein clinic, call 803-395-4555.

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