The John Morrison White Clinic is a research, academic and service unit of the Lancaster campus of the University of South Carolina. The well equipped cardiovascular and pulmonary laboratories, along with the nutritional and body composition assessment capabilities make the clinic unique within the USC System. Numerous activities, projects and services are conducted in the Clinic by USCL faculty and staff, with the support of consulting physicians and other health care professionals in the Lancaster Community . The clinic is able to mentor nursing students the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation setting. Internship opportunities are available to students in the USC system as well as other academic institutions.
In cooperation with the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department, USC Lancaster provides a comprehensive program of cardiac rehabilitation for Lancaster and the surrounding counties, including some in North Carolina. The multidisciplined program is fully certified by the Joint Committee on Cardiovascular Rehabilitation of the South Carolina Medical Association and the South Carolina Affiliate of the American Heart Association.
The cardiac rehabilitation program consists of three phases of active participation by the patient in his or her recovery from heart disease. Phase I takes place in the hospital and consists of the initial educational aspects of the program, progressive self-care and light physical activity.
Phase II is the first part of the program which is conducted in the J. M. White Clinic. Patients should enter this phase as soon as medically feasible following discharge from the hospital. The educational activities are expanded, as more emphasis is placed on the exercise portion of the program. Phase II participants come to the clinic three (3) days per week for 12 weeks of medically prescribed and monitored exercise. The cost of Phase II is reimbursed by many insurance carriers, including Medicare, within individual contract limitations. A physician and an exercise physiologist supervise the program. Registered nurses, registered dietitians and vocational counselors work with each patient to help him or her learn how to make any required changes in life-style. Support is provided in the areas of nutrition and weight control, and in returning to work when appropriate. Assistance with individual special needs can also be provided. The ultimate goal of the program is to help each patient return to a healthy, active, high quality life.
Phase III, lasting 6 to 12 months following Phase II, is an option
for those who want to continue in a supervised setting. All
of the services of Phase II are available, but the medical monitoring
is not provided. A fee is charged for participation in Phase
Similar to the cardiac rehabilitation program,
this service provides medically prescribed and monitored exercise
therapy for patients suffering from various respiratory conditions. Supplemental
oxygen is available for use during exercise when requested by a
physician. The appropriate educational services are also
available to pulmonary patients. Fees are charged for this
This service provides medically supervised exercise to patients at any point during or after their diagnosis and treatment. This program is staffed by an Exercise Physiologist and Registered Nurse. Dietary Assistance is available. A Provider Referral form is required for participating. There is a fee for this service.
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