Patient visits continue to increase at each of the locations staffed by clinical faculty members. Nearly 2000 new patients were seen last year, together with more than 10,000 return patient visits. Patients are seen in specialized clinics in the following locations:
Patients are also seen at the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital, the Medical University Hospital and the MUSC Children’s Hospital. A wide range of services is provided, including comprehensive consultative care, infusion therapies and bone density assessments. Our faculty is growing with the recruitment of two Pediatric Rheumatologist and one additional Adult Rheumatologist, enabling us to better serve patients of all ages and at locations accessible to a larger number of SC residents.
The West Ashley Specialty Care is a multispecialty facility located in the West Ashley area, about 15 minutes from downtown Charleston, that is staffed by rheumatology, endocrinology orthopaedic, and occupational therapy professionals. The East Cooper and North area facilities are general rheumatology practices located in medicine multispecialty facilities. The Rutledge Tower clinic is located on the downtown campus and features scleroderma and lupus clinics as well as general rheumatology clinics. Service to our pulmonary hypertension patients has been greatly enhanced by the formation of a new, multispecialty Pulmonary Hypertension Center, also located in Rutledge Tower.
Because of our focus on research, we can offer patients with scleroderma, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis the opportunity to participate in clinical research. Many of our studies are designed and administered by our own faculty. However, we also participate in large treatment trials designed to test new therapies for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma.