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Black Lung Clinic – Norton Community Hospital

A Department of Norton Community Hospital

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Norton Community Hospital Black Lung Clinic
100 15th St. NW
Norton, VA 24273
(276) 439-1373
36.931716
-82.6433645

 

Ballad Health’s Norton Community Hospital has been caring for our coal miners for generations.

Today, Norton Community Hospital’s Black Lung Clinic offers the region’s only black lung program approved and certified by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The clinic offers disease screening / diagnostic testing and pulmonary rehabilitation services.

What is black lung disease?

Black lung disease – or coal worker’s pneumoconiosis – is a lung disease caused by breathing in dust from coal, graphite or man-made carbon over a long period of time.

Your risk of getting it depends on how long you have been around coal dust. Most people with this disease are older than 50.

Smoking does not increase your risk of developing this disease, but it may have additional harmful effects on the lungs.

Caplan syndrome

When coal worker’s pneumoconiosis occurs with rheumatoid arthritis, it’s called Caplan syndrome.

Two types of black lung

Coal worker’s pneumoconiosis occurs in two forms:

  • Simple
  • Complicated, which is also called progressive massive fibrosis or PMF

Black lung symptoms

Coughing and shortness of breath are symptoms of the disease.

How we treat black lung

If you have been exposed to coal dust and have the symptoms, Norton Community’s black lung program provides services including:

  • Federally approved diagnostic testing at Norton Community Hospital
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Durable medical equipment (such as oxygen)
  • Prescription medications
  • Sleep disorder testing
  • Clinical education
  • Home health/hospice
  • Follow-up care at the outpatient pulmonary clinic as needed

Workers’ Comp

Our Workers’ Compensation program was designed specifically to meet the requirements of the Department of Labor. But it can provide medical care for any miner with black lung disease.

Disability

Miners awarded disability benefits through the Federal Black Lung Program will have a “miner’s card” or a U.S. Department of Labor card.

Black lung program referral

To refer someone to the Black Lung Program:

  • Call outpatient services 24/7 referral hotline at (855) 673-3376.
  • Answer a few simple questions and we will follow up with provider and patient directly.

Call (276) 439-1365 for U.S. Department of Labor exams.

 

What's New

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Ballad Health issues statement on emergency department utilization

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Increase in regional COVID-19 cases leads Ballad Health to delay all elective surgical procedures, limit visitation to patients with COVID-19

An increase in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the Appalachian Highlands has prompted Ballad Health to postpone all elective and non-emergent surgeries, including already-scheduled procedures. ... read more about Increase in regional COVID-19 cases leads Ballad Health to delay all elective surgical procedures, limit visitation to patients with COVID-19.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Statement in support of in-person learning and protection measures for children

Ballad Health unequivocally supports taking all appropriate measures to keep children in schools for in-person learning. We believe taking the steps recommended by medical boards and the CDC are most likely to enhance the opportunity to keep children in school. ... read more about Statement in support of in-person learning and protection measures for children.

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What's New

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Ballad Health issues statement on emergency department utilization

With novel coronavirus (COVID-19) hospitalizations at record levels, Ballad Health is providing feedback to the communities it serves, intended to optimize healthcare resources for those who need it most. ... read more about Ballad Health issues statement on emergency department utilization.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Increase in regional COVID-19 cases leads Ballad Health to delay all elective surgical procedures, limit visitation to patients with COVID-19

An increase in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the Appalachian Highlands has prompted Ballad Health to postpone all elective and non-emergent surgeries, including already-scheduled procedures. ... read more about Increase in regional COVID-19 cases leads Ballad Health to delay all elective surgical procedures, limit visitation to patients with COVID-19.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Statement in support of in-person learning and protection measures for children

Ballad Health unequivocally supports taking all appropriate measures to keep children in schools for in-person learning. We believe taking the steps recommended by medical boards and the CDC are most likely to enhance the opportunity to keep children in school. ... read more about Statement in support of in-person learning and protection measures for children.