Free Screenings For Black Lung - Genesis HealthCare System - Zanesville, Ohio

Published on August 20, 2015

Free Screenings For Black Lung

Zanesville, Ohio (Aug. 20, 2015) – The Genesis Black Lung program in cooperation with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is offering free, confidential health screenings to coal miners in our area.

The screenings are provided through NIOSH mobile testing units. Bringing the screenings into our community helps provide early detection of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung disease, and helps document the prevalence of black lung.

All present and former coal miners are encouraged to participate, including those who have been awarded black lung benefits or miners who currently have black lung. The screenings include a work history questionnaire, chest X-ray, spirometry testing and blood pressure. The process takes about 25 minutes. Reports of individual health findings are sent to each participant.

 “This is an opportunity for coal miners to check on their health. The screenings may detect coal mine dust associated lung disease at an early stage or find other lung problems,” said Michele Newlon, grant administration consultant, Genesis Black Lung program.

The screenings are available Thursday, Sept. 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Wal-Mart parking lot, 929 E. State St. in Athens, Ohio. Another screening is available Friday, Sept. 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Ohio University Zanesville/Zane State College, 1425 Newark Road, Zanesville, Ohio. Staff from the U.S. Department of Labor will be there to answer questions and assist with black lung applications.

Registration is requested. To register, click on “Education & Events,” or call the Genesis Event Registration Line at (740) 454-4002 or 800-322-4762, ext. 4002.

Walk-ins will be taken as time permits. 

About Genesis HealthCare System

Genesis is an integrated healthcare delivery system based in Southeastern Ohio. The system includes Genesis Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital in Zanesville; centers of excellence including Respiratory, Women’s & Children’s, Emergency & Trauma, Cancer Services; Neurosciences & Orthopedics; Center of Surgical Excellence; the Heart and Vascular Institute, an extensive network of more than 300 physicians; and multiple outpatient care centers throughout the region. Affiliates of Genesis include Northside Pharmacies, Northside Oxygen & Medical Equipment Company, Genesis Community Ambulance Service, Genesis Children’s Center and more. Better Begins Here.

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