Black Lung Rehab to open in Williamson

By Kendra Mahon - [email protected]

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – In the heart of the billion dollar coalfield will soon be a much needed facility for the hard working men and woman of the coal industry that is the backbone of the area.

Marcy Tate, CEO of New Beginnings Pulmonary Rehab said she feels “we owe the miners, their hard work in the coal industry brought jobs, schools and businesses to this area for many years, in return they receive very little praise or gratitude for what they did and still do.” Coal severance money has built a lot of buildings and a lot of businesses on the backs of these men.

Tate holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia and a Master Degree in Bio Statistics from the University of Illinois.

In 2013 after spending years in a corporate position with one of the largest healthcare companies in the state of Virginia, Tate decided with the support of her husband and her family to hand in her resignation and go out on her own.

She opened her first location in Norton, Va. and currently has 189 patients at that facility.

Marcy’s strong Christian values are evident and she will not hesitate to give God the glory for the direction she has went.

“My steps were ordered and I am following my path” said Tate.

Seeing the need of a facility like New Beginnings and after watching several of her patients drive 200 plus miles round trip two days a week to her office in Norton, she decided a facility like this needed to be put in the area.

Marcy looked at locations in Boone County, W.Va., Logan, W.Va., Pikeville, Ky. before deciding to locate to Williamson.

New Beginnings is not just a business venture for Marcy, it is also personal. In 2003 she started looking into the benefits of pulmonary rehab, after seeing first- hand the toll black lung has taken on her own family members from years in the mining industry, she wanted to help others overcome the effects of black lung and let these men who have damaged their health to provide for their families know they have not been handed a death sentence, the goal is to give patients back their quality of life.

The New Beginnings Williamson location is one of only nine in the nation.

What sets New Beginnings apart from traditional rehab programs, New Beginnings is a form of rehab incorporated with a scientific approach, individual treatment plans are designed to the patient’s specific needs, patients are evaluated on a one to one basis, a treatment plan is then determined. Patients are asked to set personal goals for themselves and are given quarterly report cards to show their progress. Patients receive treatment from American Associated Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) certified providers and are seen twice a week for 20 to 30 minutes each visit.

Most patients who enter the doors of New Beginnings have a lung function of 20-25%, within a one year period that percentage can increase pulmonary function test levels by 10-12%.

There is a 65-70 percent decrease in hospitalizations due to pneumonia cases for patients enrolled in pulmonary rehab.

Unlike hospital rehabilitation programs which is limited to 36 months, the New Beginnings program has unlimited rehab treatments.

Tate wants to express, insurance is accepted and patients may even qualify for services at no cost. Pulmonary Rehab will not affect Black Lung Benefits.

A ribbon cutting was held at the new facility which is located in the former Righteous Brew location at 180 East 2nd Avenue in downtown Williamson. The doors will officially open on October 17 and the staff will start seeing patients on November 1.

By Kendra Mahon

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Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext. 2278.

Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext. 2278.

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