Aging brings many changes and challenges. The health maintenance habits that worked so well into late middle age are not necessarily the best ones once you’ve reached your late 60’s.
Your later years are when the risk of serious medical problems can be the highest. Changing your old doctor for one who specializes in geriatric medicine can be a smart move. A geriatrician will recognize possible age-related medical problems before they can become more serious. A geriatric doctor will also be able to make recommendations and give advice that will help make your senior years a healthy time.
Charleston seniors who need to find quality medical care for their time of life should read this guide and discover what options are available near them.
Fortunately, there is a good resource available online that can help you find the best medical service providers convenient to you. U.S. News and World Report ranks hospitals all over the U.S. both nationally and regionally according to many different categories.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Colon Cancer Surgery
Heart and Vascular Care
Roper St. Francis Heart and Vascular Center is designated by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care as an accredited Chest Pain Center. All of the Roper St. Francis emergency rooms have a chest pain center.
The Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center is ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report in 5 adult specialties, and rated high-performing in 8 adult procedures/conditions.
Impressively, they are ranked #1 regionally in South Carolina. The Medical University of South Carolina provides a wide range of services.
The Hospital has a high-tech transplant center that handles a range of transplant surgeries including blood, bone marrow, heart, kidney, liver, and lung.
The Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center is home to the Hollings Cancer Center. The Hollings Cancer Center is South Carolina's only National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center. They offer many treatment options, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, blood and marrow transplants, and clinical trials.
The MUSC Neurosciences department is one of the top neuroscience departments to receive NIH funding. They offer a comprehensive stroke and cerebrovascular center with one of the largest teams of specialists with access to leading technology.
There are many ways to begin your search for quality senior medical care. The easiest is just to conduct an online search. You could visit the websites of all the local hospitals and search the geriatrics and specialty departments, but that could be time-consuming. Try using search tools designed for medical services search. U.S. News and World Report has a search tool called doctor finder. HealthinAging.org has a great physician search tool for geriatricians.
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