USC Expands Cognitive Care with Opening of Sumter Brain Health Clinic – USC News & Events

South Carolina’s Brain Health Network Expands with Second Clinic, Addressing Critical Needs for Cognitive Care

The University of South Carolina recently launched its second operational Brain Health clinic in Sumter as part of the Brain Health Network, which was established in August 2023. The clinic was inaugurated during a ribbon-cutting event that took place on May 13. USC President Michael Amiridis, Vice President for Research Julius Fridriksson, S.C. House Speaker Murrell Smith, state Sen. Katrina Shealy, and Prisma Health’s Chief Academic and Medical Officer Dr. Patrice Weiss were all present at the event to celebrate the expansion of neurological care in the state.

The USC Brain Health Network was created to address the needs of patients and caregivers in rural and underserved areas by providing equitable access to diagnostic and treatment services for individuals seeking cognitive care. South Carolina has a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias compared to other states, with over 120,000 South Carolinians aged 45 and older currently affected by these conditions. Contributing factors include high rates of heart disease and stroke, as well as an aging population.

Julius Fridriksson emphasized the importance of expanding practices across the state, stating that the network of clinics provides an opportunity to improve physical and mental health by offering equitable care, addressing disparities, and meeting the needs of underserved populations. The Brain Health Network currently has clinics in Winnsboro and Sumter, with plans to open additional clinics in Seneca, Orangeburg, and Lexington. In 2026, a Brain Health Center will be established in Columbia to support patients and clinical providers across the network.

This center will offer access to innovative research and treatment options, including advanced imaging capabilities through new MRI scanners that can help differentiate potential causes of cognitive impairment and identify other neurological disorders associated with dementia.

Overall, the USC Brain Health Network is working towards making neurological care more accessible for everyone in South Carolina while also advancing research on brain health conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.

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