Nurse practitioner-led clinic to open in Darlington County

South Carolina Now, an internet news source, reports that a new Genesis Healthcare clinic will soon open in Lamar, SC. Alice D. Caldwell, a nurse practitioner, will run the medical center.

Caldwell, who earned a Master of Science in Nursing, has been a nurse practitioner for more than 15 years. Prior to pursuing an advanced nursing degree, she worked in hospitals in Darlington County as an RN, or registered nurse, since 1970.

According to the news source, Caldwell chose to become involved in Genesis Healthcare due to their Safecare program. This allows patients with debilitating and chronic illnesses to follow unique treatment plans specifically developed for them by nurse practitioners. The program has reportedly reduced the rate of hospitalization for individuals suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, chronic obstruction pulmonary disease, high cholesterol and diabetes by nearly 40 percent.

"I saw this as an opportunity for professional growth," said Caldwell, as reported by the news outlet. “What I like about it the most is that I’m back in the community where I live."

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