Black lung challenges - Stone Mountain Health Services

Kelli Bledsoe, director of Stone Mountain Health Services' Black Lung Program in the St. Charles Respiratory Care Center, and center Manager Brad Johnson show Ninth District Congressman Morgan Griffith the exercise center for program clients Friday during a tour of the Care Center.

ST. CHARLES – While coal mining as part of Southwest Virginia’s economy has continued its decline, area medical services still see black lung disease as a significant part of the region’s medical challenges.

That was part of the message that Stone Mountain Health Services officials told Ninth District Congressman Morgan Griffith Friday as he toured the organization’s Respiratory Care Center in St. Charles.

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