USC is expanding its Brain Health Network with a new clinic in Sumter

SUMTER, SC (WOLO) – The University of South Carolina is opening a Brain Health Clinic at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital on North Sumter Street.

Officials say the facility will become part of USC’s Brain Health Network – with a clinic currently open in Winnsboro and a third location in Seneca later this summer.

USC President Michael Amiridis says offering health care clinics in areas other than Columbia, Charleston and Greenville will help address inequities within the health care system.

“We are the flagship of the state of South Carolina. This is our mission. This is exactly what we do in the best possible way. We’re a research institution, so we’re very interested in data when doing research, and at the same time, part of our goal with two medical schools, one in Greenville and one in Columbia, is to improve health care in this state – so it is the core of our mission. That’s why we’re excited about it,” he says.

Health officials say the clinic will better help patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, aphasia and other neurological problems.

Senator Katrina Shealy says brain health is not only an important issue, but also a very personal one for her and her family – as her husband has Alzheimer’s disease.

“It’s the daily activities that I miss, it’s almost as if you’ve already lost your loved one. You know it’s not the same person. Some days my husband doesn’t know who I am. Either he thinks I’m his sister, or the days I like best are days when he thinks I’m his girlfriend. Those are great days. But some days he doesn’t know. He wants to go home. We are home. And you feel sad,” says Shealy.

SC Speaker of the House of Representatives Murrell Smith, Jr. hopes to see more growth when it comes to brain health across the state.

“I hope you will see that we as a General Assembly continue to invest in expanding the brain health network. Because there are many other brain diseases and other issues that affect South Carolina residents, and quite frankly, we don’t have access to care right now. So I think this is just the starting point,” says Smith.

A new facility will also open in Columbia in 2026.