Archive | March, 2009

LMC Employees Receive LEED Accreditation

by Sarah McClanahan

Kevin Stanley, director of Engineering, and Todd Overcash, assistant director of Engineering, have both received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) Professional Accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) are building industry professionals who demonstrate a thorough understanding of green building and the LEED Green Building Rating System™. According to Kevin and Todd, they can use their knowledge of LEED standards and practices to further Lexington Medical Center’s environmental goals of sustainability, conservation, and efficiency while contributing to overall employee health and productivity. Kevin and Todd spent one year attending workshops and studying LEED standards and supporting standards. Then, they had to pass the LEED Professional Accreditation Exam. Because Kevin and Todd better understand the standards and practices, they can explore new technologies and environmental solutions that not only save energy, but also create a better place to work for Lexington Medical Center employees. Since the LEED AP program launched in 2001, more than 75,000 people have earned the credential including 611 in S.C.

This important accreditation adds to Lexington Medical Center’s impact on green building. Lexington Medical Park 2, a medical office building on our hospital campus, was the first LEED-certified medical office building in South Carolina. In addition, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control named Lexington Medical Center its “Outstanding Air Quality Business of the Year” in 2008.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: The Importance of Colonoscopy

Kevin Cohen and Dr. March Seabrook after broadcasting live from Lexington Medical Center about the importance of colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer

Dr. March Seabrook, Lexington Medical Center gastroenterologist, was the featured guest on the WVOC radio show “Health Matters” with Keven Cohen broadcast live from Lexington Medical Center March 11th.

This month is colorectal cancer awareness month. Dr. Seabrook spoke about the importance of colonoscopy. Here are excerpts from the doctor’s comments:

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. But unlike other cancers, it’s preventable.

“The biggest risk factor for colorectal cancer is the number of candles on your birthday cake,” Dr. Seabrook said. The at-risk group is age 50 and above. The best test to screen for the disease is colonoscopy, which should begin at age 50; for African-Americans, age 45.

During a colonoscopy, a gastroenterologist passes a lighted tube around the colon to look for abnormalities. The doctor can also identify small polyps and remove them.

Statistics show 6% of the population will get colon cancer. If you have a family history, your risk increases to 15%. Your lifestyle can also increase your risk; a low-fat, high-fiber diet is best.

According to Dr. Seabrook, if colorectal cancer is detected early, and is limited to the inside lining of the colon, the 5-year survival rate is above 90%. If the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or liver, the 5-year survival rate is less than 10%. That’s why a routine screening through colonoscopy is so important.

LMC Participates in Important Cancer Research

Nan Faile, RN, Research Nurse Coordinator at Lexington Medical Center

Part of my work at Lexington Medical Center includes serving on the hospital’s cancer committee with a team of talented doctors, nurses and administrators who work diligently each day to care for people with cancer. In addition, they’re making an impact on cancer research. Lexington Medical Center is taking part in important trials and studies. I spoke with Nan Faile, RN, research nurse coordinator, about the projects.

Lexington Medical Center is participating in a clinical trial for breast cancer involving hormone therapy. The trial, sponsored by the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), is comparing three FDA-approved hormonal agents that each show promising results treating some breast cancer patients. The goal is to find which drug is best. Ultimately, researchers will compare the most successful drug with traditional chemotherapy.

Lexington Medical Center has referred 12 women so far for a National Cancer Institute-funded study called STORY, which stands for “Sisters Tell Others and Revive Yourself.” The project focuses on African-American women with breast cancer and compares the benefits of a telephone support group to standard psychosocial care. The study hopes to show that women in the telephone support group, who are encouraged to share their story with others, will have better outcomes.

Speaking of this research, Nan Faile said, “The person who wins in this equation is the patient.”

Lexington Medical Center is also taking part in two studies involving tissue banking. The first study is looking at the body’s ability to fight cancer cells. The work centers around factors associated with anti-tumor immunity in cancer patients. The second study looks at the role of a particular protein in the development of cancer cells related to breast and renal cancer.

Faile recently received a Thank You letter form the South Carolina Biorepository System, a statewide tissue banking network. Here is an excerpt: “We are pleased to tell you that LMC is an outstanding model for tissue banking. The high level of organization, efficiency and skill…, the flexibility in meeting the changing needs of the cancer research community and the true passion to further cancer research in South Carolina is remarkable and inspiring.”

These studies are one aspect of the important cancer care to which Lexington Medical Center is dedicated. Lexington Medical Center is the first hospital in South Carolina to perform Microwave Ablation, a treatment that can destroy tumors with a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure. Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program is also accredited by the American College of Surgeons.