Archive | February, 2010

Sleep Talking: "Sleep Solutions" Receives National Accreditation

Lexington Medical Center’s Sleep Solutions has received national accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

“We are pleased that Lexington Medical Center physicians and patients have the opportunity to use the services of our new nationally accredited sleep center,” said Michelle Brooks, Registered Polysomnograhic Technologist and Sleep Solutions coordinator. “Our accreditation acknowledges that we deliver the highest standards of care and service, for which we are very proud.”

Michelle Brooks is featured in an article about how to sleep well in The State newspaper.

Sleep Solutions provides comprehensive care for a full range of sleep disorders. Phyisicans and technical staff evaluate, treat and provide follow-up care for such sleep-related disorders as hypersomnia, insomnia, narcolepsy, periodic limb movement disorder, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea and snoring.

To receive a five-year accreditation from the AASM, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. The accreditation process involves detailed inspection of a center’s facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts and physician training. Additionally, the facility’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.

Lexington Medical Center’s Sleep Solutions is located at 109 West Hospital Drive, West Columbia. For more information, visit

Who Said Hospital Food Was Bad? LMC is home to "Chef of the Year"

LMC Executive Chef Jim Lassiter with his ACF Chef of the Year trophy

Lexington Medical Center executive chef Jim Lassiter takes a bite out of the competition when it comes to setting an example for healthy eating and nutrition education. The Midlands chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) honored Lassiter with its annual Chef of the Year award.

Lassiter supervises food preparation and service for the Sunset Café, Park Café, Doctors’ Lounge, Child Development Center, inpatient meals and hospital catering.

Each year, members of the ACF select a Chef of the Year based on contributions to the organization and the community. To qualify for the award, the recipient must be a member in the ACF and participate in volunteer activities such as the Chef and Child program, which teaches proper nutrition to elementary school children.

“I fully support the ACF, and if they need volunteers, I am happy to serve,” said Lassiter. “I truly enjoy doing it.”

Other volunteer activities include participating/judging cooking competitions, helping the community with food preparation needs and working with non-profit groups such as Harvest Hope Food Bank. Lassiter has been a member of the ACF since 1996 and has served as its secretary for three years.

The ACF is an organization of chefs and cooks that promotes culinary education at all levels and encourages the growth of professional chefs and the foodservice industry. It has more than 22,000 members at 230 chapters in four regions across the U.S. The Midlands chapter has 63 members.

Lexington Medical Center has received national attention for its menus, including its Better Choices eating campaign, which encourages patients and hospital employees to eat healthy through improved menu choices and education.

And Lassiter is no stranger to cooking awards. He won the Premier Culinary Creation Contest in 2001 and a bronze medal at the Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Supply Show in 2008.

91-year-old LMC Volunteer Receives Honor

If you visit our hospital, you might have the pleasure of meeting volunteeer Lona Pugh. Lona spends her days at LMC delivering cards and flowers to our patients — at the young age of *91.* She says she enjoys bringing smiles to people’s faces.

This week, WIS-TV honored Pugh as a “Person To Count On.” Check out the video below of an interview with Lona and WIS anchor Dawndy Mercer Plank. And thank you, Lona, for your work to make LMC a great place.