LMC Affiliates with Duke for Heart Program

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Duke to provide a full range of cardiovascular services at Lexington Medical Center. Lexington Medical Center will affiliate with Duke Medicine’s internationally recognized heart program, one of the world’s leading cardiovascular clinical research programs, to begin procedures including open heart surgery and elective angioplasty at Lexington Medical Center in 2011.

“Our collaboration with Duke will allow our community to receive excellent heart care at Lexington Medical Center,” said Mike Biediger, president & CEO of Lexington Medical Center. “We will enhance the delivery of health care and save lives.”

Through its affiliation, Lexington Medical Center will benefit from Duke’s clinical expertise and services to build a premier, comprehensive heart program. Duke University Hospital, recognized as one of the top ten heart hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and the only top ten program in the Southeast, will lend its expertise in helping to find the best cardiovascular surgeons and cardiac anesthesiologists in the nation to work at Lexington Medical Center. Duke will assist with the recruitment and training of nurses and staff, design of the open heart surgery operating room, implementation of policies and procedures as well as comprehensive oversight of quality and development for all cardiovascular services at Lexington Medical Center. And, Lexington Medical Center will have access to the latest advances in cardiovascular care.

“We are excited to begin working with Lexington Medical Center to expand cardiovascular services in this community,” said Harry R. Phillips, M.D., chief medical officer for Network Services and associate director of the Duke Heart Center for Duke University Health System. “This hospital’s commitment to quality and service excellence coupled with the expertise and collegiality of the cardiology practices provides the foundation for us to collaboratively build a cardiac surgical program that will ensure comprehensive cardiac services unparalleled in the region.”

The ability to provide a full range of cardiovascular services has been a goal of Lexington Medical Center for years. The hospital operates the second busiest Emergency Department in South Carolina, treating more than 94,000 patients each year. The hospital also operates two busy catheterization labs. Statistics from the Office of Research and Statistics show that 337 people from Lexington County required open heart surgery in 2007. Lexington County is one of the fastest growing counties in South Carolina, and the largest without an open heart surgery program.

The Duke Heart Center is a global leader in advancing the care of people with heart disease. As part of Duke Medicine, which is also home to the Duke Clinical Research Institute and the world’s largest and oldest outcomes registry, the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Disease, its accomplishments in the area of cardiovascular care include medical firsts, innovation, research and education. In fiscal year 2010, the Duke University Health System performed more than 8,500 diagnostic catheterizations and 2,000 angioplasties, along with more than 1,800 open heart surgeries, 100 lung transplants and 64 heart transplants. The Duke Heart Center has extensive experience working with hospitals throughout the Southeast to strengthen and expand cardiac services at the local level while ensuring access to the highly specialized services only available at an academic medical center.

Procedures included in Lexington Medical Center’s new cardiovascular program will be open heart surgery and expansion of therapeutic catheterizations to include elective angioplasty.

Lexington Medical Center expects to begin its new cardiac surgical program in 2011, with two heart surgeons and a team of nurses and staff with special training in cardiac care, including intensive post-surgery cardiac and pulmonary monitoring. Duke will assist Lexington Medical Center with development and implementation of this program in conjunction with overall consultative support for all cardiac services.

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