Archive | May 10, 2012

LMC Affiliates with Duke for Cancer Care

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce that it is affiliating with Duke Medicine to provide a state-of-the-art level of cancer care to patients in our community. This collaboration with Duke will allow Lexington Medical Center patients to have access to Duke’s excellence in cancer patient care, clinical research and education. Lexington Medical Center’s comprehensive cancer services will be a premiere program within the Midlands.

“Lexington Medical Center’s affiliation with the Duke Oncology Network will allow patients to receive the best cancer care available, including access to important clinical trials, right here in our community,” said Mike Biediger, President & CEO of Lexington Medical Center.

Through this affiliation, the Duke Oncology Network will work on a consulting basis to provide Lexington Medical Center physicians with mentors at Duke and enhance policies and procedures. Importantly, the oncology affiliation with Duke will allow Lexington Medical Center to increase patient access to cutting edge clinical trials, exposing people in the Midlands to a wide range of the most promising cancer treatments currently available in the nation. Duke will also offer Lexington Medical Center guidance in areas including oncology clinical practice, program development and continuing medical education.

“Our cancer patients can feel confident knowing their care is guided not only by the excellent, multi-disciplinary oncology team at Lexington Medical Center, but also by the expertise of Duke’s quality program,” said Dr. Steve Madden, oncologist at Lexington Oncology Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

The Duke Cancer Institute is consistently ranked among the top centers in the nation for cancer services and is one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. The Duke Cancer Institute serves more than 6,000 new cancer patients each year, from every state in the nation.

“Lexington Medical Center has a comprehensive community oncology program with the expertise to care for many types of cancer,” said Dr. Myron Barwick, surgeon at Lexington Surgical Associates and chairman of Lexington Medical Center’s Cancer Committee. “Our affiliation with Duke will open greater access for our patients to cutting edge cancer clinical trials that have the potential to save lives.”

Lexington Medical Center diagnoses and treats approximately 1,000 new cancer patients each year and has just completed an extensive renovation of its oncology facilities.

Lexington Oncology Associates, a physician practice that’s part of Lexington Medical Center, is now a 26,000 square foot office with 24 exam rooms, a central lab, Healing Garden, Research Suite for on-site clinical trials and a Resource Room with reference books and patient education materials. In addition, Lexington Oncology Associates is now home to a newly redesigned infusion center for chemotherapy patients, providing a brighter and more spacious atmosphere for them and families treatment. In addition, the hospital has completed an 18 month renovation of its Oncology floor, resulting in larger patient rooms with additional features and a comfortable environment for families.

“We are very excited to be working with Lexington Medical Center in its quest to provide the best care for cancer patients in the region. The leadership of LMC and its cancer program are dedicated to identifying and implementing best practices in Oncology care. That commitment to change, as the best methods in Oncology evolve, is a hallmark of leading edge care and the Duke Oncology Network is proud to be part of that effort.” said Dr. Linda Sutton, Medical Director of the Duke Oncology Network.

Lexington Medical Center’s cancer programs are accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). The Women’s Imaging facility is a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence through the American College of Radiology.

It’s not the first time that Duke and Lexington Medical Center have come together to deliver expert care. The hospital is building on a relationship it established with Duke in 2011 when Lexington Medical Center affiliated with Duke Medicine for cardiovascular care.

Lexington Medical Center’s Primary Stroke Certification

May is Stroke Month. Did you know…

Lexington Medical Center is a Primary Stroke Center, as designated by DNV Healthcare, an organization that certifies health care organizations and programs around the nation. Achieved in September of 2011, this certification means that our hospital makes excellent efforts to treat patients experiencing a stroke.

That’s important because stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. In 2011, Lexington Medical Center treated approximately 500 patients for stroke. South Carolina is among a group of Southeastern states with high stroke death rates referred to as the “Stroke Belt.”

Criteria to be a Primary Stroke Center includes a hospital’s ability to provide comprehensive stroke care that follows national standards and guidelines to improve outcomes for stroke patients. That includes the use of drugs that can dissolve stroke-causing clots. Sometimes, if paramedics are taking someone with stroke symptoms to a hospital, they will work to take the patient to the closest Primary Stroke Center.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so it starts to die.

Risk factors for stroke are untreated high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol. In South Carolina, high blood pressure, smoking and other risk factors are prevalent.

The main warning signs of stroke are weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, facial drooping, loss of motor skills, confusion and inability to talk.

Never ignore the signs of stroke. Delayed treatment can cause the loss of brain tissue and lead to significant disability and long-term deficits.

Lexington Medical Center has received a Gold Plus award for stroke care from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s for excellent care for stroke patients. For more information on stroke, click here.