Archive | May, 2013

Baby Boom

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Oh baby!  The stork has delivered great news to Lexington Medical Center. Our hospital delivered more babies than any other hospital in the Midlands in 2012. We welcomed 3,549 bundles of joy, according to statistics from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

We have a reputation for treating patients like family at Lexington Medical Center. And with state-of-the-art equipment and comfortable rooms, our obstetrical team of physicians, nurses, technicians and Doulas work together to ensure the best birth experience for each mom and baby. We also offer an innovative approach to welcoming the newest members of our community. For more than 40 years, Lexington Medical Center has been home to many “firsts” in obstetrics.

Did you know?

Lexington Medical Center was the first hospital in the Midlands to allow fathers to stay in the delivery room during childbirth, cut the umbilical cord upon a newborn’s arrival and be with their wives during caesarean sections.

We were the first hospital in the Midlands to offer epidurals during labor and delivery.

We recognized the need for a Special Care Nursery to allow our clinicians to care for newborns needing special assistance. And we worked to ensure that there was a full-time neonatologist, along with clinicians with special skills to care for the babies there.

Lexington Medical Center began a Doula program that was the first-of-its-kind in the Southeast. A doula is a birth coach who provides women comfort and reassurance during labor and delivery. The program is a nationally-recognized success, and doulas are a free service for any woman having a baby at Lexington Medical Center provided by the Lexington Medical Center Foundation.

And, we were the first hospital in our area to introduce Kangaroo Care for premature babies, where parents are able to nestle skin-to-skin with their baby, helping them to bond.

Today, Lexington Medical Center offers a series of classes for expectant families including breastfeeding, childbirth and sibling classes.

We strive to make sure having a baby is a positive, rewarding experience that new parents remember for a lifetime.

Visit Lexmed.com for more information about having a baby at Lexington Medical Center, or to view pictures of our latest arrivals.

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Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Will Floyd MD, MPH, to Occupational Health Program

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Lexington Medical Center is proud to welcome Will Floyd, MD, MPH, into the hospital’s network of care.  Dr. Floyd has joined Alice Barker, MD, and Dana Rawl, MD as a practicing physician at Occupational Health, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Dr. Floyd will provide health care services ranging from pre-placement assessments to comprehensive treatment of workers’ compensation injuries.  With the addition of Dr. Floyd, Lexington Medical Center is now home to the only occupational health program in South Carolina with three physicians who are board certified in occupational medicine.

“I’m very excited about joining Lexington Medical Center and look forward to meeting the occupational health needs of the Midlands’ business and industrial community,” said Dr. Floyd.

Dr. Floyd graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Palmetto Health. During his residency, he also pursued a master’s degree in Public Health from USC with a focus on Occupational Health. He followed this education with a Preventive Medicine residency at the USC Department of Family & Preventive Medicine. A South Carolina native who has practiced in Columbia since 1999, he is board certified in Occupational, Preventive and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Floyd’s training and experience have provided him with an extensive understanding of occupational and preventive health. He is highly respected by local businesses for his hard work and partnerships to improve health in the workplace. He is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the South Carolina Medical Association, currently serving as chair of its Occupational Medicine Committee.

Occupational Health is located at 300 West Dunbar in West Columbia. To schedule an appointment, call (803) 755-3337 or visit http://occupationalhealthlexington.com.

Lexington Medical Center Receives Award for Outstanding Heart Attack Care

imageLexington Medical Center has received an award from the American Heart Association for outstanding care of patients with the most dangerous type of heart attack, known as a STEMI. The American Heart Association has awarded Lexington Medical Center with its “Mission: Lifeline®” Silver Level Recognition Award for its efforts to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.
“Lexington Medical Center is the only hospital in the Midlands to meet ‘Mission: Lifeline®’ recognition,” said Kristin Davis, director of “Mission: Lifeline” South Carolina. “The staff should be very proud of all the hard work they have put into the hospital system.”

STEMI is an acronym for “ST segment elevation myocardial infarction.” During a STEMI, a coronary artery is completely blocked off and nearly all of the heart muscle supplied by the artery starts to die. This type of heart attack is usually recognized by the changes it produces on an electrocardiogram (ECG).

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 250,000 Americans experience a STEMI each year. The majority of these patients fail to receive appropriate treatment for their life-threatening conditions within recommended timeframes.

The American Heart Association created “Mission: Lifeline®” to provide education about prompt and appropriate STEMI treatment. The Recognition Awards honor hospitals that treat STEMI patients with recommended door-to-device timeframes, and follow up with appropriate medication, treatment and education. The awards also measure the work of EMS and referral centers.

“This award reflects our dedication to heart attack care in all phases of the care continuum at our hospital” said James W. Jeffcoat, MSN, RN-BC, Lexington Medical Center Outcomes Coordinator.
Lexington Medical Heart Center offers comprehensive cardiovascular care, including open heart surgery and therapeutic catheterizations. It is the only Duke Heart Center affiliated program in the Midlands.
The hospital began its complete cardiac care program in 2012. In its first year, Lexington Medical Center performed nearly 200 open heart surgeries. This year, Lexington Medical Center has added a second open heart surgeon. In addition, Lexington Medical Center now offers electrophysiology, a cardiology specialty that focuses on the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms. The hospital is also looking toward providing minimally invasive aortic valve replacement in the future.