Archive | August, 2013

Welcome Dr. Jaime Brown Price

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Jaime Brown Price, MD, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Brown Price will practice obstetrics and gynecology at Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Dr. Jaime Brown Price

Dr. Jaime Brown Price

A Lexington native, Dr. Brown Price graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina Honors College. She received her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed an OB/GYN residency at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia.

“I look forward to serving women in our community and providing compassionate care,” said Dr. Brown Price. “One of the most exciting aspects of obstetrics and gynecology is that I am able to establish life long relationships with my patients as I care for them from their teenage years through childbirth and menopause.”

Dr. Brown Price is a Junior Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the South Carolina OB/GYN Society. She is proud to work in the community she calls home.

Dr. Jaime Brown Price is accepting new patients. Call Lexington Women’s Care at 803-936-8100 for an appointment.

The Back to School Whooping Cough Vaccine

Beginning this school year, all 7th graders in South Carolina are required to have a whooping cough vaccine. Until now, the vaccine was recommended for this age group and routinely given, but not required. What is whooping cough? Why is it dangerous? And why is there concern now?

Dr. Lillie Bates, Lexington Pediatric Practice

Dr. Lillie Bates, Lexington Pediatric Practice

We ask Lillie Bates, MD, of Lexington Pediatric Practice, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

What is whooping cough?Whooping cough is bacterial infection with a very specific cough marked by a “whoop” sound while gasping for breath. A bacteria called bordetella pertussis causes it. Whooping cough is very dangerous for infants because they can cough so much that they lose their breath. In fact, more than half of infants with whooping cough have to be hospitalized.

Why do 7th graders need the whooping cough vaccine?
Children are usually vaccinated for whooping cough with the Tdap (diptheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccine five times between age two months and the beginning of elementary school. The vaccine provides immunity for about five years, but then starts to decrease. That makes older children, teenagers and adults more likely to contract whooping cough and spread it to others. Giving children another dose of the vaccine during adolescence will help to prevent that.

What happens when an older child gets whooping cough?
Most of the cases of whooping cough I’ve treated are in middle school age students. Older children with whooping cough can have a significant cough that lasts for 10 to 12 weeks. It’s a nagging, lengthy illness that affects their rest – because they’re up at night coughing. Consequently, it impacts their schoolwork and activities, too.

Wasn’t whooping cough eradicated?
In the 1940s, there were approximately 175,000 cases of whooping cough each year in the United States. By 1970, that number dropped to 5,000. But more recently, whooping cough has been on the rise again. In 2010, there were more than 27,550 cases nationally. Most of the cases are among adolescents and teenagers, and babies less than six months old. Part of the reason for the increase may be that the makeup of the whooping cough vaccine has changed – and the new formula might not challenge the immune system as much.

What are the symptoms of whooping cough?
Whooping cough starts by mimicking a cold. Then, the patient gets worse and develops the distinctive “whoop” in a cough. That phase can last for several weeks or even months.

How do you catch whooping cough?
Whooping cough spreads when people come in contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person. It’s very contagious.

Who else should get vaccinated against whooping cough?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends that a single dose of the booster shot Tdap is recommended for adults 19-64 years of age, adults over age 65 who have contact with infants, health care personnel and pregnant women in their third or late second trimester who have not previously received Tdap.

To hear what whooping cough sounds like, click here.

Doctor of Valor: “On Call In Hell”

From treating the traumatic wounds of critically injured Marines on the battlefield during some of the most violent days of the war in Iraq, to selflessly volunteering to put himself in the middle of enemy fire to care for others, American Naval surgeon Richard Jadick is credited with saving the lives of thirty United States military members during the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq in 2004. For his service, he earned the Bronze Star with a Combat V for valor.

Now, he’ll bring his heroic and patriotic story to Columbia to be the keynote speaker at a Lexington Medical Center Foundation dinner on Wednesday, September 11, an important day in our nation’s history.

The dinner and talk with Richard Jadick, DO, will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street at 7:00 p.m. on September 11. Tickets are $75 per person. All proceeds benefit the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. You can order tickets by calling 791-2540 or visiting

In 2004, Dr. Jadick, a lieutenant commander in the Navy who had never experienced real war, volunteered to be a doctor with the First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment. He shipped out for Iraq five days after the birth of his first child. His service took him to Fallujah, the Iraqi city that was seeing some of the heaviest fighting of the war.

Dr. Jadick’s philosophy was to be as close to the fighting as possible in order to treat wounded service members quickly and increase their chances for survival. He is credited with setting up a makeshift emergency room in the middle of the battlefield by establishing an aid station in the prayer room of an old government building. He treated critically wounded young men with horrible injuries that were at times beyond fathomable. It has been called the worst urban fighting involving Americans since Vietnam. To this day, some of the stories of the men who died bring Dr. Jadick to tears.

Overall, he treated hundreds of wounded Marines and it’s estimated that he helped save 30 lives. Dr. Jadick’s fellow service members say he exemplified courage and bravery like never before in a military doctor. When Dr. Jadick returned home to his family and civilian life, he wrote a book about his experience called “On Call in Hell.”

Importantly, the “Doctor of Valor” event at the convention center on September 11 will also honor first responders and military members.

Table sponsorships are available for $1,000. In addition to corporate sponsorships, sponsors can purchase a table for first responders, military members, police, firefighters and EMS.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation fills important community needs by supporting a variety of hospital and community programs including a cancer care fund, a boutique for breast cancer patients, nursing scholarships, LMC’s doula program, an outdoor garden at Carroll Campbell Place, health care internships, a mobile medical unit, pastoral care and prescription assistance.

For more information on Doctor of Valor or the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, visit