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Thank You, Danny Hugueley

We are paying tribute to Lexington Medical Center employees who have worked at the hospital for 40 years.

Danny will celebrate his 40th anniversary at Lexington Medical Center in May. He started working in the Emergency Room in 1971 and moved to Information Services in 1973. Throughout his 40 years at the hospital, Danny has noticed the most significant changes in technology. “The first hospital mainframe computer I worked on had 12,000 bytes of memory. The personal computer on my desk has 2 billion. There was also one computer for the entire hospital. You would be amazed at the technology advances in the computer industry and the way we do things at the hospital today.” Danny has continued to work at Lexington Medical Center because he believes that the hospital truly does care about its employees. A resident of Lexington County, he and his wife have two daughters and three grandchildren.

This month, Lexington Medical Center celebrates its 40th anniversary. We opened as a small county hospital on January 6, 1971. Today, we’ve grown into a modern medical complex with state-of-the-art technology and an unsurpassed culture of caring. Each day this month, we’ll share a story from our hospital’s history book.

A Leader in Women’s Services

Since it opened, Lexington Medical Center has built an impressive lists of “firsts” in women’s services:

-First hospital in the Midlands to allow Lamaze-trained husbands in the delivery room
-First breast center in Columbia accredited by the American College of Radiology
-First Midlands hospital to offer epidural anesthesia
-First area hospital to offer doula assistance during childbirth
-First hospital to introduce Kangaroo Care for premature babies

In 1984, Lexington Medical Center opened Women’s Hospital, which combined family centered maternity care, new facilities and comprehensive education courses that covered childbirth preparation, infant care and fitness during pregnancy. The Women’s Hospital also encompassed a variety of programs such as Kangaroo Care where parents are able to nestle skin-to-skin with their premature newborn, giving the tiniest newborns a way to bond with their parents.

A Lexington Medical Center Doula helps a patient in labor


Another example is the innovative Doula program in which professionally-trained doulas provide comfort and reassurance to women in labor. This program is the first-of-its-kind in the Southeast and serves as a worldwide benchmark.

“Our Women’s Services division provides holistic, high touch, compassionate care to women and their families. Women who experience childbirth at Lexington Medical Center select our facility because of the care they receive and the many options we provide. This truly differentiates us from others in the Columbia area,” said Nydia Harter, director of Nursing for Women and Children Services.

Continuing its commitment beyond childbirth, Lexington Medical Center opened the Women’s Imaging Center in 1985. This center provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and care in all areas of mammography and breast ultrasound including screening and digital mammography, stereotactic and ultrasound biopsy, breast MRI and MRI biopsy, and bone densitometry.


Four Women’s Imaging Center facilities and a mobile unit offer digital mammography, which can detect spots as small as a single grain of sand. It was the first breast center in the Midlands accredited by the American College of Radiology and the only Midlands hospital with Five Day Detection to Diagnosis for breast cancer. Under this program, patients are seen within 24 hours of detecting a lump and receive a definitive answer about the health of their breast within five days of detection.

This month, Lexington Medical Center celebrates its 40th anniversary. We opened as a small county hospital on January 6, 1971. Today, we’ve grown into a modern medical complex with state-of-the-art technology and an unsurpassed culture of caring. Each day this month, we’ll share a story from our hospital’s history book.

Our First Baby

Virginia Baird and baby Windy Baird. January 6, 1971. Lexington Medical Center.

On January 6, 1971, Virginia Baird of Columbia went into labor with her second child. What started as a routine delivery would end up as a beloved story in our history books.

Virginia’s doctor sent her to the brand new Lexington County Hospital to welcome her new baby and to give birth to the first baby there.

“It was exciting,” Virginia said. “We had been hearing about the hospital coming for years.”

January 6th was opening day at Lexington County Hospital. Virginia arrived there to have her baby just hours after the facility opened its doors for the first time.

“The hospital was so new, we were being waited on hand and foot because there were no other patients but us,” she said.

Three hours later, Virginia and her husband Thomas welcomed a precious baby girl they named Windy.

“After Windy was born, I don’t know if she ever cried in the nursery because the nurses were always right there tending to her and putting bows in her hair,” Virginia said.

As the hospital’s first baby, Windy received numerous gifts including a savings bond, crib, formula, diapers and other supplies. A local company even paid her hospital bill.

Windy and Virginia today.


Lexington County Hospital’s first baby would grow up to make us proud. Windy attended Pelion High School where she was student body president, drum major for the marching band and a volleyball and softball player.

Windy went to Winthrop University in Rock Hill where she studied Music Education. She also earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

At Winthrop, she met John Fullagar, who she married. Today, Windy and John live in Charlotte with their two sons, ages 15 and 14.

Windy works as a middle school band teacher in Charlotte and plays the clarinet professionally. She is also a United States Army veteran, serving with the Army Reserves for fifteen years. She enjoys working out and running.

Virginia is retired from spending her career working for the South Carolina Department of Insurance and Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.

This month, Lexington Medical Center celebrates its 40th anniversary. We opened as a small county hospital on January 6, 1971. Today, we’ve grown into a modern medical complex with state-of-the-art technology and an unsurpassed culture of caring. Each day this month, we’ll share a story from our hospital’s history book.