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LMC Earns Highest Rating Possible for Heart Program

Lexington Medical Center’s cardiovascular program has earned the highest designation given to hospitals – a three-star rating for heart surgery – from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). For the year 2013, only 15 percent of heart programs nationwide have achieved this prestigious level, which is a designation that recognizes quality and clinical excellence.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has developed a comprehensive rating system for the quality of coronary artery bypass surgery among hospitals across the country. Lexington Medical Center ranked in the highest quality tier for 2013, earning the three-star rating. The STS 2013 analysis included more than 1,000 heart programs nationally.


“The three-star designation shows that patients who undergo cardiac surgery at Lexington Medical Center receive outstanding clinical care along with the wonderful caring environment that the community has come to expect,” said Dr. Jeffrey Travis, Lexington Medical Center heart surgeon. “The three-star rating is widely regarded by clinicians as the gold standard by which to evaluate cardiac surgery programs.”

L to R: Dr. Steven Marra and Dr. Jeffrey Travis of Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery at LMC

L to R: Dr. Steven Marra and Dr. Jeffrey Travis of Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery at LMC

A Duke Medicine affiliate, Lexington Medical Center began its complete cardiac care program in 2012. The hospital expected to perform about 100 open heart surgeries each year. But the program has far exceeded expectations. To date, the hospital has performed more than 500 open heart surgeries. As reflected in the three-star rating, patients have experienced excellent outcomes.

Lexington Medical Center has also earned full chest pain accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). To receive this accreditation, Lexington Medical Center demonstrated its ability to quickly assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. By becoming an accredited chest pain center, Lexington Medical Center has enhanced the quality of care for cardiac patients and has showed its commitment to the highest standards.

The hospital has continued to build its heart program by offering a variety of new services. This spring, Lexington Medical Center began to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement, known as TAVR. This state-of-the-art cardiovascular technology allows doctors to replace the aortic valve without open heart surgery.

amberg_130115_564Additionally, Lexington Medical Heart Center now offers non-surgical closure for holes in the heart called atrial septal defects (ASDs) and patent foramen ovale (PFO). Like TAVR, this minimally invasive procedure eliminates the need for open heart surgery, resulting in shorter hospital stays and faster recovery.

Lexington Medical Center has also begun to use insertable cardiac monitors, commonly known as loop recorders, to diagnose heart rhythm problems. These small devices, placed under the skin with a small surgical procedure, monitor heart rhythms around the clock. While versions of this technology have been available for years, new loop recorders are as small as a paper clip and require an incision of just a few millimeters.

Importantly, quality oversight is part of LMC’s affiliation with Duke Medicine for cardiovascular care. Twice each year, Duke cardiologists and heart surgeons come to LMC to review heart surgery and catheterization cases with physicians. The Duke physicians also provide ongoing peer review and evaluate new procedures for both the open heart and Cath Lab programs. When the hospital performs new procedures for the first time, a Duke representative is usually present for support.

Lexington Medical Center’s work with cardiovascular care extends into the community with a robust heart education program. Heart disease is an epidemic in South Carolina. One out of every 3 people in South Carolina dies of cardiovascular disease. Lexington Medical Center is working to teach our community about risk factors, prevention and cardiac technology.

For more information about Lexington Medical Center’s heart program, visit

Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease

What’s hand-foot-and-mouth disease and how do you catch it? A report on WIS-TV tonight revealed that some Midlands day care facilities are seeing an outbreak in children. In this news story, Dr. Brandon Emery of Lexington Pediatric Practice talks about the virus, prevention and treatment.

For more information on hand, foot and mouth disease, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website by clicking here.

Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease Facts

A viral infection that causes mouth ulcers and tiny blisters on the hands and feet.

~Small, painful ulcers in the mouth, especially on the tongue and sides of the mouth
~Small, thick-walled water blisters (like chicken pox) or red spots located on the palms, soles and webs between the fingers and toes
~1 to 5 water blisters per hand or foot
~Small blisters or red spots on the buttocks
~Low-grade fever less than 102 degrees
~Mainly occurs in children age 6 months to 4 years

Return to School
~Can return to child care or school after the fever is gone (usually 2 to 3 days). The rash is not contagious.


Lexington Medical Center Opens New Sleep Lab in Northeast Columbia

Having trouble getting a good night’s sleep or staying awake during the day? Lexington Sleep Solutions may have a remedy for you that’s close to home. The Lexington Medical Center physician practice has just opened a third sleep lab in Northeast Columbia. The new sleep lab is located within the Palmetto Family Medicine building at 109 Barton Creek Court, Suite A in Columbia. Lexington Sleep Solutions now has locations in West Columbia, Irmo and Northeast Columbia.

sleepingWith a sleep study, Lexington Sleep Solutions clinicians can diagnose conditions including hypersomnia, insomnia, narcolepsy, periodic limb movement disorder, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea and snoring.

Lexington Sleep Solutions has accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. To qualify, the practice had to meet all standards for professional health care as designated by AASM. The accreditation process included a detailed inspection of the center’s facilities and staff, an evaluation of testing procedures, and ongoing assessments of physician training.

The Lexington Sleep Solutions physician office is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All of the sleep lab locations perform scheduled studies at night and provide scheduled day studies, home sleep test set-ups and actigraphy set-ups during business hours.

IMG_2909During an overnight sleep study, each patient stays in a private bedroom that’s equipped to monitor and record breathing, heart rate, oxygen levels and brain wave activity during sleep. A camera observes sleep throughout the night and provides useful diagnostic information. The sleep study results are analyzed and an appointment will be scheduled to review results and determine what treatment is necessary.

Each patient’s care is supervised by a physician who is board certified in sleep medicine. Lexington Sleep Solutions’ physicians are Clarence Coker, III, MD; Sarkis Derderian, DO; Paul Kirschenfeld, MD; Christopher Marshall, MD; Mohamed Soliman MD and Francis Dayrit, MD, FCCP.

The average adult needs eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Signs that you’re not getting enough sleep include irritability, difficulty staying awake while watching TV or reading, difficulty paying attention at work or in school, memory problems and using caffeine to stay awake.

Physician Office
Lexington Medical Park 2
146 North Hospital Drive
Suite 400

West Columbia, SC 29169

Northeast Columbia Sleep Lab
109 Barton Creek Court, Suite A
Columbia, SC 29229

West Columbia Sleep Lab
109 West Hospital Drive
West Columbia, SC 29169

Irmo Sleep Lab
7043 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 791-2683

For more information on sleep disorders, visit