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LMC Earns National Stroke and Heart Awards

strokeFor the fourth time, Lexington Medical Center has received a “Gold Plus” Quality Achievement award for stroke care from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program. The “Gold Plus” award is the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for stroke care and recognizes commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients.

“Lexington Medical Center is proud to receive this award as it demonstrates our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing effective, evidence-based stroke care,” said Vicky Hicks, RN, BSN, CPHQ, outcomes coordinator at Lexington Medical Center.

The honor goes to hospitals with excellent adherence to stroke quality indicators and measures, including aggressive use of proven medications, therapy, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.

According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and begins to die. Warning signs include weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, facial drooping, confusion and the inability to talk. Risk factors for stroke are untreated high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol. Stroke is an emergency. Call 911 at the first sign of stroke. Modifying your lifestyle can help prevent stroke.

Heart and stethIn addition, Lexington Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s “Target: Stroke” award for the first time. This award recognizes hospitals that give stroke patients prompt, guidelines based treatment that’s shown to have a significant impact on recovery.

The American Heart Association also awarded the hospital with its Bronze Achievement Award for the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure program and its Gold Achievement Award for the Get With The Guidelines – Resuscitation program. These awards recognize the hospital’s efforts to improve patient care and outcomes for heart failure and cardiac arrest patients, respectively.

Lexington Medical Center has certification from Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, Inc. as a Primary Stroke Center in the Midlands. The Certification Program for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes organizations that follow the best practices for stroke care. Achieving Primary Stroke Center Certification indicates the hospital’s dedication to cultivating better outcomes for patients.

Congratulations, Best Doctors!

Twenty-two Lexington Medical Center physicians have been selected as “2014 Midlands Best Doctors.” These physicians have been selected by their peers as outstanding members of their field.

You can learn more about them and the prestigious recognition in this month’s edition of Columbia Metropolitan Magazine.

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In addition, one of the selected doctors, Dr. Steve Madden of Lexington Oncology, is featured in an article about chemotherapy in the magazine. You can read the article here.

Physician of the Year

Dr. Todd Crump

Dr. Todd Crump

Lexington Medical Center emergency medicine physician Dr. Todd Crump has earned the MedicalMissions.org Physician of the Year award for domestic service from LocumTenens.com for his volunteer work with The Free Medical Clinic in Columbia. More than 150 physicians were nominated for this award, which honors physicians who help underserved people gain access to health care services.

Dr. Crump began volunteering with The Free Medical Clinic in 1997 while in medical school at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He has continued to regularly volunteer at the clinic, which serves more than 7,000 uninsured patients who would otherwise go without care. Dr. Crump is also the medical director at The Free Medical Clinic and assists with fundraising activities. In honor of his service, LocumTenens.com will donate $10,000 to the clinic.

“I went into medicine in an effort to help others in need. Nowhere is that more important than with our patients who have no insurance, Medicaid or Medicare,” said Dr. Crump. “I am grateful to MedicalMissions.org for being proactive in honoring and recognizing those who provide volunteer health care services both here and abroad.”

LocumTenens.com, a full-service physician staffing agency, supports medical mission work and increasing health care access in underserved areas by sponsoring and recruiting physicians for annual medical brigades and operating MedicalMissions.org, which helps to connect trained medical volunteers with organizations that sponsor medical missions throughout the world.

“Dr. Crump is helping in his own backyard to make sure that uninsured patients in Columbia don’t go without needed care,” said R. Shane Jackson, president of Jackson Healthcare and LocumTenens.com.