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Mike Biediger Receives Honorary Doctorate from Clemson

Congratulations to Lexington Medical Center President & CEO Mike Biediger! Clemson University awarded Mr. Biediger an honorary Doctorate of Humanities at spring commencement exercises on Friday morning, May 8, 2015. According to Clemson, the honor is in recognition of Mr. Biediger’s dedication to enhancing the quality of health care in South Carolina and our community while improving the delivery of care to citizens.

L to R: Bob Peeler of the Clemson University Board of Trustees, Mike Biediger, Clemson University President James Clements

L to R: Bob Peeler of the Clemson University Board of Trustees, Mike Biediger, Clemson University President James Clements

Mr. Biediger graduated from Clemson in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in industrial management, and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina in 1980. He quickly became a leader in health care management in South Carolina. Mr. Biediger was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Lexington Medical Center from 1989 to 1996, when he became president and CEO.

During Mr. Biediger’s tenure, Lexington Medical Center grew from a 292-bed hospital to a medical network with 414 beds, six community medical centers, an occupational health facility, the largest nursing home in the Carolinas, an Alzheimer’s care center and a physician network that employs approximately 300 physicians in 60 physician practices.

Mr. Biediger has also been a strong advocate for implementing important new technology and services that have raised the level of care for our community’s citizens. He has been credited with expanding the cardiac care capacity for the Midlands by championing the addition of a comprehensive cardiovascular care program at Lexington Medical Center.

Mr. Biediger is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, which also named him South Carolina Healthcare Executive of the Year in 1990. He is one of 10 children, eight of whom graduated from Clemson. He and his wife Jean have two children and one grandchild.

LMC Earns “Gold Plus” Stroke Award

For the fifth 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.

www.heart.org_idc_groups_heart-public__private__wcm__hcm__gwtg_documents_downloadable_ucm_461524.pdfThe honor goes to hospitals with excellent adherence to stroke quality indicators and measures for two or more consecutive years, including timely treatment, 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 clot blocks a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain 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.

stroke“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines® National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “Lexington Medical Center’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

Lexington Medical Center also 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.

May is Stroke Month. Think FAST to remember the warning signs of stroke.

Face – Look for an uneven smile.
Arm – Check if one arm is weak.
Speech – Has speech become difficult?
Time – Call 9-1-1 immediately.

And the LMC Gold Goes To…

Congratulations to the 10 outstanding nurses selected as 2015 LMC Gold recipients. Established in 2006, LMC Gold honors nurses within the Lexington Medical Center network who exemplify excellence in practice and commitment to the nursing profession. Nurses are nominated by their peers based on a number of criteria including professional involvement, excellence in practice, leadership abilities and contributions to the advancement of nursing as well as providing patients with the best of care. The nurses received their awards at a special recognition dinner at the Capital City Club in March.

Benjamin Amberg, BSN, RN, CEN
Emergency Department

Megan Bussey, BSN, RN
Medical Intensive Care Unit

Elaine Bishop Cain, BSN, RN, RN-BC
Progressive Cardiac Unit

Eric Cockrell, MSN, RN, CNOR
Operating Room

Jan Corley, BSN, RN, OCN
Radiation Oncology

Hope Gulledge, ADN, RN, RN-BC
6th North Tower

Michael Jones, ADN, RN, CEN
LMC Lexington Urgent Care

Cecelia McKinley, BSN, RN, RN-BC
7th Medical

Kelly Russin, BSN, RN, RNC-OB
Labor and Delivery

Jessica Worthy, BSN, RN, RNC-OB
Labor and Delivery