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Lexington Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Receives Prestigious Certification

AACVPR Recognizes Programs That Demonstrate Excellence in Care

Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation programs have received prestigious certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The certification demonstrates that Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation programs are aligned with current evidence-based medicine and guidelines for appropriate and effective outpatient care of patients with cardiac issues.

Lexington Medical Center offers cardiac rehabilitation at the main hospital campus in West Columbia and at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center in Lexington. Each facility received the certification through a separate application process.

The goals of cardiac rehabilitation are to help patients recover from cardiac events such as heart attack, stents or bypass surgery, and to help prevent another cardiac incident by developing healthy lifestyle habits through education and support.

“This national certification ensures that our cardiac rehabilitation programs provide all of the required components to assist patients in achieving these goals,” said John Leech, manager of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center. “Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center is a comprehensive program with education, motivation and support that leads to the best possible outcomes.”

AACVPR-certified programs are awarded program certification after an extensive application process that details the program’s structure, individualized care plans, staff competencies and outcomes measurement. Certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

There are three phases of cardiac rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center. Phase 1 takes place while patients are still in the hospital after a recent cardiac event, surgery or procedure. It includes education on the anatomy of the heart, a description of their procedure or surgery and risk factors that lead to heart disease. Phase 2 is the outpatient program and it includes exercise, education, nutrition and psychosocial elements that patients follow for three months.  Patients attend classes for 3 days per week for approximately 12 weeks. Phase 3 is a maintenance program of exercise and education that some patients continue for years.

Studies show that patients who participate in cardiac rehabilitation have a 46 percent reduction in mortality compared with non-participants. They often report reduction in symptoms, increased energy, better cholesterol and triglyceride levels, improvements in blood pressure, improved sleep and a quicker return to work and leisure activities.

“We’re meeting a high level of patient care,” said Lesa Naughton, clinical coordinator of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center – Lexington. “Cardiac rehabilitation saves lives.”

While Lexington Medical Center has offered cardiac rehabilitation for more than twenty years, the hospital began offering a full range of cardiovascular services including open heart surgery and elective angioplasty in 2012. The cardiovascular program is affiliated with Duke Medicine.  For more information, visit www.lexmed.com

 

LMC Wins a Telly Award for Heart Attack Commercial


Lexington Medical Center has received a prestigious Silver Telly Award for its heart attack commercial titled “I Am A Heart Attack.”  The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs.  With nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, winners represent the best campaigns from around the world. The Silver Telly is the organization’s highest honor, representing less than 10 percent of entries.

The commercial details the cause and effect of heart disease. A man walking in the night plays the role of a heart attack. He discusses risk factors including high blood pressure, lifestyle, cholesterol, and ignoring warning signs.

The concept was inspired by public service announcements but Lexington Medical Center aimed to make a greater impact with a message about heart disease, a condition that causes 9,000 fatalities a year in South Carolina. Shot in one night with a five-man crew in eight different locations, the message is realistic and clear; a heart attack can sneak up on you.

“We wanted to grab the viewer’s attention with more than the usual ‘eat right and exercise’ message,” said David Anderson, co-writer and broadcast producer in Lexington Medical Center’s Marketing Department. “The fact that we filmed through the night gave the commercial an edge and it worked with our message.”

A prestigious judging panel of more than 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of the Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Telly Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work.

“The Telly Awards’ mission is to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. Lexington Medical Center’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

The commercial was part of the hospital’s Midlands Goes Red campaign in which Lexington Medical Center challenged the entire community to promote heart healthy living.  Cardiovascular disease is an epidemic in South Carolina. One out of every 3 deaths in our state is related to cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association, life expectancy in the United States would rise by 7 years if all forms of major cardiovascular disease were eliminated.

Lexington Medical Center started a complete cardiac care program in 2012 and has completed over 200 open heart surgeries. The ability to provide comprehensive cardiovascular care, including open heart surgery and therapeutic cardiac catheterizations, helps Lexington Medical Center meet its mission of providing quality health services that meet the needs of our community and enhances the delivery of health care to the Midlands.

The work in Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac care program extends into the community with a robust heart education program and a strong resource for people who want to be involved. Lexington Medical Center’s heart program is affiliated with Duke Medicine, home to one of the best heart surgery programs in the country.

LMC Earns National Stroke Award from American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

As we continue to recognize Stroke Awareness throughout the month of May, LMC is proud to receive a prestigious award for stroke care.  The award demonstrates commitment to quality care for stroke patients. 

Image via Visual.ly

Image via Visual.ly

 

For the third 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 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, B-C, 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.

“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.”

“Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke” helps Lexington Medical Center develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.

Lexington Medical Center is certified by 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.

According to the American Heart Association/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 either 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.

A few LMC employees that were an integral part of obtaining the award.

A few LMC employees that were an integral part of obtaining the award.


From left to right: Christine Scott, MD/Medical Director Stroke Center, Tammy Fenske, RN,BC Care Manager, Melanie Lake, Frank Pussey, MD, Francis Glover, NM, Stroke Unit, Betsy Cromer, RN, Sean Valdepenas, PT, Kelly Nyberg RDLD, Vicky Hicks, RN,BC, Outcomes Coordinator, Shannon Turner, RN, and Kathy West, RT(R).