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“I Am A Heart Attack”

February is American Heart Month. You may remember Lexington Medical Center’s 2013 heart commercial, “I Am A Heart Attack.” The 60 second spot, produced by Lexington Medical Center, is intended to jar viewers into taking action for their health through the personification of a heart attack. The commercial won a prestigious “Silver Telly Award.” Watch it below.

We’ll debut our 2014 heart commercial this week, again produced by Lexington Medical Center. If you liked last year’s, you’ll love this one, too. Here’s a behind-the-scenes slideshow of filming.

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Lexington Medical Center Irmo Earns Awards for Outstanding Patient Care

Lexington Medical Center’s outpatient surgery center in Irmo has been named one of the highest-rated ambulatory surgery facilities in the nation for patient satisfaction by Press Ganey, a national organization that measures health care experience. With patient satisfaction scores that consistently rank in the 99th percentile, Lexington Medical Center Irmo has received Press Ganey’s national Beacon of Excellence Award. The award goes to top performing organizations that have maintained patient satisfaction scores above the 95th percentile for three years in a row.

Beacon Award LMC Irmo

“The employees at Lexinton Medical Center Irmo never rest on their laurels,” said Susan Horton, Director of Guest Services at Lexington Medical Center. “They are always looking for ways to raise the bar in providing the most extraordinary care.”

In addition, Lexington Medical Center Irmo also won Press Ganey’s Guardian of Excellence Award for reaching the 95th percentile for patient satisfaction in ambulatory surgery for each reporting period of the year. Fewer than 5% of organizations measured by Press Ganey qualify for this award. Press Ganey partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities across the nation to measure and improve patient experience.

“Achieving this level of excellence reflects Lexington Medical Center’s commitment to delivering outstanding service and quality,” said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey. “Lexington Medical Center’s efforts benefit patients in the Irmo area and lead to better patient experiences.”

Lexington Medical Center Irmo has been serving the people of the Irmo community for 27 years. Approximately 150 surgeries per month are performed at Lexington Medical Center Irmo. Procedures include general surgery, gynecological surgery, vascular port placement, gallbladder surgery, podiatry and plastic surgery. One of the newest surgeries at Lexington Medical Center Irmo’s Outpatient Surgery department is Same Day/Next Day Surgery, a first-of-its-kind program in the Midlands. In Same Day/Next Day Surgery, consultations are scheduled daily with procedures performed that afternoon or the next morning.

Lexington Medical Center Irmo’s outpatient surgery department offers comprehensive health care for the people of Irmo in their own neighborhood.

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