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Lexington Medical Center Receives Award for Outstanding Heart Attack Care

imageLexington Medical Center has received an award from the American Heart Association for outstanding care of patients with the most dangerous type of heart attack, known as a STEMI. The American Heart Association has awarded Lexington Medical Center with its “Mission: Lifeline®” Silver Level Recognition Award for its efforts to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.
“Lexington Medical Center is the only hospital in the Midlands to meet ‘Mission: Lifeline®’ recognition,” said Kristin Davis, director of “Mission: Lifeline” South Carolina. “The staff should be very proud of all the hard work they have put into the hospital system.”

STEMI is an acronym for “ST segment elevation myocardial infarction.” During a STEMI, a coronary artery is completely blocked off and nearly all of the heart muscle supplied by the artery starts to die. This type of heart attack is usually recognized by the changes it produces on an electrocardiogram (ECG).

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 250,000 Americans experience a STEMI each year. The majority of these patients fail to receive appropriate treatment for their life-threatening conditions within recommended timeframes.

The American Heart Association created “Mission: Lifeline®” to provide education about prompt and appropriate STEMI treatment. The Recognition Awards honor hospitals that treat STEMI patients with recommended door-to-device timeframes, and follow up with appropriate medication, treatment and education. The awards also measure the work of EMS and referral centers.

“This award reflects our dedication to heart attack care in all phases of the care continuum at our hospital” said James W. Jeffcoat, MSN, RN-BC, Lexington Medical Center Outcomes Coordinator.
Lexington Medical Heart Center offers comprehensive cardiovascular care, including open heart surgery and therapeutic catheterizations. It is the only Duke Heart Center affiliated program in the Midlands.
The hospital began its complete cardiac care program in 2012. In its first year, Lexington Medical Center performed nearly 200 open heart surgeries. This year, Lexington Medical Center has added a second open heart surgeon. In addition, Lexington Medical Center now offers electrophysiology, a cardiology specialty that focuses on the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms. The hospital is also looking toward providing minimally invasive aortic valve replacement in the future.

Lexington Medical Center Earns 53 Prestigious Marketing Awards

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Lexington Medical Center’s Marketing department has earned 53 state, national and international awards that honor outstanding advertising, marketing and public relations campaigns. The honors include a Telly Award, Aster Awards, Healthcare Advertising Awards, and South Carolina Public Relations Society of America awards.

Lexington Medical Center won a Telly Award for its 2012 Pink Glove Dance video, a project that has become a community favorite and honors breast cancer survivors. The Tellys are a premier competition honoring excellence in local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.

The hospital received 20 Aster Awards, a medical marketing awards program with entries from across the nation and world. Importantly, Lexington Medical Center received two “Judges Choice” awards from the Asters for its cancer services campaign and cardiac services advertising campaign. Out of 4,000 entries, only eight “Judges Choice” awards are given each year. Lexington Medical Center is the first organization to take home the honor for two categories in the same year.

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In addition, Lexington Medical Center earned 29 accolades in the Healthcare Advertising Awards, a health care marketing and advertising awards program that judges entries on quality, creativity and message effectiveness. The hospital received six “Gold” Healthcare Advertising Awards for its work on TV and video campaigns, event promotion, print materials, and external publications.

Lastly, the South Carolina Public Relations Society of America recognized the hospital with three awards for exceptional public relations programs, tactics and campaigns. The hospital received the Silver Wing Award of Merit for House Call magazine, a heart surgery guide, and the Every Woman Blog (www.everywomanblog.com).

“LMC is an excellent hospital with state-of-the-art service lines that provide high quality heath care to our community. Our marketing team is privileged to showcase our services that highlight our compassionate care and cutting-edge technology,” said Mark Shelley, Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

The campaigns pictured above are winners of the “Judges Choice” award from the Asters.

The Pink Glove Dance was a winner of a Telly award:

 

 

LMC Receives Susan G. Komen Foundation Grant for Mammogram Screening

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Lexington Medical Center has received a grant from the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation’s SC Mountains to Midlands affiliate to provide 230 breast cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured women in the Midlands.

Lexington Medical Center will begin offering the screenings to women who meet specific financial requirements. The grant money can also be used to assist with transportation to Women’s Imaging Centers in Lexington Medical Center’s network of care.

“We have always been able to help women who need diagnostic mammograms, but screening mammograms were more difficult to provide,” said Kelly Jeffcoat, Lexington Medical Center Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator. “The Komen grant enables us to offer screening mammograms which are often successful in detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages.”
The goal is early detection and treatment. Clinicians know that early detection is key to successful treatment of breast cancer.

“The biggest problem with patients who are uninsured is that they rarely have access to routine screening mammography.” said Chris Gibson, Lexington Medical Center oncology social worker.  “With these screenings, we have the potential to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages when cure rates are much higher.”
Lexington Medical Center diagnoses approximately 250 breast cancer patients each year.  The hospital’s breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR).  Lexington Medical Center has four Women’s Imaging centers and a mobile mammography van, all offering digital mammography.  During treatment, breast cancer patients receive the assistance of a nurse navigator who provides education and emotional support. Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program is also accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

This is the second time that this chapter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has awarded Lexington Medical Center a grant for breast cancer screenings.  The first one was in 2011 and provided approximately 250 screenings to women in the Midlands. During those screenings, two breast cancers were detected. This year, the hospital expanded the number of counties included in the grant, allowing a broader group of women in the Midlands to benefit from screening mammograms.

For more information about the grant screenings, including eligibility requirements, call 803- 791-2521.

About Lexington Medical Center


Lexington Medical Center, in West Columbia, S.C., anchors a county-wide health care network that includes six community medical centers throughout Lexington County and employs a staff of 5,900 health care professionals.  The network also includes the largest extended care facility in the Carolinas, an occupational health center and more than 60 physician practices.  At its heart is the 414-bed state-of-the-art Lexington Medical Center, with a reputation for the highest quality care.  Lexington Medical Center won “Best Hospital” by readers of The State for ten years in a row, “Best Hospital” by readers of the Free Times, “Best Place to Have a Baby” by readers of Palmetto Parent, the “Consumer Choice Award” from the National Research Corporation and the prestigious “Summit Award” from Press Ganey.  Visit www.lexmed.com. 

About the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization.  It was started by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.  Komen’s SC Mountains to Midlands affiliate is one of 125 affiliates around the nation dedicated to ending breast cancer in our communities.  Komen affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment.  For more information, visit www.komenscmm.org.