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LMC Affiliates with Duke for Heart Program

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Duke to provide a full range of cardiovascular services at Lexington Medical Center. Lexington Medical Center will affiliate with Duke Medicine’s internationally recognized heart program, one of the world’s leading cardiovascular clinical research programs, to begin procedures including open heart surgery and elective angioplasty at Lexington Medical Center in 2011.

“Our collaboration with Duke will allow our community to receive excellent heart care at Lexington Medical Center,” said Mike Biediger, president & CEO of Lexington Medical Center. “We will enhance the delivery of health care and save lives.”

Through its affiliation, Lexington Medical Center will benefit from Duke’s clinical expertise and services to build a premier, comprehensive heart program. Duke University Hospital, recognized as one of the top ten heart hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and the only top ten program in the Southeast, will lend its expertise in helping to find the best cardiovascular surgeons and cardiac anesthesiologists in the nation to work at Lexington Medical Center. Duke will assist with the recruitment and training of nurses and staff, design of the open heart surgery operating room, implementation of policies and procedures as well as comprehensive oversight of quality and development for all cardiovascular services at Lexington Medical Center. And, Lexington Medical Center will have access to the latest advances in cardiovascular care.

“We are excited to begin working with Lexington Medical Center to expand cardiovascular services in this community,” said Harry R. Phillips, M.D., chief medical officer for Network Services and associate director of the Duke Heart Center for Duke University Health System. “This hospital’s commitment to quality and service excellence coupled with the expertise and collegiality of the cardiology practices provides the foundation for us to collaboratively build a cardiac surgical program that will ensure comprehensive cardiac services unparalleled in the region.”

The ability to provide a full range of cardiovascular services has been a goal of Lexington Medical Center for years. The hospital operates the second busiest Emergency Department in South Carolina, treating more than 94,000 patients each year. The hospital also operates two busy catheterization labs. Statistics from the Office of Research and Statistics show that 337 people from Lexington County required open heart surgery in 2007. Lexington County is one of the fastest growing counties in South Carolina, and the largest without an open heart surgery program.

The Duke Heart Center is a global leader in advancing the care of people with heart disease. As part of Duke Medicine, which is also home to the Duke Clinical Research Institute and the world’s largest and oldest outcomes registry, the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Disease, its accomplishments in the area of cardiovascular care include medical firsts, innovation, research and education. In fiscal year 2010, the Duke University Health System performed more than 8,500 diagnostic catheterizations and 2,000 angioplasties, along with more than 1,800 open heart surgeries, 100 lung transplants and 64 heart transplants. The Duke Heart Center has extensive experience working with hospitals throughout the Southeast to strengthen and expand cardiac services at the local level while ensuring access to the highly specialized services only available at an academic medical center.

Procedures included in Lexington Medical Center’s new cardiovascular program will be open heart surgery and expansion of therapeutic catheterizations to include elective angioplasty.

Lexington Medical Center expects to begin its new cardiac surgical program in 2011, with two heart surgeons and a team of nurses and staff with special training in cardiac care, including intensive post-surgery cardiac and pulmonary monitoring. Duke will assist Lexington Medical Center with development and implementation of this program in conjunction with overall consultative support for all cardiac services.

LMC Celebrates Open Heart Surgery Approval

Lexington Medical Center hosted a reception on the hospital campus on June 17th, 2010 to celebrate our hospital’s recent approval to perform open heart surgery. The ability to provide a full range of cardiovascular services, including open heart surgery, has been a priority of Lexington Medical Center for years. Our hospital expects to begin open heart surgery in mid-2011. Here are some pictures from the heart reception. Thank you to Jeff Amberg for taking these photos.

Lexington Medical Center Receives Open Heart Surgery Approval

In a decision that will have a tremendous positive impact on the Lexington County community, Lexington Medical Center has received approval from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to perform open heart surgery and therapeutic cardiac catheterizations. This approval is a significant milestone that will enhance the delivery of health care to the people of the Midlands and save lives.

The ability to provide full cardiovascular care to the people of Lexington County, including open heart surgery, has been a priority of Lexington Medical Center for years. Lexington Medical Center operates the second largest Emergency Department in South Carolina, treating more than 90,000 ER patients each year. In addition, the hospital operates two busy diagnostic catheterization labs. Each year, Lexington Medical Center has to transfer cardiac patients to other hospitals for treatment.

Mike Biediger“With this announcement, Lexington Medical Center takes a significant step toward fulfilling our dream of providing comprehensive cardiovascular care to our Lexington County community,” said Mike Biediger, Lexington Medical Center President & CEO. “Lifesaving heart care will now be closer to home for the people we serve.”

DHEC approved Lexington Medical Center’s Certificate of Need request for full cardiovascular care on June 2, 2010. The CON was filed in conjunction with Providence Hospitals. Under the terms of the agreement, Providence Hospitals will de-license one of its open heart surgery suites and Lexington Medical Center will add one open heart surgery suite, in keeping with the state health plan.

“We are so encouraged by the cooperation and support among the hospitals in the Midlands,” said Thad Westbrook, chairman of the Lexington Medical Center board of directors. “Together, we’ve taken important steps toward improving the quality of care within the communities we serve.”

Lexington Medical Center already has space in its Surgery Department for an open heart surgery operating room. The hospital expects to begin open heart surgery 9 to 12 months from now.

The need for open heart surgery in Lexington County has never been greater. According to statistics from DHEC and the SC Office of Research and Statistics:

~Cardiovascular disease accounts for 1 out of every 3 deaths in South Carolina.
~More South Carolinians die from cardiovascular disease than die from cancer, pneumonia, the flu and vehicle crashes combined.
~Cardiovascular disease deaths increase with age and South Carolina’s population of people over age 60 is increasing.
~Lexington County is one of the fastest growing counties in South Carolina.
~In 2008, 331 Lexington County residents required open heart surgery and 1,153 required angioplasty procedures.