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.
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.
“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.
Lexington Medical Center has a new, state-of-the-art, mobile mammography van that will travel throughout the Midlands providing mammograms to the community.
Lexington Medical Center will host an open house and tour of the van on Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium, 2728 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, S.C.
The new 43-foot van features electric steps with a porch and awning as well as updated modern décor such as hardwood floors, leather seats, a banquette, window treatments and two dressing rooms. The porch makes entering and exiting the van easier for patients and staff, and because it has two dressing rooms, patients are able to move more efficiently. Also, the cab is more open, creating a more comfortable space for patients and technologists.
Importantly, the van provides digital mammography, which can detect spots as small as a grain of sand.
The Lexington Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary donated the van to Lexington Medical Center. The LMC Foundation will also be supporting the mobile mammography van by funding its maintenance and purchasing items such as a laptop computer for patient registration and a GPS system.
The new van will replace the hospital’s existing one, which has provided quality mammography services for the past 11 years.
“The mobile mammography van will provide the same quality mammography services for women at their work place, which will reduce their time away from work,” says Frankie Haygood, mammography supervisor. The van travels to approximately 84 sites around the Midlands including community medical centers, Lexington Family Practice locations, schools and businesses. Last year, approximately 2,500 patients received mobile mammography services.
The new van is even serving as a benchmark to other health care organizations around the country. Farber, the company that manufactured the van, will feature it at the Radiological Society of North America convention in November.