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Governor Henry McMaster Visits Lexington Medical Center

We were thrilled to have South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and First Lady Peggy McMaster visit our hospital today to tour our new patient care tower. The first family received a warm welcome from our employees and the the governor thanked them for the outstanding care they provide to our community. Thank you for coming to see us, Governor and Mrs. McMaster!

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The governor and first lady visited our inpatient oncology floor, critical care unit and labor and delivery department. Opened in March of this year, our new patient care tower has 200 beds with the potential to add more in the future. The tower features patient rooms, operating rooms, educational space for staff and community members, and enhanced dining options, as well as expand the hospital’s Labor and Delivery, and Mother/Baby departments.

Not only does the hospital operate one of the busiest Emergency departments in the state, it is one of the busiest surgical hospitals in South Carolina, performing more than 20,000 surgeries last year. Lexington Medical Center built eight operating rooms in the new tower and expanded its surgical recovery area.

Lexington Medical Center’s expansion project delivers an even better patient experience for expectant families. Welcoming more than 3,300 babies each year, the hospital is consistently recognized as one of the best maternity hospitals in South Carolina. The new Labor and Delivery unit has a completely dedicated Mother/Baby unit for postpartum patients, a Level 2 Special Care Nursery and a Newborn Nursery.

Lexington Medical Center Marketing Vice President Honored in Hall of Fame

The Hospital Marketing National Hall of Fame inducted Mark Shelley, vice president of Marketing and Communications at Lexington Medical Center, at its annual ceremony in June. This honor recognizes individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in the advancement of marketing of hospitals or health care facilities.

Mark Shelley

“I am honored to be inducted into the Hospital Marketing National Hall of Fame,” Shelley said. “This recognition shows how well-respected Lexington Medical Center is by our peers in health care marketing and communications.”

Shelley has more than 35 years of experience in advertising and public relations. His work and leadership at Lexington Medical Center have been recognized with more than 500 international, national and regional advertising awards including Aster Awards, Healthcare Advertising Awards, Telly Awards, Davey Awards, and Videographer Awards. During his 12-year tenure at Lexington Medical Center, the hospital’s Marketing department has also been awarded eight national “Best in Show” awards.

“We’re proud to honor the accomplishments and creativity of each Hall of Fame Inductee,” said Bob Ehrlich, CEO of HMN Perspectives. “These individuals drive the industry forward, providing consumers with vital information on hospital services.”

HMN selected Mark for his work on outreach programs that help improve patient outcomes, support of community and fundraising events, and development of marketing campaigns that promote the hospital and its physicians, services and culture.

“As health care continues to evolve and new communication tools emerge, marketers who tell their stories creatively and deliver their messages honestly can not only inspire their audiences, but they can engage them. Truth is timeless – for the storyteller, the audience and the mission,” Shelley added.

Irmo Man Donates $50,000 to Lexington Medical Center Foundation

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation received a $50,000 gift Tuesday from an Irmo man who wanted to recognize the hospital and its staff members for the outstanding care they provided to his wife. This significant donation will establish a fund called “Linda’s Love” that will help patients in need receive specialized medical care.
 
Jeffrey Angstadt presented the gift to the Lexington Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors today in honor of his wife Linda, who died in 2014. Linda had received extensive treatment at Lexington Medical Center for cancer, congestive heart failure and complications from the flu, totaling more than 100 days in the hospital.
 

Jeffrey Angstadt with his family and Lexington Medical Center Foundation board members.

Jeffrey Angstadt with his family and Lexington Medical Center Foundation board members.

“During that time, I learned the impact that other people can have on a life,” Mr. Angstadt said. “For me, those people are the doctors, nurses and staff at Lexington Medical Center. The medical care was perfect, but it went far beyond that. The compassion, support and love that was shared with my children and me was life sustaining.”
 
Since then, Mr. Angstadt worked to support Lexington Medical Center and its Foundation. He began volunteering in the hospital’s Emergency department. He also became a member of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Heritage Society; a group whose members bequeath planned gifts from their estates to help fulfill the mission of the Foundation in our community in the future. And, he honored the clinicians who cared for his wife in the hospital’s Medical Intensive Care Unit through the Foundation’s Grateful Patient program, recognizing the 32 staff members who showed compassion to him and his wife during her illness with a wall plaque there.
 
And now, Mr. Angstadt hopes his generous donation will help patients in need to receive treatment for underlying conditions, encourage preventative care, and achieve long-term health and well being.
 
Jeff and his wife Linda

Jeff and his wife Linda

“The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is tremendously grateful for the kindness, generosity, and vision of Jeffrey Angstadt and his children as they honor the legacy of his wife and their mother,” said Barbara Willm, Vice President of Development and Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “Through the generosity of this family, we will be able to provide expanded access to care for our most vulnerable patients.”

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation works to provide programs and services that enhance the health and well being of hospital patients, family members and the community.

Programs include assistance for patients battling cancer, scholarships to encourage students to further their education in health care, tools that help families to cope with difficult times, wellness workouts for cardiac rehabilitation patients, a program that provides transitional care to patients returning home from a hospital stay, and a pastoral care fund that helps provide resources to assist families in the grieving and healing process.

The Angstadts were married for 35 years. They had two children and two grandchildren.
 
“Through everything that’s happened, I’ve come to realize that I’m part of something great at Lexington Medical Center. It’s a great hospital – my involvement with the Foundation has given me a glimpse of just how great,” Mr. Angstadt said. “I am and will be involved in every way possible to help others and honor Linda.  The Foundation is helping me do that.”

To learn more about how to contribute to the Linda’s Love fund, visit LMCFoundation.com.