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LMC VP and CIO Receives Prestigious Certification

Kathleen Herald, LMC Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Kathleen Herald, LMC Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Kathleen Herald, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Lexington Medical Center, has achieved professional certification from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Representing achievement of the highest standard, the Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) certification shows that Ms. Herald has demonstrated the commitment, knowledge and experience required to master the core skills needed by successful chief information officers.

Ms. Herald has served in her position at Lexington Medical Center since 2011. Her main responsibility is to work together with hospital leadership to ensure that LMC’s technology and applications are aligned with the hospital’s goals and mission.

“Lexington Medical Center recognizes the importance of putting new technology in our network of care,” Ms. Herald said. “My goal is to manage the daily information operations of the hospital successfully while expanding and optimizing our technological innovations to enhance patient care and meet the needs of our community.”

One of Ms. Herald’s most successful projects during her tenure at LMC has been overseeing the implementation of an electronic health records system for the hospital in May of 2013.

To receive the CHCIO certification, Ms. Herald had to pass a rigorous 125-question examination and possess specific professional qualifications including continuing education units and at least three years of experience as a chief information officer.

“We congratulate Kathleen Herald for her commitment to the healthcare CIO profession,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “As a CHICIO, Kathleen Herald has identified herself as a leading professional, giving her an immediate and continuous advantage in the industry.”

Ms. Herald joined Lexington Medical Center as Vice President and Chief Information Officer in 2011. She has more than 30 years of experience in information services and systems integration at health care organizations in the Carolinas and Georgia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Francis College in PA and a medical technology degree with certification from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. Ms. Herald is a past president of the South Carolina Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) chapter, and a current Member of HIMSS, CHIME, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

Same Day/Next Day Surgery Puts Patients “Back in the Saddle” Quickly

Andrew and Donell Allen enjoy riding their horses on their Lexington County farm.

Andrew and Donell Allen enjoy riding their horses on their Lexington County farm.

Andrew and Donnell Allen love to ride their horses on their Lexington County farm. But a few bad moves during a ride in September left Andrew in serious pain.

A trip to his doctor revealed it was a hernia – with recommended surgery.

“I said, ‘Oh – no, no, no.’”

The thought of surgery terrified Andrew.

“I was a nervous wreck,” he said. “I’m 44 and I never had surgery before – except having my tonsils out in high school.”

Donnell said Andrew kept putting off the surgery.

“My husband thinks he’s He-Man,” she said. “He would have lived with it until it got much worse.”

And then it did. In October, Andrew slipped and fell at a horse show, hurting himself even more.

“The women precipitate our men going to the doctor,” Donnell said. “He kept saying, ‘It’s just sore.’ He was in denial.”

After another trip to the doctor, Andrew’s family practice physician referred him to Dr. Raymond Fryrear at Southern Surgical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Dr. Fryrear told Andrew and Donnell about Lexington Medical Center’s Same Day/Next Day Surgery program. This first-in-the-Midlands program gives patients a convenient option for surgical treatment. Consultations are scheduled daily with procedures performed that afternoon or the next morning at Lexington Medical Center or the hospital’s Outpatient Surgery Center in Irmo.

Dr. Raymond Fryrear

Dr. Raymond Fryrear

Dr. Fryrear scheduled Andrew for surgery the very next day in Irmo.

“I was a nervous Nellie,” Andrew said.

The surgery began at 6:30 a.m. Andrew and Donnell were home by 11:00 a.m. And it all took place just one day after Andrew had his first visit with the surgeon.

The ease and quick nature of the process calmed Andrew’s fears and changed his perspective about having surgery in the first place.

“For anyone up for Same Day/Next Day Surgery, do it,” Andrew said. “It eliminated a lot of the downtime for anxiety to build up. I didn’t have a chance to fret about it.”

Donnell called the experience efficient, quick and convenient.

“You can have surgery done lickety split right there at Lexington Medical Center in Irmo. The care was also top-notch and state-of-the-art.”

Same Day/Next Day Surgery also includes procedures for melanoma, superficial wounds, soft tissue tumors, diagnostic procedures for muscle, temporal arteries and oncology, vascular port placement, and surgeries for gallbladders, breast cancer and anorectal conditions. Other procedures may be available in Same Day/Next Day Surgery, too. Patients can talk about that with their doctor.

“Same Day/Next Day Surgery keeps a patient’s time, expenses and care at the forefront,” said Dr. Fryrear.

After surgery, there was a six week healing period. Today, Andrew feels well and he and Donnell are back to riding horses, glad to be “back in the saddle” again.

For more information on Same Day/Next Day Surgery, visit Southern Surgical Group’s website.

Tech Talk: Meet the O-Arm

The O-Arm at work during spine surgery in the Lexington Medical Center Surgery department.

Imagine a machine that can take real-time, 3-D, HD images of the inside of your body during surgery. Doctors can see exactly what’s going on inside of you and make sure every step is correct throughout the surgical procedure. You probably wouldn’t want to have surgery without it. And now – you don’t have to.

Lexington Medical Center is the first hospital in the Midlands with the technologically advanced O-Arm, a new imaging system for spinal surgery.

The O-Arm is a machine placed around a patient on the operating table. Before surgery, doctors use the O-Arm to capture images of the patient that help them develop a precise surgical guide. During surgery, the O-Arm images allow neurosurgeons to confirm proper placement of instrumentation. After implants are placed, neurosurgeons use the O-Arm again to confirm correct placement of instruments in the spine and address anything further that needs to be done. Images are displayed on a large, digital flat screen at a view station next to the operating table.

For an up-close look at the O-Arm in the Lexington Medical Center operating room, watch this video. Dr. Scott Boyd, neurogurgeon at Columbia Neurology Associates narrates.

What is the O-arm? from Lexington Medical Center on Vimeo.

An image captured by the O-Arm at Lexington Medical Center

Before O-Arm technology, patients would have an MRI or CT scan before surgery and doctors would use 1- or 2-Dimensional images to guide them. They would place instruments and implants by using their best educated guess based on standard anatomy. But in back surgery, doctors are working through a small opening and it can be difficult to know where you are in the spine. Margins of error are millimeters – and implants must be placed with a great deal of accuracy.

Manufactured by Medtronic, the O-Arm improves safety for surgeons and staff members, lowers the chance of revision surgeries and can enhance patient outcomes. Spinal problems can be chronic and debilitating. The O-Arm gives patients a great opportunity for excellent results.

Lexington Medical Center began using the O-Arm this summer. For more information, visit