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Spotlight Highlights LMC Heart Fair

In this Spotlight segment on WLTX, LMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager John Leech talks about heart health. Importantly, he provides details on our upcoming Heart Fair on Sunday, March 2 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton on Bush River Road in Columbia. Check it out!

LMC Welcomes Dr. Robert Leonardi to Lexington Cardiology

Dr. Robert Leonardi of Lexington Cardiology

Dr. Robert Leonardi of Lexington Cardiology

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Robert A. Leonardi, MD, to the hospital’s network of care. He joins the 10 board-certified cardiologists at Lexington Cardiology to deliver the highest quality care in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

A Greenville native, Dr. Leonardi earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He then completed an internal medicine residency at Duke University in Durham, N.C. and achieved board certification in this specialty. Dr. Leonardi finished his education with a cardiology fellowship at MUSC and fellowships in interventional cardiology and structural interventional cardiology at Emory University in Atlanta. He is also board certified in interventional cardiology and cardiovascular medicine. Before joining Lexington Cardiology, Dr. Leonardi served as a South Carolina Fellows-in-Training representative for the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Leonardi’s high level of training in interventional cardiology allows him to treat cases involving the structure of the heart and heart valves with state-of-the-art, minimally invasive technology.

“I enjoy the procedural aspects of cardiology because they can provide immediate benefits to patients that help them feel better and live longer,” said Dr. Leonardi.

He is accepting new patients.

Lexington Cardiology’s clinicians combine clinical expertise and sincere compassion to provide comprehensive cardiovascular care. At the practice, Dr. Leonardi joins William W. Brabham, MD; William D. Brearley Jr., MD, FACC; Amy Rawl Epps, MD, FACC; S. Stanley Juk Jr., MD, FACC; Joseph J. Lawton III, MD, FACC, FSCAI; Robert M. Malanuk, MD, FACC; Michael C. Roberts, MD, FACC; Richard E. Umbach, MD, FACC; Stephen E. Van Horn Jr., MD, FACC; and R. Taylor Williams, MD, FACC.

Lexington Cardiology offers cardiac consultation and evaluations, echocardiograms, nuclear stress testing, vascular studies, pacemaker and defibrillator services, heart catheterizations and in-hospital procedures. Other services include coronary stenting, coronary angioplasty, peripheral vascular intervention, Bi-V ICD/pacemaker implantations and atrial septal defect closure.

Lexington Cardiology has two locations.

Downtown Columbia
2601 Laurel Street
Suite 260
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 744-4900

West Columbia
131 Sunset Court
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 744-4940

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.