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Good News for Bad Knees

Dr. Kevin Nahigian of Carolina Shoulder & Knee Specialists will give our hospital’s monthly physician lecture on Monday, August 25 at 6:00 p.m. inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus. The topic is “Good News for Bad Knees.” He previewed his talk with a segment on WLTX this week. Check it out below.

Wine on the River

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Women of Hope will host the third annual “Wine on the River” at Stone River and the West Columbia Riverwalk on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Surrounded by the beautiful sights and sounds along the Congaree River, “Wine on the River” features wine tastings, cuisine from Midlands restaurants and musical entertainment from Jim LeBlanc.

Guests can sample a variety of red and white wines, craft beers and delicious foods from food and beverage sponsors including Travinia Italian Kitchen, Alodia’s Cucina Italiana, Bogart’s, Budweiser of Columbia, Café Strudel, Capital City Club, Conquest Brewery, Famously Frozen, Grapes and Gallery, Ms. B’s Southern Kitchen, Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, Sam’s Fine Wine and Spirits and Whole Foods.

Here are some photos from last year’s event.

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In addition, attendees can learn how to join Women of Hope, a women’s giving circle that is part of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Established in 2011, Women of Hope identifies health issues in the Midlands and works to bring about positive change. 



Proceeds from “Wine on the River” will benefit the Lexington Medical Center Women and Children’s Fund, which provides clothing and basic supplies for newborns whose parents are in financial need, infant CPR kits for families of special care infants and education materials for new mothers.

Last year, more than 500 people attended “Wine on the River.” In the past two years, the event has raised more than $45,000. 

Tickets for Wine on the River are $30 in advance and $40 at the entrance. To purchase tickets, call (803) 791-2540 or go to LMCFoundation.com and click on the Eventbrite link on that page. Food, wine and some beers are included in the admission price. There will be a cash bar for additional types of beer and beverages.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

“Transcatheter aortic valve replacement is the most significant advancement in cardiology since coronary angioplasty.”

That’s what Lexington Medical Center cardiologist Dr. Robert Leonardi says about “TAVR,” a minimally invasive procedure that allows doctors to replace the heart’s aortic valve without open heart surgery.

In this video from WLTX, he explains TAVR.

Dr. Leonardi is one of the most experienced TAVR cardiologists in the Southeast and one of only a few fellowship-trained in transcatheter (non-surgical) valve procedures. 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.

By letting go of artificial boundaries between heart surgeons and interventional cardiologists, Lexington Medical Center is pleased to be using a collaborative, team-based approach to help patients with heart valve disease in our community. The team is made up of physicians from Lexington Cardiology and Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery. The hospital is proud to have performed the first fully percutaneous (no surgical incision) and first “awake” (without general anesthesia) TAVR procedures in South Carolina.

Dr. Leonardi is one of the 11 board-certified cardiologists at Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, dedicated to delivering the highest quality care in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.