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When Should We Begin Having Mammograms?

The American Cancer Society has released new guidelines suggesting that women begin mammography at age 45 instead of the previous recommendation of 40. Dr. Kathryn Moore, gynecologist at Vista Women’s Healthcare, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, was a guest on WIS-TV with news anchor Judi Gatson to talk about it. She offered great insight and advice in the interview below.

Here are a few takeaways from Dr. Moore’s interview:

~The new guidelines suggest it will reduce false positives. However, new mammography technology reduces the number of false positives. Ultimately, the guidelines will likely go back to 40.

~Talk to your doctor each year about your family history and risk factors to determine when you should begin mammography.

~The age at which to begin mammography should be made on an individual basis.

~A baseline mammogram is important for every woman.

Lexington Medical Center Announces New Leadership Team

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce three new leadership positions at the hospital. Lexington Medical Center has named Melinda Kruzner as Executive Vice President, Roger Sipe as Senior Vice President of Operations and Barbara Willm as Vice President of Development and Community Relations.

Melinda Kruzner

Melinda Kruzner

As executive vice president, Ms. Kruzner will provide strategic leadership to the hospital’s network of care for operations, physician network, finance and information services. Ms. Kruzner has served at Lexington Medical Center as senior vice president and chief financial officer since 1993. In 1995, she established the hospital’s comprehensive Physician Network to provide quality, efficient care to the community. Under her leadership, the network has successfully grown to more than 300 primary and specialty physicians at approximately 60 practice locations throughout the Midlands.

Roger Sipe

Roger Sipe

With more than 20 years of health care management experience, Mr. Sipe will use his expertise on Lexington Medical Center’s community medical centers, revenue cycle, managed care, health information management and patient access to oversee operations at the hospital’s main campus and its community medical centers in Lexington and Irmo. In addition, he will lead the hospital’s information technology team, and focus on quality improvements and patient satisfaction. Sipe most recently served LMC as vice president of Revenue Cycle and Community Medical Centers.

Barbara Willm

Barbara Willm

Ms. Willm has served Lexington Medical Center in many roles for almost 30 years. As Vice President of Development and Community Relations, she will oversee the efforts of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation to ensure that quality health services and patient-centered care are available for people in the Midlands. She will also work with local organizations and businesses to build relationships that will help to improve the overall health of the community.

Ask the Expert: Breastfeeding Myths

Teaching new moms how to breastfeed is important work on Lexington Medical Center‘s Mother/Baby floor. A dedicated team of lactation consultants work with new mothers and their babies every day.

Ginny Scheele, RN, BSN, IBCLC, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at Lexington Medical Center, was a guest on WLTX this week to talk about some common breastfeeding myths. She talked with mom-to-be Ashley Izbicki about the benefits of nursing her soon-to-arrive baby boy. And, from staying away from spicy foods to feeding every two hours, she debunks the old wives’ tales. Watch below.

Our lactation consultants also know that breastfeeding has many benefits for mothers. Nursing a baby can lower a woman’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. It can also keep bones strong, preventing osteoporosis later in life.