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Which portion of the heart is responsible for pumping blood into the pulmonary artery?

Which type of fracture is associated with osteoporosis?

LSA_Harmon_Surgery_3What condition is an inflammation of the tissues surrounding the brain?

These are the types of questions that will be asked during the 17th Annual Surgical Technology Student Quiz Bowl on Friday, July 17, 2015 at Lexington Medical Center from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The hospital is pleased to host this exciting trivia event, where technical college students from around South Carolina will answer questions in preparation for a national certification exam.

More than 100 students from Aiken Technical College, Central Carolina Technical College, Greenville Technical College, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Midlands Technical College, Piedmont Technical College, Spartanburg Community College, Tri-County Technical College and York Technical College will participate. Each of the students will graduate this year.

surgery toolsSurgical technologists play a vital role in hospital operating rooms, where they assist doctors and nurses with many aspects of surgery. Certified surgical technologists are widely sought after by hospitals around the state and nation, including Lexington Medical Center. During this event, the students will also have the opportunity to network with potential future employers.

Each school will select four students and two alternates to represent their program. Students will use a buzzer to answer a variety of questions in a 9-team double elimination bracket. Winning students will receive gifts, t-shirts and door prizes.

In the audience during the quiz bowl, there will be hospital and health care leaders, as well as several state and national board members of the Association of Surgical Technologists.

The Surgical Technology Student Quiz Bowl will take place inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium located at 2728 Sunset Boulevard on the hospital campus in West Columbia.

Cardiac Rehab Supervisor Earns Fellowship

Mark Stout, program supervisor for Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center Irmo, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The organization recognizes excellence, professional achievement and outstanding service in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

To become a Fellow, applicants must meet criteria including submitting a resume with a record of distinguished service in the field of cardiac rehabilitation, peer recommendations and evidence of a high degree of professional development and commitment. A committee considers each application when selecting Fellowship candidates.

“I am honored to be recognized by AACVPR as a Fellow,” Stout said. “It has been rewarding to be able to impact the lives of those with heart disease and their families, and encourage them to make meaningful lifestyle changes that ultimately lead to a better quality of life.”

Mark Stout inside Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center Irmo

Mark Stout inside Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center Irmo


As supervisor at Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation program in Irmo, Mr. Stout’s primary goal is to help patients recover from cardiac incidents and teach them necessary lifestyle skills to prevent future incidents. That includes exercise, healthy nutrition, smoking cessation, stress management and relaxation training. Mr. Stout provides tools and support to ensure that the hospital’s patients have the best possible experience and that the program meets and exceeds national standards.

Statistics show that heart patients who participate in cardiac rehabilitation reduce their risk of mortality by up to 46 percent compared with non-participants. They also reduce their risk of suffering another cardiac incident.

Mr. Stout has worked in cardiac rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center since 1993. With a master’s degree in exercise physiology, he has also served as vice-chair of AACVPR and will become chair in September.

In a letter to Mr. Stout announcing his acceptance as a Fellow, AACVPR stated, “Your service to AACVPR, to your profession and to your affiliate organization, as outlined on your application, sets you apart as a leader and outstanding professional in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.”

Lexington Medical Center has operated a cardiac rehabilitation program for more than two decades at the hospital in West Columbia and at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center in Lexington since 2002. This past spring, the hospital began offering cardiac rehabilitation in Irmo.

Cardiac rehabilitation is one component of Lexington Medical Center’s comprehensive cardiovascular care program. Affiliated with Duke Medicine, the hospital offers a full range of cardiac care including open heart surgery and therapeutic catheterizations. Lexington Medical Centre is the most experienced facility in the Midlands for transcatheter aortic valve replacement, known as TAVR. This state-of-the-art cardiac technology allows doctors to replace the aortic valve with a catheter instead of open heart surgery. Moreover, the hospital operates an electrophysiology program that treats abnormal heart rhythms and performs procedures that close holes in the heart.

Lexington Medical Center has received full chest pain accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). To receive this accreditation, Lexington Medical Center demonstrated its ability to quickly assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. By becoming an accredited chest pain center, Lexington Medical Center has enhanced the quality of care for cardiac patients and has showed its commitment to the highest standards.

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LMC Names Tod Augsburger Next President & CEO

We are pleased to announce that Tod Augsburger will be the next President and CEO of Lexington Medical Center. Mr. Augsburger will succeed current President & CEO Mike Biediger upon Mr. Biediger’s retirement later this year. At its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 25, the Lexington Medical Center board of directors voted unanimously for Mr. Augsburger to fill this role.

Tod Augsburger

Tod Augsburger

Mr. Augsburger has extensive senior experience in health care leadership in the Midlands and around the country. As senior vice president and chief operating officer of Lexington Medical Center since November 1999, he has worked skillfully and successfully with many broad and diverse responsibilities across the health services district. Previously, Mr. Augsburger worked at the Ohio Health System in Columbus, Ohio as corporate vice president of integration, vice president of clinical ancillary services andvice president of operations.

“I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of Mike Biediger and continue the excellent work he has done to provide quality health services that meet the needs of our community,” Mr. Augsburger said. “I’m so proud to be able to work with the most talented and compassionate physicians and staff of any hospital system.”

Mr. Augsburger received a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan in 1989 and a Bachelor of Science in finance from Michigan State University in 1985. He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and received the “South Carolina Healthcare Executive of the Year” award in 2003 from the South Carolina Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“Tod Augsburger has been serving in a leadership role at Lexington Medical Center for more than 15 years,” said Jan Burt, chair of the Lexington Medical Center board of directors. “His track record of success, breadth of experience and understanding of our hospital’s values are the reasons why the board voted unanimously to promote him to this new role.”

Mr. Augsburger will become the new President & CEO on October 1. Mr. Biediger will assist with the leadership transition through the end of the year.

“I am extremely happy with the decision to promote our colleague Tod Augsburger to the role of President & CEO of Lexington Medical Center,” Mr. Biediger said. “I look forward to this transitional period and the next chapter in the leadership of our hospital.”

In its 44-year history, Lexington Medical Center has only had four CEOs: George Rentz; Ken Shull; Mike Biediger; and now Tod Augsburger.

Mr. Augsburger is married with two children and lives in Lexington.