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LMC Welcomes First Baby of the New Year

New Year BabyLexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome its first baby of the New Year!

Baby Amy Re’Ann Gause was born at 3:30 a.m. on January 1 to Tara Gause of Chapin. Baby Amy joins big sister Reagan, age 7.

The newborn weighed 5 lbs 14 oz, and was 19 1/4 inches long.

Mom expected to deliver the baby girl on January 14th, but Amy decided to arrive two weeks early, on New Year’s Day, which is also her grandparents’ wedding anniversary.

There was a lot of excitement leading up to the birth.

“The nurses kept saying, ‘We’re going to have a New Year’s baby!’” Tara said.

Clockwise from top:  Mom Tara, newborn Amy and big sister Reagan.

Clockwise from top: Mom Tara, newborn Amy and big sister Reagan.

Superstitions and old wives’ tales say that babies born on New Year’s Day will be lucky for life and that the family will have good luck the year of the baby’s birth.

Congratulations to the whole family.

Lexington Medical Center delivers more babies than any other hospital in the Midlands and has been voted “Best Place to Have A Baby” by readers of Palmetto Parent magazine. To learn more about our Women’s Services, visit our website.

Operation Santa Claus

Santa & Mrs. Clause

Dennis and Marie Green have played Santa and Mrs. Claus for 21 years. The couple from Greenwood, South Carolina began the holiday tradition at Dennis’s annual Christmas party. His jolly beard and her twinkling smile reminded friends and co-workers of the holiday’s most celebrated duo.

The Greens began visiting churches and family-friendly establishments each holiday season to listen to Christmas wishes from children throughout the community.

In October, Green had bypass surgery at Lexington Medical Center after experiencing severe angina, a type of chest pain that is caused by reduced blood flow to the heart.

Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery and Lexington Medical Center’s cardiology team made sure Santa was healthy in time for Christmas.

“I was very impressed with the level of care I received from Dr. Travis, Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery and the nurses at Lexington Medical Center,” said Dennis Green, a.k.a. Santa Claus.

He was back to taking Christmas lists from children after just two weeks.

“I didn’t have to shave my beard for surgery, which is very important this time of year,” added Green.

Cardiac surgery is a powerful treatment that restores heart function and saves lives. It’s one of the most critical components of the complete heart and vascular program at Lexington Medical Center.

Merry Christmas.

LMC Swansea Rehearses Emergency Response

Swansea, SC (WLTX) — During a health emergency one second can save a life. That is why Lexington Medical Center is making sure each one counts when it comes to caring for patient in rural areas of the Midlands.

Time counts when it comes to a heart attack and registered nurse and Community Medical Center Clinical Coordinator Darrell Tedder knows that first hand.

“I had a little burning chest pain. I thought it was reflux, took an antacid, didn’t work,” said Tedder.

That happened in 2008. He recognized the situation as serious and called his own ambulance.

“They took me to the hospital, where they opened me up, put a stint in, actually three, and I’m a survivor today,” said Tedder.

Now he and other medical professionals at the Lexington Medical Center’s Community Medical Center in Swansea are working to make sure those far away from the hospital’s main campus, can get to that care more quickly.

“The quicker you get somebody to a quick assessment, identification of the problem and get them to an area where they can be treated the less muscle that dies or is actually damaged,” he said.

The Swansea Community Medical Center held a drill to rehearse their response to a person having the most serious kind of heart attack called a STEMI, or ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. During a STEMI an artery is completely blocked off and part of the heart can begin to die. While the center can handle many kinds of medical emergencies, Dr. Donald Langston Powell says when they recognize a STEMI they begin procedures to get a patient to the main campus as soon as possible.

“When we call the helicopter or when we call the ambulance, there are personnel that are trained to take care of people. They’re all certified in advance cardiac life support and have all the tools necessary to take care of that patient,” said Powell.

While the community center is somewhat limited in what it can provide, Powell says receiving medications and care as they prepare to transport someone, is better than risking an attempt to reach the hospital on your own.