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LMC Expanding Mammography to Vista Women’s Healthcare

You might feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. While working, going to school, running a household and raising children, our health can often take a back seat. Trying to get to appointments for doctor visits, radiologic studies, and lab services all over town can make it even more challenging to stay up-to-date with routine care.

Mammography Technologist Lisa Wymer performs a mammogram at Vista Women's Healthcare in Columbia's Vista

Mammography Technologist Lisa Wymer performs a mammogram at Vista Women’s Healthcare in Columbia’s Vista

Lexington Medical Center is working to make taking care of ourselves easier and more convenient. Vista Women’s Healthcare, a Lexington Medical Center practice, has begun offering on-site screening mammography at their Gervais Street location, in the heart of Columbia’s Vista.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, most with no family history or notable risk factors. As with all cancers, an early diagnosis can be the key to surviving a dreaded disease.

“Mammography remains our most effective screening tool for breast cancer,” said Dr. John Moore, a gynecologist at Vista Women’s Healthcare. “We hope that by adding this service, we will increase the number of patients who are able to adhere to the screening guidelines.”

Women should begin yearly mammograms at age 40. Earlier studies are often recommended if there is a significant family history of breast cancer. Your health care provider can assist you in determining when your screening should begin.

Vista Women’s Healthcare becomes the sixth site in the Lexington Medical Center’s network of care to offer mammography. Other locations include the main hospital campus in West Columbia, LMC’s community medical centers in Chapin, Irmo, and Lexington, and a mobile mammography van that travels throughout the Midlands.

Vista Women’s Healthcare’s location and accessible, dedicated parking in the Vista makes it a convenient stop for women who work, go to school, or spend time in the downtown Columbia area.

A full-time, certified mammography technologist will conduct the state-of-the-art digital screening study in the practice’s spacious, comfortable radiology suite. A team of radiologists at Lexington Medical Center will promptly read the images and report the results to you and your ordering physician. If your study shows anything of concern, you will be contacted by Lexington Medical Center to arrange additional diagnostic studies or testing at the facility on the main hospital campus. The hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center is rated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and is an American College of Radiology Accredited Facility.

At Vista Women’s Healthcare, creating an environment that serves all of the health care needs of women in one location is a primary goal and part of the larger picture for the practice—one they hope represents the future of well visits for women.

“We are dedicated to creating a medical home for women in the Columbia and Lexington area,” said Dr. Moore. “If you make obtaining care easier and faster, patients are more likely to go get the care they need. That will help women live healthier and longer lives.”

Vista Women's Healthcare: Standing L to R: Abigail Smith, MD; Harold Moore, MD; Beverly Summer, NP. Sitting L to R: Kathryn Moore, MD; John Moore, MD

Vista Women’s Healthcare: Standing L to R: Abigail Smith, MD; Harold Moore, MD; Beverly Summer, NP. Sitting L to R: Kathryn Moore, MD; John Moore, MD

The practice currently includes four gynecologists and a nurse practitioner. They provide complete gynecologic and many primary care services for women in all stages of life. This includes well women preventive exams with pap smears, evaluation of abnormal pap smears and in office treatment of cervical abnormalities. Adolescent gynecology, all forms of contraception, as well as treatment options for menopausal symptoms and incontinence are also available. The physicians are well versed in minimally invasive surgical techniques and offer treatment options for fibroids, abnormal bleeding, endometriosis and pelvic pain. For patients’ convenience, ultrasound, urodynamics testing, bone density, and laboratory services are all on-site.

In addition to Dr. John Moore, the practice includes Dr. Harold Moore, Dr. Kathryn Moore, Dr. Abigail Smith, and nurse practitioner Beverly Summer.

Patients, or their providers, may schedule a screening mammogram with Lexington Medical Center by calling (803) 791-2486 and reviewing appointment options. Patients may schedule an appointment with Vista Women’s Healthcare by calling (803) 254-3230.

We’re Hiring! “Nurse Notes.” Webisode 3

“Nurse Notes” is a new feature on our blog that showcases outstanding LMC nurses and highlights job opportunities in nursing at our hospital.

LMC is hiring nurses with at least one year of experience in Med/Surg, Critical Care and Labor & Delivery to work night shifts with a $2,500 signing bonus. Apply online by clicking here.

Cindy Arneson is a Labor & Delivery nurse and recipient of the LMC Gold award for excellence in nursing. In this video, she talks about what it’s like to be with a family as they welcome a new baby.

Cindy is recognized by her peers for sustaining her knowledge base through research and studying trends in her specialty. Certified in inpatient obstetrics she uses her more than two decades of experience to prioritize, organize and facilitate care for patients. Thanks for everything you do for our patients, Cindy!

Dr. Melanie Seybt Answers Questions about Thyroid Disease

This week, Dr. Melanie Seybt of Lexington ENT & Allergy was a guest on WIS-TV with news anchor Dawndy Mercer Plank to talk about thyroid disease.

In Part One of her guest appearance, she talked about the prevalence of thyroid disease and why it affects so many women. You can heard what she said in the link below.

In Part 2, she answered viewers’ social media questions about thyroid disease.

Want to know more? Dr. Seybt will give a FREE lecture called “Advances in Surgical Management of Thyroid Disease” on Monday, April 28 in the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask the doctor questions.