Kick the Smoking Habit in the New Year

Are you trying to quit smoking? Lexington Medical Center is pleased to offer a series of FREE smoking cessation classes to members of our community who want to kick the smoking habit for good.

The Freedom from Smoking classes, offered at the hospital’s community medical centers around Lexington County, meet once each week for two hours and last eight weeks. The program boasts a 54 percent quit rate, compared with the national average of 17 to 23 percent. It’s open to anyone who wants to quit smoking, and because of a generous grant from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, there is no cost to participate.

Here are the upcoming class dates:
January 7 – February 25, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lexington Medical Center Lexington – 811 West Main Street, Lexington

March 10 – April 28, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lexington Medical Center Irmo – 7035 St. Andrews Road, Irmo

May 5 – June 23, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lexington Medical Center Lexington – 811 West Main Street, Lexington

July 7 – August 25, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lexington Medical Center Main Campus, North Tower. 5th Floor Classroom B – 2720 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia

September 8 – October 27, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lexington Medical Center Lexington – 811 West Main Street, Lexington

September 10 – October 29, 2020
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Lexington Medical Center Batesburg-Leesville – 338 East Columbia Avenue, Batesburg-Leesville

To sign up, call Lexington Medical Center Lexington’s Cardiac Rehabilitation department at (803) 358 – 6180. Participants must register in advance.

Tobacco cessation facilitators who have training from the American Lung Association lead the classes. The classes provide helpful tips for quitting.

The program doesn’t end with the completion of the eight-week course. The clinicians leading the classes check on each participant at 30-, 90-, 180- and 365-day intervals for the first year.

New Mobile MRI Takes to the Road

Lexington Medical Center has an all-new mobile magnetic resonance imaging unit to better serve patients in the Midlands. The unit will travel to Lexington Family Practice Northeast, Palmetto Family Medicine, Lexington Family Practice Summit, Lexington Family Practice White Knoll and the main campus. This wide-bore MRI features extremely high detail and gives patients a convenient alternative to in-hospital imaging services.

“This mobile MRI unit will give Lexington Medical Center the ability to bring MRI services to any of our physician practices. For patients who might have to drive 20 to 30 minutes to receive an MRI at one of our current locations, this technology gives them the ability to have it done right in their home area using a state-of-the-art machine,” said Wesley Harden, FAHRA, CRA, BSRT, director of Imaging Services.

MRI is a non-invasive medical test that uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce precise images that allow clinicians to clearly see details of soft tissue, bone, joints and ligaments. Many physicians now say it is one of their most critical diagnostic tools for everything from sports injuries to early stages of disease.

To schedule patients for a mobile MRI, call Centralized Scheduling at (803) 791-2641.

Lexington Medical Center Hits the Target for Controlling Blood Pressure

The American Heart Association, in partnership with the American Medical Association, has recognized 25 Lexington Medical Center physician practices with the Target: BP™ Gold designation for successfully treating patients with hypertension in the 2018 calendar year.

“Target: BP recognition is more evidence of the high quality of medicine delivered at Lexington Medical Center by our physicians and advanced practice providers,” said Robert M. Callis, MD, medical director of Quality and Population Health with Physician Network Services.

AHA guidelines define blood pressure as normal at less than 130/80 and high blood pressure as 140/90 or above. The Target: BP program recognizes physician practices, hospitals and health care organizations that achieve hypertension control rates at 70 percent or higher among adult patients.

Hypertension is a major problem in the U.S. One in three American adults has it, and it’s a leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke. By keeping hypertension rates under control, physicians and advanced practice providers can reduce the number of Americans who suffer from these and other health issues.

Congratulations to the following Lexington Medical Center physician practices on this achievement.
• Carolina Women’s Physicians Irmo
• Chapin Family Practice
• Columbia Medical Group
• Harbison Medical Associates
• Internal Medicine Associates
• Lexington Family Practice Ballentine
• Lexington Family Practice Irmo
• Lexington Family Practice Lexington
• Lexington Family Practice Otarre Pointe
• Lexington Family Practice West Columbia
• Lexington Internists Irmo
• Lexington Internists Laurel
• Lexington Internists Lexington
• Lexington Internists Northeast
• Lexington Medical Center Gilbert
• Lexington Medical Center Swansea
• Lexington Women’s Care Irmo
• Lexington Women’s Care Sandhills
• Lexington Women’s Care Lexington
• Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia
• Mid Carolina Internal Medicine
• Palmetto Family Medicine
• Sandhills Family Medicine
• Spring Valley Family Practice
• Vista Women’s Healthcare