Diabetes Health Fair November 10

Lexington Medical Center will host a FREE diabetes health fair on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from Noon – 4:00 p.m. on the hospital campus in West Columbia.

Diabetes is an epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29.1 million people have diabetes. That’s about one out of every 11 people. Additionally, 1 in 4 does not know they have diabetes.
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The CDC also estimates that 86 million americans – more than 1 in 3 adults – have pre diabetes, and 90% of them don’t know it. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30% of them will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.,

Learn more about diabetes from Lexington Medical Center’s diabetes educators, including how to use a glucometer and insulin pump, what your body mass index/body fat composition means to your health, the benefits of exercise and how to care for your feet.
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The risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50% higher than for adults without diabetes. Medical costs for people with diabetes are twice as high as for people without the condition.

Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include being overweight, having a family history and having diabetes while pregnant, which is also known as gestational diabetes. You can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes by losing weight, eating healthy and being more active.

There will be refreshments, door prizes, healthy food tastings, exercise demonstrations and clinicians from Lexington Endocrinology.

The health fair will take place inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium at 2728 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. For more information, call (803) 791-2869.


Infographics courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.