Healing the Heel

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present its January physician lecture, “Healing the Heel,” on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Michael J. Biediger Auditorium inside Lexington Medical Park 1 on the hospital campus in West Columbia.

Lexington_PodiatryMark R. Kutyla, DPM, of Lexington Podiatry, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, will give the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. It’s part of the hospital’s monthly physician lecture series on health topics that are important to our community.

Mark Kutyla, DPM

Mark Kutyla, DPM

During the lecture, Dr. Kutyla will talk about the latest treatments for chronic heel pain. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask the doctor questions.

Dr. Kutyla has extensive experience treating all types of podiatric issues, including ingrown toenails, heel pain, bunions, foot and ankle injuries, and diabetes-related foot conditions. At Lexinton Podiatry, Dr. Kutyla offers a full range of podiatric medical services from preventive measures to conservative treatments and reconstructive surgeries.

Lexington Medical Center offers a monthly physician lecture series on a variety of health topics. For more information on upcoming lectures, visit LexMed.com.

Irmo Man Donates $50,000 to Lexington Medical Center Foundation

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation received a $50,000 gift Tuesday from an Irmo man who wanted to recognize the hospital and its staff members for the outstanding care they provided to his wife. This significant donation will establish a fund called “Linda’s Love” that will help patients in need receive specialized medical care.
Jeffrey Angstadt presented the gift to the Lexington Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors today in honor of his wife Linda, who died in 2014. Linda had received extensive treatment at Lexington Medical Center for cancer, congestive heart failure and complications from the flu, totaling more than 100 days in the hospital.

Jeffrey Angstadt with his family and Lexington Medical Center Foundation board members.

Jeffrey Angstadt with his family and Lexington Medical Center Foundation board members.

“During that time, I learned the impact that other people can have on a life,” Mr. Angstadt said. “For me, those people are the doctors, nurses and staff at Lexington Medical Center. The medical care was perfect, but it went far beyond that. The compassion, support and love that was shared with my children and me was life sustaining.”
Since then, Mr. Angstadt worked to support Lexington Medical Center and its Foundation. He began volunteering in the hospital’s Emergency department. He also became a member of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Heritage Society; a group whose members bequeath planned gifts from their estates to help fulfill the mission of the Foundation in our community in the future. And, he honored the clinicians who cared for his wife in the hospital’s Medical Intensive Care Unit through the Foundation’s Grateful Patient program, recognizing the 32 staff members who showed compassion to him and his wife during her illness with a wall plaque there.
And now, Mr. Angstadt hopes his generous donation will help patients in need to receive treatment for underlying conditions, encourage preventative care, and achieve long-term health and well being.
Jeff and his wife Linda

Jeff and his wife Linda

“The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is tremendously grateful for the kindness, generosity, and vision of Jeffrey Angstadt and his children as they honor the legacy of his wife and their mother,” said Barbara Willm, Vice President of Development and Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “Through the generosity of this family, we will be able to provide expanded access to care for our most vulnerable patients.”

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation works to provide programs and services that enhance the health and well being of hospital patients, family members and the community.

Programs include assistance for patients battling cancer, scholarships to encourage students to further their education in health care, tools that help families to cope with difficult times, wellness workouts for cardiac rehabilitation patients, a program that provides transitional care to patients returning home from a hospital stay, and a pastoral care fund that helps provide resources to assist families in the grieving and healing process.

The Angstadts were married for 35 years. They had two children and two grandchildren.
“Through everything that’s happened, I’ve come to realize that I’m part of something great at Lexington Medical Center. It’s a great hospital – my involvement with the Foundation has given me a glimpse of just how great,” Mr. Angstadt said. “I am and will be involved in every way possible to help others and honor Linda.  The Foundation is helping me do that.”

To learn more about how to contribute to the Linda’s Love fund, visit LMCFoundation.com.

New Rehabilitation Facility

Lexington Medical Center has opened a new 10,000 square foot rehabilitation center at the hospital’s Extended Care campus in Lexington to ensure the hospital’s rehabilitation programs match the best services available anywhere. Patients requiring in-patient therapy following a hospital stay can receive treatment at this state-of-the-art addition.

The center provides physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapy to patients recovering from a variety of conditions, illnesses and injuries including strokes, hip fractures, major joint replacements and general debilitation. Eighteen licensed therapists work full-time, in addition to other rehabilitation staff members providing restorative programs.

The hospital hosted a reception to mark the opening of the facility in December. Hospital and community leaders attended.

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“Treatments are tailored for each individual,” said Wayne Stowe, Lexington Medical Center’s Vice President for Extended Care. “The goal is to restore patients to their highest level of function so they can resume their previous activities.”

New functional areas such as an “Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Apartment” and equipment like the “car transfer simulator” have been incorporated to provide the best treatment possible. The “ADL Apartment” includes a kitchen, dining area, bedroom, bathroom, and laundry room. It allows occupational therapists to teach patients in a realistic home environment. The “car transfer simulator” allows instruction on how to get in and out of a car safely while also training family members on how to safely assist patients. An outside garden has been transformed for rehabilitation, too. It has different walking surfaces such as brick, concrete, sand and grass so that patients can be prepared for the different environments they will encounter when returning home.

“We are always striving to improve services and the new center will allow us to enhance our ability to meet the needs of our community,” Stowe said.

For more information about Lexington Medical Center Extended Care and Rehabilitation Services in the hospital’s network of care, please visit LexMed.com.