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Which portion of the heart is responsible for pumping blood into the pulmonary artery?

Which type of fracture is associated with osteoporosis?

LSA_Harmon_Surgery_3What condition is an inflammation of the tissues surrounding the brain?

These are the types of questions that will be asked during the 17th Annual Surgical Technology Student Quiz Bowl on Friday, July 17, 2015 at Lexington Medical Center from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The hospital is pleased to host this exciting trivia event, where technical college students from around South Carolina will answer questions in preparation for a national certification exam.

More than 100 students from Aiken Technical College, Central Carolina Technical College, Greenville Technical College, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Midlands Technical College, Piedmont Technical College, Spartanburg Community College, Tri-County Technical College and York Technical College will participate. Each of the students will graduate this year.

surgery toolsSurgical technologists play a vital role in hospital operating rooms, where they assist doctors and nurses with many aspects of surgery. Certified surgical technologists are widely sought after by hospitals around the state and nation, including Lexington Medical Center. During this event, the students will also have the opportunity to network with potential future employers.

Each school will select four students and two alternates to represent their program. Students will use a buzzer to answer a variety of questions in a 9-team double elimination bracket. Winning students will receive gifts, t-shirts and door prizes.

In the audience during the quiz bowl, there will be hospital and health care leaders, as well as several state and national board members of the Association of Surgical Technologists.

The Surgical Technology Student Quiz Bowl will take place inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium located at 2728 Sunset Boulevard on the hospital campus in West Columbia.

Cardiac Rehab Supervisor Earns Fellowship

Mark Stout, program supervisor for Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center Irmo, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The organization recognizes excellence, professional achievement and outstanding service in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

To become a Fellow, applicants must meet criteria including submitting a resume with a record of distinguished service in the field of cardiac rehabilitation, peer recommendations and evidence of a high degree of professional development and commitment. A committee considers each application when selecting Fellowship candidates.

“I am honored to be recognized by AACVPR as a Fellow,” Stout said. “It has been rewarding to be able to impact the lives of those with heart disease and their families, and encourage them to make meaningful lifestyle changes that ultimately lead to a better quality of life.”

Mark Stout inside Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center Irmo

Mark Stout inside Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center Irmo


As supervisor at Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation program in Irmo, Mr. Stout’s primary goal is to help patients recover from cardiac incidents and teach them necessary lifestyle skills to prevent future incidents. That includes exercise, healthy nutrition, smoking cessation, stress management and relaxation training. Mr. Stout provides tools and support to ensure that the hospital’s patients have the best possible experience and that the program meets and exceeds national standards.

Statistics show that heart patients who participate in cardiac rehabilitation reduce their risk of mortality by up to 46 percent compared with non-participants. They also reduce their risk of suffering another cardiac incident.

Mr. Stout has worked in cardiac rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center since 1993. With a master’s degree in exercise physiology, he has also served as vice-chair of AACVPR and will become chair in September.

In a letter to Mr. Stout announcing his acceptance as a Fellow, AACVPR stated, “Your service to AACVPR, to your profession and to your affiliate organization, as outlined on your application, sets you apart as a leader and outstanding professional in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.”

Lexington Medical Center has operated a cardiac rehabilitation program for more than two decades at the hospital in West Columbia and at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center in Lexington since 2002. This past spring, the hospital began offering cardiac rehabilitation in Irmo.

Cardiac rehabilitation is one component of Lexington Medical Center’s comprehensive cardiovascular care program. Affiliated with Duke Medicine, the hospital offers a full range of cardiac care including open heart surgery and therapeutic catheterizations. Lexington Medical Centre is the most experienced facility in the Midlands for transcatheter aortic valve replacement, known as TAVR. This state-of-the-art cardiac technology allows doctors to replace the aortic valve with a catheter instead of open heart surgery. Moreover, the hospital operates an electrophysiology program that treats abnormal heart rhythms and performs procedures that close holes in the heart.

Lexington Medical Center has received full chest pain accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). To receive this accreditation, Lexington Medical Center demonstrated its ability to quickly assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. By becoming an accredited chest pain center, Lexington Medical Center has enhanced the quality of care for cardiac patients and has showed its commitment to the highest standards.

For more information, visit LexMed.com

Detecting Breast Cancer Earlier and Easier

Imagine trying to find a specific snowball in the middle of a snowstorm, or a needle in a haystack. Not easy, right? For women with dense breast tissue, finding breast cancer in its early stages can be equally challenging. Thankfully, a new tool at Lexington Medical Center is making that job easier.

mammogramXAs part of a comprehensive program for the diagnosis of breast cancer, Lexington Medical Center now offers 3-D mammography. This new breast cancer screening tool uses a low-dose X-ray to create images of the breast that allow doctors to view tissue one millimeter at a time. The technology creates multiple images within seconds that are similar to the “slices” of images in a CT scan.

“Lexington Medical Center is excited to offer this leading-edge technology for breast cancer screening,” said Dr. Beth Siroty-Smith, director of Women’s Imaging services for Lexington Radiology Associates at Lexington Medical Center. “3-D mammography reduces difficulties in identifying abnormalities in women with denser breast tissue and results in increased cancer detection.”

3-D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), is currently recommended for women who are having their first screening mammogram or who have dense breast tissue.

The term “dense breasts” refers to the appearance of breast tissue on a mammogram. Dense breast tissue appears as a solid white area, which makes it difficult to see through. Non-dense breast tissue appears dark and transparent.

2D_3D MammographyDense breast tissue can make it more difficult to interpret a mammogram, since cancer and dense breast tissue both appear white on a mammogram. Very dense breasts may increase the risk that cancer won’t be detected on a mammogram.

Studies in The Journal of The American Medical Association have shown that 3-D mammography increases breast cancer detection, and reduces false positives and unnecessary callbacks for patients with dense breast tissue.

Available since this past spring, Lexington Medical Center was the first facility in the Midlands to offer this technology. Women who have completed a 3-D mammography screening at Lexington Medical Center also report that the procedure is less painful and more tolerable than the traditional 2-D mammogram.

The FDA-approved procedure uses the same type of equipment as a 2-D mammogram and a similar dose of radiation. Women who have questions about whether or not they should receive a 3-D mammogram should talk to their doctor.

You may be more likely to have dense breasts if you’re younger. Breast tissue tends to become less dense as you age, although some women have dense breast tissue at any age. Premenopausal women and women who take hormone therapy for menopause are also more likely to have dense breast tissue.

Women who are having a first screening mammogram or whose doctors have told them they have dense breast tissue may schedule a 3-D mammogram at Lexington Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging facility on the main hospital campus in West Columbia. Women’s Imaging will nearly double the number of daily scheduling slots in an effort to accommodate all interested women. Evening and weekend hours will also soon be available. To schedule an appointment, please call (803) 791-2486.

In addition to being an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, Lexington Medical Center’s breast program has accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the cancer program has accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

For more information, visit LexMed.com.