Janie C. “Kaki” Bruce, MD Joins Lexington Rheumatology, a Lexington Medical Center Physician Practice

Dr. Kaki Bruce

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Janie C. “Kaki” Bruce, MD to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Bruce has joined Bryan Wolf, MD and Bruce Goeckeritz, MD, at Lexington Rheumatology. Dedicated to diagnosing and treating diseases of the joints and soft tissues, the practice also offers a variety of convenient in-house services, such as X-ray, on-site bone density scans and infusion treatments for rheumatic and inflammatory disorders.

“I’m excited to join Lexington Medical Center’s talented team of health care providers, “ said Dr. Bruce.

Dr. Bruce graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. and earned her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Palmetto Health Richland and Dorn VA Medical Center, and spent a year practicing hospitalist medicine. Dr. Bruce recently finished her rheumatology second year fellowship-in-training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Dr. Bruce is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has been a member of the American Medical Association since 2003.

Lexington Rheumatology is currently located at 110 East Medical Lane, Suite 235, in West Columbia. The practice is scheduled to move to Lexington Medical Park 2 on August 5, 2013, located at 146 North Hospital Drive, Suite 550. Lexington Rheumatology will soon offer musculoskeletal ultrasound, a rapidly emerging diagnostic tool for rheumatologists that is new to the industry.  The practice is accepting new patients.  For more information, visit www.lexingtonrheumatology.com.

Run, Walk, Honor our Heroes

Lexington Medical Center Presents Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run and Walk

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Please join Lexington Medical Center, first responders, military members and families of fallen heroes for the first ever Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run and Walk on the evening of September 6, 2013. This unforgettable, patriotic experience will take place on at 7:30 p.m. in Columbia’s Congaree Vista, as our nation prepares to mark the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It’s the first event of its kind in South Carolina, designed to celebrate and appreciate first responders, who serve, save and sacrifice on our behalf every day.

The event is named in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter and father of five who died on September 11, 2001. That day, Siller was off-duty and on his way to play golf. When he heard what was happening at the World Trade Center, he strapped on 60 pounds of gear and ran from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center. He was last seen with his brothers of Squad 1 saving lives. Tunnel to Towers is a national program that champions our heroes.

Lexington Medical Center and the Tunnel to Towers team will hold a news conference on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at SC Midlands First Responders Historic Remembrance Memorial outside the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center to announce details about the 5K Run and Walk that will take place in Columbia.

Speakers at the news conference will include family members of fallen heroes, first responders and military members.

The goal of Tunnel to Towers is to support first responders and military members who have been seriously hurt in the line of duty. Proceeds from the 5K will benefit the building of smart homes for quadruple and triple amputee veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s “Building for America’s Bravest” program. In addition, the Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K will provide a fund for South Carolina first responders.

There is only one Tunnel to Towers run in South Carolina. Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present South Carolina’s race.

“The Lexington Medical Center Foundation has long supported the community it serves,” said Tim James, executive vice president of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. “The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Walk and Run is an opportunity for us to help our heroes locally and nationally. We are honored to present this patriotic, memorable event in the Midlands.”

South Carolina runners will include New York City firefighters, Fort Jackson soldiers and Midlands first responders. The route begins at the SC Midlands First Responders Historic Remembrance Memorial next to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street. It will travel down Gervais Street, across the Gervais Street Bride, into Cayce, up the Blossom Street Bridge and back to The Vista.

Since September 11, 2001, more than 50 Midlands firefighters, law enforcement members and emergency medical service personnel have given their lives in the line of duty. On September 11, 2001, 418 first responders died in New York and Washington, D.C.

The registration site is www.t2trun.org. The entry fee is $25. Importantly, businesses and organizations are encouraged to build a team of participants.

South Carolina has a well-known history of honoring our first responders and veterans since the September 11th attacks. That has included raising money for a new fire truck for New York City, producing steel beams used in the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center and building a 9/11 memorial in Columbia with two beams from the World Trade Center. This race is the next chapter in the story of the Midlands coming together to never forget 9/11. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Walk and Run is a great way for South Carolina to unite and demonstrate “We Will Never Forget” and follow the footsteps of American heroes.

Dr. Gregory Lavigne Joins Lexington Medical Center

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Gregory Lavigne, MD, to Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine.

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Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Gregory Lavigne, MD, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Lavigne has joined David Lee, MD, William Kirkley, MD, and Subhash Patel, MD as a practicing physician at Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.
“I am excited to join the skilled surgeons at Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine and proud to become part of an organization that has such a rich history of providing expert, compassionate care to the Midlands,” said Dr. Lavigne.

Dr. Lavigne was previously part of a multi-specialty orthopaedic group and brings valuable experience in adult reconstruction and lower extremity trauma including complex hip and knee revisions, computer-assisted and navigated surgery, fracture care, corrective osteotomy and percutaneous and minimally invasive plating. Dr. Lavigne is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
Dr. Lavigne graduated from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York in 2000. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery in 2005, followed by a fellowship in total joints in 2006, both at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Southeastern Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine offers a variety of orthopaedic services including arthroscopic surgery of upper and lower extremities, partial and total knee replacement, total shoulder and elbow replacement, ACL reconstruction, carpal tunnel release, platelet-rich plasma injections, treatment of arthritis and joint pain and evaluation and treatment of non-surgical back and neck pain.
Dr. Lavigne is now accepting patients at 110 East Medical Lane, Suite 140, in West Columbia. To schedule an appointment please call (803) 936-7966.