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LMC Honored with Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award for Heart Failure

Lexington Medical Center received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. The goal is to expedite recovery and reduce hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

LMC earned Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award by meeting specific measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing heart failure and their overall health, schedule a follow-up visit, as well as other care transition interventions.

“We are excited for this recognition, which showcases the quality care our heart failure patients receive at Lexington Medical Center. All staff work diligently to implement evidence-based practices to achieve optimal outcomes for the patients we serve,” said CJ Jashinsky, RN, BSN, CPHQ, clinical outcomes coordinator. “We appreciate each team member’s valuable contributions to the excellent care they provide to our patients,” she said.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States live with heart failure. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when they manage their condition with proper medications or devices and adopt healthy lifestyle changes.

FREE Lecture: “Stroke Can Strike at Any Age: Think FAST for Signs of Stroke”

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present a FREE lecture on Monday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m. inside Lexington Medical Park 1 at 2728 Sunset Boulevard on the hospital campus in West Columbia. It’s called “Stoke Can Strike at Any Age: Think FAST for Signs of Stroke.” Katherine W. Dahlberg, MD, a physician at Southeastern Neurology & Memory Clinic, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, will be the speaker.

Katherine W. Dahlberg, MD

According to the American Heart Association, about 795,000 people have a stroke every year, and about 140,000 people will die due to a stroke. Nearly 75 percent of strokes occur in individuals over 65. While stroke accounts for one of every 19 deaths in the United States, there are several behaviors that can reduce the risk of stroke.

Dr. Dahlberg earned her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. She then completed her neurology residency at USC, where she also served as chief resident. Dr. Dahlberg is a member of the American Academy of Neurology with certifications in advanced cardiac and basic life support, as well as Allergan Botox® training. She provides comprehensive care for disorders of the nervous system at Southeastern Neurology & Memory Clinic.

Lexington Medical Center’s physician lecture series is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit LexMed.com/classes-events.

Lexington Medical Center Hits the Target for Controlling Blood Pressure

The American Heart Association, in partnership with the American Medical Association, has recognized 19 Lexington Medical Center physician practices with the Target: BP™ Gold designation for successfully treating patients with hypertension in the 2016 calendar year.

Recent AHA guidelines define blood pressure as normal at less than 120/80 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.

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

More than 300 organizations submitted data for the Target: BP recognition program this year. Congratulations to the following LMC physician practices on this achievement!
−Carolina Women’s Physicians
−Chapin Family Practice
−Harbison Medical Associates
−Internal Medicine Associates
−Lexington Cardiology
−Lexington Family Practice Ballentine
−Lexington Family Practice Otarre Pointe
−Lexington Family Practice West Columbia
−Lexington Family Practice White Knoll
−Lexington Internists
−Lexington Women’s Care Irmo
−Lexington Women’s Care Lexington
−Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia
−Mid Carolina Internal Medicine
−Palmetto Family Medicine
−Peterson and Plante Internal Medicine (Downtown Columbia)
−Peterson and Plante Internal Medicine (Irmo)
−The Columbia Medical Group
−Vista Women’s Healthcare

New Blood Pressure Guidelines in 2017

    For the first time in 14 years, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have redefined high blood pressure as readings higher than 130/80.