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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.

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.

LMC Receives Grant for Breast Cancer Screenings

Lexington Medical Center has received a grant from the SC Mountains to Midlands Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation to provide breast cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured women in the Midlands. Lexington Medical Center is the only hospital in the Midlands to receive the grant this year, and one of only four in South Carolina.

Lexington Medical Center applied for the grant to help women in need in our community. Mammograms can help to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. Clinicians know that early detection is key to successful treatment of breast cancer. Many times, women without insurance or financial resources don’t have a routine screening mammogram.

L to R: LMC VP of Community Relations Barbara Willm; Stephanie Miller and Emily Bugay of the Susan G. Komen Foundation; LMC Board Chair Jan Burt; LMC President & CEO Mike Biediger

L to R: LMC VP of Community Relations Barbara Willm; Stephanie Miller and Emily Bugay of the Susan G. Komen Foundation; LMC Board Chair Jan Burt; LMC President & CEO Mike Biediger

“Lexington Medical Center works with local partners to find ways to help provide screenings where they are most needed,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “Recently, that’s included outreach into the Korean and Hispanic communities, including a health fair at a Hispanic grocery store with Lexington Medical Center’s mobile mammography van.”

In addition, the Susan G. Komen Foundation honored Lexington Medical Center and breast cancer nurse navigator Kelly Jeffcoat as “Komen Champions.” In its inaugural year, the “Komen Champion” award celebrates an organization or person that shares the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s mission to create a world without breast cancer.

L to R: LMC VP of Community Relations Barbara Willm; Stephanie Miller and Emily Bugay of the Susan G. Komen Foundation; Kelly Jeffcoat; LMC Board Chair Jan Burt; LMC President & CEO Mike Biediger

L to R: LMC VP of Community Relations Barbara Willm; Stephanie Miller and Emily Bugay of the Susan G. Komen Foundation; Kelly Jeffcoat; LMC Board Chair Jan Burt; LMC President & CEO Mike Biediger

As a breast cancer nurse navigator at Lexington Medical Center, Kelly Jeffcoat helps newly diagnosed women work their way through treatment, providing helpful information and emotional support along the way. Kelly is a breast cancer survivor herself, diagnosed at the young age of 37. Kelly also leads support groups for women with breast cancer at the hospital and in the community.

Kelly Jeffcoat participates in TV news interviews

Kelly Jeffcoat participates in TV news interviews

Lexington Medical Center diagnoses approximately 250 breast cancer patients each year. The hospital’s breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Lexington Medical Center has four Women’s Imaging centers and a mobile mammography van, all offering digital mammography. During treatment, breast cancer patients receive the assistance of a nurse navigator who provides education and emotional support. Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program is also accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

This is the fourth time that this affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation has awarded Lexington Medical Center a grant for breast cancer screenings.