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LMC Receives Prestigious Breast Cancer Accreditation

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Mobile Mammography Van

LMC Mobile Mammography Van

Lexington Medical Center has received a prestigious accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The organization is praising Lexington Medical Center for its commitment to providing the highest quality evaluation and management of patients with breast disease.

The NAPBC measured Lexington Medical Center’s breast cancer program by looking at 27 standards of care established by the NAPBC that collectively provide the most efficient and contemporary care available for patients.

The measured standards in the accreditation process included the presence of board-certified surgeons and oncologists, nurse navigators, digital mammography, breast MRI, support programs and services, community outreach and clinical trials. Lexington Medical Center applied to be surveyed for accreditation because the hospital wants to ensure it is providing the highest level of care possible for breast cancer, a disease that affects approximately 1 in 8 women. Currently, only seven hospitals in South Carolina have the NAPBC accreditation.
“Congratulations on your center’s dedication to the care of your patients,” said Scott Kurtzman, MD, chairman of the NAPBC Standards and Accreditation Committee in a letter to Lexington Medical Center.

Lexington Medical Center’s breast program is also accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Lexington Medical Center has four Women’s Imaging Centers and a state-of-the-art digital mobile mammography van that travels throughout the Midlands. Through an innovative program known as “Five Day Detection to Diagnosis,” Lexington Medical Center provides answers about the health of a woman’s breast within five days after detection of a lump or abnormality. Lexington Medical Center works closely with women and their families throughout cancer treatment. “Becky’s Place” is a boutique located inside the hospital that offers wigs, mastectomy bras and prostheses. Breast cancer patients also receive the assistance of a nurse navigator who provides education and emotional support.

Meet LMC’s New Mobile Mammography Van

LMC Mammovan 2010Lexington Medical Center has a new, state-of-the-art, mobile mammography van that will travel throughout the Midlands providing mammograms to the community.

Lexington Medical Center will host an open house and tour of the van on Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium, 2728 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, S.C.

The new 43-foot van features electric steps with a porch and awning as well as updated modern décor such as hardwood floors, leather seats, a banquette, window treatments and two dressing rooms. The porch makes entering and exiting the van easier for patients and staff, and because it has two dressing rooms, patients are able to move more efficiently. Also, the cab is more open, creating a more comfortable space for patients and technologists.

Importantly, the van provides digital mammography, which can detect spots as small as a grain of sand.

The Lexington Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary donated the van to Lexington Medical Center. The LMC Foundation will also be supporting the mobile mammography van by funding its maintenance and purchasing items such as a laptop computer for patient registration and a GPS system.

The new van will replace the hospital’s existing one, which has provided quality mammography services for the past 11 years.

“The mobile mammography van will provide the same quality mammography services for women at their work place, which will reduce their time away from work,” says Frankie Haygood, mammography supervisor. The van travels to approximately 84 sites around the Midlands including community medical centers, Lexington Family Practice locations, schools and businesses. Last year, approximately 2,500 patients received mobile mammography services.

The new van is even serving as a benchmark to other health care organizations around the country. Farber, the company that manufactured the van, will feature it at the Radiological Society of North America convention in November.

"Women’s Night Out" is Successful Breast Cancer Event

Lexington Medical Center’s 2009 “Women’s Night Out” on October 13th was a tremendous success. This sold out event at the Embassy Suites hotel in Columbia highlighted October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Women’s Night Out is a celebration of breast cancer survivors,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of community relations at Lexington Medical Center. “It is our privilege to recognize and celebrate the brave individuals that face such challenges with grace, dignity and courage.”

There were exhibits featuring LMC physician practices that specialize in women’s services, a silent auction, dinner and a keynote speech.

This year’s speakers were Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker, stars of NBC’s long-running hit TV show “L.A. Law.”

Eikenberry, a breast cancer survivor, and Tucker are married. They talked about her experience with breast cancer and how it impacted their relationship. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Care Fund at Lexington Medical Center, which provides cancer services to patients in need.

Eikenberry and Tucker toured Lexington Medical Center before the event.

Statistics show that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Lexington Medical Center’s breast cancer program is nationally accredited by the American College of Radiology. Its services combine the latest technology with unsurpassed compassion.

Lexington Medical Center is using MammoSite Targeted Radiation Therapy, an innovative treatment that shortens treatment time and minimizes cosmetic changes. The hospital network has system-wide digital mammography, which can detect spots as small as a grain of sand. Lexington Medical Center offers “Five-Day Detection to Diagnosis,” which guarantees a doctor visit, tests, diagnosis and discussion of treatment options within five days of detecting a lump. And, Lexington Medical Center is home to Becky’s Place, a boutique that offers products including wigs, bras and prosthetics for women recovering from breast cancer.