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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.

Monitor Your Heart with Your Smartphone

From taking photos to surfing the Internet, we use our smartphones for a variety of reasons. And now, doctors at Lexington Medical Center are adding one more reason: monitoring heart rhythms.

Lexington Medical Center is the first hospital in South Carolina to implant an insertable cardiac monitor that’s smartphone-compatible. Called the Abbott Confirm Rx™ , it’s designed to help doctors detect cardiac arrhythmias, including irregular heartbeats and atrial fibrillation.

Learn about it and how it helped a Midlands college professor recently in this WIS Health U report.


Doctors implant the monitor under the skin in the chest during a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. The device continuously monitors the heart for abnormal rhythms and connects to the patient’s smartphone to record real-time episodes of irregular heartbeats. Bluetooth® wireless technology allows patients to track their symptoms and share their results with their provider instantly using a mobile app. Physicians can remotely monitor their patients’ heart rhythm and accurately diagnose arrhythmias that may require further treatment.

“Using smartphones to send transmissions and communicate with physicians gives patients piece of mind if they feel worried. This technology allows patients to be mobile and live a normal life, knowing they are still being monitored,” said Amy Rawl Epps, MD, FACC, at Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm that develops when disease or injury disrupts the heart’s electrical signals. As the heart begins to beat too fast or too slow, patients experience symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath or fainting.

While doctors use several methods to monitor heart rhythms, Confirm Rx is the first and only one that’s smartphone-compatible. And, it provides constant monitoring without needing extra equipment.

“This type of ‘telemedicine’ is a shift in the direction of overall patient care and gives patients some sense of control in their own health,” said Dr. Epps.

Lexington Cardiology Welcomes Christopher P. Rowley, MD

Lexington Medical Center proudly welcomes Christopher P. Rowley, MD, to its network of care at Lexington Cardiology. The board-certified cardiologists and highly skilled staff at the practice provide a variety of services to treat cardiovascular-related diseases.

Dr. Christopher Rowley

Dr. Rowley graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in biochemisty and earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He went on to complete his internal medicine internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

While at Duke, Dr. Rowley participated in the Clinical Research Training Program, which is aimed at developing skills necessary to conduct medical research. He then completed cardiovascular disease and electrophysiology fellowships at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Dr. Rowley is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society.

Prior to joining Lexington Medical Center’s network of care, he provided advanced cardiac electrophysiology services in Birmingham, Alabama. While there, Dr. Rowley served on the board of the American College of Cardiology’s Alabama Chapter as the early career representative, and his peers selected him to participate in the national ACC Leadership Academy.

Dr. Rowley is accepting new patients.

Lexington Cardiology has two convenient locations.

Columbia
90 Summit Centre Drive
Columbia, SC 29229
(803) 744-4900

West Columbia
2728 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 300
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 744-4940

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