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Two Years Later: Lexington Medical Center’s Clinical Expansion

Lexington Medical Center is more than two years into the largest hospital expansion in South Carolina history. From more patient rooms and parking to educational space and enhanced dining options, this three-year project will help LMC continue to meet the health care needs of patients and their families.

Construction of the new patient tower, 955-space parking garage and central energy plant is progressing according to schedule. With continued good weather and timely equipment and material delivery, contractors anticipate completing the new patient tower by March 2019 – less than one year from now!

The new parking garage is complete and open for assigned employee use only. More than 300 employees park there each day, which has opened additional surface spaces to accommodate patients and family members visiting Lexington Medical Park 2, Lexington Medical Park 3 and the hospital. The new central energy plant is operational and providing conditioned air to portions of the new tower to allow for drywall finishing, painting and completing other details.

Importantly, Lexington Medical Center will be renaming its towers. The current North Tower will become the East Tower, and the new tower will be known as the North Tower. The current North Tower Entrance is also changing. The hospital will identify this entrance as its Main Entrance.

Recent Accomplishments in the Clinical Expansion:
– All interior framing is complete from the Lower Level through the 10th Floor.
– SCE&G permanent power and gas connection to the building is complete.
– All mechanical equipment units (chillers, boilers, pumps, etc.) are installed and turned on in the central utility building.
– Air handling units are turned on and providing air conditioning to the Lower Level, Ground Floor and 1st Floor.
– Sheetrock hanging is complete on the Lower Level through the 6th Floor.
– Cabinetry is installed on the Lower Level through the 1st Floor.
– Site retaining walls for the plaza area and water feature are in progress.
– Brick veneer and architectural precast elements are being installed on all elevations of the new North Tower.
– Curtainwall glass system has been installed on the east and west bridges.
– Phase 2 of the Sterile Processing renovation is complete, and the department occupied the space on May 14.
– New staff lounges for the East Tower are complete on floors 4, 6 and 7. LMC had to relocate these staff lounges to accommodate the new connecting bridges on each floor of the North Tower.
– Corridor carpet for the East Tower has been replaced on floors 4, 5, 6 and 7 prior to connecting the two towers at project completion.

We’re Hiring! Sign Up for Interview Day

Lexington Medical Center is growing to help us meet the health needs of our community in the years to come. With the largest hospital expansion in South Carolina history taking place on our West Columbia campus, we’re hiring nurses and other staff members. Join us for a special Interview Day on July 13 and 14 with on-site interviews.

The hospital is currently recruiting for hospital/inpatient positions including nursing clinical coordinators, leadership positions and registered nurses. In addition, there are jobs available for sterile processing, ED, monitor, nurse and pharmacy technicians; medical and radiology technician assistants; respiratory therapists; ultrasound technologists; lab professionals; administrative assistants; police officers; food service staff and housekeeping staff.

Openings in Lexington Medical Center’s physician practices include nursing clinical coordinators, office registered nurses, LPNs and nurse navigators. Additional positions include medical assistants, oncology pharmacy technicians, medical office technicians, respiratory therapists, ultrasound specialists, polysomnographic technologists, lab professionals, registered echovascular sonographers, business office associates and medical coders.

The interviews will take place inside Lexington Medical Park 1 at 2728 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia on the 4th floor.

To expedite the interview process, applicants should complete an online application and call (803) 744 – 8716 to schedule an interview with a recruiter in advance.

For a full list of available jobs at the hospital, visit LexMed.com/Careers.

“Topping Out” Lexington Medical Center’s Clinical Expansion

Lexington Medical Center’s clinical expansion project reached an important milestone Thursday with a ‘topping out’ ceremony. This significant event occurs when the last beam is placed atop a structure during its construction.

Architectural rendering of Lexington Medical Center’s clinical expansion

The top beam for Lexington Medical Center’s new patient care tower contains the signatures of hundreds of Lexington Medical Center employees and construction crew members who have signed it this year.

“This week’s ‘topping out’ milestone is important to us because it means Lexington Medical Center is one step closer to finishing our clinical expansion and allowing us to have the space to accommodate the expanding health care needs of our growing community for many years to come,” said Tod Augsburger, president & CEO of Lexington Medical Center.

Here is drone video of the important moment:

 

The 550,000 square foot tower will have eight floors for patient services. Initially, the hospital will open about 70 beds there with the ability to open more in the future.

Inside, there will be additional operating rooms, a relocated Labor & Delivery department, postpartum beds, newborn nurseries, additional intensive care and medical/surgical beds, and space for expanding clinical departments.

Lexington Medical Center delivers the second highest number of babies in South Carolina each year, performs more than 23,000 surgeries annually and sees more than 85,000 patients in its ER each year.

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With the population of Lexington County increasing rapidly, Lexington Medical Center needs to add onto its facilities to meet the needs of a growing patient base. The 438-bed hospital remains full, with steady growth annually.

More than 700 workers on site have worked a total of 1 million man hours on the project so far. Brasfield & Gorrie is the general contractor for the expansion project and Perkins+Will is the architectural firm.

The top beam had an evergreen and flag on it when it was lifted into position. The evergreen tree is a symbol of good luck, growth and longevity. The flag symbolizes the construction crew’s pride in the accomplishment.