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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.

Here We Grow! Lexington Medical Center Breaks Ground on Clinical Expansion

Lexington Medical Center held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. on the hospital campus in West Columbia to celebrate a significant clinical expansion that’s about to begin. Lexington Medical Center is building a 545,000-sq-ft patient care tower that will make Lexington Medical Center the most modern, state-of-the-art hospital in South Carolina.
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The 10-story tower will initially add 71 inpatient beds to the 414-bed hospital with the ability to accommodate more patients in the future. It will feature patient rooms, operating rooms, educational space for staff and community members, and enhanced dining options, as well as expand the hospital’s Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby departments.

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“Our medical staff, employees and volunteers understand and embrace the belief that Lexington Medical Center is here to serve our friends and neighbors. The hospital is woven into the fabric of Lexington County and the Midlands,” said Tod Augsburger, president & CEO of Lexington Medical Center. “This clinical expansion will allow us to take care of our community for many years to come.”

Lexington Medical Center is one of the busiest surgical hospitals in South Carolina, performing more than 19,000 surgeries last year. The clinical expansion will include eight additional operating rooms for a total of 31 operating rooms, and an expanded surgical recovery area. Six floors of the new tower will accommodate medical, critical care and surgical patients.

Welcoming more than 3,700 babies each year, the clinical expansion will become home to the hospital’s Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby departments. In the Special Care Nursery, the hospital’s tiniest patients will have private rooms, which is an innovative concept in the Midlands. Research has shown that private rooms provide more bonding opportunities for mothers and their babies, lead to better outcomes for babies’ growth and lower infection rates.

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Because of the growth of the hospital and its network of care, the expansion will also include Lexington Medical Center’s Pharmacy department, which provides services for the hospital’s inpatient departments, six community medical and urgent care centers, and nearly 60 physician practices in 70 locations.

A new parking garage will add more than 950 parking spaces to the hospital’s campus and a central energy plant will support the service needs of the new tower.
The expansion is expected to be complete in 2019.