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“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.

“Tidings of Joy” – LMC’s 2013 Christmas Message

The Lexington Medical Center Christmas Commercial debuts Thanksgiving Day. This year, the commercial features the musical talents of LMC employees. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is sung throughout hospital departments while a family prepares for the miracle of life. Our hope is that this commercial provides a message of comfort and joy, which is what we try to provide to our patients throughout the year. You can watch the LMC Christmas commercial on the hospital’s YouTube channel or during your favorite Christmas TV show this holiday season.

Janie C. “Kaki” Bruce, MD Joins Lexington Rheumatology, a Lexington Medical Center Physician Practice

Dr. Kaki Bruce

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Janie C. “Kaki” Bruce, MD to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Bruce has joined Bryan Wolf, MD and Bruce Goeckeritz, MD, at Lexington Rheumatology. Dedicated to diagnosing and treating diseases of the joints and soft tissues, the practice also offers a variety of convenient in-house services, such as X-ray, on-site bone density scans and infusion treatments for rheumatic and inflammatory disorders.

“I’m excited to join Lexington Medical Center’s talented team of health care providers, “ said Dr. Bruce.

Dr. Bruce graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. and earned her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Palmetto Health Richland and Dorn VA Medical Center, and spent a year practicing hospitalist medicine. Dr. Bruce recently finished her rheumatology second year fellowship-in-training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Dr. Bruce is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has been a member of the American Medical Association since 2003.

Lexington Rheumatology is currently located at 110 East Medical Lane, Suite 235, in West Columbia. The practice is scheduled to move to Lexington Medical Park 2 on August 5, 2013, located at 146 North Hospital Drive, Suite 550. Lexington Rheumatology will soon offer musculoskeletal ultrasound, a rapidly emerging diagnostic tool for rheumatologists that is new to the industry.  The practice is accepting new patients.  For more information, visit www.lexingtonrheumatology.com.