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Managing Main Campus Construction: Meet Scott Johnson

When it comes to Lexington Medical Center’s clinical expansion, Scott Johnson, construction project manager, is the man with the plan. He coordinates all construction-related activities that affect the hospital’s patients, staff and visitors for Lexington Medical Center’s clinical expansion. He regularly attends meetings with the design team and general contractor to monitor progress and check the quality of installed work. He also works with managers and directors in all hospital departments to ensure the new tower will meet the needs of staff and patients, and manages the consultants hired by LMC to assist the general contractor in specialized areas of work. 

Scott Johnson in front of Lexington Medical Center’s clinical expansion

“Every day is different. That’s part of what I love about my job,” said Scott. “Typical days include meeting with department managers to review their new space. I also look at installations onsite and collaborate on solutions to overcome field conditions. I meet with design team members to look at the next steps in the project to anticipate potential impacts to the hospital and prepare accordingly.”

Overseeing a hospital expansion isn’t a new role for Scott. After completing a two-year mission trip to Santiago, Chile, where he became fluent in Spanish, he graduated from Brigham Young University. He then went to work for a health care general contractor as a field superintendent. During this time, he traveled the country working on different hospital projects ranging in size from $7 million to $220 million. 

According to Scott, Lexington Medical Center’s expansion has all the tools to succeed – support from Administration and important input from physicians, nurses, engineering mechanics, housekeepers and technicians, among others.

“We assembled the architect, engineers and key contractors early so they could work together in the design process, which helps avoid many of the typical construction conflicts that arise in the field and cause costly delays.”

So far, Scott’s biggest challenges in the hospital’s expansion has been parking and traffic.

“Like any challenge, there is no quick fix to traffic and parking on our main campus. The solution requires a team of hard-working individuals with ongoing oversight. Several subcontractors are prefabricating parts of the building offsite, which reduces the number of workers and cars needed onsite. We are working with shipping companies to receive deliveries during off-peak hours to minimize traffic in the early morning and afternoons.” said Scott. “And we are all very excited for the new parking garage to open early next year with its 966 additional parking spaces.”

Scott is glad to work at Lexington Medical Center.

“My friends and family live in the Midlands. I grew up in Irmo and went to Dutch Fork Elementary and Dutch Fork High, and I always wanted to raise my family in this community. I’m grateful for the growth and perspective that my work around the country provided me because that experience helped me jump right in to assist LMC with the largest hospital expansion in South Carolina history.”

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.
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.