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Lexington Medical Center Welcomes South Carolina OB/GYN Associates

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce that South Carolina OB/GYN Associates has joined the hospital’s network of care as a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

South Carolina OB/GYN Associates is home to nine highly skilled physicians who offer a wide range of obstetric and gynecological health services for women in all stages of life. The practice has taken care of women in the Midlands for more than 50 years.

The physicians are:
Courtney R. Brooks, MD, FACOG
Thomas P. Giudice, MD, FACOG
Robert P. Grumbach, MD, FACOG
David C. Holladay, MD, FACOG
Christopher T. Hutchinson, MD, FACOG
M. Tucker Lafitte III, MD, FACOG
Rebecca B. Ridenhour, MD, FACOG
Mark H. Salley, MD, FACOG
James W. Stands, MD, FACOG

Lexington Medical Center delivers more than 3,300 babies each year. The hospital’s new 545,000 square-foot patient care tower includes a spacious, state-of-the-art Labor and Delivery unit. Since the hospital opened in 1971, more than 100,000 babies have been born there. Lexington Medical Center looks forward to continuing its legacy of providing outstanding care to women in the Midlands for many years to come.

South Carolina OB/GYN Associates
2728 Sunset Boulevard
Suite 201
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 254 – 1300
www.SCOBGYN.com

Teacher’s Baby Story Receives High Marks

It was anything but a normal day of school for Katie Laney, a second grade teacher at Bethel-Hanberry Elementary in Blythewood.

Katie was seven-and-a-half months pregnant with twins.

One morning in May, the unexpected happened right outside her classroom.

Katie Laney with her husband Jordan and their twin sons inside Lexington Medical Center’s Special Care Nursery.

“My water broke. I couldn’t believe it. I was frantic — a nervous wreck,” she said.

Katie was only 34 weeks pregnant. Her babies weren’t supposed to arrive until July.

“It was so early that it really scared me. I wasn’t ready. Nothing was ready at home.”

With her students anxiously peering through the classroom door to see what was happening, the school principal whisked Katie to the nurse’s office in a wheelchair.

Katie’s husband arrived and drove her to Lexington Medical Center. Inside Labor and Delivery at the hospital’s new patient care tower, a team of clinicians monitored the babies’ heartbeats and performed an ultrasound.

“I thought, ‘Are they OK? Is everything going to be OK?’” she said. “I just wanted them to be healthy and perfect.”

After a long labor, Darci Putnam, a certified nurse midwife with Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, delivered Katie’s twins. Baby Grayson came into the world at 4:56 p.m. on Friday, May 31, weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces. His brother Cooper followed at 6:37 p.m., 5 pounds, 1 ounce.

“They put each of them on my stomach for a split second – they cried and I felt comforted.”

But then, the nurses rushed the babies to the Special Care Nursery. As preemies, the twins needed extra attention.

Katie got a long look at her sons for the first time when she arrived in the Special Care Nursery later that evening. She still tears up talking about it.

“I was emotional seeing them because they were hooked up to all kinds of wires,” she said.

That’s when Lexington Medical Center’s Special Care Nursery nurses offered reassurance.

“They took time to explain what each wire was for,” she said. “They took time to get to know me, my husband and our family. Not only did they take care of our babies, they took care of us as well.”

The nurses explained that before the twins could go home, they needed to show they could breathe on their own, regulate their temperature and tolerate all of their feedings.

It was a waiting game. Katie and her husband spent all day every day in the Special Care Nursery. The 20-bed unit has all private rooms, which is a new model of care for Lexington Medical Center. Katie said it made a big difference.

“I couldn’t imagine sharing a room in such a sensitive situation or seeing other families coming and going,” she said. “The private rooms also helped us connect with our nurses even more.”

When Katie was discharged from the hospital, the twins had to stay.

“It was so hard leaving every night, but I knew the boys were cared for by nurses who loved them and would be there for them,” she said. “That made it easier for us.

Day by day, Grayson and Cooper made progress. One by one, the wires went away. Cards from Katie’s students filled the room.

After more than two weeks, the babies came home from the hospital on June 17. Today, they continue to grow and thrive.

Katie and her family remain grateful for the care they received at Lexington Medical Center.
“I can’t sing the hospital’s praises enough.”

To find a physician who delivers babies at Lexington Medical Center, visit LexMed.com/OBGYN.

Lights, Camera, Babies! Introducing Our New Commercial

This weekend, we debuted a new hospital commercial that showcases Lexington Medical Center‘s legacy of delivering babies. Since the hospital opened in 1971, more than 100,000 babies have been welcomed into the world here. In fact, these days, Lexington Medical Center delivers more than 3,300 babies each year – that’s more than any other hospital in the Midlands.

This spring, our new patient care tower became home to our Mother/Baby unit, including Labor & Delivery and Postpartum. To pay tribute to all of the babies born at Lexington Medical Center, we asked community members to send us photos of their bundles of joy born at the hospital over the years. With them, we made a mosaic with the adorable snapshots that now hangs in our Labor & Delivery Unit.

In the commercial, see what happens when the babies in the mosaic thing no one is looking:

Starring in the commercial are Lexington Medical Center Women and Children’s Services nurses Gina Sauls, Nikki Vollmer, Isabel Evora and doula Sharolyn Snipe.

The babies who “talk” during the commercial are the sons and daughters of Lexington Medical Center employees.

At our hospital, every day is a birth day. For more information about our OB/GYN services, visit LexMed.com/OBGYN.