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The New Tower: Baby Mosaic

This post is part of a blog series about the features of our new patient care tower. The 545,000 square foot project is the largest hospital expansion in South Carolina history. The 10-story tower is the new home of the Mother/Baby department, eight operating rooms, six floors for surgical, obstetric, ICU and oncology patients, enhanced dining options, a spacious atrium, educational space and a serenity garden.

Lexington Medical Center has a legacy of welcoming bundles of joy into the world. Since the hospital opened in 1971, more than 100,000 babies have been born here.

Today, Lexington Medical Center delivers more babies than any other hospital in the Midlands, welcoming approximately 3,300 tiny new citizens each year.

To honor our commitment to delivering babies, our new patient care tower has a baby mosaic featuring the photos of more than 4,000 babies born at Lexington Medical Center in the past 48 years… Like Anna Grace, born December 17, 2009. She was happy to find her photo on the mosaic.

Beginning today, the mosaic is on display in the lobby of the Main Entrance of the hospital on East Hospital Drive. Community members are invited to come by to see it.

To acquire these photos, we asked community members to upload photos of their babies earlier this year. We were overwhelmed and overjoyed by the interest and response. Then, we designed and created the giant mosaic. It will be on permanent display in Labor & Delivery on the first floor of the new patient tower.

You may be wondering… Who was the first baby born at Lexington Medical Center? Her name was Windy Baird, born on January 6, 1971, just hours after the hospital opened. Here’s a picture of her with her mom Virginia on her #LMCBirthDay.

Lexington Medical Center is consistently voted “Best Place to Have A Baby” by the people of the Midlands. The hospital has more than 25 OB/GYNs who deliver babies at our hospital, plus certified nurse midwives. The hospital is also home to a first-of-its-kind doula program. A doula is a birth coach who offers mothers comfort and reassurance during labor and delivery. Doulas are a free service for any woman having a baby at Lexington Medical Center.

To learn more about clinicians delivering babies at Lexington Medical Center, click here.

Calling All Lexington Medical Center Babies!

Were you born at Lexington Medical Center? Were your children born there? If so, the hospital wants to see your baby photos!

Since opening in 1971, Lexington Medical Center has delivered more than 100,000 babies. In fact, the hospital delivers more babies each year than any other hospital in the Midlands and is consistently recognized as one of the best maternity hospitals in South Carolina.

Early next year, Lexington Medical Center will open a new, 545,000-square-foot patient care tower that’s the largest hospital expansion in South Carolina history. The tower will be the home of a new maternity unit and nursery. To celebrate Lexington Medical Center’s legacy of welcoming thousands of bundles of joy into the world, the hospital is collecting photos of babies born there throughout the years. The photos will be placed in a photo mosaic that will be revealed at the grand opening of the new tower.

The new Labor and Delivery unit will be an outstanding place for expectant families. It will have a dedicated area for patients who come to the hospital in labor or those who need temporary evaluation. The tower includes six antepartum rooms for patients who may need extensive long-term monitoring, a completely dedicated Mother/Baby unit for postpartum patients, a Level 2 Special Care Nursery and a Newborn Nursery.

A cornerstone will be the 20-bed Special Care Nursery. The hospital’s tiniest patients will have a private rooms, which is a new model of care for Lexington Medical Center. Research has shown that private rooms for special care infants provide more bonding opportunities for mothers and their babies, offer a safe environment for education, lead to better outcomes for babies’ growth and lower infection rates.

In addition to women and children’s services, six floors of Lexington Medical Center’s new patient car tower will accommodate medical, critical care and surgical patients, including eight new operating rooms.

Lexington Medical Center’s physician network includes nearly 40 OB/GYNs and certified nurse midwives who will deliver babies in the new patient care tower.

Patients can upload their photos of babies born at Lexington Medical Center by visiting LexMed.com/BirthDay. The hospital requests newborn photos of children 12 months or younger.

Lexington Medical Center is getting ready to welcome thousands more babies in the future and looks forward to our community joining in the celebration.

LexMed.com/BirthDay

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes 14-Pound Baby Boy

Weighing in at just over 14 pounds, baby Colin Keisler came into the world at Lexington Medical Center on Friday, June 23. He is the biggest baby clinicians recall being born at the hospital since it opened in 1971.

Baby Colin’s parents are Arthur Keisler and Cindy Richmond of Lexington. He is the couple’s third child. Their first baby weighed 7.6 lb and their second weighed 9.8 lb.

“The last two or three months of this pregnancy were more difficult. I was really uncomfortable and had a lot of sleepless nights,” Cindy said.

They thought this baby would be big, but not 14 pounds.

“When he was born, it was an ‘Oh My God!’ moment.”

Arthur Keisler and his wife Cindy Richmond with their son Colin Austin Keisler at Lexington Medical Center

Dr. Jaime Brown Price of Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, delivered baby Colin by caesarean section. He was 14 lb .04 oz and 24 inches long.

Dr. Brown Price and nurses in the delivery room marveled at the baby’s size.

“I’ve been an obstetrics nurse for 29 years, but I’ve never seen a 14-pound baby,” said Donna Hinton, RNC.

Soon after Colin’s birth, his parents realized the clothes they had bought him wouldn’t fit. At just four days old, he’s wearing clothes for a six month old.

“We see playing football as a lineman for Clemson and the Green Bay Packers,” said Arthur.

According to statistics, the average weight of a newborn baby is 7.5 pounds. Fourteen pounds is the average weight of a 4- to 5-month-old baby.

The next biggest baby Lexington Medical Center’s Women & Children’s department can recall was a 13-pound baby born at Lexington Medical Center in 1987.

Both Baby Colin and his mom are healthy and doing well.

Lexington Medical Center delivers approximately 3,500 babies each year, the highest number of baby deliveries of any hospital in the Midlands.