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LMC Receives Grant for Breast Cancer Screenings

Lexington Medical Center has received a grant from the SC Mountains to Midlands Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation to provide breast cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured women in the Midlands. Lexington Medical Center is the only hospital in the Midlands to receive the grant this year, and one of only four in South Carolina.

Lexington Medical Center applied for the grant to help women in need in our community. Mammograms can help to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. Clinicians know that early detection is key to successful treatment of breast cancer. Many times, women without insurance or financial resources don’t have a routine screening mammogram.

L to R: LMC VP of Community Relations Barbara Willm; Stephanie Miller and Emily Bugay of the Susan G. Komen Foundation; LMC Board Chair Jan Burt; LMC President & CEO Mike Biediger

L to R: LMC VP of Community Relations Barbara Willm; Stephanie Miller and Emily Bugay of the Susan G. Komen Foundation; LMC Board Chair Jan Burt; LMC President & CEO Mike Biediger

“Lexington Medical Center works with local partners to find ways to help provide screenings where they are most needed,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “Recently, that’s included outreach into the Korean and Hispanic communities, including a health fair at a Hispanic grocery store with Lexington Medical Center’s mobile mammography van.”

In addition, the Susan G. Komen Foundation honored Lexington Medical Center and breast cancer nurse navigator Kelly Jeffcoat as “Komen Champions.” In its inaugural year, the “Komen Champion” award celebrates an organization or person that shares the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s mission to create a world without breast cancer.

L to R: LMC VP of Community Relations Barbara Willm; Stephanie Miller and Emily Bugay of the Susan G. Komen Foundation; Kelly Jeffcoat; LMC Board Chair Jan Burt; LMC President & CEO Mike Biediger

L to R: LMC VP of Community Relations Barbara Willm; Stephanie Miller and Emily Bugay of the Susan G. Komen Foundation; Kelly Jeffcoat; LMC Board Chair Jan Burt; LMC President & CEO Mike Biediger

As a breast cancer nurse navigator at Lexington Medical Center, Kelly Jeffcoat helps newly diagnosed women work their way through treatment, providing helpful information and emotional support along the way. Kelly is a breast cancer survivor herself, diagnosed at the young age of 37. Kelly also leads support groups for women with breast cancer at the hospital and in the community.

Kelly Jeffcoat participates in TV news interviews

Kelly Jeffcoat participates in TV news interviews

Lexington Medical Center diagnoses approximately 250 breast cancer patients each year. The hospital’s breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Lexington Medical Center has four Women’s Imaging centers and a mobile mammography van, all offering digital mammography. During treatment, breast cancer patients receive the assistance of a nurse navigator who provides education and emotional support. Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program is also accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

This is the fourth time that this affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation has awarded Lexington Medical Center a grant for breast cancer screenings.

LMC Names Tod Augsburger Next President & CEO

We are pleased to announce that Tod Augsburger will be the next President and CEO of Lexington Medical Center. Mr. Augsburger will succeed current President & CEO Mike Biediger upon Mr. Biediger’s retirement later this year. At its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 25, the Lexington Medical Center board of directors voted unanimously for Mr. Augsburger to fill this role.

Tod Augsburger

Tod Augsburger

Mr. Augsburger has extensive senior experience in health care leadership in the Midlands and around the country. As senior vice president and chief operating officer of Lexington Medical Center since November 1999, he has worked skillfully and successfully with many broad and diverse responsibilities across the health services district. Previously, Mr. Augsburger worked at the Ohio Health System in Columbus, Ohio as corporate vice president of integration, vice president of clinical ancillary services andvice president of operations.

“I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of Mike Biediger and continue the excellent work he has done to provide quality health services that meet the needs of our community,” Mr. Augsburger said. “I’m so proud to be able to work with the most talented and compassionate physicians and staff of any hospital system.”

Mr. Augsburger received a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan in 1989 and a Bachelor of Science in finance from Michigan State University in 1985. He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and received the “South Carolina Healthcare Executive of the Year” award in 2003 from the South Carolina Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“Tod Augsburger has been serving in a leadership role at Lexington Medical Center for more than 15 years,” said Jan Burt, chair of the Lexington Medical Center board of directors. “His track record of success, breadth of experience and understanding of our hospital’s values are the reasons why the board voted unanimously to promote him to this new role.”

Mr. Augsburger will become the new President & CEO on October 1. Mr. Biediger will assist with the leadership transition through the end of the year.

“I am extremely happy with the decision to promote our colleague Tod Augsburger to the role of President & CEO of Lexington Medical Center,” Mr. Biediger said. “I look forward to this transitional period and the next chapter in the leadership of our hospital.”

In its 44-year history, Lexington Medical Center has only had four CEOs: George Rentz; Ken Shull; Mike Biediger; and now Tod Augsburger.

Mr. Augsburger is married with two children and lives in Lexington.

Mike Biediger Receives Honorary Doctorate from Clemson

Congratulations to Lexington Medical Center President & CEO Mike Biediger! Clemson University awarded Mr. Biediger an honorary Doctorate of Humanities at spring commencement exercises on Friday morning, May 8, 2015. According to Clemson, the honor is in recognition of Mr. Biediger’s dedication to enhancing the quality of health care in South Carolina and our community while improving the delivery of care to citizens.

L to R: Bob Peeler of the Clemson University Board of Trustees, Mike Biediger, Clemson University President James Clements

L to R: Bob Peeler of the Clemson University Board of Trustees, Mike Biediger, Clemson University President James Clements

Mr. Biediger graduated from Clemson in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in industrial management, and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina in 1980. He quickly became a leader in health care management in South Carolina. Mr. Biediger was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Lexington Medical Center from 1989 to 1996, when he became president and CEO.

During Mr. Biediger’s tenure, Lexington Medical Center grew from a 292-bed hospital to a medical network with 414 beds, six community medical centers, an occupational health facility, the largest nursing home in the Carolinas, an Alzheimer’s care center and a physician network that employs approximately 300 physicians in 60 physician practices.

Mr. Biediger has also been a strong advocate for implementing important new technology and services that have raised the level of care for our community’s citizens. He has been credited with expanding the cardiac care capacity for the Midlands by championing the addition of a comprehensive cardiovascular care program at Lexington Medical Center.

Mr. Biediger is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, which also named him South Carolina Healthcare Executive of the Year in 1990. He is one of 10 children, eight of whom graduated from Clemson. He and his wife Jean have two children and one grandchild.