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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.

The New Tower: Serenity Garden

Today, we begin 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.

First up, the serenity garden. Outside the doors of the new tower atrium is a beautiful patio.

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The Lexington Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary – which is made up of more than 300 men and women who donate their time at our hospital – donated funds for us to design and build the garden.

From a calming fountain to beautiful landscaping, it’s a peaceful place for families and friends to spend time while a loved one is in the hospital.

Throughout the garden, some of the brick tiles have inspirational and comforting quotes. One is from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and reads, “Only in the darkness can we see the stars.”

For more information on our clinical expansion, visit LMCExpansion.com.

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.
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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.