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Lexington Women’s Care Opens Chapin Office

Lexington Medical Center is proud to welcome Lexington Women’s Care Chapin to its network of care. The practice is located at 557 Columbia Avenue, Suite C, in Chapin. The office opened this week.

Formerly Lexington OB/GYN, Lexington Women’s Care Chapin will provide comprehensive care for women at any age or stage of life. Importantly, patients in Chapin will now be able to access prenatal care where it’s convenient for them.

Dr. Janis Keeton

The same, friendly staff from Lexington OB/GYN will welcome patients to Lexington Women’s Care Chapin, including Janis Keeton, MD, and Amy McMillan, PA-C. Dr. Keeton is a Chapin native who graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia and completed her residency there. She is also board certified.

“The Chapin community has been my home since childhood, and most of my immediate and extended family still live there. My family and I welcome this opportunity with glad hearts,” said Dr. Keeton.

A member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, Amy earned her Master of Science in physician assistant studies at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has helped meet the health care needs of women for 20 years and has been a physician assistant in women’s health for more than a decade.

Appointments at Lexington Women’s Care Chapin are available Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon. For more information about the practice and its providers, visit LexingtonWomensCareChapin.com or call (803) 936-7476.

Lexington Women’s Care Chapin
557 Columbia Avenue, Suite C
Chapin, SC 29036

Ask the Lexington Medical Center Clinician: What’s A Midwife?

Darci Putnam, CNM, MSN, is a certified nurse midwife at Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. She answers a lot of questions from community members about what midwives do.

Q: What’s a certified nurse midwife?
A: A certified nurse midwife is an advanced practice registered nurse who provides comprehensive health care for women throughout their lives. Lexington Women’s Care has a staff of CNMs at its West Columbia location.

Q: How does someone become a CNM?
A: The CNMs at Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia have earned a master’s degree in nursing and completed rigorous clinical training. CNMs also graduate from an accredited midwifery education program and passed a national certification exam.

Q: Do midwives only care for pregnant women?
A: No. Midwives offer care to women from adolescence through menopause.

Q: What kind of gynecologic care does a midwife provide?
A: We care for women in all stages of life. Midwives provide routine well-woman exams, family planning and contraception, preconception counseling and problem-focused visits.

Darci Putnam

Q: Does using a midwife mean natural childbirth?
A: No. CNMs support a patient’s wishes for her birth experience. We participate in many deliveries at Lexington Medical Center with mothers who use medication to control pain during labor and delivery, including epidurals. We also have patients who would like to have natural childbirth, and we work with them to achieve that goal. We realize that every patient is different and unique.

Q: Do you offer at-home deliveries?
A: Some midwives participate in at-home deliveries. But like many other CNMs across the country, Lexington Women’s Care’s midwives only deliver babies at Lexington Medical Center.

What’s New At Lexington Women’s Care

Lexington Women’s Care has provided comprehensive women’s health services – from routine care to specialized treatment and surgery – for more than 40 years. And now the practice has even more to offer its patients.

On September 18, Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia moved into its new office in Lexington Medical Park 3 on the hospital’s main campus. The practice, located in Suite 300, features four labs, four ultrasound rooms, education and Centering™ rooms, and two procedure rooms. Suite 300 occupies the entire third floor of Lexington Medical Park 3. 

Lexington Women’s Care is also growing to meet the needs of patients throughout the Midlands. Sandhills Women’s Care joined the physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives at Lexington Women’s Care as Lexington Women’s Care Sandhills on September 18. Douglas M. Addy, MD, FACOG; Jully A.F. Aguirre, MD; Thomas C. Austin, MD, FACOG; Crystal Y. Johnson, MD, FACOG; and Jennifer B. Linfert, MD, FACOG, will continue to care for their patients at the practice’s Northeast Columbia office and will relocate their West Columbia office to Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia.

“The quality and personalized care Lexington Women’s Care has provided for more than 40 years is now more accessible throughout our community,” said James E. Estes, MD, an OB/GYN at Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia.

Lexington Women’s Care also welcomed two physicians. Andrea Garrick, MD, joined the practice in August. She will care for patients at Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia and Lexington Women’s Care Lexington. The practice welcomed Bert Hutchinson III, MD, to Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia on September 18. He has provided comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care to women in the Midlands for more than 30 years. He previously practiced at River Bluff GYN.

“Our doctors share the same philosophy on the best ways to deliver quality, consistent care that is tailored to each patient’s needs,” said Dr. Estes.

With Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia moving to its new location in Lexington Medical Park 3 and the additions of Lexington Women’s Care Sandhills, Dr. Garrick and Dr. Hutchinson, the practice can continue to provide customized care for women throughout the Midlands for years to come.

For more information about Lexington Women’s Care services or to find a location, visit LexingtonWomensCare.com.

Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia
Lexington Medical Park 3
155 North Hospital Drive, Suite 300
West Columbia, SC 29169

Lexington Women’s Care Irmo
1 Wellness Blvd., Suite 203
Irmo, SC 29063

Lexington Women’s Care Lexington
Lexington Medical Center Lexington
811 West Main Street, Suite 209
Lexington, SC 29072

Lexington Women’s Care Sandhills
233 Longtown Road
Columbia, SC 29229