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Update on Lexington Medical Center’s Clinical Expansion

Lexington Medical Center is more than a year into the largest hospital expansion in South Carolina history. From more patient rooms and parking to educational space and enhanced dining options, this three-year project will help Lexington Medical Center continue to meet the health care needs of patients and their families.

Lexington Medical Center Expansion

“Our hospital is woven into the fabric of Lexington County and the Midlands,” said Tod Augsburger, Lexington Medical Center president and CEO. “This clinical expansion will allow us to take care of our community for many years to come.”

Contractors and the hospital’s Engineering Services team have been hard at work since LMC broke ground on its clinical expansion last year. All below-ground fiber, domestic water, sewer, drainage, electrical and gas services for the northwest side of the main campus have been modified, relocated or removed to accommodate the new buildings. Contractors completed this work without disrupting LMC services. In addition, the hospital added back-up electrical systems to its Data Center to increase reliability of these systems during construction.

The work above ground is just as impressive. Five buildings have been demolished. Concrete piles have been installed to support the new patient tower, parking garage and Central Utility Building (CUB). Structural steel has been erected for the tower and CUB, and five cooling towers have been installed on the roof of the CUB. Chilled water and steam piping has also been installed in the utility tunnel serving the new tower.

As of April 30, the project was approximately 22 percent complete.

By the Numbers
80,820
Linear feet of concrete piles installed – nearly 15.5 miles
11,676 
Cubic yards of concrete placed – enough to build 130 residential swimming pools
715
Precast concrete sections assembled for the parking garage
3,212 
Tons of structural steel erected
1,181 
Number of on-site safety orientations
282,120 
Hours worked by the construction team

Merry Christmas!

From our Lexington Medical Center family to yours, Merry Christmas. On this special day, we once again wanted to share our 2017 hospital Christmas commercial. Since its debut on Thanksgiving, it’s received more than 400,000 views online. We have also received countless kind comments and phone calls from members of our community who were uplifted by the message of hope and comfort it brings.

 

We’ve received many questions about the cast of the commercial, notably the singers. The singers – in order of appearance – are Brad Hudson, Kay Roebuck and Clayton Stephenson. Each of them are professional singers from varied backgrounds.

But most of the people in the scene are Lexington Medical Center employees. For example, the man who walks near the reception desk in a red vest at the beginning of the commercial is our President & CEO Tod Augsburger. He has made a cameo appearance in nearly every Christmas commercial we’ve produced for the past decade.

We filmed the commercial inside the lobby of Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice located on the hospital campus in West Columbia.

We hope you enjoy the commercial and embrace its message that we rise by lifting others. Merry Christmas. It is our privilege to care for you.

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.