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Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Andrea Garrick, MD

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Andrea Garrick, MD, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Garrick will practice obstetrics and gynecology at Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. Lexington Women’s Care provides comprehensive obstetric, gynecologic and diagnostic services for women in all stages of life.

Andrea Garrick, MD

A magna cum laude graduate of the College of Charleston Honors College in Charleston, South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, biology and chemistry, Andrea Garrick, MD, earned her Doctor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. While there, she became a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Dr. Garrick then completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia, and received several awards and honors, including Intern of the Year, consecutive Resident Teaching awards and a certificate for Global Women’s Health.

Dr. Garrick has experience providing general obstetric and gynecologic services ranging from outpatient care and surgery to routine visits and complicated consultations. In addition to this training, she served as co-investigator in a research study during her residency to evaluate the effect of support group participation in women with gynecologic cancer.

Dr. Garrick is accepting new patients.

Lexington Women’s Care
155 North Hospital Drive, Suite 300
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936-8100

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Lexington Medical Center Cook and Pharmacy Technician Deliver Baby in Hospital Lobby

January 13 was no ordinary work day for Jennifer Bandy and Yolanda Butler.

Jennifer is a cook at the Park Café inside Lexington Medical Park 1 at Lexington Medical Center. Yolanda is a pharmacy technician at Lexington Oncology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

L to R: Yolanda Butler, Jennifer Bandy, Danielle Tilson, Baby Serenity and Byron Stewart

Just before sunrise, they heard shouts for help from the building’s entrance.

Running toward the door, they found Danielle Tilson of Batesburg about to deliver a baby. Her fiance Byron Stewart was by her side.

“Everything was happening so fast,” Jennifer said. “I knew we had to do something.”

Yolanda stepped in right away.

“I was reassuring Mom that everything was OK,” she said.

Minutes later, the café cook and pharmacy technician delivered baby Serenity Stewart in the lobby. They laid the little girl on tablecloths from the café and a blanket from Danielle and Byron’s car.

“She started blinking her eyes and moving – and that was a good feeling because we knew she was OK,” Jennifer said.

They learned Danielle and Byron were on their way to a hospital in downtown Columbia from their home in Batesburg, but didn’t think they could make it in time. So the couple pulled up to the Lexington Medical Park 1 entrance at Lexington Medical Center – the first entrance they saw on the hospital campus. Early in the morning, hardly anyone was there – except for the Park Café staff and Yolanda, who just happened to come into work early that day.

Serenity is the couple’s fourth child. Everyone is doing well.

The couple is thankful for Jennifer and Yolanda’s quick response and willingness to help. They say they will bring Serenity back to the hospital to meet them one day.

Centering Class Welcomes New Babies

Lexington Medical Center is overjoyed to welcome the first group of babies whose moms took part in an innovative program at the hospital called “Centering,” which allows pregnant women to receive prenatal care in a group setting.

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At the beginning of pregnancy, a mother-to-be will have an individual prenatal visit and physical exam. If she chooses to “center” her pregnancy, she’ll join a group of other expectant mothers with similar due dates for monthly Centering sessions instead of traditional office visits. Dads-to-be are welcome, too.

Upon arrival at Lexington Women’s Care, class members go directly to the Centering session where they’re greeted by staff and enjoy refreshments. There’s no waiting in the lobby for the doctor. Each Centering session lasts about two hours and offers women a supportive environment to share physical, emotional and medical pregnancy experiences.

The same physician or midwife serves as the group facilitator at each session. He or she privately performs regular health assessments such as blood pressure, weight, belly checks and heart tones at the beginning of each session. After the assessment, the facilitator leads a group discussion on topics related to pregnancy and parenting, including the physical changes women experience during pregnancy, preparing for labor and delivery, nutrition, family planning, safety, conflict resolution, parenting and newborn care.

Lexington Medical Center recently welcomed its first babies from the Centering program! WIS-TV followed this group throughout the process.


Importantly, Centering has been shown to decrease rates of preterm delivery and offer other advantages, too, including higher rates of breastfeeding and lower rates of postpartum depression.

The term “Centering” comes from the idea that the program offers obstetric care in a group setting that places responsibility on the mom, realizing that she’s the center of her and her baby’s well-being.