Archive | January, 2014

LMC Welcomes Dr. Fernando Castro to Lexington Rheumatology

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Fernando X. Castro, MD, to the hospital’s network of care. The board-certified rheumatologist and internist has joined Bruce Goeckeritz, MD, Bryan Wolf, MD, and Janie “Kaki” Bruce, MD, at Lexington Rheumatology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Dr. Fernando Castro

Dr. Fernando Castro

Dr. Castro earned his medical degree from Universidad Central del Ecuador in Quito and completed his residency at the University of Missouri and Harry Truman VA Hospitals in Columbia, Mo. He then completed a rheumatology and immunology fellowship there. Most recently, Dr. Castro served as a rheumatologist in Wilson, N.C., where he provided advanced therapy in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatic diseases and osteoporosis. He is also a certified clinical densitometrist.

“I look forward to working with the exceptional physicians, nurses and support staff at Lexington Medical Center,” said Dr. Castro.

Dr. Castro is a member of professional organizations including the American College of Rheumatology, National Osteoporosis Foundation and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry.

Dedicated to diagnosing and treating diseases of the joints and soft tissues, Lexington Rheumatology offers a variety of convenient in-house services, such as X-ray, on-site bone density scans and infusion treatments for rheumatic and inflammatory disorders.

Lexington Rheumatology
Lexington Medical Park 2
146 North Hospital Drive
Suite 550
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936-7410

The Doctor Is In: Managing Diabetes with Dr. Jeremy Crisp

Jeremy R. Crisp, MD

Jeremy R. Crisp, MD

Jeremy R. Crisp, MD joined Lexington Medical Center’s network of care this month as a physician at Lexington Family Practice Northeast.

One of the conditions that Dr. Crisp sees often in his practice is diabetes.

Dr. Crisp has received a special certification for demonstrating his ability to provide the best quality of care to diabetic patients.

In 2013, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) awarded Dr. Crisp with its Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) certification. This certification recognizes providers who provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes.

“Diabetes is a serious disease, but with the right diagnosis and care, it can be treated and managed well,” said Dr. Crisp. “While patients with diabetes need to learn how to deal with the disease over long periods of time, they can have a high quality of life. We’ll work with them to make sure they have the best treatment plan.”

Whether treating diabetes or any other medical concern, Dr. Crisp is passionate about comprehensive care.

“I want to be a doctor who treats the patient as a whole,” he said. “There’s so much more to taking care of a patient than interpreting a set of numbers.”

Lexington Family Practice Northeast
76 Polo Road, Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 699-7255

When Seconds Count – Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to begin a patient education series in Sumter featuring medical topics that are important to our community. Hosted by Sumter Cardiology, the first lecture, “When Seconds Count – Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack,” will take place on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. inside Sumter Cardiology at 540 Physicians Lane in Sumter.

The speaker is William D. Brearley Jr., MD, FACC,who is a cardiologist with Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Brearley_WillDr. Brearley will discuss the risk factors associated with the development of coronary artery disease, the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, and the current treatment methods for heart attacks including urgent cardiac catheterization.

Light refreshments will be served. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Heart disease is an epidemic in South Carolina. One out of every 3 deaths in our state is related to heart disease. Sometimes, the first symptom of heart disease is a heart attack. And when a heart attack occurs, every second counts.

ekg with stethLexington Medical Center offers comprehensive cardiovascular care. Affiliated with Duke Medicine, Lexington Medical Heart Center offers a full range of cardiac services including open heart surgery, catheterizations and angioplasty, using state-of-the-art technology with a team of highly-skilled clinicians.

Sumter Cardiology is a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. It offers services including cardiac consultation and evaluation, nuclear stress testing, echocardiograms, heart catheterizations, electrophysiological testing, pacemaker and defibrillator services, exercise and pharmacologic stress testing, vascular studies and heart monitoring.

For information on future patient education series events in Sumter, visit Sumter Cardiology’s website at

February is Heart Disease Awareness Month. Learn about Lexington Medical Center’s “Take 5 for Heart Health” campaign at