Archive | April, 2019

Celebrating Our Hospital Volunteers

Each April, we celebrate our hospital volunteers with a luncheon.

Last year, 340 volunteers spent more than 54,970 hours delivering flowers, staffing information desks, facilitating pet therapy and assistant departments and offices.

They also raise money for Lexington Medical Center Foundation initiatives.

Thank you, volunteers!

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The New Tower: Our First Baby!

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce the birth of the first baby born inside our new patient care tower!

Baby Savannah Kate came into the world on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 11:35 a.m. She weighs 8 pounds, 4 ounces and is 21 inches long.

Mom Katlyn, dad Jake and big brother Jackson have welcomed her with open arms.

“The new Labor and Delivery unit is so beautiful,” Katlyn said. “There’s so much natural light in each room.”

Mom and baby are doing great. The Chapin family will call the baby “Anna Kate.”

The patient care tower is the new home of Lexington Medical Center’s Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby units. The hospital has a proud tradition and legacy of delivering bundles of joy. More than 100,000 babies have entered the world here since the hospital opened in 1971. Today, Lexington Medical Center delivers more babies than any other hospital in the Midlands.

Congratulations to Katylyn and her family, and welcome baby Anna Kate!

Understanding Kidney Stones

Passing a kidney stone is often called one of the most painful things a person can experience.

Sometimes, people say it’s even more painful than childbirth.

Kidney stones are small pebbles of salt and minerals in the urine.

They can be the result of a chronic medical condition, or of what you eat and drink.

In this WLTX interview, Dr. David Lamb of Lexington Urology explains what kidney stones are, where they come from and some things you can do to prevent them.

They often cause:
~Severe pain in the back, belly or groin
~Frequent or painful urination
~Blood in the urine
~Nausea and vomiting

Urologists can treat them in a variety of ways. One is high-energy shock wave therapy that can break the stone into little pieces, allowing them to move through the urinary tract more easily.

Sometimes, eating a lot of animal protein, sodium, chocolate or dark green vegetables can boost the risk for kidney stones. Other risk factors include drinking certain sweetened beverages, putting on weight and taking certain medications.

To reduce your risk, drink a lot of water. Hydration is key for prevention.