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Free Times of Columbia Readers Name Lexington Medical Center as “Best Hospital”

Aerial photo of Lexington Medical Center with Free Times "Best of Columbia" seal

Aug. 24 2023

We are pleased to announce that readers of the Free Times of Columbia have named Lexington Medical Center as “Best Hospital” in Columbia.

The publication wrote: 

It’s easy to say Columbia is more “city” and Lexington more “country,” but the reality is that we’re one big, bustling metropolitan area with myriad health concerns. With five community medical centers and more than 400 affiliated physicians, Lexington Medical Center is prepared to address those concerns. Affiliated with MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, the sprawling main campus off US 378 offers complete cardiac care and performs nearly 32,000 surgeries each year. From cancer screening and treatment to delivering more than 4,000 babies each year, patients know they’re in the right hands here.”

“We are honored to be recognized as “Best Hospital” by the Free Times of Columbia,” said Tod Augsburger, president & CEO of Lexington Medical Center. “Our mission is to provide quality health services that meet the needs of our communities, and our goal is to provide the most outstanding care to our families, friends and neighbors.”

In addition, readers also voted Lexington Medical Center:

  • Best Place to Work
  • Best Place to Be Born
  • Best Urgent Care
  • Best Family Practice: Lexington Family Practice

"We are honored to be recognized as a Best Place to Work,” said Brian Smith, vice president of Human Resources at Lexington Medical Center. “Creating a strong culture and a great work environment for our 8,000 employees is key to our mission of providing quality health services to our communities. Our employees are amazing!”

In addition to comprehensive benefits that start on day one of employment, Lexington Medical Center provides employees with free immunizations, annual health screenings and mammograms, and an on-site Employee Health Clinic. Its free, confidential employee assistance program is available to employees and their immediate family members for a variety of services, while its post-trauma resources and respite spaces at its facilities give employees a place to recharge and restore. 

To support working parents, Lexington Medical Center offers on-site childcare at its main campus. This accredited center has extended weekday hours, low teacher-to-student ratios and a safe, nurturing environment for the children of Lexington Medical Center employees. Lexington Medical Center also provides internal training and professional development to all its employees. Tuition reimbursement, educational assistance, student loan forgiveness and nursing scholarship opportunities are a few ways the organization supports its employees in achieving their career goals.

Lexington Medical Center is a 607-bed hospital in West Columbia that anchors a health care network including five community medical centers and a staff of 8,000 health care professionals. The hospital was also ranked best hospital in the Columbia Metro area, the #2 hospital in South Carolina by U.S. News & World Report and was named one of the “Best Places to Work in South Carolina” by SC Biz News, in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group. 

Lexington Medical Cancer Center is an accredited Cancer Center of Excellence and has a clinical research and education affiliation with MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. The network includes a cardiovascular program recognized by the American College of Cardiology as South Carolina’s first HeartCARE Center. The network also has an occupational health center, the largest skilled nursing facility in the Carolinas, an Alzheimer’s care center and 70 physician practices. Lexington Medical Center operates one of the busiest Emergency departments in South Carolina, treating nearly 100,000 patients each year. The hospital delivers more than 4,000 babies each year and performs nearly 32,000 surgeries.

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Disclaimer: This blog is intended for general understanding and education about Lexington Medical Center. Nothing on the blog should be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Blog visitors with personal health or medical questions should consult their health care provider.