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Shining Bright in Three Stars

Lexington Medical Center’s cardiovascular program has earned an overall three-star rating for heart surgery from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Historically, less than 10 percent of heart programs in the United States and Canada achieved this prestigious designation, which recognizes quality patient and clinical outcome excellence. It’s the highest rating offered.

Open heart surgery at Lexington Medical Center

LMC began its complete cardiac care program in 2012 with expectations to perform about 100 open heart surgeries each year. But the program has far exceeded expectations. To date, LMC has performed more than 2,575 open heart surgeries – an average of 368 surgeries each year. As reflected in the three-star rating, patients have experienced excellent outcomes.

“The STS three-star rating is a prestigious accomplishment. It signifies a clear separation in quality from other programs,” said Jeffrey A. Travis, MD, of Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery. “We are honored to receive this designation again, and it represents a total team effort at Lexington Medical Center to provide the highest level of cardiac care to the Midlands.”

Jeffrey A. Travis, MD

The STS rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada. STS ranked LMC in the highest quality tier for 2018 after surveying more than 1,000 participating programs. The latest analysis of data for coronary artery bypass grafting procedures covered a one-year period, from January 1 to December 31, 2018.

“As the cardiovascular surgery outcomes coordinator, I view all our registry data on a daily basis. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of a team invested in making Lexington Medical Center the gold standard for cardiovascular care,” said Lisa Pittman, RN, BSN.

LMC has continued to build its heart program by offering a variety of new services, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement, known as TAVR. This state-of-the-art cardiovascular technology allows doctors to replace the aortic valve in patients without open heart surgery.

In addition, LMC has started to use insertable cardiac monitors, commonly known as loop recorders, to monitor heart rhythms around the clock. While versions of this technology have been available for years, new loop recorders are as small as a paper clip and require an incision of just a few millimeters. LMC also has an electrophysiology lab to treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms.

Importantly, quality oversight has been part of LMC’s affiliation with Duke Health for cardiovascular care. Twice each year, Duke cardiologists and heart surgeons come to LMC to review heart surgery and catheterization cases with physicians. The Duke Health physicians also provide ongoing peer review and evaluate new procedures for both the open heart and Catheterization Lab programs. When the hospital performs new procedures for the first time, a Duke representative is usually present for support.

LMC’s work with cardiovascular care doesn’t end with procedures and technology. It extends into the community with a comprehensive heart education program that teaches people about risk factors, prevention and cardiac technology. This outreach is especially important in South Carolina, where one out of every three people dies from cardiovascular disease.

“Centering” Pregnancy at Lexington Women’s Care

Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, offers a “Centering” program for moms-to-be. “Centering” allows expectant moms to be more involved in their care through health assessments, education and support in a group setting.

During two-hour sessions, women undergo regular health assessments with a physician or midwife, including belly checks and heart tones. then, the group discusses topics related to pregnancy and parenting.

Laern more in the WIS-TV news story below, featuring Lexington Women’s Care OB/GYN Valerie Skinner leading a “Centering” class.


Topics at “Centering” sessions include pregnancy, how to prepare for childbirth and motherhood, baby care, breastfeeding, childproofing your house and baby milestones.

For more information about “Centering,” Call Lexington Women’s Care at (803) 936-8100.

Our 2015 Christmas Commercial

Please join us in welcoming the holiday season by viewing our annual Christmas television commercial. This year’s spot pays tribute to pet therapy and debuts today.

Featuring a pet therapy dog named Bailey who travels through the hospital inviting patients and employees to a holiday celebration, the 60-second commercial inspires feelings of hope, peace and joy. The commercial includes Lexington Medical Center employees, a talented lead singer and a Christmas music concert featuring Alan Jackson’s song, “Let It Be Christmas.” It was filmed on our hospital campus in West Columbia.


Studies have shown that pet therapy can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in people with a range of health problems, including those receiving cancer treatment or patients hospitalized with chronic heart failure. Family members, friends and staff feel better, too.
You can watch the Christmas commercial on the hospital’s YouTube channel or during your favorite Christmas TV show this holiday season.

It’s the ninth year Lexington Medical Center has produced its own Christmas commercial. To view all of them, visit our You Tube channel.

Please share the commercial with your family and friends. From our Lexington Medical Center family to your family, Merry Christmas.