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Find Help Losing Weight in the New Year

Does your gym seem more crowded lately? Are you hearing more about people eating clean or drinking more water this month? January brings a lot of New Year’s Resolutions. Weight loss can be one of them. But sometimes, losing weight remains difficult – even with the best efforts.

That’s where the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center can help. This Lexington Medical Center physician practices offers several options for weight loss surgery and procedures, starting with people who want to lose as little as 25 pounds.

One of the recent success stories is twice as nice – husband and wife Jason and Kristen Antley BOTH had bariatric surgery at South Carolina Obesity. Jason started his journey at more than 350 pounds. And Kristen believes maintaining a healthy weight helped her become pregnant with her twin girls.

Watch their stories below.

Lexington Medical Center’s bariatric surgeons have performed more than 7,000 weight loss surgeries. They offer free seminars and webinars to learn more about the procedures. And, a nutrition counselor guides each patient about what to do both before and after surgery.

For more information, and to see if bariatric surgery is right for you, visit

Be the Match

Lexington Medical Center is hosting its first bone marrow and stem cell drive. You can save the life of someone with blood cancer by signing up to become a bone marrow or stem cell donor.

Dr. Steven Hayes

Lexington Medical Center’s drive is in honor of Dr. Steven Hayes, an Emergency department physician who recently had a bone marrow transplant to treat multiple myeloma.

Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs.

Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. Rather than produce helpful antibodies, the cancer cells produce abnormal proteins that can cause complications.

In this video, Dr. Todd Crump, assistant medical director of our Emergency department, explains why becoming a donor is so important.

Signing up for the registry is easy and takes less than five minutes from your phone.

~Text CURE24 to 61474 to create an account.
~Click on the link you receive immediately via email to complete the registration process.
~Once you get a kit in the mail, just swab the inside of your cheek and return the sample in the postage-paid envelope provided.
~Stay committed and say YES when you get the call to save a life. It’s that easy!

Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 44. If you’re older than 44, you can help by spreading the word to ofhers who are eligible.

Lexington Medical Center Community Builders

This week marked an important milestone for WIS-TV and Mungo Homes‘ partnership called “Community Builder.” This project honors community members who is going above and beyond to help others. WIS-TV profiles them in a story and Mungo Homes gives each winner a $1,000 gift for the charity of their choice. To date, there have now been 100 “Community Builder” honorees.

The first one was Lexington Medical Center ER doctor Todd Crump. In assistant to working as the assistant medical director in our Emergency department, he also volunteers as the Medical Director at the Free Medical Clinic in Columbia, selflessly giving dozens of hours each week to help people who are underserved or uninsured receive important medical care.

WIS-TV caught up with Dr. Crump this week in a look back at “Community Builder.” Here’s the story.

Dr. Crump is not the only person with connections to Lexington Medical Center who has been honored as a “Community Builder.”

In 2016, the project honored Cynthia Byrd, who works at our community medical center in Irmo. Byrd lost her son in a tragic car accident. Each year, she organizes and holds a fashion show with proceeds going to a scholarship fund in her son’s honor.

Watch Cynthia’s story here.

And, late last year, “Community Builder” celebrated Hubert Smoake – who restores medical equipment to give to people in need. His services have enhanced the quality of life of dozens of people across the Midlands.
Learn more about Hubert here.

Congratulations to all of the Community Builders!

To nominate someone as a Community Builder, visit