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LMC Honored with Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award for Heart Failure

Lexington Medical Center received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. The goal is to expedite recovery and reduce hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

LMC earned Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award by meeting specific measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing heart failure and their overall health, schedule a follow-up visit, as well as other care transition interventions.

“We are excited for this recognition, which showcases the quality care our heart failure patients receive at Lexington Medical Center. All staff work diligently to implement evidence-based practices to achieve optimal outcomes for the patients we serve,” said CJ Jashinsky, RN, BSN, CPHQ, clinical outcomes coordinator. “We appreciate each team member’s valuable contributions to the excellent care they provide to our patients,” she said.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States live with heart failure. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when they manage their condition with proper medications or devices and adopt healthy lifestyle changes.

Helping Heart Failure Patients Succeed

Nurse Navigator Provides Dedicated Support and Education

Heart failure – the diagnosis sounds scary. It’s the leading cause of hospitalization in people 65 and older. But with the right tools and treatment, patients can successfully manage this chronic disease.

Congestive heart failure, often called heart failure for short, occurs when the heart muscle no longer works as it should. The heart muscle walls can become too weak to pump blood out of the heart or they can become stiff so the heart doesn’t fill properly. Classic symptoms are shortness of breath during activity, fatigue and swelling.

Heart failure does not usually occur suddenly—symptoms happen gradually over time. Causes include coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, lung disease and aortic stenosis. Although there is no cure for heart failure, progression of the disease can be dramatically slowed. Heart function can improve with medication, exercise, better nutrition and better self-management skills.

Lexington Medical Center treats about 800 patients a year with congestive heart failure as a primary diagnosis. Because of the importance and prominence of the disease, the hospital recently hired a nurse navigator specifically dedicated to helping patients with heart failure. Jenny Dailey, RN, MSN, spends her day supporting and educating patients with this disease.

“My job is to serve as the patient’s advocate,” Jenny said. “I visit with patients in the hospital and help determine what resources they need. That could include educating them about various ways to manage their disease or making sure they have follow-up appointments with their doctors after they leave the hospital. I also work with the family members and caregivers to make sure they understand the disease and how they can best help their loved ones.”

Jenny says monitoring weight gain is one of the most important ways patients can control their disease. “Patients need to understand the importance of a digital scale and daily weigh-ins,” she said. “A weight gain of three pounds in one day or five pounds in one week is significant for a patient with congestive heart failure because the weight gain is a result of fluid. Daily monitoring of weight is a simple yet quick way to determine if a patient is retaining fluid.”

A grant from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation funds digital scales for heart failure patients at the hospital. Upon admission, patients receive the scales and use them during their hospital stay while they learn about the importance of monitoring and managing their weight. They take the scales home with them after leaving the hospital so they can continue weighing themselves, recording their weight daily and reporting rapid weight gain to their doctor.

In addition to weight management, reducing sodium in the diet is important. Reading food labels and identifying the sodium content of food is important for patients with congestive heart failure.

But one of the most critical steps a patient can take after a hospital stay for heart failure is to participate in cardiac rehabilitation, which offers physician-prescribed exercise, risk factor modification and a psychological assessment to help evaluate a patient’s emotional status as it relates to their heart.

Support for heart failure patients at Lexington Medical Center continues beyond their hospital stay. “I want my patients to call me once they’re discharged if they have questions regarding anything,” said Jenny. “I want them to know that I am their advocate.”

To learn more about the Lexington Medical Center Foundation and how it helps patients, visit LMCFoundation.com

Welcome Dr. Brandon Drafts to Lexington Cardiology

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Brandon C. Drafts, MD to its network of care. Dr. Drafts will join the the board-certified cardiologists and highly skilled staff at Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. As part of Lexington Medical Heart Center, the practice is supported by the region’s only Duke Health-affiliated heart program.

Dr. Brandon Drafts

Dr. Brandon Drafts

Dr. Drafts completed his internal medicine internship and residency at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He went on to complete a cardiovascular disease fellowship, serving as chief fellow, and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Wake Forest.

Board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine, Dr. Drafts’ interests include transradial coronary angiography and intervention, short-term mechanical circulatory support and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). He has also published research in the areas of interventional cardiology, heart failure and cardiovascular imaging.

Dr. Drafts is a West Columbia native and a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in biology. After earning a master’s degree in biomedical science from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, he graduated cum laude with his medical degree from USC’s School of Medicine.

Lexington Cardiology has two convenient locations. Dr. Drafts is accepting new patients.

2601 Laurel Street, Suite 260
Columbia, SC 29204

2728 Sunset Blvd, Suite 300
West Columbia, SC 29169