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Quit Smoking With Help from Lexington Medical Center

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Statistics show that as much as 21% of adults in Lexington County, South Carolina smoke. Our hospital offers a lung cancer screening program for early detection of lung cancer as well as a free smoking-cessation program.

Lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer at Lexington Medical Center and the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Often, it’s not caught until it’s too late to provide effective treatment. The lung cancer screening program assists with early detection in high-risk patients.

Screening participants who still smoke are referred to Lexington Medical Center’s smoking-cessation class, which takes place at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center in Lexington once a week.

Our hospital clinicians talked about these programs on WLTX this month. You can view the interview below.


The lung cancer screening costs $149, which is about the cost of three cartons of cigarettes. The Lung Cancer Alliance recently named Lexington Medical Center a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence for its efforts to diagnose patients with early-stage lung cancer.

For more information about lung cancer screenings, please call (803) 936-8050.

4.1.1The smoking-cessation class lasts eight weeks. It’s open to anyone who wants to quit smoking and, because of a generous grant from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, it’s free. Participants also have an above-average success rate.

If you or someone you know wants to quit smoking and participate in Lexington Medical Center’s smoking-cessation program, please call (803) 358-6180.

LMC Earns “Gold Plus” Stroke Award

For the fifth time, Lexington Medical Center has received a “Gold Plus” Quality Achievement award for stroke care from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program. The “Gold Plus” award is the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for stroke care and recognizes commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients.

“Lexington Medical Center is proud to receive this award as it demonstrates our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing effective, evidence-based stroke care,” said Vicky Hicks, RN, BSN, CPHQ, outcomes coordinator at Lexington Medical Center.

www.heart.org_idc_groups_heart-public__private__wcm__hcm__gwtg_documents_downloadable_ucm_461524.pdfThe honor goes to hospitals with excellent adherence to stroke quality indicators and measures for two or more consecutive years, including timely treatment, aggressive use of proven medications, therapy, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.
According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

A stroke occurs when a clot blocks a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and begins to die. Warning signs include weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, facial drooping, confusion and the inability to talk. Risk factors for stroke are untreated high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol. Stroke is an emergency. Call 911 at the first sign of stroke. Modifying your lifestyle can help prevent stroke.

stroke“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines® National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “Lexington Medical Center’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

Lexington Medical Center also has certification from Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, Inc. as a Primary Stroke Center in the Midlands. The Certification Program for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes organizations that follow the best practices for stroke care. Achieving Primary Stroke Center Certification indicates the hospital’s dedication to cultivating better outcomes for patients.

May is Stroke Month. Think FAST to remember the warning signs of stroke.

Face – Look for an uneven smile.
Arm – Check if one arm is weak.
Speech – Has speech become difficult?
Time – Call 9-1-1 immediately.

Are You At Risk: Lung Cancer Screenings

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present its monthly physician lecture on Monday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus. This month’s topic is “Are You At Risk: Understanding Lung Cancer Screenings.” Myron Barwick, MD, FACS, of Lexington Surgical Associates will give the presentation. It’s free and open to the public.

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. because only 15 percent of patients with lung cancer are diagnosed with early stage disease.

Lexington Medical Center offers a new lung cancer screening program to help early detection. Qualified screening patients should be between the ages of 55-74 and have a 30 pack-year smoking history. If the patient is a former smoker, he or she must have quit within the past 15 years. Or, patients should be age 50 or older and have a 20 pack-year smoking history with one additional risk factor. A pack-year is calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years the person has smoked. For example, 1 pack year is equal to smoking 1 pack per day for 1 year or 2 packs per day for a half year.

Dr. Barwick talked about lung cancer and the screening program on WLTX today. The segment is below.

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present a monthly lecture series featuring physicians speaking out medical topics that are important to our community. For the calendar of future events, visit LexMed.com.