Lexington Medical Center

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Lexington Medical Center
Lexington County Health Service District, Inc.
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Location 2720 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Care system [Private Company, Public Service]]
Hospital type General
Affiliated university Duke University School of Medicine
Standards CMS accreditation
Emergency department Level III trauma center
Beds 428
Founded January 6, 1971 (as Lexington County Hospital)
Website http://www.lexmed.com Lexington Medical Center
Lists Hospitals in South Carolina
Other links List of hospitals in the United States

Lexington Medical Center is a 428-bed modern medical complex and anchor of a comprehensive, county-wide health care network in Lexington, SC. Lexington Medical Center is owned by Lexington County Health Service District, Inc, a private company. The network includes six community medical centers, an occupational health facility, the largest nursing home in the Carolinas, an Alzheimer's Disease care center and seventy physician practices in a variety of services. Lexington Medical Center's main campus is located on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia.[1]

Cardiovascular Care[edit]

Lexington Medical Center’s cardiovascular program has earned the highest designation given to hospitals – a three-star rating for heart surgery – from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). For the year 2013, only 15 percent of heart programs nationwide have achieved this prestigious level, which is a designation that recognizes quality and clinical excellence.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has developed a comprehensive rating system for the quality of coronary artery bypass surgery among hospitals across the country. Lexington Medical Center ranked in the highest quality tier for 2013, earning the three-star rating. The STS 2013 analysis included more than 1,000 heart programs nationally.

A Duke Medicine affiliate, Lexington Medical Center began its complete cardiac care program in 2012. The hospital expected to perform about 100 open heart surgeries each year. But the program has far exceeded expectations. To date, the hospital has performed more than 600 open heart surgeries. As reflected in the three-star rating, patients have experienced excellent outcomes.

Lexington Medical Center has also earned full chest pain accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). To receive this accreditation, Lexington Medical Center demonstrated its ability to quickly assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. By becoming an accredited chest pain center, Lexington Medical Center has enhanced the quality of care for cardiac patients and showed its commitment to the highest standards.

In 2014, Lexington Medical Center began to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement, known as TAVR. This state-of-the-art cardiovascular technology allows doctors to replace the aortic valve with a catheter procedure instead of open heart surgery. Currently, TAVR is for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are high-risk candidates for open heart surgery because of their age, history of heart disease, or other health issues. Patients with severe aortic stenosis have a narrowed aortic valve that does not allow blood to flow efficiently. As the heart works harder to pump enough blood through the smaller opening in the valve, the heart eventually becomes weak. Over time, that can lead to life-threatening heart problems. Lexington Medical Center performed the first fully percutaneous TAVR procedure in South Carolina. With this minimally invasive technique, doctors deployed the new aortic valve through just a small puncture in the femoral artery in the leg.

Additionally, Lexington Medical Center now offers non-surgical closure for holes in the heart called atrial septal defects (ASDs) and patent foramen ovale (PFO). Like TAVR, this minimally invasive procedure eliminates the need for open heart surgery, resulting in shorter hospital stays and faster recovery.

Lexington Medical Center has developed an advanced electrophysiology program to diagnose and treat patients with cardiac arrhythmias. In addition, the program has an experienced team of cardiologists that implant cardiac devices including pacemakers, defibrillators, and biventricular pacing systems. Lexington Medical Center has also begun to use insertable cardiac monitors, commonly known as loop recorders, to diagnose heart rhythm problems. These small devices, placed under the skin with a small surgical procedure, 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.

Importantly, quality oversight is part of LMC’s affiliation with Duke Medicine 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 physicians also provide ongoing peer review and evaluate new procedures for both the open heart and Cath Lab programs. When the hospital performs new procedures for the first time, a Duke representative is usually present for support.

Lexington Medical Center has physician practices that are dedicated to the care of people with cardiovascular disease: Lexington Cardiology, Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery and Sumter Cardiology.

Lexington Medical Center’s work with cardiovascular care extends into the community with a robust heart education program. Heart disease is an epidemic in South Carolina. One out of every 3 people in South Carolina dies of cardiovascular disease. Lexington Medical Center is working to teach the community about risk factors, prevention and cardiac technology.


Lexington Medical Center performs more surgeries than any other hospital in the Midlands of South Carolina. In fiscal year 2013, the hospital performed 21,796 surgeries in more than 30 state-of-the-art operating rooms on the hospital's main campus and community medical centers located around Lexington County, South Carolina.

Lexington Medical Center is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.


Lexington Medical Center's cancer program is affiliated with the Duke Cancer Institute. Using a multidisciplinary approach between medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons with crucial support from highly trained radiologists, pathologists and other health professionals, Lexington Medical Center offers a complete care strategy for every patient. With advanced technology and tools, the physicians and staff provide the latest in cancer diagnostics and treatment.

The Cancer Services program is accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons. It participates in clinical research. And, the affiliation with Duke provides patients with access to Duke's excellence in cancer care, research and education.

Lexington Medical Center offers a lung cancer screening program, which is the first of its kind in the region. The radiation medicine department has a TrueBeam linear accelerator and stereotactic radiation capabilities. The cancer program also boasts three nurse navigators, research nurses, social workers and quality of life programs including art classes and support groups.

Lexington Medical Center diagnoses approximately 250 breast cancer patients each year. The hospital’s breast program has accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Lexington Medical Center has four Women’s Imaging centers and a mobile mammography van, all offering digital mammography. The Lexington Medical Center Foundation operates a boutique for cancer patients called Becky's Place, where patients can shop for supplies ranging from wigs to mastectomy bras and prostheses.

Within the physician network, there’s a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. Doctors from all specialties related to cancer meet weekly to discuss the treatment plan for each newly diagnosed cancer patient. Medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, surgeons and other key physicians review the diagnostic imaging, lab work and assessments to determine the best plan of action. A plastic surgeon may talk about reconstructive options for women having breast cancer surgery. A cardiovascular surgeon has also attended.

Physician Network[edit]

Lexington Medical Center employs more than 275 doctors in 58 physician practices around the Midlands. Representing a wide variety of specialties, these doctors are among the finest health care providers in the Southeast. In fiscal year 2013, they logged nearly 857,000 patient visits. With a vast referral base, Lexington Medical Center’s doctors work together to ensure that patients have the highest quality of care.

The physician network is also armed with state-of-the-art technology to provide doctors with the best tools to help their patients, backed by quality services and support from every involved department. Physician network clinicians, with superior levels of training in their fields, have led the way in using the most advanced technology available in their specialties. Lexington Medical Center was the first hospital in the Midlands to perform single-incision laparoscopic surgery. The hospital was the first in South Carolina to perform microwave ablation for tumors and single-incision hysterectomy. And it was among the first hospitals in the nation to perform minimally invasive endovascular surgery that repairs aortic aneurysms with a catheter.

Lexington Medical Center Physician Network Specialties: Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Cardiovascular Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, ENT & Allergy, Family Practice, General Surgery, Hospitalists, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Neurology, OB/GYN, Occupational Health, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Pain Management, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Rheumatology and Urgent Care

Emergency care[edit]

Lexington Medical Center operates the second busiest Emergency Room in South Carolina, behind Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. It treats more than 105,000 patients each year.[2]

Lexington Medical Center is a Primary Stroke Center, excelling at treating stroke patients promptly. It's also has chest pain center certification - recognizing its excellent treatment of heart attack patients.

Women's Services[edit]

Lexington Medical Center delivers nearly 4,000 babies each year. Readers of The State newspaper voted it as the "Best Place to Have A Baby" in 2014. Lexington Medical Center delivers more babies than any other hospital in the state, except for Greenville Health System. Its innovative Doula program is the first-of-its-kind in the Southeast, offering mothers a personal birth coach for comfort and reassurance during labor and delivery. Thanks to the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, doulas are a free service for any woman having a baby at Lexington Medical Center.

Urgent Care[edit]

Lexington Medical Center’s network of care includes six community medical centers around Lexington County in Batesburg-Leesville, Chapin, Gilbert, Irmo, Lexington and Swansea. In fiscal year 2013, there were more than 133,000 patient visits to urgent care facilities. Urgent care physicians address acute, non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Patients benefit from the knowledge, expertise and resources of the entire Lexington Medical Center network of care. In fact, the Urgent Care Association of America has designated Lexington Medical Center’s urgent care facilities in Irmo and Lexington as Certified Urgent Care (CUC) centers. The CUC designation is a mark of distinction that separates them from more than 9,000 urgent care centers across the nation. Only 500 facilities have met the requirements for this recognition. Urgent Care accepts walk-in patients of all ages for a variety of illnesses and injuries and is equipped with advanced imaging, diagnostic X-ray, ultrasound and lab services. A direct link to Lexington Medical Center’s emergency care facility and inpatient services allows for an easier transfer when a higher level of care is needed.

Long-term care[edit]

Lexington Medical Center Extended Care, its long-term care and rehabilitation facility, is the largest nursing home in Carolinas. LMC Extended Care includes Carroll Campbell Place, a facility for people with Alzheimer's Disease.


Lexington Medical Center received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification from the Green Building Council for its Lexington Medical Park 2. The building was the first health care building in South Carolina to receive that distinction.[3]

In 2014, Lexington Medical Center opened Lexington Medical Park Otarre Pointe, a medical facility in Cayce, South Carolina that offers family medicine, occupational health, PT and OT services. The building is expected to earn a LEED silver certification from the Green Building Council in 2015 for its environmental initiatives.


"Best Hospital Facility" by readers of The State newspaper, "Best Place to Have A Baby" by readers of The State newspaper, "Best Hospital" and "Best Urgent Care" by readers of the Free Times, "America's 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience" by Women Certified, "Consumer Choice Award" from the National Research Corporation and ISO 9001 Certification from DNV Healthcare (One of only 55 hospitals in the United States)

Hospital rating data[edit]

The HealthGrades website contains the clinical quality data for Lexington Medical Center, as of 2017. For this rating section three different types of data from HealthGrades are presented: clinical quality ratings for twenty-six inpatient conditions and procedures, thirteen patient safety indicators and the percentage of patients giving the hospital as a 9 or 10 (the two highest possible ratings).

For inpatient conditions and procedures, there are three possible ratings: worse than expected, as expected, better than expected. For this hospital the data for this category is:

  • Worse than expected - 6
  • As expected - 20
  • Better than expected - 0

For patient safety indicators, there are the same three possible ratings. For this hospital safety indicators were rated as:

  • Worse than expected - 0
  • As expected - 10
  • Better than expected - 3

Percentage of patients rating this hospital as a 9 or 10 - 76% Percentage of patients who on average rank hospitals as a 9 or 10 - 69%[4]


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