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Hospital Guide 2017

Posted On May 19, 2017

Year by year, area hospitals demonstrate their commitment to the community with evolving specialties, services and programs that inform people about wellness, as well as illness.

Compiled by Linda Lamb

Lexington Medical Center

Main hospital: 2720 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 29169

Website: LexMed.com

Phone: 803-791-2000

The basics:

Lexington Medical Center’s 428-bed complex in West Columbia anchors a comprehensive health care network. It includes six community medical centers offering convenient access to residents across the county, as well as an occupational health facility, about 60 physician practices and the largest nursing home in the Carolinas. Its cardiovascular and cancer programs are affiliated with Duke Health. More surgeries are performed at LMC than at any other single hospital in the Midlands – more than 21,000 a year. Its busy emergency department treats more than 105,000 patients a year, and its physician network includes more than 275 doctors representing a wide variety of specialties.

Looking to the future, Lexington Medical Center is undergoing the largest hospital expansion in S.C. history. A 10-story patient care tower that is under construction will allow expansion for patient rooms, operating rooms, educational facilities and services for new moms and babies.

Notable quote:

“Our medical staff, employees and volunteers understand and embrace the belief that Lexington Medical Center is here to serve our friends and neighbors. The hospital is woven into the fabric of Lexington County and the Midlands. [Planned clinical expansion] will allow us to take care of our community for many years to come.”

--Tod Augsburger, president and CEO

Specialty areas:

Cardiovascular – Full range of cardiovascular services, from diagnostics for heart arrhythmias to chest pain assessments to open heart surgery. These include transcatheter aortic valve replacement, which allows replacing the aortic valve with a catheter as an alternative to open heart surgery. Its accreditations demonstrate its ability to quickly assess, diagnose and treat heart attack patients. LMC was the first hospital in South Carolina to implant a wireless pacemaker. It is a Primary Stroke Center, specializing in quick treatment of stroke patients.

Cancer – LMC’s approach to cancer treatment is multidisciplinary, providing patients the expertise and support of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and pathologists. Advanced technology and tools provide the latest types of diagnosis and treatment. Its breast cancer program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology.

Orthopedics – Patients receive comprehensive care from highly specialized, board-certified orthopedic physicians. They provide a wide range of procedures and therapy programs using the latest diagnostic and treatment options.

Labor and Delivery – Nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at LMC, more than at any other single hospital. Readers of The State newspaper voted it “Best Place to Have a Baby.” Its doula program – which provides an experienced professional to support the physical, emotional and educational needs of expectant and new mothers – is a model for such programs around the country. Spacious maternity suites are designed with the comforts of home, including rocking chairs and high-speed internet access. In the future, expanded labor and delivery services as well as postpartum services will have a new home in the patient tower that is under construction.

Wellness Programs – Lexington Medical Center’s Health Directions program offers a variety of classes to help people reach their health and fitness goals – from yoga and Pilates to strength circuit training. Check out the website: lmchealthdirections.com.


Palmetto Health

Main hospital, Palmetto Health Richland: 5 Richland Medical Park Drive, Columbia, SC 29203

Website: PalmettoHealth.org

Phone: 803-296-2273

The basics: 

Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the Midlands, has this as its mission: “To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves.” 

The system includes five acute-care hospitals in the Columbia area, plus Palmetto Health Tuomey in Sumter and co-ownership of Baptist Easley in the Upstate. The system includes the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the region’s largest multispecialty group. Its network of more than 500 providers serves patients in nearly 100 locations. 

Palmetto Health also trains the next generation of physicians through its 24 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. 

Each year, the Palmetto Health system treats nearly a half million patients, welcomes nearly 6,000 babies into the world, treats 3,000 cancer patients, has nearly 127,000 Emergency department visits and makes nearly 33,000 home care visits. Educational events range from car seat safety and breast-feeding help to support groups for weight loss surgery, grief and heart failure: https://www.palmettohealth.org/classes-events/eventscalendar.

Notable quote: 

“Palmetto Health has been providing care in this community for more than a century. We are well connected to our community members, providing them with the high-quality medical care they need and deserve. Our 15,000-person team is working every day to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual health of all individuals we serve. I personally wouldn’t go anywhere else to receive care.”

--Charles D. Beaman Jr., CEO

Hospitals and Specialties:

Palmetto Health Richland – Regional teaching hospital that celebrates its 125th anniversary this fall. Palmetto Richland has the region’s only Level I trauma center. Areas of excellence include behavioral care, cardiology, obstetrics, oncology, orthopedics, neonatology, robotic assisted surgery and Primary Stroke Center. 

Richland was the site of the Carolinas’ first Gamma Knife Center for non-invasive radiosurgery. It’s home to the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging, featuring 3-T MRI, and the Simulation Center, both partnerships with USC School of Medicine and Health Sciences South Carolina. It also has an extensive geriatric medicine division.

Palmetto Health Baptist – A 413-bed complex known for excellence in behavioral health, obstetrics, oncology, mammography, breast cancer, women’s services, orthopedics and surgery, including robotic assisted surgery. A $57 million expansion and renovation of its surgical, perinatal and Level III NICU services was completed in 2010.

Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge – Opened in 2014 in Irmo. The 76-bed hospital includes medical and surgical inpatient units as well as an intensive care unit and six operating rooms. Services include outpatient care as well as diagnostic and treatment services including laboratory and imaging. The hospital also features a design meant to draw inspiration from nature. 

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital – South Carolina’s first children’s hospital and the Midlands’ only children’s emergency center. The hospital has more than 150,000 children’s visits each year. It offers more than 30 subspecialties to meet the unique health care needs of children, and its more than 350 professionals work exclusively with children. 

Palmetto Health Heart Hospital – Located on the Palmetto Health Richland campus, it is a 124-bed hospital dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. A continuum of care begins with disease prevention and management. It encompasses emergency procedures, diagnosis, surgery and rehabilitation, all performed in beautiful clinical surroundings.


Providence Health

Downtown hospital, Providence Health: 2435 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29204

Website: http://yourprovidencehealth.com/

Phone: 803-256-5300 

The basics:

Founded as Providence Hospitals in 1938 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Providence has two freestanding full-service hospitals and numerous satellite practices that maintain their devotion to clinical expertise and compassion. 

Providence is particularly renowned for cardiac care. In 2016, it became part of the LifePoint Health network. Shortly thereafter, it changed its name to Providence Health. Its hospitals remain driven by quality, compassion and Christ, and treating the body, mind and spirit. 

Providence Health tied for the second best hospital in South Carolina for 2016-17, according to U.S. News & World Report. In the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems inpatient satisfaction survey, Providence rated No. 1 for patients' willingness to recommend the facility to family and friends, and tied for No. 1 overall. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gave Providence Health a four-star rating for patient experience. Providence also reaches out to the community with events such as healthy cooking classes and cardiac screening for young athletes: http://yourprovidencehealth.com/classes-events/.

Notable quote:

“Careful thought goes into each patient interaction, whether we’re providing healthy meals that taste delicious, purchasing new beds that function with ease, or getting an extra blanket for a guest. As the only faith-based health care system in Columbia, we work to achieve our mission of ‘Making Communities Healthier by Extending Christ’s Healing Ministry.’ The presence of faith makes our hospitals feel different. I felt it when I first came here, and I hear it over and over again from others who note the same.”

--Scott Campbell, Market CEO

Hospitals and specialties:

Providence Health – Located on Forest Drive it’s a 258-bed facility, a nationally recognized referral center for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. For 20 straight years, it has received the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ “Highest Rated Award” of three stars for every rating period, ranking consistently as one of the top heart programs in the country.

Areas of Expertise: Cardiovascular services, cardiac rehab, diagnostics, emergency care, hospital medicine, imaging, internal medicine, mammography, outpatient surgery, physical therapy, plastic and reconstructive surgery and primary care. It is a Blue Distinction® Center for cardiac care, indicating quality and improved outcomes for patients. 

Providence Health Northeast – It’s a 74-bed hospital located in the growing suburban area of Northeast Columbia. Providence Northeast is an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for total joint replacement surgery, placing its orthopedic services among the nation's best. It is a Blue Distinction® center for knee and hip replacement, indicating better outcomes for patients and lower rates of complications.

Areas of Expertise: Orthopedic services, plus state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient occupational therapy. Also on this campus: cardiac rehab, an emergency room, neurosurgery, and several primary care, internal medicine and cardiology practices. Ranked as a High Performing Hospital for both hip and knee replacement surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

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