Lexington Medical Center Expansion Nears Completion
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Lexington Medical Center is ready to meet the health care needs of the community for years to come with the largest hospital expansion in South Carolina history. Construction of a new, state-of-the-art patient care tower will be complete early next year.
The 10-story, 545,000-sq-ft tower will initially add 71 inpatient beds to the hospital’s 438-bed facility on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia with the ability to accommodate more patients in the future. It will feature patient rooms, operating rooms, educational space for staff and community members, and enhanced dining options, as well as expand the hospital’s Labor and Delivery, and Mother/Baby departments.
Six floors of Lexington Medical Center’s new patient care tower will accommodate medical, critical care and surgical patients. Not only does the hospital operate one of the busiest Emergency departments in the state, it is one of the busiest surgical hospitals in South Carolina, performing more than 20,000 surgeries last year. Lexington Medical Center plans to add eight operating rooms in the new tower and expand its surgical recovery area.
Lexington Medical Center’s expansion project will deliver an even better patient experience for expectant families. Welcoming more than 3,700 babies each year, the hospital is consistently recognized as one of the best maternity hospitals in South Carolina.
The new Labor and Delivery unit will have a dedicated area for patients who come to the hospital in labor or those who need temporary evaluation. There will also be six antepartum rooms for patients who may need extensive long-term monitoring, a completely dedicated Mother/Baby unit for postpartum patients, a Level 2 Special Care Nursery and a Newborn Nursery.
One of the best features of the new patient care tower will be the 20-bed Special Care Nursery. The hospital’s tiniest patients will have private rooms, which is a new model of care for Lexington Medical Center. Research has shown that private rooms for special care infants provide more bonding opportunities for mothers and their babies, offer a safe environment for education, lead to better outcomes for babies’ growth and lower infection rates.
A new parking garage will add more than 950 parking spaces to the hospital’s campus, and a central energy plant will support the service needs of the new tower. The three-year project has also included the expansion and addition of support spaces, such as a physician on-call area, indoor and outdoor dining options, and an education conference center.
Most importantly, Lexington Medical Center’s expansion will guide the growth and development of the hospital and its network of care as it fulfills its mission — to provide quality health services that meet the needs of the community.
Lexington Medical Center’s Clinical Expansion
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