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Breast Cancer Survivor Applauds 3-D Mammography Constella Zimmerman Blythewood, SC


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Clinical Research Holds Promise for Cardiac Patients Cancer Nutrition Program Empowers Breast Cancer Survivors Expecting Special Deliveries


Barbara Willm Vice President Development and Community Relations Amy Lanier Executive Director Kate Mayer Senior Major Gifts Officer Beth Wingard Senior Major Gifts Officer Thomas Tafel Community Outreach Manager Lauren Peebles Annual Gifts Officer


I hope you enjoy reading this issue of Health and Hope magazine. It is a privilege to share some of the good things happening at Lexington Medical Center and the many ways in which you’ve been a part of our success. In this issue of our magazine, you’ll learn more about the lifesaving technology of 3-D mammography we’re bringing to our community, the groundbreaking cardiovascular research conducted by our physicians, and the largest hospital expansion project in the history of South Carolina. I hope you’ll clearly see how your support of the Foundation helps the hospital fulfill its mission of providing quality health services that meet the needs of our community. We continue to celebrate our partnerships through individual giving, business and corporate giving, and planned giving. These contributions enrich our community and the patients we serve through events such as Wine on the River, Women’s Night Out and our inaugural gala event on New Year’s Eve. LMC Please join me in welcoming Amy Lanier as the PROVIDES HOPE new executive director of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Amy has an extensive background in $ philanthropy, with more than 15 years of executive level for Nursing experience. Under her leadership, the Foundation looks Scholarships forward to a very robust future. As we embark on the expansion of Lexington Medical Center and its new 10-story patient tower, there will be a great investment in growth. Philanthropy will be critical in order to meet the mission of advancing the health and wellbeing of those we serve. If you would like to learn more about how you can help bring expanded and exceptional health care to your family and friends, please call us at (803) 791-2540 or send an email to lmcfoundation@lexhealth.org. You can also visit our website at LMCFoundation.com. Thank you for your past generosity and for helping us provide hope for the future.



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Breast Cancer Survivor Applauds 3-D Mammography Life after breast cancer is never the same. In October 2006, Constella Zimmerman’s world turned upside down when her doctor discovered a cancerous lump during a checkup. Living in New Jersey at the time, Constella was preparing to return to her home state of South Carolina for a new job opportunity. She braved chemotherapy and radiation treatments in New Jersey and South Carolina.

dimensional pictures of the breast and allows doctors to view tissue one millimeter at a time, making tiny details visible earlier and easier. Jennifer Linfert, MD, an OB/GYN at Sandhills Women’s Care, stresses that early detection is key in treating breast cancer successfully, and says women

Constella says she never lost sight that

Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical

can expect their 3-D mammogram

her faith would see her through her

Center physician practice, where she

experience to be similar to a traditional

cancer treatments. “The first thing I did

had her first 3-D mammogram.


was have my son shave my head,” she

“Patients will find that 3-D mammography

what I was facing, I realized that other

Technology Makes Smaller Lesions More Visible

people have survived and I had to have

Sandhills Women’s Care, like Lexington

mammogram they are

faith that I would survive, too.”

Medical Center, now offers the latest

accustomed to as far as

technology in the fight against breast

compression, positioning

is adamant about keeping up with her

cancer — 3-D mammography. Also

and time,” she said.

annual checkups. She’s a patient at the

called tomosynthesis, this breast cancer

“The benefit to patients

Northeast Columbia office of Sandhills

screening tool creates a group of three-

is that the multiple

said. “While I had to come to terms with

Now, as a 10-year survivor, Constella


is no different from the

Jennifer Linfert, MD

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layers of images resulting from 3-D mammography can help doctors better evaluate the breast tissue.” 3-D mammography uses a low dose X-ray to create multiple images within seconds that are similar to the “slices” of images in a CT scan. The FDAapproved procedure uses the same type of equipment as a 2-D mammogram and a similar dose of radiation. Studies have shown that 3-D mammography also reduces false positives and

The picture on the left shows a 2-D mammography image of the breast. The rest of the pictures show images of the same breast using 3-D mammography. The suspicious area in the breast is much easier to see in the 3-D images.

unnecessary callbacks for patients with dense breast tissue.

“My doctors made sure that I

Patients who have mammograms

had plenty of detail about why 3-D

Early Detection Is Important

performed through Lexington Medical

mammography was a preferred

Center receive their results in fewer

Constella, who holds a Ph.D. and is

method of screening for me,” she said.

than five days.

a professor at Webster University,

“And the fact that they could get results

understands the need for patients to

to you quickly is so important. You’re

encouraging every woman she knows

be well-educated and informed about

always thinking ‘what if.’ That’s the

to have her annual mammogram. “I

their health care.

reality of it.”

skipped my mammogram one year and,

Constella is a true believer in

as it turns out, that one year I skipped

“My doctors made sure that I had plenty of detail about

was the year it mattered,” she said. “If I

why 3-D mammography was a preferred method of

hadn’t skipped, we would have caught

screening for me,” Constella said. “And the fact that they

it much sooner.” Her advice to every woman is to

could get results to you quickly is so important. You’re

mark that date on the calendar and

always thinking ‘what if.’ That’s the reality of it.”

never, ever miss that appointment.







provided to the Crystal Smith Breast Cancer Fund Since Inception




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Lexington Medical Center Foundation Launches $3 Million Campaign HOSPITAL AIMS TO MAKE 3-D MAMMOGRAPHY THE STANDARD OF CARE. Lexington Medical Center plans to raise $3 million to make revolutionary new breast cancer equipment available throughout its network of care. On October 4 at its annual Women’s Night Out event, the hospital’s Foundation will launch a capital campaign to upgrade all of its current mammography equipment to 3-D technology. Currently, Lexington Medical Center offers 3-D mammography in two locations — at the Women’s Imaging Center on the main campus in West Columbia and at Sandhills Women’s Care in Northeast Columbia. The campaign will allow the hospital to purchase software and equipment to make 3-D mammography also available at Vista Women’s Healthcare, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice; at Lexington Medical Center Irmo; Lexington Medical Center Lexington; and in its mobile mammography van that serves local businesses and the hospital’s rural community medical centers. “We’re very excited to make 3-D mammography a reality for all patients at Lexington Medical Center,” said Amy Lanier, executive director of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. “Until we can find a cure for breast cancer, we can make early detection our top priority.”

3-D mammography can detect 40% more cancers than 2-D mammography.


3-D Mammography Offer Clear Advantages • Detects lesions as small as 2 mm •C  an detect 40 percent more cancers than 2-D mammography • R educes patient callbacks by 15 percent •O  ffers 29 percent improvement in overall cancer detection rates • R educes false positives up to 40 percent • Allows radiologists to see masses and distortions associated with cancers significantly more clearly than conventional 2-D • R educes the need for additional imaging in order to better visualize tissue up to 40 percent, compared to 2-D mammography Source: Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, Durand MA, Plecha DM, Greenberg JS, Hayes MK, Copit DS, Carlson KL, Clink TM, Barke LD, Greer LN, Miller DP, Conant EF, Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination With Digital Mammography; JAMA, June 25, 2014.

3-D mammography detects cancer lesions as small as the head of a pin (2 mm). LMCFoundation.com

“Without 3-D mammography, there are breast cancers that will remain hidden and obscure, lost to early detection and possible cure. The people we love deserve better.” Deirdre Young

Cancer Programs Manager Lexington Medical Center

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Clinical Research Holds Promise for Cardiac Patients Groundbreaking research conducted at Lexington Cardiology and Lexington Medical Center offers tremendous potential for heart patients and the way health care is delivered in the future. Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, participates in several regional, national and international studies designed to treat and prevent all types of heart disease and illnesses. Two particular studies hold great promise for patients with heart valve problems and those who’ve had recent heart attacks.

the leg to reach the aorta.

New Hope for Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis

heart muscle to thicken. Untreated, it

aortic valve

can lead to heart failure.


In September of last year, Lexington


Sponsored by the National Heart,

Lexington Medical Center is currently the only hospital in South Carolina performing transcaval aortic valve replacement. In fact, the hospital performed the 141st and 142nd transcaval aortic valve replacements in the world last September when it enrolled in the study. This procedure is the latest advancement in transcatheter

(TAVR), which

Cardiology enrolled its first

Lung and Blood Institute at the

allows doctors

participants in an investigational

National Institutes of Health, the study

to replace the

research study for patients with aortic

is open to only 20 hospitals in the

aortic valve

stenosis. Patients with aortic stenosis

nation. The clinical trial explores an

in the heart

have a narrowed aortic valve that

alternative approach to aortic valve

through a

makes it more difficult to pump blood

replacement using transcaval

catheter instead

out of the heart to the body. Over time,

access — basically a “detour” around

of with open

the narrowed valve can cause the

the femoral artery that uses a vein in

heart surgery.

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$100,000 for Cardiac Care


Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Improve Quality of Life

Robert A. Leonardi, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Robert A. Leonardi, MD, FACC, FSCAI, of Lexington Cardiology, learned about the study and spoke with principal investigators about the hospital and its complete cardiac care program to gain inclusion.

Lexington Medical Center is currently the only hospital in South Carolina performing transcaval aortic valve replacement.

“Before The road to recovery after a heart ; I could b r e a t h e, now I n’t incident can be difficult. But there’s c What a an. one tool proven to make life better for blessing patients after a heart attack or heart !” surgery — cardiac rehabilitation. In fact, statistics show that people who participate in cardiac rehab are up to 46 percent less likely to die of a cardiac event than those who don’t. For patients who can’t afford such a program, the Lexington Medical Center Foundation provides need-based scholarships to help offset the cost. The Foundation also provides funding for patients who need pulmonary rehabilitation, a program designed for those with pulmonary diseases such as asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. According to John Leech, manager of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center, both medically supervised programs help stabilize, slow or even reverse the progression of disease. said I I n o e g rt sur Rehab, but a e h ed “My Cardiac d a fix on n a d e e need insuranc Foundati o had n e. The LMC le for me incom e it possib .” mad to attend

“Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation have two main purposes,” said John. “They help patients recover from their incidents, and they help prevent future events. “After devastating heart problems, It’s gratifying to provide you gave me these life-enhancing hope.” programs to individuals who can’t afford them.”

“This novel approach to aortic valve replacement is significant because it allows patients who might otherwise be treated only with palliative care to receive a new aortic valve relatively easily,” Dr. Leonardi said. “It leads to nearly immediate improved quality of life, and most of the patients will live longer.” To date, the LMC team has performed nine transcaval procedures, including eight transcaval (Continued on Page 8)



people who participate in cardiac rehab are up to


LESS LIKELY TO DIE of a cardiac event than those who don’t. September 2016 • Health and Hope


(Continued from Page 8)


“We are pleased to

company, the trial

be a part of the Artemis

TAVRs and a transcaval thoracic aortic

also examines patient

study, which allows our

aneurysm repair (the 4th worldwide).

outcomes and the overall

patients the opportunity to

Results of the national TAVR study

cost of care after acute

participate and investigate

will be presented as a late-breaking

myocardial infarction.

the potency of the next

clinical trial at the Transcatheter

Researchers hypothesize

generation of antiplatelet

Cardiovascular Therapeutics meeting

that reducing the out-

in November.

of-pocket copayments

Medication Cost and Compliance in Heart Attack Patients Another important study being

Robert M. Malanuk, MD

drug therapy,” said Dr. Malanuk. “Following a

of insured patients will lead to greater

myocardial infarction, ticagrelor or

adherence and possible reduction in

Brilinta has been demonstrated to be

future adverse cardiac events.

superior, as compared to clopidogrel

Robert M. Malanuk, MD, FACC, a

or Plavix in reducing major adverse

conducted by Lexington Cardiology

cardiologist with Lexington Cardiology,

cardiac events. This study will examine

and Lexington Medical Center

believes this research trial will provide

the impact of cost in physician decision-

evaluates whether reducing a person’s

valuable insight to physicians and

making, patient adherence and clinical

copayment for antiplatelet therapy

hospitals providing care for heart

outcomes by equalizing the copayment

drugs influences the patient’s choice

attack patients.

of clopidogrel and ticagrelor.”

of medication and his or her longterm compliance with taking the drug. Doctors routinely prescribe antiplatelet medication after a heart attack to prevent further blood clots from forming in the coronary arteries. Sponsored by AstraZeneca, a

Lexington Medical Center’s participation in this research trial is made possible through its collaboration with Duke Clinical Research Institute.

Lexington Cardiology began participating in this research trial in July of last year and is actively enrolling patients. The study aims to enroll a total of 11,000 patients nationwide from 300 participating hospitals. Lexington Medical Center’s participation in this research trial is made possible through its collaboration with Duke Clinical Research Institute.


$185,000 for Project Prescription Support

Lexington Medical Center is the only heart center in the Midlands affiliated with Duke Health. This affiliation allows hospital patients to receive the most advanced treatment and protocols medicine has to offer. “Our partnership with Duke Medical Center and the Duke Research Institute allows our patients to benefit from the opportunity to participate in evolving interventional techniques and drug therapies here at Lexington Medical Center,” said Dr. Malanuk.


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Cancer Nutrition Program Empowers Breast Cancer Survivors Loss of control. It’s just one of many things a person with cancer deals with — and it can also be one of the hardest. An innovative new program at Lexington Medical Center aims to help cancer survivors regain control of their lives through good nutrition and healthy lifestyle changes.

“They’re looking for something they

In January, the hospital will launch a

overall well-being.”

free cancer nutrition series designed

Foundation, the Nutrition as Medicine

Nutrition as Medicine

series initially targets breast cancer

demonstration and an exercise class.

patients, but will expand to include

They will also learn how to make

those with other types of cancer and

healthy choices by eating together at a

medical conditions in the future.

local restaurant.

especially for cancer patients. Funded by the Lexington Medical Center

The program offers educational

“Most cancer survivors are highly

sessions on a variety of topics that

motivated to improve their health,”

encourage healthy eating and weight

said Barbara Willm, vice president

management. Participants will take

for Development and Community

part in a grocery store tour, cooking

Relations at Lexington Medical Center.


can actively do to increase their chances of the best possible outcome. We believe this new program will empower survivors and improve their The nutrition series is led by a registered dietitian and will include staff support from the hospital’s Health Directions program and Nutrition Services department.

GOALS OF THE NUTRITION AS MEDICINE PROGRAM • Promote healthy food choices • Encourage exercise as a weight management tool • Improve overall weight and BMI • Improve quality of life

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Expecting Special Deliveries Lexington Medical Center to Enhance Maternity Services with Clinical Expansion

lead to better outcomes for babies’

Imagine your newborn son or daughter was born prematurely, or he or she needed special medical attention that required around-the-clock care in a hospital. When Lexington Medical Center completes its clinical expansion in 2019, the hospital will be able to deliver an even better patient experience for these families.

deliver a lot of premature babies. In

One of the highlights of Lexington

private rooms for special care infants

their babies,” said Tod Augsburger,

Medical Center’s clinical expansion will

provide more bonding opportunities

president and CEO of Lexington Medical

be the 20-bed Special Care Nursery.

for mothers and their babies, offer a

Center. “In this new addition, we are

The tiniest patients at the hospital will

safe environment for education, and

building 20 patient rooms for babies

growth and lower infection rates. “As a Level II certified nursery, we every hospital around South Carolina today, and pretty much around the country, these babies are kept in a typical nursery, which means that mothers often have limited access to

have private rooms, which is a new model of care for Lexington Medical Center. Research has shown that

Opening 2019

Welcoming more than 3,700 babies each year, Lexington Medical Center is consistently recognized as one of the best maternity hospitals in South Carolina.


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that will accommodate their parents. They will have their own private space to spend time with their baby. We think it is an innovative addition to the services we provide to our community.” Lexington Medical Center’s new Labor and Delivery unit will also have a dedicated area for patients who come to the hospital in labor or those who need temporary evaluation, and include six antepartum rooms for patients who may need extensive long-term monitoring, a completely dedicated Mother/Baby unit for postpartum patients and a newborn nursery.

Research has shown that private rooms for special care infants provide more bonding opportunities for mothers and their babies. Welcoming more than 3,700 babies each year, Lexington Medical Center is consistently recognized as one of the best maternity hospitals in South Carolina. In fact, readers of The State newspaper have named Lexington Medical Center as “Best Place to Have a Baby” for several consecutive years. From expanded Mother/Baby and Labor and Delivery units to more inpatient rooms and surgical suites, the hospital’s clinical expansion reflects its commitment to combining advanced technology and comprehensive services with the highest quality care. The new 545,000-sq-ft patient care tower will make Lexington Medical Center the most modern, state-of-the-art hospital in the state.

Tiny Infants Receive Big Support from Hospital Foundation Small babies and those born prematurely aren’t able to fit in many of the car seats available for newborns. In addition, some premature babies may have difficulty breathing when they sit up. Parents of small or premature infants should take special precautions to ensure safe transportation for their baby. Through the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, the hospital’s tiniest patients can travel home safely in a car bed, which allows caregivers to position the baby on his or her back, stomach or side, and secure him or her in the car bed with a wrap around harness. The hospital’s Foundation offers infant car beds to families who deliver at Lexington Medical Center at no cost.

Parents Receive Infant CPR Training Parents of special care nursery babies also receive lifesaving infant CPR instruction before going home from the hospital. Through funding from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, all families receive free CPR Anytime infant training kits that include a special infantsized manikin and instructional DVD. Nurses review the skills with parents at the bedside to make sure they understand how to provide aid for their infants should they choke or need resuscitation. The 20-minute training program can be easily shared with grandparents, sitters and family members when the parents come home from the hospital. “Early intervention is so important in an emergency, LMCFoundation and the skills parents learn through PROVIDES HOPE these CPR kits give them increased confidence should they ever need to $ provide first aid to their infants,” said for Anytime CPR Kelly Cutter, RN, nurse manager for the Infant Training Kits hospital’s Special Care Nursery.


For more information on the hospital’s clinical expansion, visit LexMed.com.


“We’re pleased to provide these lifesaving kits to every parent when their child leaves the Special Care Nursery.” — Kelly Cutter, RN September 2016 • Health and Hope


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