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A publication for the employees & volunteers of the Lexington County Health Services District

In South Carolina, heart disease is an epidemic.

Ways to

TAKE 5 for Heart Health

1 out of every

3 deaths

is related to cardiovascular disease. That’s why Lexington Medical Center is encouraging the community to Take 5 for Heart Health:

1 Eat Right 2 Chill Out 3 Get Moving 4 Call 9-1-1 5 Learn CPR


As part of the program, Lexington Medical Center is partnering with Midlands businesses in February to provide free heart-health events, such as exercise classes and stress-relief activities, including bowling and painting. The hospital will also host an interactive Heart Fair on March 2 at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Bush River Road. In addition, LMC is highlighting the importance of calling 911 if someone is having a heart attack or stroke. Because ambulances have EKG machines, paramedics can send EKG results on the way to the hospital and patients can go straight into treatment upon arrival. Quick treatment for heart attack and stroke can help limit damage to the brain or heart, and increase the chance of a full recovery. You can learn more about how to Take 5 for Heart Health and sign up for free heart-health activities at

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 Eat every 3 to 5 hours during the day to avoid overeating at mealtimes.  Use simple breathing techniques to lower your heart rate and blood pressure.  Strive for 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity on most days of the week.  When it comes to heart attack and stroke, call 911 instead of driving yourself or a loved one to an emergency department.  If someone needs CPR, push hard and push fast.

Intercom is published by LMC’s Marketing department. Editorial material and pictures are solicited and should be sent to Marketing. Materials submitted for publication will not be returned unless otherwise requested. The Marketing department reserves the right to accept or deny any article and/or photo for publication. FEBRUARY 2014 INTERCOM 1 For more information, please contact Sarah McClanahan at 936-7123 or email

i connect/i care Lexington Medical Center has launched its new service initiative. i connect/i care will enable the health district to focus on basic skills that ensure patient satisfaction through genuine connection and care.

Guest Services will highlight a service expectation that provides a foundation for review and implementation of creative ideas for departments each month. February will focus on “being present.”

1 Eat Right 2 Chill Out 3 Get Moving 4 Call 9-1-1 5 Learn CPR

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At Lexington Medical Center, our Medical Staff leaders are dedicated to serving our patients and community. They serve on hospital committees and as medical directors, but they also spend time with their families and have interesting hobbies. Each issue, Intercom tells their stories from “Inside the Doctors Lounge.” ———————————————————————————————

Meet Dr. Robert W. Silverio II OB/GYN. Father. Secretary of Staff. Snow skier. Growing up, Dr. Silverio enjoyed science, so

I will come to work on time, ready to focus on customers/patients and take responsibility for my performance.

medicine was a natural fit. “I like to solve

I will welcome patients and families to Lexington Medical Center or my department.

GYN because of the excitement and joy the

For example, “Welcome to [department]. I’m [name] and I will be your [title, e.g., nurse]. We plan to take very good care of you.”

Service Expectation brochures are available by

 completing a brochure request form on LexLoop.

problems and work with people, which we do every day as physicians.” He chose OB/ specialty brings. “Seeing your patients in the community with the children you delivered is very rewarding.” Dr. Silverio graduated from Georgia Tech in Atlanta with a degree in applied biology and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta,


Ga. He completed his OB/GYN residency at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Ga. In addition to his duties at Lexington Women’s Care, he serves as secretary of Lexington Medical Center’s Medical Staff and chair of the hospital’s Performance Improvement Committee. “I think service is an important part of belonging to

1. What is your favorite color? Blue 2. What is your favorite word? Dad 3. What sound or noise do you dislike? Pager alert at 3:00 a.m. 4. What item can’t you live without? iPhone 5. If you weren’t a physician, what would you be? “If I was 10 years younger, I’d be a ski instructor.”

Sunday • March 2 1:00-5:00 p.m.

any organization.”

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organization and its patients. “My favorite part is working with

2100 Bush River Road • Columbia, SC 29210

physicians from a wide variety of specialties who come together to

Supporting the hospital where he has worked for 13 years is vital to the

improve the hospital.” PARTICIPATE DISCOVER THE LATEST HEART HEALTH INFORMATION: IN FREE • Advanced technologies for • Stroke prevention ACTIVITIES: diagnostic, interventional & • Emergency Medical • Exercise sessions surgical procedures Services & 911 • Massage therapy • Mini-lectures from physicians • Relaxation training & clinicians • Citizen CPR lessons • Blood pressure screenings • Healthy food demonstrations & tastings


Outside LMC, Dr. Silverio is an avid skier who tries to hit the slopes whenever possible. He also enjoys reading and traveling with his family. He spends most of his free time with family: his wife of 15 years, Cynthia; daughter Julia, 11; son Rob, 8; and pet hamster, Chubs.


With Top Honors Readers of Lexington Life magazine have recognized Lexington Medical Center and its departments, physicians and practices as “Best in Lexington.” LMC consistently demonstrates its commitment to providing quality health services that meet the needs of the community. Congratulations to all the medical staff, employees, volunteers and chaplains!

Lexington Medical Center

LMC Extended Care

Best ER Best Hospital Best Oncology

Best Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center

We’ve Moved! Lexington OB/GYN has moved to Lexington Medical Park 2, Suite 420. The practice, which provides comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic services, also welcomed Michael L. Ervin, MD, in January.

146 North Hospital Drive Suite 420 West Columbia, SC 29169 (803) 936-7476

DR. Amy RAWL Epps

Lexington Women’s Care

Best Cardiologist


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Because patients are a priority at Lexington Medical Center, the hospital has created an Interdisciplinary Patient Education Committee. This 15-member committee works to ensure that patient education materials meet the needs of every individual and are delivered in a systematic, coordinated manner across the continuum of care.






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“The committee provides a forum to promote the development of patient education materials composed of evidence-based clinical information that can be understood by everyone,” said Carol Beckett, clinical educator in the Center for Best Practice. Distributed by hospital staff, patient education materials can be written, visual or audiovisual. Employees are encouraged to identify the need for new materials and forward those requests to the Center for Best Practice. The committee also revises booklets, binders and folders to ensure education materials are up-to-date and relevant.

Now Accepting Patients FEBRUARY 2014

For additional information about the Interdisciplinary Patient Education Committee, please contact the Center for Best Practice at 936-8106. INTERCOM 3

Volunteer Auxiliary Nursing Scholarships

The Lexington Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary is now accepting applications for nursing scholarships. The Medhurst/Norton/Telfer and Ann Bethea scholarships are for high school seniors who attend a Lexington County school and plan to earn a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree in nursing. The Auxiliary is also accepting applications for the Sandra Dodd Continuing Education and Cook/Price Mature Student scholarships. These recipients must reside in Lexington County. The deadline for completed applications is March 15, 2014. If you need more information on scholarship requirements or want an application, please contact Volunteer Services at 791-2573. Applications are also available on LexLoop.



Medhurst/Norton/ Telfer Scholarships ($2,000 each)

Ann Bethea Scholarships ($1,000 each)

Sandra Dodd Continuing Education Scholarships ($1,000 each)

Cook/Price Mature Student Scholarships ($1,000 each)

• High school senior residing in Lexington County • Acceptance to a four-year nursing program • Completed application • Two letters of recommendation • Essay • High school transcript including GPA, class rank and SAT or ACT scores

• High school senior residing in Lexington County • Acceptance to a two-year nursing program • Completed application • Two letters of recommendation • Essay • High school transcript including GPA, class rank and SAT or ACT scores

• College student with sophomore or higher standing • Priority to previous recipient of a scholarship from LMC Volunteer Auxiliary • Full acceptance into a four-year nursing program • Letter of endorsement from the dean of the nursing program • College transcript with GPA • Completed application • Expected date of graduation • Essay

• Acceptance to a two-year or four-year nursing program • Completed application • Two letters of recommendation • Transcript of prior academic work with GPA (if available) • Expected date of graduation • Essay • Preference given to employees of LMC

Don’t forget to take advantage of your free health screening during your birthday month! Screenings include lipid (cholesterol) profile, fasting blood sugar, complete blood cell count and thyroid stimulating hormone. Schedule your appointment by visiting or call 936-7126. 4 INTERCOM

REMEMBER! Go to Employee Health for your complete screening. For lab-only screenings, report to Outpatient Lab. FEBRUARY 2014

Digital Gold Partner for the Future Lexington Medical Center is currently accepting applications for the Partners Program. The summer career awareness program began in 1990 and provides rising juniors and seniors in Lexington County with career experience by introducing them to the rigors and rewards associated with a career in the health care industry. Partners participate in clinical rotations and instructional time and are exposed to daily hospital operations. They have the chance to see three different clinical areas during their session. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by February 15, 2014. To be eligible, applicants must be a rising junior or senior at a Lexington County high school or home school. Applications are located in Human Resources or Lexington County high school guidance departments. You can also download the application at

Partners Program 2014 Mandatory Orientation: June 6 Session A: June 9–June 27 Session B: July 7–July 25

Lexington Medical Center’s Marketing department received two top honors from eHealthcare Strategy & Trends, a leading Internet publication. The eHealthcare Leadership Awards were presented at the 17th annual Healthcare Internet Conference in Orlando, Fla., on November 6, 2013 during a special presentation by Mark Gothberg, editor of eHealthcare Strategy & Trends. These awards exclusively recognize the best websites and digital communications of health care organizations, online health companies, pharmaceutical/medical equipment firms, suppliers and business improvement initiatives. In addition, they highlight the Internet’s role in achieving an organization’s business objectives and recognize the hard work that goes into creating outstanding health websites and digital initiatives.

Personalized Defaults The Problem List in the LMConnect Physician Network EHR displays medical diagnoses added to the patient’s electronic record. Last month, we reviewed the ability to document specific problem details via icon. the One Click Edit

Monday / Wednesday / Friday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Tuesday / Thursday 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

From the Add Clinical Item (ACI) screen, right-click a problem and select Edit


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EHR Tip: Problem Details Part II

This month, we will review how to set personalized defaults for problem details. Defaults are user-specific and help to reduce your “clicks.” Once set, these defaults will apply to the problem when added to any patient’s chart.

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Problem Details. Users can choose to categorize the problem as Chronic, Acute or Health Maintenance. Also, users may enable Auto Resolve, which automatically moves the problem from the patient’s Active Problem List to Past Medical History once the set timeframe has passed. Team Green covers this functionality as well as other optimizations during training and implementation. If you would like more information, please log a HEAT ticket via LexLoop and Team Green will be happy to assist you.


Practice Profiles

76 Polo Road Columbia, SC 29223 (803) 699-7255

146 North Hospital Drive, Suite 550 West Columbia, SC 29169 (803) 936-7410

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Jeremy R. Crisp, MD, to its network of care.

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Fernando X. Castro, MD, to its network of care.

Dr. Crisp joins the four boardcertified physicians at Lexington Family Practice Northeast to provide continuous comprehensive care for patients and their families.

A board-certified rheumatologist and internist, Dr. Castro earned his medical degree from Universidad Central del Ecuador in Quito and completed his residency at the University of Missouri and Harry Truman VA hospitals in Columbia, Mo., where he also completed a rheumatology and immunology fellowship. Most recently, Dr. Castro served as a rheumatologist in Wilson, N.C., where he provided advanced therapy in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatic diseases and osteoporosis. He is also a certified clinical densitometrist.

Most recently, Dr. Crisp was a physician and clinical director at a rural health clinic in Winnsboro, S.C., providing comprehensive family care, chronic A graduate of Erskine College in disease management, newborn Due West, S.C., Dr. Crisp earned his and pediatric care, outpatient gynecology, inpatient care and medical degree from the Medical in-office procedures. In addition, University of South Carolina in he served as vice chief of staff Charleston. He then completed at Fairfield Memorial Hospital in his family medicine internship and residency at the University of South Winnsboro and taught medical students and family medicine Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, where he also served as residents as an assistant professor of Clinical Family and Preventive chief resident. Medicine at the USC School of Medicine during this time.

Dr. Castro joins Bryan Wolf, MD, Janie “Kaki” Bruce, MD, and Bruce Goeckeritz, MD, at Lexington Rheumatology. Dedicated to diagnosing and treating diseases of the joints and soft tissues, the practice offers a variety of convenient in-house services, such as X-ray, on-site bone density scans and infusion treatments for rheumatic and inflammatory disorders.

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Robert Leonardi, MD, to its network of care. He joins the 10 board-certified cardiologists at Lexington Cardiology to deliver the highest quality care in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Columbia 2601 Laurel Street Suite 260 (803) 744-4900

West Columbia 131 Sunset Court (803) 744-4940 6 INTERCOM

“TAVR is the single most important advancement in interventional cardiology since coronary angioplasty,” Dr. Leonardi said.

Dr. Leonardi earned his medical degree from the Dr. Leonardi is also trained in transradial Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. and transfemoral coronary angiography He then completed an internal medicine residency and intervention, peripheral angiography at Duke University in Durham, N.C. and intervention, and percutaneous balloon aortic valvuloplasty. Additional skills include Culminating his education with a cardiology percutaneous atrial septal defect/patent fellowship at MUSC as well as interventional cardiology and structural interventional cardiology foramen ovale closure, alcohol septal ablation for obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy fellowships at Emory University in Atlanta, and nuclear cardiology. He is board certified in Dr. Leonardi’s procedural skill set includes internal medicine, interventional cardiology and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). cardiovascular medicine. He has a superior level of training to perform TAVR. With the addition of Dr. Leonardi, the hospital will use a collaborative cardiac care team approach to offer TAVR to its heart patients in the upcoming months.

Before joining Lexington Cardiology, Dr. Leonardi served as a South Carolina Fellows-in-Training representative for the American College of Cardiology. FEBRUARY 2014

FOUNDATION FOCUS Gifts from the Lexington Medical Center family and the community make it possible for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation to support our mission — providing quality health services that meet the needs of our community.

Mark Your Calendars! Women of Hope recently sponsored two families at Lexington Medical Center for Christmas.

Women of Hope Women of Hope brings women together to affect the health of the community through special events and networking. The group plans to continue their philanthropic efforts in 2014 with a food drive to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank. From February 17 to February 23, donation boxes will be located at the entrances of the hospital’s main campus, LMC Lexington, LMC Irmo and Health Directions. Help Women of Hope provide for hungry families in the Midlands. You can also support Women of Hope by becoming a member. Memberships start at $100 and include great opportunities to meet local women who make the community a better place. If you would like to join, email or call 791-2540.

The garden at LMC Extended Care.

Help Keep Our Gardens Green The healing gardens at Lexington Medical Center Extended Care and Lexington Oncology offer tranquil places for families to enjoy. Maintained throughout the year by the generosity of donors, the vibrant plants in the gardens can symbolize hope during an illness. Please feel free to enjoy these gardens and consider making a gift to share this beauty with others in the community.

Stay in Touch For regular updates and fun ways to get involved with the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, “Like” us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @FoundationLMC! @FoundationLMC

March 14, 2014

Universal Employee Fund 2014

For more information, visit


For more information about these events and all Foundation news, visit the Foundation’s Facebook page at Be sure to “Like” the page to stay up-to-date on all LMC Foundation events!




in the SPOTLIGHT Awards, Honors & What’s Happening with LMC Employees LMCEC Employee of the Month

Employee Changes/ Additions Congratulations to Tammy Grubbs on her promotion to director of Physician Network Applications. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Lexington ENT & Allergy would like to welcome Dana Jensen, medical office technician. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Congratulations to Barbara Velazquez on her selection as Employee of the Month. Barbara has been employed in Housekeeping at Lexington Medical Center Extended Care for two years. She spends most of her time at the Ivy Road unit, where she has become a valuable member of the team. In her free time, Barbara enjoys helping others at church and going to the movies with her husband and children.

Physician Network Administration would like to welcome administrative assistants Chandler Skelly and Hollie Tucker.

Retirement Congratulations to Willie Mae Bettis in Perioperative Services on her retirement after 35 years. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Congratulations to Melody Heffline, RN, MSN, APRN, ACNP, at Southern Surgical Group on her retirement after 36 years of service.

Recognition Congratulations to Janie C. “Kaki” Bruce, MD, at Lexington Rheumatology on passing her rheumatology boards. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Congratulations to Jessica Riley, nuclear cardiology supervisor, on completing her master’s degree with honors in organizational management and specialization in health care administration. The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission also chose Riley to participate in its forum, Exploring the Value and Direction of IAC Accreditation, last year.

Oh Baby! Congratulations to Lula Encarnacion, RN for 6th Medical, and her husband on the birth of their baby boy on January 9.

Wedding Bells Best wishes to Lashaun Weston at Spring Valley Family Practice on her marriage to Chris Lindsey.

In Memoriam 

Lexington Medical Center extends its condolences to the friends and family of Joseph M. Cavanagh Jr., MD. Dr. Cavanagh grew up in Las Vegas, but moved to S.C. in the late 1970s. He earned a degree in sports medicine and his medical degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where he also completed his internal medicine residency. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Cavanagh provided quality and compassionate care for the patients at Peterson & Plante Internal Medicine Associates for more than 20 years. Donations in his memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders, The Oliver Gospel Mission and Boy Scouts of America. 8 INTERCOM


Intercom: February 2014  

A publication for the employees & volunteers of the Lexington County Health Services District.

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