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Lexington Medical Center receives national recognition

Staff Report //November 12, 2020//

Lexington Medical Center receives national recognition

Staff Report //November 12, 2020//

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Lexington Medical Center is one of 30 health care organizations the U.S. to receive HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence recognition from the American College of Cardiology.

The distinction is the highest honor awarded by the ACC, according to a news release from Lexington Medical Center. It recognizes hospitals for commitment to comprehensive, high-quality culture and cardiovascular care through accreditations and ongoing registry reporting.

LMC is the only S.C. hospital with the accreditation, according to the release.

“Since Lexington Medical Center began its comprehensive cardiovascular care program in 2012, we have strived to provide the best possible heart care to our families, friends and neighbors,” Tod Augsburger, president and CEO of Lexington Medical Center, said in the release. “This prestigious honor reflects our commitment to meeting our hospital’s mission of providing quality health services that meet the needs of our community.”

In July, Lexington Medical Center became the first hospital in the state and the second in the country with an accredited ACC cardiac cath lab. In September, Lexington Medical Center became the ACC’s first certified transcatheter valve program in South Carolina and one of 14 nationally.

In 2014, the hospital received the ACC’s chest pain center accreditation for providing efficient and effective care for acute coronary syndrome patients. 

“We are proud of our heart program for being nationally recognized by this honor and for being the first in the state as a designated HeartCARE center,” Dr. Robert M. Malanuk, medical director of Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center, said. “This recognition reflects a tremendous effort put forward by a team of doctors, advanced practice providers, nurses and support staff who have a passion for quality and service.”