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A growing area requires progressive health care. In the Lexington County area, you’ll find a broad range of physicians and services, as well as two impressive medical centers.

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Lexington Medical Center

Lexington Medical Center, voted Best Hospital by readers of The State newspaper for 12 years, is a 414-bed modern medical complex that anchors a countywide network of health care services and employs 6,000 people. Its network of care includes six community medical centers, the largest extended care facility in the Carolinas, an occupational health center, and more than 60 affiliated physician practices. Lexington Medical Center is affiliated with Duke for cardiovascular care and cancer services.

LMC operates the second busiest emergency department in South Carolina, treating more than 100,000 patients each year. There are 30 state-of-the-art operating rooms and suites at the main hospital in West Columbia and in outpatient surgery facilities around Lexington County.

A full range of cardiovascular services are offered, including open heart surgery, nationally recognized cardiac rehabilitation, and two busy cardiac catheterization labs.

LMC also has comprehensive cancer services with clinicians who specialize in treating nearly all forms of cancer. Cancer care includes state-of-the-art equipment, an infusion center designed to be comfortable for patients and family members, an onsite pharmacy, and an onsite laboratory for same-day test results. Genetic counseling, a cancer resource room, meditation garden, art therapy program, and music therapy are available as well. LMC’s affiliation with the Duke Cancer Network allows patients to have access to clinical trials and the best possible treatment close to home.

With attention to comprehensive care for women in all stages of life, LMC was the first hospital in the area with certified nurse midwives. The hospital also is home to the Southeast’s first-of-its-kind doula program. Doulas are birth coaches who help women during labor and delivery. They are a free service for any woman having a baby at Lexington Medical Center.

The hospital operates four women’s imaging centers and a mobile mammography van with system-wide digital mammography. Lexington Medical Center’s breast program is accredited by the American College of Radiology and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

LMC also operates Carroll Campbell Place, a 36-bed facility exclusively for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

The South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center, an LMC physician practice, has performed more than 4,000 weight loss surgeries. It is the first Center of Excellence in South Carolina for bariatric surgery.

Lexington Medical Center has received numerous honors, including the prestigious Summit Award from Press Ganey for outstanding patient satisfaction. For 11 years, LMC has received the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation.

Palmetto Health

Palmetto Health is the largest health care system in the Midlands and third-largest non-governmental employer in South Carolina. It’s composed of more than 10,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s vision: to be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion people want for their families and themselves.

The system includes four acute-care hospitals—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, and Palmetto Health Richland. It also includes an expansive physician practice network, dozens of affiliated clinics, specialty care practices, and a 501(c) (3) foundation. Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, the region’s newest hospital, is scheduled to open in spring 2014. It’s located in northwest Columbia.

Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, Palmetto Health also trains the next generation of physicians through its 23 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.