Phone Numbers

Main Campus Front Desk
(803) 791-2000
Public Relations & Marketing
(803) 791-2191
Patient Admissions
(803) 791-2570
Patient Billing (Hospital)
(803) 791-2300
(877) 835-0975

Process of Care Measures

Stroke Care Quality Initiatives

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the nation and the leading cause of disability. Recognizing the signs of stroke and calling 911 are the first steps to improving patient outcomes. Our Acute Stroke Team in the Emergency Department rapidly identifies potential stroke patients eligible for thrombolytics (a clot-busting drug that reduces disability) and facilitates timely treatment. Research shows only a small percentage of stroke patients arrive in time for thrombolytics. Treatment within 60 minutes can reduce disability.

Best practice guidelines recommend specific medications to reduce death due to stroke, recurrence and risk of stroke, disability, complications, coronary artery disease and improve outcomes. As a Primary Stroke Center, Lexington Medical Center (LMC) utilizes specialized orders and protocols to improve patient care. In 2014, LMC received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus, and Target Stroke Honor Roll awards. These prestigious awards recognize commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients.

2013 Get with the guidelines.

DNV Certified Primary Stroke Center

Medications During Hospitalization

Medications Upon Discharge

Community-Acquired Pneumonia

The current North American antibiotic guidelines for Community-Acquired Pneumonia identify Streptococcus pneumoniae as the most common cause of pneumonia. The guidelines provide a consensus on the most appropriate antibiotic regimens and are reflected in the process of care measures. These measures show the percentage of hospital patients who receive treatments known to get the best results within the appropriate time.

Lexington Medical Center (LMC) has an interdisciplinary team, including pharmacy, physicians, nursing, and laboratory, that ensures the right antibiotic and care are provided. Our electronic health record supports standardized best practice care by utilizing order sets that include the recommended guidelines for treatment.

Community-Acquired Pneumonia
Through 4Q 2014

Improving Access to Patient Care

Lexington Medical Center is committed to improving access to patient care. By rapid evaluation by a medical provider, care related to a patient’s condition can be provided sooner. Rapid identification and diagnostic testing of patients with chest pain symptoms has been shown to benefit the outcome and quality of life of the patient.

Percentage of patients with Chest Pain who received an ECG within 10 minutes of arrival

Median Time from Emergency Department Arrival to Evaluation by Qualified Medical Personnel

Surgical Care Quality Initiatives

The Surgical Care Improvement Project reviews several different measures to ensure that surgical patients receive quality care while at Lexington Medical Center. These measures are the result of evidence-based research in order to improve surgical care and reduce surgical complications.

Research has shown that when antibiotics are given to surgical patients within the hour before surgery, there is a lower incidence of postoperative infections. Depending on the surgery type, specific antibiotics are acceptable in order to ensure a safe and cost-effective result in reducing infections. Studies have shown that continuing antibiotics beyond 24 hours (48 hours for cardiac surgeries) offer no benefit to the surgical patient.

Beta blockers are a type of medications that primarily treat certain heart conditions and hypertension. It is important that patients who take beta blockers prior to hospitalization remain on beta blockers 24 hours before surgery throughout the recovery period.

Lexington Medical Center works as a team to ensure that all surgical patients (inpatient and outpatient) receive quality care in order to reduce surgical complications.

Lexington Medical Centers
Outpatient Surgery Quality Measures:
Giving the Optimal Antibiotic at the Optimal Time