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 fifth 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 of identification of stroke symptoms can reduce disability.

As a Primary Stroke Center, Lexington Medical Center (LMC) utilizes evidenced based orders and protocols to improve patient outcomes. Best practice guidelines recommend specific medications to reduce risk for, or recurrence of stroke; as well as to reduce disability, complications, and/or death related to stroke. Blood clots that flow to the brain from the heart or arteries are often the source of a stoke. Blood clots can develop inside the blood vessels of people with cardiovascular disease (blockages in the arteries). Blood clots are also likely to form inside the heart of individuals with a common irregular heart rhythm, Atrial fibrillation (AFib). Both of these conditions significantly increases risk of stroke. Effective strategies to reduce complications of stroke and prevent recurrence of stroke are prescribing medications to prevent blood clot formation. Antithrombotics (prevents clot formation) and anticoagulants (blood thinners) may be prescribed to prevent blood clots. Cholesterol medications may also be prescribed as an effective secondary prevention for patients who have had an ischemic stroke. Smoking is another strong risk factor for stroke. Lexington Medical Center has a free smoking cessation program and participation is highly encouraged.

In 2018, through collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines© program (GWTG), LMC achieved the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association GWTG Gold Plus Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award. This award reflects LMC’s dedication to providing quality stroke care.

2018 Get with the guidelines.

DNV Certified Primary Stroke Center

Medications for Blood Clots
(Higher Percentage is Better)

Quintiles/American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines ©

Prevention at Discharge
(Higher Percentage is Better)

Quintiles/American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines ©

Hospital Acquired Potentially-Preventable Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

Preventable VTE is defined as a diagnosed deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary emboli (PE) which occurred in a setting in which prophylactic treatment that could have potentially prevented it from occurring was not contraindicated. DVT occurs in the arms or legs while PE is a blood clot in the lung.

This measure assesses the number of patients diagnosed with confirmed VTE during hospitalization (not present on admission) who did not receive VTE prevention between hospital admission and the day before the VTE diagnostic testing order date. This information is publicly reported on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website.

Lexington Medical Center patients are assessed on admission and post-operatively. Physician Order sets include VTE preventive measures.

VTE-6 Hospital Acquired
Potentially-Preventable Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
(Lower % is Better)