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Lexington Medical Center Affiliates with Duke Medicine for Cancer Care
Posted by: Jennifer Wilson, Public Relations Manager | May 10, 2012
West Columbia, S.C. – Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce that it is affiliating with Duke Medicine to provide a state-of-the-art level of cancer care to patients in our community. This collaboration with Duke will allow Lexington Medical Center patients to have access to Duke’s excellence in cancer patient care, clinical research and education. Lexington Medical Center’s comprehensive cancer services will be a premiere program within the Midlands.
“Lexington Medical Center’s affiliation with the Duke Oncology Network will allow patients to receive the best cancer care available, including access to important clinical trials, right here in our community,” said Mike Biediger, President & CEO of Lexington Medical Center.
Through this affiliation, the Duke Oncology Network will work on a consulting basis to provide Lexington Medical Center physicians with mentors at Duke and enhance policies and procedures. Importantly, the oncology affiliation with Duke will allow Lexington Medical Center to increase patient access to cutting edge clinical trials, exposing people in the Midlands to a wide range of the most promising cancer treatments currently available in the nation. Duke will also offer Lexington Medical Center guidance in areas including oncology clinical practice, program development and continuing medical education.
“Our cancer patients can feel confident knowing their care is guided not only by the excellent, multi-disciplinary oncology team at Lexington Medical Center, but also by the expertise of Duke’s quality program,” said Dr. Steve Madden, oncologist at Lexington Oncology Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.
The Duke Cancer Institute is consistently ranked among the top centers in the nation for cancer services and is one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. The Duke Cancer Institute serves more than 6,000 new cancer patients each year, from every state in the nation.
“Lexington Medical Center has a comprehensive community oncology program with the expertise to care for many types of cancer,” said Dr. Myron Barwick, surgeon at Lexington Surgical Associates and chairman of Lexington Medical Center’s Cancer Committee. “Our affiliation with Duke will open greater access for our patients to cutting edge cancer clinical trials that have the potential to save lives.”
Lexington Medical Center diagnoses and treats approximately 1,000 new cancer patients each year and has just completed an extensive renovation of its oncology facilities.
Lexington Oncology Associates, a physician practice that’s part of Lexington Medical Center, is now a 26,000 square foot office with 24 exam rooms, a central lab, Healing Garden, Research Suite for on-site clinical trials and a Resource Room with reference books and patient education materials. In addition, Lexington Oncology Associates is now home to a newly redesigned infusion center for chemotherapy patients, providing a brighter and more spacious atmosphere for them and families treatment. In addition, the hospital has completed an 18 month renovation of its Oncology floor, resulting in larger patient rooms with additional features and a comfortable environment for families.
"We are very excited to be working with Lexington Medical Center in its quest to provide the best care for cancer patients in the region. The leadership of LMC and its cancer program are dedicated to identifying and implementing best practices in Oncology care. That commitment to change, as the best methods in Oncology evolve, is a hallmark of leading edge care and the Duke Oncology Network is proud to be part of that effort." said Dr. Linda Sutton, Medical Director of the Duke Oncology Network.
Lexington Medical Center’s cancer programs are accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). The Women’s Imaging facility is a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence through the American College of Radiology.
It’s not the first time that Duke and Lexington Medical Center have come together to deliver expert care. The hospital is building on a relationship it established with Duke in 2011 when Lexington Medical Center affiliated with Duke Medicine for cardiovascular care. Duke Medicine is home to one of the top ten heart centers in the nation, according to U.S.News and World Report. Duke has assisted Lexington Medical Center with development of its cardiac care program, which includes open heart surgery.
Lexington Medical Center, in West Columbia, S.C., anchors a county-wide health care network that includes six community medical centers throughout Lexington County and employs a staff of 5,200 health care professionals. The network also includes the largest extended care facility in the Carolinas, two occupational health centers and more than 40 physician practices. At its heart is the 414-bed state-of-the-art Lexington Medical Center, with a reputation for the highest quality care. Lexington Medical Center won "Best Hospital" by readers of The State for ten years in a row, "Best Hospital" by readers of the Free Times, "Best Place to Have a Baby" by readers of Palmetto Parent, the "Consumer Choice Award" from the National Research Corporation and the prestigious "Summit Award" from Press Ganey.