Lexington Medical Center Connections Archive
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The battle with cancer starts at home, and it takes its toll on
everyone. It’s not a disease that affects only one person, it infiltrates
the seams of family, the routines of daily life, and you can feel its
effects throughout the community.
A few months ago, Joel “Rusty” Byrd thought he was getting an
upper respiratory infection so he went to the doctor. His doctors noticed
something unusual, gave him a CT scan and diagnosed him with stage two
squamous cell carcinoma. This would be Byrd’s second battle with cancer. 3/7/2019
Davidson County Senior
Services, Hospice of Davidson County, The Life Center of Davidson County and
Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center are launching an 11 month
long Caregiver Academy to provide education and support to Davidson County caregivers.
Beginning February 19 and running through December 17, 11 free sessions will be
hosted at Lexington Medical Center’s Live Well Center from 1-2:30 p.m.
Community experts will coach participants on a variety of topics geared to
address the most common issues that caregivers face.
Surprisingly, on the holiday devoted to love, our hearts tend to
be forgotten. Our stomachs are filled with candies and steak, our spirits are
lifted with cards and flowers, but our hearts are left aching for some
“Valentine’s is a special day that
many people like to indulge-whether it be food, alcohol or a box of chocolates,”
said Katie Twomley, M.D., cardiologist at Wake Forest Baptist Health
Lexington Medical Center. “But while were thinking about love, you should also
keep in mind heart health.” 1/31/2019
New Year’s resolutions
geared toward weight loss or healthy living can often fall by the wayside
before January runs out because they are overwhelming or unachievable. But when
approached in small steps, they can result in success.
“A common resolution is
to start eating healthier. Some people may start by completely eliminating all
non-nutritious food from their diet or only filling their pantries with healthy
food, but it’s better to start small so your goal is sustainable,” said Faiza
Rais-Reynolds, M.D. at Wake Forest Health Network Family Medicine – North Davidson. 12/27/2018
Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center is the first hospital in Davidson County to provide around-the-clock monitoring of its ICU patients by board-certified intensivist physicians, or doctors specially trained in critical care.
Through a partnership with Advanced ICU Care — a provider of tele-ICU services — patient rooms in the ICU are equipped with two-way video, enabling consultation and constant monitoring between the bedside and the team of clinicians, nurses and respiratory therapists, who are located in centralized operations centers. 11/29/2018
the month of celebration and holiday cheer; a time when loads of sweets and
dancing sugar plums appear. As wonderful as it sounds, this time of year, our
health on a sugar high is something from which you should steer clear.
According to research from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes
more than 150 pounds of sugar a year; this includes added or refined sugars
like high fructose corn syrup, glucose and other sweeteners.
With flu season
around the corner, you may be wondering about the best way to stay safe,
healthy and flu-free. The answer may be simpler than you think – the flu
shot! Dr. Steven Spivey, one of our family medicine physicians at
Lexington Medical Center, shared why getting the vaccine is so important, who
is at risk and other preventative steps for warding off influenza.
“The flu is a
seasonal viral respiratory illness that is one of the most potent infections in
the very young and elderly, but can affect anyone,” explained Dr. Spivey. “It
can be life-threatening and is unfortunately responsible for hospitalizations
and deaths every year.” 10/31/2018
Ghouls and goblins aren’t the only dangers to children this Halloween. Costumes and accessories can also be hazardous to young revelers.
Whether bought at the store or made at home, Halloween costumes can pose hidden threats to children. For instance, simple face masks can limit or block eyesight; non-toxic makeup can be a safer alternative, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. 10/1/2018
The Wound Care Center (WCC) at Wake Forest Baptist Health ─ Lexington
Medical Center is a hospital-based clinic that treats chronic and non-healing
wounds— such as diabetic foot ulcers.
Once a patient
walks through the doors, the staff evaluates their current situation and
creates a treatment plan. These treatments can help protect against serious
health risks that include amputations, life-threatening infections and
worsening health problems. 9/4/2018
Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition (NCBC) has awarded Wake Forest Baptist Health ─
Lexington Medical Center the Golden Bow Award in recognition of outstanding efforts
to support breastfeeding.
The North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition, who
brings together families, health care providers and breastfeeding advocates to
support and protect breast feeding in the state of North Carolina developed the
Golden Bow Award in 2007 to honor hospitals that have implemented policies to promote
breastfeeding. Specifically, hospitals who are given this award do not
distribute formula companies’ discharge bags. 8/1/2018
On June 13, community members,
executives, physicians and medical center staff gathered for a groundbreaking
ceremony for our new surgical facility here at Lexington Medical Center.
The new 26,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art surgical facility
will include four fully digital operating rooms that can accommodate various
types of procedures and specialties. 7/3/2018
We are pleased to announce that Ken Hall has received the
Kenneth M. Petersen MD Memorial Award for his commitment to our hospital and
community. Ken Hall, Director of Support Services, has served for 43 years
at Wake Forest Baptist Health.
The award was created by the Lexington Medical Center (LMC) Medical
Staff in 2010 in memory of Dr. Petersen, a longtime general surgeon at LMC, to
honor a staff member each year that embodies a strong work ethic and excels in
punctuality, dedication to one’s job, respect from peers, years of service and
volunteer community services. Annually, LMC Managers are asked to nominate
deserving employees for the award. The Medical Executive Committee reviews the
nominations and selects the winner. 6/5/2018
stroke awareness month – the perfect time to learn how you can best protect
yourself from this common, but preventable disease.
to Wake Forest Baptist
Health–Lexington Medical Center stroke director, Amy Guzik,
M.D., being aware of your personal risk factors for stroke can be lifesaving. 5/25/2018
Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center’s Outpatient Imaging Center
has expanded access to 3-D Mammography by recently purchasing a new GE Pristina
“This revolutionary technology reveals greater detail, which may
help us detect cancer sooner,” said Thomas Santoro, M.D., radiologist and
breast imaging specialist at Wake Forest Baptist. “Health care consumers in the
Davidson County area have asked for this technology, and we believe it’s an
important addition to Lexington Medical Center so that women and men across the
region have close-to-home access to this type of imaging.” 5/22/2018
Lexington Medical Center’s Wound Care Center has won
national recognition for the fifth consecutive year.
Healogics, Inc., which manages 700 wound care centers, named
our Wound Care Center as both a Center of Distinction and a winner of the Robert
A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence honor. Only wound care centers that
have been a Center of Distinction for at least two years are eligible to be
chosen as a Center of Excellence. 5/1/2018
May is stroke awareness month – the perfect time to learn
how you can best protect yourself from this common, but preventable disease.
Dr. Amy Guzik, stroke director at Lexington Medical Center,
said that being aware of your personal risk factors for stroke can be
Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center today announced plans to build
a new surgery center to replace its current operating rooms.
The $31.5 million project will be jointly funded by Wake
Forest Baptist Medical Center and local philanthropy. 4/3/2018
March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, which spotlights
a form of cancer often caught early by screening.
Dr. William “Grif” Blackard of Digestive Services –
Lexington calls colonoscopies “the gold standard for early detection of colon
We are all looking for ways to be healthier in the New Year. If you have diabetes, it can be especially challenging to navigate the path to a healthier “you.” Through our Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program, Lexington Medical Center is pleased to offer individuals struggling with diabetes a resource to better understand and manage their disease.
“[The DSME program] is a proactive way to take charge of your diabetes,” says Donna Leonard, BSN, RN, a Diabetes Educator and DSME Program coordinator at Lexington Medical Center. “The more you know about the disease, the better you can take care of yourself and your body.” The program, recognized by the American Diabetes Association, is designed to teach participants the basics of diabetes and how best to approach nutrition, physical activity, medications and disease monitoring at home. Leonard, who has with more than 30 years of nursing experience, teaches the three-hour class each Wednesday, alongside two of Lexington Medical Center’s registered dietitian/nutritionists, Denise Robinson, RDN, and Caroline Hodges, MS, RDN. Classes are held in small groups, with the option of one-on-one consultations for patients with learning disabilities or language barriers 1/2/2018
While feelings of dizziness or imbalance can interfere with
daily life, they don’t have to be permanent. Lexington Medical Center
Outpatient Rehabilitation Services offers comprehensive vestibular therapy that
can quickly restore function for individuals who struggle with vertigo,
vestibular system and balance disorders.
Jennifer Roberts, PT, DPT, a vestibular rehabilitation
physical therapist at Lexington Medical Center, said that most patients with a
vestibular or imbalance disorder have symptoms including visual disturbances,
headache, nausea, vomiting, difficulty walking and overall fatigue. These
problems, which may be caused by a vestibular or neurological disorder, can
seriously impact everyday activities. 12/5/2017
With flu season around the corner, you may be wondering about
the best way to stay safe, healthy and flu-free. The answer may be simpler than
you think – the flu shot! Dr. Steven
Spivey, one of our family medicine physicians at Lexington Medical Center,
shared why getting the vaccine is so important, who is at risk and other preventative
steps for warding off influenza.
“The flu is a seasonal viral respiratory illness that is one
of the most potent infections in the very young and elderly, but can affect
anyone,” explained Dr. Spivey. “It can be life-threatening and is unfortunately
responsible for hospitalizations and deaths every year.” 10/30/2017
Lexington Medical Center now offers specialized bone health and
fracture prevention care through our Fracture Liaison Services program. This multidisciplinary
program is designed to help patients who have had a recent fracture reduce the
risk of additional breaks and improve bone quality – an issue with which many
older adults struggle.
provides individualized treatment for patients, usually age 50 or older, who
have suffered a fragility fracture, a low or no trauma fracture that occurs most
often in the wrist, hip or spine. We also treat patients who have osteoporosis,
a disease that causes bones to be brittle and break easily. 9/28/2017
I’m pleased to announce that Jill Ohar, MD, a longstanding
pulmonologist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, is the new medical director
for respiratory care, pulmonary function lab and pulmonary rehab in Lexington.
Dr. Ohar has been with the Medical Center since 2002 and currently serves as
professor of pulmonary, critical care, allergy,
and immunologic medicine.
In her new role,
Dr. Ohar manages pulmonary laboratory processes and ensures that our hospital delivers
services and follows protocol that align with national standards outlined by the
American Thoracic Society. Specifically, she oversees the reading and
interpretation of all pulmonary function tests. She also works to update
equipment in the pulmonary lab, so that reporting systems interface with EPIC. 9/20/2017
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Katherine Ansley, hematology
and medical oncology, and Dr. Nevine Hanna, radiation oncology, to our Cancer
Center-Lexington. They each bring unique cancer expertise to our hospital and
will work together to provide patients comprehensive cancer care, including
dual-treatment for chemotherapy and radiation services.
Dr. Ansley treats a wide spectrum of hematologic diseases,
including anemia, solid tumors of the lung, breast, colon and prostate, and
hematologic malignancies like leukemia and lymphoma. She has specialized
interest in breast and lung cancer and also conducts research studying changes
in tumor-specific DNA before and after Gamma Knife radiosurgery in patients
with brain metastases. 9/13/2017
It’s no surprise that Kristin Miller, labor and
delivery nurse at Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center, was
chosen for the DAISY Award. She is definitely not a stranger to the world of
nursing. Miller is a third generation nurse following her grandmother and her mother,
who also served as a nurse at Lexington Medical Center from 1981-2004.
DAISY Award was created in 1999 in memory of J. Patrick Barnes after his fight
from an autoimmune disorder called idiopathic thrombocytopenic pupura came to
an end. Soon after he passed away, Barnes’ wife and
parents created a foundation in his memory. They determined the main purpose of
their organization would be to honor nurses like Kristin Miller and the ones
who cared for their son Barnes. They titled the award DAISY, which stands for
“diseases attacking the immune system.” 9/6/2017
We are pleased to announce a
new ‘Meds to Beds’ bedside medication delivery program for our patients as part
of the Discharge Pharmacy Services program. Medications will be hand-delivered
to patients during hospital discharge, and one-on-one counseling and education will
The service rolled out this
month on a limited basis and is available to all interested patients at no
additional cost or delivery fee (beyond the price of medications) over the next
few weeks. 8/29/2017
If you’re a current or former
heavy smoker, low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung screening may be for you. This
simple scan offered at our hospital can detect lung cancer in its earliest
stages when it is most treatable.
John Brown, BS, RT, (R), (ARRT), our manager of
radiology at Lexington Medical Center, said that the exam uses a low-dose,
non-contrasted helical CT to scan the chest in just seconds, providing detailed
images of the lung fields. Unlike a traditional chest x-ray, the technology can
detect tumors and abnormalities smaller than one centimeter. No contrast, dyes
or needles are involved, and the entire exam takes just fifteen minutes, with a
portion of the time dedicated to smoking cessation education. 8/23/2017
you spot some new furry faces at Lexington Medical Center on Monday? Meet
Brenn, Belle, and Beau.
At Brenner Children’s Hospital Pediatrics in
Lexington, we want people to
know how passionate we are about the work we do with our patients, their
families, and the community—which is why we’ve adopted three friendly fur balls
into the Brenner family.
Back to school season means that sports-related activities
for children and teenagers will be starting soon. Michael Odom, PT, DPT, one of
our physical therapists in Lexington, shared conditioning tips that parents,
coaches and young athletes can follow to make the transition from summer break
to school and recreational sports safe and injury free.
“Many kids jump right back into sports after taking time off
during the summer, which can lead to injury,” said Michael. “With the right
training and conditioning, most of these injuries are avoidable.” 8/9/2017
Parents want the best for their kids, from the best care and support to the best toys they play with. However, finding toys that are both safe and fun can be a challenge. From a safety standpoint, it’s important to pick a toy that’s appropriate for your child’s age. Dr. Heather Firebaugh of Brenner Children’s Hospital Pediatrics – Lexington shares that “toys can be a great way to both enhance a child's development and strengthen the bond between a child and their caregiver, and it is important to ensure that the toy is safe for that particular child based on their age and development.” The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission sets standards for toy manufacturers to appropriately label toys that could be a hazard. To better help navigate toy shopping and selection, Brenner Children’s Hospital Pediatrics – Lexington shares some tips to ensure that the toys your children play with are the safest ones for their age:
Congratulations to our Brenner Children’s Hospital
Pediatrics clinic in Lexington, which recently received several awards
highlighting successes in patient care, research and education.
In April, the practice was recognized by the Davidson County
Health Department for reducing Medicaid patients’ non-emergent visits to the
emergency room. Over a 90- day period, there was not a single patient from the
practice who had three or more emergency department visits. This is quite an
Wednesday, our hospital proudly participated in Camp Med, a hands-on summer
learning program for high school students interested in health care careers.
Twelve students from Thomasville City Schools and Lexington High School took
part in the three-day program, spending one full day at Lexington Medical
Camp Med is offered each year through a partnership between the two city school
districts and Davidson County Community College and funded through a Northwest
Area Health Education grant.
I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Nevine Hanna has joined our
staff as the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology. She is directing the
Radiation Oncology Department of our Cancer Center of Lexington and treating
patients with all types of cancers, with a special focus on gynecologic
oncology using advanced brachytherapy procedures. She also has extensive
experience treating prostate, head and neck, lung, CNS, sarcoma,
gastrointestinal and breast cancers.
Dr. Hanna has a diverse background, with a unique emphasis
on leadership and serving others, that is a welcome addition to our hospital.
Born and raised in Africa, she moved to the United States when she was a
teenager. She lost her mother to breast cancer at a young age – an experience
which later influenced her decision to pursue a career in medicine and
Brenner Children’s Hospital has recently expanded its services at
Lexington Medical Center through a new pediatric hospitalist program.
Two Brenner Children’s pediatric physicians – Drs. Matthew Albert and
Paul Sagerman –provide dedicated, full-time patient care at the hospital
for children of all ages, from infants to adolescents.
In the past, community pediatricians who also care for
clinic patients have provided pediatric services at our hospital. The new
program gives our patients and families onsite access to physicians who exclusively
care for pediatric patients needing consultation here in the emergency
department, those who are admitted as inpatients or kept for
observation, or those born here and who are in the nursery. 6/21/2017
We’re all outside more this time of year, enjoying ballgames,
working in the garden or relaxing at the lake or pool. While it’s great to get
outdoors, it’s important to be mindful of staying hydrated and safe to avoid
heat stroke, especially with the warmer temperatures that summer brings.
Dr. David Holder of WFBH-LMC’s Emergency Department said
that heat stroke is a common, but preventable condition where the body
overheats to dangerous levels. 6/14/2017
pleased to announce that George “Ed” Long Jr. has received the Kenneth M. Petersen
MD Memorial Award for his commitment to our hospital and community. Ed, a Staff
Pharmacist, has worked here for 26 years and served as the Director of Pharmacy
from 1991 to 2000. 6/7/2017
Protecting your skin from the sun is important year round
but takes on special meaning this time of year with summer approaching and May
being Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Whether you’re taking a walk, hiking or
enjoying a day at the beach, Mary Ochs RN, BSN, OCN, Ambulatory Nurse Manager
in the Hematology and Oncology Clinic, shared simple sun protection tips that
you can use to keep your skin safe.
“A little sun isn’t bad, but you have to be careful,” said
Mary. “You can still enjoy being outdoors and at the beach and pool, but use
common sense.” 5/31/2017
More and more kids today are involved in organized sports like baseball, soccer, dance and swimming, with many playing year round. While youth sports keep children healthy and build lifelong confidence and teamwork skills, injuries can occur.
One of our orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Jasper Simmons “Sims” Riggan, shared simple awareness and prevention tips parents and coaches can use to help keep children safe, happy and healthy playing sports. 5/24/2017
One of our orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Matthew Bullock, recently
performed the first same day total joint knee replacement at Lexington Medical
Center, enabling a patient to return home and begin recovery just hours after
surgery. While patients who undergo total knee replacement typically stay at
the hospital for three days or longer, surgical expertise and care advancements
at Lexington Medical Center have made it possible to perform this procedure on
a same day basis for patients who meet certain criteria.
Dr. Bullock, a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon at Wake
Forest Baptist Health who specializes in hip and knee replacement and revision,
performed the surgery on Eddie Swing. Mr. Swing, a 62 year old who lives in
Lexington and works in outside sales for Power & Tel, was a strong
candidate for the procedure. He stays active with treadmill exercise, yard work
and visits to his five grandchildren in Florida and met the selection criteria
of being healthy, having a solid support system and being mentally fit to
handle recovery at home. 5/17/2017
May is stroke awareness month – the perfect time to learn
how you can reduce your stroke risk and recognize the warning signs and
symptoms of stroke. We are hosting two free
community events on May 18 and 26 at the J. Smith Young YMCA in Lexington that
can help you do just that.
Dr. Amy Guzik, one of our neurologists and the stroke
director at Lexington Medical Center, will lead the BestHealth events. She said
that being aware of your personal risk factors for stroke can be lifesaving. 5/10/2017
A new Serenity Garden has been created at Wake Forest
Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center.
A place of refuge, the garden is a perfect spot if you are
visiting a patient and want a quiet moment, or if you’re a staff member seeking
a peaceful break. 4/26/2017
Rev. Dianne Horton handles sensitive situations every day in
her role as manager of chaplaincy and clinical ministry.
One of the more heartbreaking situations arose recenty when
some end-of-life decisions had to be made about a patient who was estranged
from his family members and could not speak for himself. Neighbors who visited
the patient believed he would want the end-of-life decisions handled in one
way, but family members made a different call. 4/12/2017
Our unseasonably warm winter was great if you dislike snow
and cold, but it is already having a consequence.
Dr. Brandon Chapman, who leads Lexington ENT/Head and Neck
Surgery, says his team is seeing “a marked increase in tree and grass pollen
levels much earlier than normal.’’ That means a longer, more difficult spring
allergy season for those who experience symptoms, which is as many as one-third
of all adults and children. 4/5/2017
March 30 is National Doctors’ Day, which was established in
1991 to recognize the work our doctors perform every day.
Whether in the hospital, in clinics or in the community, our
doctors at Lexington Medical Center routinely give of their time and skill to keep
people healthy. These men and women are among the best and most civic-minded physicians
I’ve had the pleasure to work with. 3/29/2017
Lexington Medical Center’s Wound Care Center has won
national recognition for the fourth consecutive year.
Healogics, Inc., which manages 800 wound care centers in 46
states, named our Wound Care Center as both a Center of Distinction and a
winner of the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence honor. Only
wound care centers that have been a Center of Distinction for at least two
years are eligible to be chosen as a Center of Excellence. 3/22/2017
March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, which spotlights
a form of cancer often caught early by screening.
Dr. William “Grif” Blackard of Digestive Services –
Lexington calls colonoscopies “the gold standard for early detection of colon
Center received outstanding news last fall when it was announced that we ranked
No. 2 in the nation for patient care, quality and safety in a survey of 124
community hospitals affiliated with an academic medical center.
The rankings by Vizient
Inc., the largest health care performance improvement company in the country,
recognized our many initiatives on behalf of patient safety. 3/8/2017
Cate Tomasula and her husband, Edward, wanted to deliver
their first child in the right hospital.
A place that would make them feel warm. A place where the
nurses were extremely thorough. A place that had a “community feel.” 3/1/2017
From the moment Davidson Medical Ministries Clinic opened its doors to serve uninsured and at-risk patients, Lexington Medical Center was there to provide free laboratory services and diagnostic procedures.
Twenty-five years later, we still have a great partnership. 2/22/2017
Did you know that a heart attack strikes someone
every 43 seconds and is the leading cause of death in the United States?
The American Heart Association, which is promoting
February as American Heart Month, notes that we all control our blood pressure to
some degree—by watching how much salt we eat. 2/15/2017
Speech Language Pathologist Pat Essick, MS, CCC-SLP, works
with pediatric patients and has two rules: take it slowly and make it fun.
“We have a little chart with pictures and letters, and I’ll
do this little song, the alphabet sound song. You take a word and repeat it.
For example, the word ‘apple,’” Essick says. She softly sings the word,
stretching out its syllables: “Ap-ple. Ap-ple. A-a-a.” 2/8/2017
When we interact with our fellow employees, it is usually
amid the hustle and bustle of a busy community hospital. We frequently don’t
get to know the whole person.
Jennifer Foster, director of Nursing Acute Care Services,
has a fascinating story—one that speaks to a completely different way of life.
Just about everyone makes New Year’s resolutions.
problem. Exercise? Sure. Reduce stress? Absolutely.
But the further we get into the year, the more difficult it
becomes to maintain your resolutions. So how can you sustain your resolve?
Dr. Katie Twomley, director of Cardiology Services at
Lexington Medical Center, recognizes that education is one of the most
important aspects of her work. She helps patients understand their risk of developing
heart disease and discusses how to avoid it.
Such “preventive cardiology” will be the subject of Dr.
Twomley’s BestHealth Lunch & Learn on January 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at
the J. Smith Young YMCA in Lexington. 1/18/2017
Our new podiatrist, Paula Gangopadhyay, DPM, says foot and
ankle pain are common, especially as people get older.
The problem, she says, is when pain and other warning signs,
such as swelling, are ignored.
“The lower extremities are among the most important parts of
the body, but we tend to trivialize some of the pain we have with them until it
begins to inhibit our daily activities,” she says. 1/11/2017
When we think about modern medicine, we may envision
diagnostic devices or the latest medications that keep us healthy. What we
don’t often think about is the role we can play in our own health care. In the
new year, I hope you will make a resolution to do so and one simple way to
start is to enroll in myWakeHealth. Here’s why.
A few years ago, Lexington
Medical Center made the myWakeHealth patient portal available
for employees and patients. It is a useful and important technology providing
an array of unique tools.
The holiday season is a time of family and friends, a time
to bask in our wonderful community spirit, express our appreciation to our
dedicated staff and reflect on the year gone by and the year to come.
I have been reminded of that recently at several of our
medical center’s holiday gatherings. Hundreds of employees, family members,
friends and volunteers have gathered at various occasions to enjoy food and
drink. And in the many old and new faces I greeted, I was humbled to think of
how much the theme of community runs through what we do.
In recent months, our Women’s Services – Lexington practice
completed a changeover to the faculty model of practice that we believe now provides
the strongest culture of care and safety for women.
Dr. Sarah Berga, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Wake
Forest Baptist Health, says the faculty model of care now in place means that
every Women’s Services doctor is known as a “physician-educator.” That
designation ensures they have access to in-depth training in the latest
techniques and practices in obstetrics and gynecology. 12/14/2016
The Lexington Medical Center Tree of Love fundraiser was
started by volunteers in 1993 to raise money for patients in need. Two years
later, the Tree of Love grew when our parish nurse program started a Circle of Friends
fund to assist people in the community.
Today, 23 years later, proceeds from the Tree of Love continue
to benefit patients, staff and community members through our Community Health
and Wellness/Circle of Friends fund, as well as our Cancer Center. 12/7/2016
Jeremy Fox was working as a minister for a Kernersville
congregation when he decided what he should be doing with his life.
“I realized that what I enjoyed the most was sitting with
people and helping them in any way I could when they were going through tough
times,” he says. “It opened me up to how lonely the bad moments in our lives
can be.” 11/30/2016
Receiving a diagnosis of lymphoma can be difficult. But by
his words and actions during and after his illness, Ron Walker, our chief
nuclear medicine technologist, has shown strength and grace.
Ron’s health crisis began in 2013, when he noticed a small
raised area above his right ear where he had some hair loss. 11/23/2016
Last month I shared the
exciting news that Lexington Medical Center won an important national award from
Vizient Inc. for patient care, quality and safety. Of 124 community hospitals
that are affiliated with an academic medical center, we were ranked No. 2
Today, I’d like to discuss
the culture we have been building at our medical center. Dr. Raghava Nagaraj,
our Chief Medical Officer, has been an architect of programs that have improved
our performance in the areas of mortality, safety, efficiency and
When Rehabilitation Services opened an office in North Davidson in
1996, there were 344 patient visits in the first three months. For each of the
last three months, there have been more than 350 patient visits.
The biggest reason for that remarkable growth is the quality care
being provided by Rehabilitation Services – North Davidson. As the office
celebrates its 20th anniversary, I’d like to recognize team members,
many of whom have been there from the start.
Our Community Health and Wellness nurse, Sue Epley, can’t
wait for Nov. 5. That’s Community Health Day, when Lexington Medical Center
will offer free health screenings and information to the public.
“Our mission is to improve health, and this is what Community
Health Day is all about,” Sue says. “It will be a low-pressure, enjoyable way
to get important information about your health.”
The event will be from 10 am to 2 pm, with screenings
conducted in our Outpatient Center, and special displays and participants
outside. No registration is required.
Our new radiation oncologist, Dr. Karen Winkfield, tells the
students she mentors not to feel constrained by the pathway they first choose.
Winkfield knows change can be a good thing.
The youngest of six children and the first to attend college,
she was a classically trained vocalist intending to pursue music as a career.
But she also had a love for science. As an undergraduate, she switched her
college major to biochemistry, later entering an eight-year MD/PhD program at
Duke University. Her research there was focused on how radiation therapy
affects breast tumor regression.
A few weeks ago, I
shared the story of Diane Tate, a registered nurse chosen as one of North
Carolina's Great 100 Nurses for 2016. Today, I'm writing about another nurse,
Cathy McBride, as we continue to put a spotlight on the outstanding care given
by our nursing team.
Cathy McBride was a young girl when her father was diagnosed
with cancer. She recalls fluffing the pillow of his hospital bed and giving him
ice chips. He died when she was 10, but Cathy held onto the idea of being a
nurse even as she raised her children and held other jobs.
I'm delighted to share news with you about a prestigious
award Lexington Medical Center has won for the high-quality, patient-centered
care we provide.
Vizient, Inc., the largest health care performance
improvement company in the country, studied 124 community hospitals in its 2016
Quality and Accountability Study. Lexington Medical Center was ranked No. 2,
and was one of 14 community hospitals honored with Vizient's 2016 Bernard A.
Birnbaum, M.D., Quality Leadership Award.
Diane Tate has spent all 31 years of her nursing career at
Lexington Medical Center in Labor and Delivery Services. A certified obstetrics
RN and lactation consultant, Diane teaches our prenatal classes—one of her many
areas of expertise.
Last year, a patient Diane knew as Pamela, went into labor.
After the baby, Collin, was born, Diane checked in on the mother and newborn. She
got quite the shock when she saw Pamela's full name. 9/28/2016
Last Thursday, we
celebrated the completion of the close to $1 million dollar renovation of our Cancer Center, a
transformation that has made the building brighter and more easily accessible
to our patients.
As I listened to several
speakers and talked with some of the 100 people who turned out, I couldn't be
more proud of what this project means to the community and to Lexington Medical
I'd like to share the
thoughts of those who attended because their words mean more than I can
Sandra “Sandy” Martin was in her 20s and working as a bank
teller when she attended a holiday party at the roller skating rink in
Lexington. Although a good roller skater as a youth, she got a little too confident
and fell, fracturing her elbow.
Though painful, the injury led to what would become her second
“Within two months of finishing my therapy, I was attending
school to become an occupational therapy assistant,’’ Sandy says. “I was
excited to start my education and eager to learn as much as I could.”
Our newest provider, Paula Gangopadhyay, DPM, brings
something new to Lexington Medical Center. As a podiatrist, she offers foot and
ankle care, including surgery, as part of the WFBH Orthopaedic Services
Dr. Gangopadhyay recently completed a four-year residency in
reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn
Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia.
When Elizabeth and Mike McNeil moved to Lexington in
October, they had some fears about medical care should an urgent need arise.
Those fears have been put to rest.
A few weeks ago, Mike had an attack that sent him to our
Emergency Department. His story was told by The
Dispatch last week, and I’m pleased to share the tale with you because it
speaks to the level of service we offer.
Rehabilitation Services sees about 125 patients a day and
more than 25,000 a year. It is one of the busiest departments at Lexington
Thanks to the generosity of the community,
important upgrades are taking place at Rehab Services. Proceeds from the 2015
Sportsmen’s Saturday were dedicated to improvements at Rehab Services, and
patients have already begun to see some of the benefits. 8/24/2016
Nursing Team Pursues Pathway to Excellence Designation
The first line of Lexington Medical Center’s Mission Statement declares that we will provide excellent care and an exceptional experience. To do so, we must seek constant improvements not just in our care, but in our practices.
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For more than nine years, people struggling to get through
the night have found answers through our Sleep Lab. There, they are monitored
by machines that measure their brain and heart rhythms during an overnight
Jim Pittman, our Cardiopulmonary Services Manager, directs
the Sleep Lab. He says Sleep Lab testing frequently identifies sleep apnea as a
problem for patients. Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which a person regularly
stops breathing for short intervals during sleep.
Rev. Ray Howell of First Baptist Church in Lexington lived
with a growth on his right hand for five years before he and his orthopaedic
surgeon, Dr. Gordon Kammire, decided it was time to remove it.
Howell had an unusual form of an osteochondroma, a
benign growth comprised of fatty and bony tumors. Ever since an hourlong surgery,
he hasn’t had a bit of trouble with his hand or wrist.
The technologies and specifics of health care have been
transformed in the 36 years Donna Smith has been a certified nursing assistant
here. But Donna exemplifies something that hasn’t changed—the love of helping
Donna recently won a Wake Forest Baptist Health inaugural
CNA Excellence Award, given to nursing assistants who are outstanding at what
they do. She was the sole winner to represent Lexington Medical Center. 7/27/2016
At Wake Forest Baptist
Health Lexington Medical Center, we work hard to provide holistic care—services
that keep families healthy in every way. One exciting new program links a
behavioral health counselor with our Brenner Children’s Hospital Pediatrics –
Leah Creel, MA, MDiv,
LPCA, joined Pediatrics – Lexington earlier this year to provide children and
their parents with assessments and initial counseling for a myriad of
adolescent behavioral issues.
Ellen Welborn, executive director of the Wake Forest Baptist
Health Lexington Medical Center Foundation, puts it exactly right when she
talks about our annual employee giving campaign.
“It’s the employee investing in the company they work for,’’
The Lexington Medical Center Foundation assists with
unbudgeted needs through fundraising, and our annual employee campaign is a vital
piece of that.
In February, Wake Forest
Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center Pharmacy began a pilot program in which
its technicians began taking the medication histories of patients.
The goal was to ensure
our physicians and nurses have an accurate accounting of medications a patient
uses and needs, a process known as medication reconciliation. The pilot program
was so successful that we have made it a permanent part of our pharmacy.
To use a sports term, you
might say our ultrasound team just won a triple crown.
The recent three-year
accreditation granted to our Vascular Ultrasound program by the Intersocietal
Accreditation Commission (IAC) came after that commission accredited our
Echocardiogram Ultrasound program in October and the American Institute for
Ultrasound in Medicine accredited our General Ultrasound program in December.
“It’s a confidence
builder that we are doing what we should be doing,’’ says John Brown, BSRT,
manager of Radiology. “We were all very excited to get the accreditation—the
technologists and the physicians. It was a lot of work but it was all
Talking to people such as
Janice Esposito is among the highlights of my day. I saw Janice a few weeks
back, when she popped in to tell me how thrilled she was with the care she has
Janice had open-heart
surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, but because she and her husband
live at High Rock Lake, she was looking for somewhere closer to home for the cardiac
rehabilitation she required.
The colorful tape we have seen for years on athletes’
bodies—especially in tennis and beach volleyball—appears to be placed randomly.
In reality, though, physical therapists examine injuries carefully before
placing strips of Kinesio® tape on
their patients to maximize healing and limit muscle strain.
At Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center, Kinesio
taping has become an important tool used by our physical therapists for a wide
range of rehabilitation needs.
Terry Carter, our director of surgical
services, enjoyed the years she shared alongside Dr. Kenneth M. Petersen.
Petersen, a general surgeon at Lexington Medical Center for 32 years, died
unexpectedly in November 2010.
“He was always prompt, direct and ready to go,’’
Carter said. “He knew what he was going to do, he was always ready to start his
day and he moved along.’’
Dr. Laura Allen, a radiation oncologist with our Cancer Center,
says there is no such thing as a safe tan.
“Ultraviolet radiation is a carcinogen. Basically, there are more
skin cancers caused from tanning than there are lung cancers caused from
smoking,’’ she shared at a recent lunch-and-learn seminar about skin cancer.
Although skin cancer develops over time, the approach of summer
is a good time to remember precautions we can take to protect ourselves from
the harmful effects of the sun. 5/25/2016
Pat Mahaley had retired after a 38-year career as a nurse at
Rowan Hospital when she realized she wanted to keep working. It was Wake Forest
Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center’s good fortune to hire her as a nurse
in Radiology eight years ago.
Last week, Pat won a 2016 Nurse Excellence Award from Wake
Forest Baptist Health. Joseph Casey, RN, chair of Wake Forest Baptist’s
professionalism cabinet, says the Nursing Excellence Awards recognize registered
and licensed practical nurses who demonstrate a commitment to excellence,
innovation, compassion, integrity, caring and collegiality. 5/16/2016
specially trained in diseases of the chest, respiratory tract, lungs and
cardiopulmonary system, which are the organs that help people breathe.
Our new pulmonologist at
Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center, Dr. Ahmar Malik, entered
his field out of personal experience. When he was growing up, Dr. Malik’s older
sister had asthma and was seen frequently by physicians. During those visits,
he was fascinated to see how the physicians impacted her health. He says that
is when he decided he wanted to make a difference in peoples’ lives.
Buddy Curry was a standout linebacker for UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to play nine years for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. What he says about football carries weight.
Sunday, for the second straight year, Buddy brought his Kids & Pros HeadsUp Football Clinic to North Davidson High School. Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center was fortunate to again present this great program for more than half a dozen area football organizations. About 230 young athletes participated.
Wake Forest Baptist
Health Lexington Medical Center works with some of the best physicians in the
country—and for the past few years we have been expanding our services.
I’m pleased to announce
that Ryan Terlecki, MD, a world-renowned expert in genitourinary reconstructive
surgery, and his team are offering urology services at Lexington Medical Center.
Dr. Terlecki directs one of a handful of fellowship programs in the United
States in that field. He specializes in urologic reconstruction, female urology
and urodynamics. His expertise includes male infertility, diagnostic
evaluations and corrective procedures.
Proceeds from the 2014 Sportsmen’s Saturday event and capital funds from Wake Forest Baptist Health were dedicated recently to renovating our Cancer Center. Today, even before the project is complete, our patients are benefitting by being able to have a more comfortable experience. 3/23/2016
When Susan Sharpe slipped on the front porch of her Lexington home four years ago, she didn’t immediately realize her right knee was damaged so badly.
In fact, she treated the knee with ice and went off on a long-planned trip to Disney World. As it turned out, she spent most of her vacation inside because she couldn’t walk.
Some people might think twice about following in the footsteps of a beloved employee who retired after 35 years.
That’s not the case with our new chaplain, Rev. Dianne Horton. A committee of nurses, physicians and clergy chose Dianne to succeed Rev. Lee Dukes and she has jumped on board with great enthusiasm. 3/9/2016
Dr. Katie Twomley's message about taking care of your heart gets right to the point: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S. today for men and women. Therefore, people of all ages should be aware of symptoms of heart problems and the factors that contribute to those problems.
Dr. Twomley directs Cardiology – Lexington for Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center. She delivers her message directly to her patients, and also frequently speaks in the community about heart health. 3/2/2016
You could see it quite clearly last week in the bright red hat sitting atop the tiny head of 1-day-old Julianna Rachana Chea.
The hat was lovingly crocheted by Lexington resident Rachel Simerson, one of 25 baby hats she donated to Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center in honor of American Heart Month. 2/24/2016
After many years raising her family and then caring for her ailing husband, James, who passed away in 1989, Geraldine Westmoreland decided she wanted to return to work.
Never mind that Geraldine was 65 when she made that choice. Today, 25 years later, Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center is all the better for it. 2/17/2016
One of the things I enjoy most about community hospitals is the spirit and passion shown by employees. When we can visibly demonstrate that spirit, it’s especially fun.
That was exactly the case Friday, after Clyde Bristow, Chief Nursing Officer, got the idea that we should make the day a "pep rally" for our favorite team in the Super Bowl. After all, it was going to be only the second time the Carolina Panthers had ever played in the Super Bowl. Clyde asked if each department’s employees could wear their favorite team’s colors. 2/10/2016
It wasn’t until she was between positions that Donna Timpf found the specialty that landed her an important role at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center as Quality Manager.
Donna joined Lexington Medical Center in November 2014 as our Performance Improvement Coordinator, chairing our Patient Safety Lead Team and our Quality & Practice Cabinet. Then, last summer, Donna was chosen to become Quality Manager, where she now oversees our work to ensure patient safety and quality 2/3/2016
One of the great things about events like our recent New Year, New You is meeting people such as Jackie Taylor. At our inaugural New Year, New You last year, Jackie had a blood sugar screening, which came back with a high score. She took our team’s advice and joined the eight-week Diabetes Prevention Program, co-sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center and the J. Smith Young YMCA. This year, Jackie returned to New Year, New You 33 pounds lighter and raring to get into a new program to help her go even further.
Respiratory therapist Jim Pittman joined Wake Forest Baptist
Health Lexington Medical Center last fall as Cardiopulmonary Services Manager,
which also puts him in charge of respiratory care, pulmonary rehabilitation,
cardiac rehabilitation, neurodiagnostic rehabilitation, the heart station and the
Coincidentally, Jim comes to us not long after experiencing
his own health event. 1/20/2016
Our second New Year, New
You event will be held January 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the J. Smith
Young YMCA in Lexington, and I’d like to personally invite everyone to stop by.
It’s a great opportunity to receive inspiration to improve your physical,
mental, emotional, spiritual and financial wellness in 2016.
This kind of event allows us to attract a crowd of people to
showcase the talents, skills and services of many different organizations--government
agencies, non-profits, and retailers. It’ll help people become motivated whether
they’re concerned about their health, their weight, or their stress level. New
Year, New You provides a nice synergy among the agencies and businesses
participating because all are committed to making sure people don’t fear making
life changes alone. 1/13/2016
As 2016 begins, it's natural to think about change. We're conditioned to see the start of a new year as a time of new beginnings. How many of us have embarked on a new diet or exercise plan in the past few days?
For our hospital, change can and should be occurring all the time. We constantly have opportunities and goals for improvements. 1/6/2016
The holiday season is a time of family and friends, a time
to bask in our wonderful community spirit and reflect on the year gone by and
the year to come.
I have been reminded of that recently in gatherings such as
our recent Christmas party at the RCR conference facility in Welcome. Hundreds
of employees, family members, friends and volunteers gathered to enjoy food and
drink. And in the many old and new faces I greeted, I was humbled to think of
how much the theme of community runs through what we do. 12/23/2015
Chaplain Lee Dukes has spent 35 years ministering to our patients and many, many others in our community since founding the Department of Pastoral Care.
With his retirement looming at month’s end, I asked Lee what advice he might give to his successor, Rev. Dianne Horton, who is coming over from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to be our new chaplain. His answer speaks to the changes he has seen over the years.
You might say that Tracy Nunn was born to be manager of
Rehabilitation Services at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center.
After all, she started volunteering in Rehabilitation
Services when she was in middle school. Her mother thought it would be a good
way for Tracy, a student athlete, to see if she liked the field. Over the
years, Tracy played volleyball, basketball and softball at North Davidson High
School without injury, but saw her share of teammates go through rehabilitation.
Tomorrow night will be a special one for Wake Forest Baptist
Health Lexington Medical Center. Not only is it the evening we kick off our
Christmas season with the lighting of our beautiful Tree of Love, but this year
we will also light our United Way luminaries at the same time.
These two year-end efforts represent the culmination of a
pattern of giving demonstrated by our employees and community members from
January through December. I’m talking about events such as the March of Dimes campaign, the American
Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the American Heart Association’s Heart and
Stroke Walk, our annual employee campaign for the Lexington Medical Center
Foundation and, of course, the foundation’s Sportsmen’s Saturday event. Each of
these (and I’ve only listed a few) can be crucial for a community that
understands the importance of giving—they raise money for important causes that
improve care and health today and for future generations. 12/2/2015
Judy Butler was expecting when she and her husband, Wally, moved to Welcome in 1961. He was just getting out of dental school in Chapel Hill and was opening Welcome’s first dental practice. Community members greeted the wife of the new dentist with a baby shower, and Judy found herself overwhelmed by the generosity.
In the 54 years since, Judy has made it her business to give back.
Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center has been a recipient of this woman’s remarkable skill and the exuberance she brings to everything.
Otolaryngologist Brandon Chapman, MD, is in his fifth year
at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center, taking care of people
with ear, nose and throat problems. Lisa Curry has owned Hair Studio 21 in
Lexington for 15 years.
When Lisa had sinus issues, Dr. Chapman treated her
infection. When some of the staff members of his office came to her hair
studio, she liked the way their skin looked, inquired and learned about BOTOX®
Injections he offered. 11/18/2015
One of the most important things a community health provider can do is understand the needs of those it serves, and act quickly to meet them.
At Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center, we are constantly evaluating our facilities and making adjustments designed to deliver the best care possible. In recent months, we’ve undertaken several projects all aimed at improving the patient experience—with renovations, new equipment and more. In the coming months, I look forward to sharing with you more details about each of these projects but in the meantime, I want to highlight some of what's in store. 10/28/2015
Once in a great while, you can come across a profound practice in health care and you immediately want to use it and make a difference. That’s how it was for me earlier this year when I first saw the Promise Academy 101 training program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
The program gives basic training about patient- and family-centered care, and includes a follow-up assessment to help reinforce the practices that we learn. 10/21/2015
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a good time for reminders about having annual mammograms. I thought I’d also share some news this week about our mammography technologists.
Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center’s two full-time mammography technologists spent 18 months studying to obtain certification in breast sonography. This gives them the ability to continue working with women who may, after a screening mammography, require a follow-up breast sonography. 10/14/2015
Autumn is officially here signaling the need for my annual reminder on the importance of getting a flu shot. I am one of the first in line for this annual ritual; I believe I was the first this year at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center. I’ve had the flu and don’t intend to ever get it again! 10/7/2015
For a man whose body has broken down in extraordinary ways, Don Puckett of Midway is remarkably spry. He’s also not shy about telling you about his biggest success.
Don has been a regular patient of our orthopaedics team for years. He’s overcome two total knee replacements, a right hip replacement and a right shoulder replacement, all performed by orthopaedic surgeons at Wake Forest Baptist Health Orthopaedics – Lexington. 9/23/2015
At the Back-to-School Festival, Lexington Medical Center teamed with Davidson County, Lexington City and Thomasville City schools, agencies from the city and county, regional non-profits, the city of Lexington and Southmont fire departments, Davidson County EMS and the Davidson County Rescue Squad, and private businesses to offer free school supplies and more in a fun way to children and their families. 9/16/2015
Elizabeth Reichard, MD, recently joined Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center, fulfilling a desire she’s had since she was a youngster—to work with children and their families. 9/2/2015
This month, the Iris of Love chapter hosted the national convention for Eastern Star chapters in North and South Carolina, Virginia and Florida. One of the key convention events was a Friday morning “Love Breakfast’’ in which the host chapter received blankets for newborns donated by the members of all of the chapters who attended the convention. 8/26/2015
Victoria Elliot, MD, brings a wealth of world experience to her job as the newest Women’s Services physician at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center. 8/19/2015
When a major water main broke in the city of Lexington last Monday morning, it became a test both for Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center and our neighbors throughout the region. 8/12/2015
Joint Replacement Center, affectionately known by staff and patients as our joint camp, is expanding. 8/5/2015
It is heartening to hear how the work of the entire ED team is appreciated not only by those in true life-threatening situations, but by folks like Jan Smith. Today, Jan can barely see the scar on her finger, but what lingers is the positive impression of her treatment. That’s the kind of patient and family experience we strive for every day in every unit. 7/29/2015
Steven Spivey, MD, is our newest physician, joining our growing Family Medicine – Lexington team. He recently completed three years with the Trident/Medical University of South Carolina Family Medicine Residency Program. 7/22/2015
We recently offered an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Training program at the J. Smith Young YMCA to give caregivers some good tips about understanding, recognizing and interacting with our loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. 7/8/2015
A renovation project to improve the patient and family experience at the Cancer Center - Lexington at Lexington Medical Center. 7/1/2015
Bad habits and busy lifestyles can lead to unhealthy dietary decisions. Read some advice from the dietary professionals at Lexington Medical Center in North Carolina. 6/24/2015
Read how LMC's Rehabilitation Services is helping a young man with autism improve his stability and hopefully reduce his pain. 6/17/2015
Lexington Medical Center creates the Patient and Family Experience Team to improve the hospital experience for patients and their families. 6/10/2015
In April 2015, our 4-year-old Quilts of Hope project handed out 17 quilts to Lexington Medical Center cancer patients in one day. 6/3/2015
LMC's director of Rehabilitation Services receives the Peterson award for outstanding community caregiving. 5/27/2015