Temporary Visitor Restrictions

Because the number of influenza cases has significantly increased throughout the region, children age 12 and under may not visit patients effective Wednesday, January 8. This applies to all Wake Forest Baptist inpatient locations and will remain in effect until the number of flu cases decreases significantly.

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    Lexington Medical Center Connections Archive

    Our Lexington Medical Center Connections E-Newsletter is a great way to stay informed of what is going on at your local medical center. In this e-newsletter, you will find a month overview of events, news, and new services and providers. The Lexington Medical Center Connections email comes monthly on the first Wednesday of each month. If you aren't receiving this publication, subscribe here. Below is an archive of Lexington Medical Center Connections email articles.


    Lexington Medical Center Shifting Services to Better Meet Community Needs

    Wake Forest Baptist Health leaders and the Wake Forest Baptist Health - Lexington Medical Center board of directors yesterday approved a plan that will affect labor and delivery services at Lexington Medical Center. By the end of June, these services will no longer be available at the hospital.

    The plan also calls for enhanced women’s health services in the community to better meet the needs of women of all ages.


    Reflecting on 2019; Looking Forward to 2020

    What a great year 2019 was for our community!  We want to offer a heartfelt “Thank You” for your continued support as we embark on creating a healthier community, one person at a time.

    Lexington Medical Center had a successful 2019 thanks to your continued support.  We celebrated our 40th Anniversary of serving our community at this Hospital Drive location. Over the 40 year history, our campus has grown and changed with the addition of new services, technologies and healthcare advancements.  We are a stronger community hospital today because of a community that entrusts us with their care and supports our programs through philanthropy dollars.  Because of the community’s generosity and passion for excellent health care in Davidson County, we were able to complete our Surgical Services Facility Fundraising Campaign of $3 million dollars. Our new, state-of-the-art facility opened in October and we are excited for all the additional opportunities it will allow us in our drive to keep care close to home. 


    Flu Season is Here: Be Armed!

    Since the Christmas holiday, we have seen a surge in patients being diagnosed with flu across the Davidson County area.  On January 8, Wake Forest Baptist Health and other area hospitals put visitor restrictions in place at all hospital locations in an effort to provide an extra layer of protection for our patients and community members.  Although the germs are rampant, it’s not too late to arm yourself with the best defense: get the flu shot. 

    “A flu shot is the best way to defend yourself and children against seasonal influenza,” said Kandi Sams, NP, Family Medicine – North Davidson and Convenience Care Clinic – Lexington.  “These vaccines are still available and you can receive one at your primary care physician’s office and most urgent care facilities like our Convenience Care – Lexington location.”


    Meet Jennifer Oliver, DO, Pain Center - Lexington

    Meet Dr. Jennifer Oliver, an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and a Harvard-trained Anesthesiologist and Chronic Pain physician. She is the Medical Director of Pain Center – Lexington and is dually board-certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

    Dr. Oliver has authored numerous papers and book chapters on regional anesthesia, fibromyalgia, and opioid management. Her clinical interests include acute and chronic pain, headache therapies, neuromodulation therapy, and public health.


    Lexington Medical Center Nationally Recognized with an “A” for the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

    Wake Forest Baptist Health–Lexington Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ in the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the medical center’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

    “We are honored to receive this recognition demonstrating our commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Bill James, president of Lexington Medical Center. “We are proud of the work our team provides each and every day, and we are pleased that our patients can rest assured knowing the quality of our care has been thoroughly evaluated and found to be among the best in the country.” 


    Sportsmen’s Saturday Supports NEW Surgical Facility

    There are only a few tickets left for the 10th annual Sportsmen’s Saturday. Sportsmen’s Saturday is the premier community fundraising event for outdoor enthusiasts hosted by the Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center Foundation and Honorary Chairman Richard Childress. The event will be held on November 2 at the Lexington Historic Southern Railway Freight Depot, with the doors opening at 11 a.m. 

    “I’m pleased to announce that all proceeds from this event will benefit the new surgical center,” said Bill James, president of Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center. “This event is always so much fun and it’s a great way to help support our friends and neighbors right here in our own community.” 


    Surgical Facility Campaign Reaches $3 Million Goal

    The campaign to raise $3 million for Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center’s $31.5 million surgical facility addition has reached its goal.

    Lexington Medical Center announced the successful conclusion of the campaign at an event held Thursday evening at the hospital to celebrate the milestone. The effort which started in May 2018 was led by co-chairs Teen and Tim Timberlake, Kristie and Thompson Miller and Meg and Michael Holshouser. Meredith Andrews, Sara DeLapp, Kaye Leonard, Bob Lowe, Thompson Miller, Burr Sullivan and Paula Turlington served on the campaign executive committee.


    Meet Kandi Sams, NP

    Meet Kandi Sams, NP Kandi Sams, NP  at Family Medicine - North Davidson was born, raised, and still lives in Lexington. She has been married to her husband Elliott for 20 years. They have 4 children - Noah, Hannah, Abi, and Isabelle. Most of Kandi’s weekends are spent on a ball f


    Technology, Expanded Services Improve Emergency Care at LMC

    For Jennifer Foster, every day spent working in the emergency department at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center is different.

    “A lot of people refer to the emergency department as controlled chaos,” says Foster, director of nursing for acute care at Lexington Medical Center, which this year is celebrating 40 years at its current location. “It can be chaotic, but we are trained and ready for the patients.”


    40 Years of Growth, Advancements Pay Off for Orthopaedics at LMC

    In 1979, Lexington Medical Center went looking to hire an orthopaedic surgeon as it planned to move to its new campus on Hospital Drive. Meanwhile, a young orthopaedic surgeon in Knoxville, Tennessee, began looking for a town where he could build a practice.


    The medical center and the surgeon found each other. Forty years later, the partnership has spawned a thriving orthopaedic service at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center.


    40 Years of Labor and Delivery at LMC: Amenities, Technology and Decades of Experience

    Since 1979, when Lexington Memorial Hospital relocated to Hospital Drive, more than 25,000 babies have arrived in this world at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center.

    Several physicians and nurses who provide labor and delivery care have been personally involved in a great many of those births at Lexington Medical Center, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary at its current location.


    Meet Brooke Heitzman, PA

    Brooke Heitzman, PA, recently joined Wake Forest Baptist Health Cardiology – Lexington and is accepting new patients. Brooke is a 2018 graduate of the Wake Forest School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. She earned her Master’s in Public Health prior to earning her Masters in Medical Science and Physician Assistant Certification in order to better understand and serve her patients with education. 

    Brooke is from a rural community near San Antonio, Texas and currently resides in Winston-Salem. She is engaged to be married in September. She and her fiancé have recently adopted their dog, Pax, from a local shelter.  


    Keep Heat Stroke Away

    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. 


    Building for Our Community’s Future

    Building for Our Community’s Future Celebrations Begin:  40 Years of Serving Our Community This year marks 40 years of providing care for our community in the Lexington Medical Center facility located on Hospital Drive. (Lexington Memorial Hospital, Inc. originally opened its doors i


    Stroke Facts You Should Know

    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 lifesaving.



    Wake Forest Baptist Doctor Reminds Parents to Pay Attention to Pain in Youth Sports

    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. 

    According to Jasper Simmons “Sims” Riggan, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon at Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center, there are simple awareness and prevention tips parents and coaches can use to help keep children safe, happy and healthy playing sports.



    Cancer Hits and Heals Close to Home

    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. 


    Local Organizations Partner To Host Davidson County Caregiver Academy

    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.

    Heart-Healthy Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

    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 attention.  

    “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.”


    How to Maintain Healthy New Year's Resolutions

    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. 


    Wake Forest Baptist Health - Lexington Medical Center Now Offers Around-the-Clock Monitoring of ICU

    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.


    Manage Your Sugar Intake During the Holidays

    ‘Twas 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. 


    How You Can Prevent the Flu

    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.”


    Halloween Costume Safety

    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 at Lexington Medical Center Welcomes the New Medical Director, Dr. Mark Pearson

    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. 


    Wake Forest Baptist Health ─ Lexington Medical Center Receives the Golden Bow Award

    The North 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. 


    Surgical Facility Groundbreaking and Capital Campaign Kick-Off

    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.


    Ken Hall Honored with 2018 Petersen Award

    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.


    Stroke Facts You Should Know

    May is stroke awareness month – the perfect time to learn how you can best protect yourself from this common, but preventable disease.

    According 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.


    Lexington Medical Center Expands Access to Advanced Mammography Technology

    Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center’s Outpatient Imaging Center has expanded access to 3-D Mammography by recently purchasing a new GE Pristina mammography machine.

    “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.” 


    Wound Care Center Chosen Among Nation’s Best for 5th Straight Year

    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.


    Stroke Facts You Should Know

    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 lifesaving.


    Lexington Medical Center to Build New Surgery Center

    Wake 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.


    Colon Cancer Screening: An Invaluable Aid to Your Health

    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 cancer.”


    Take Charge of Your Diabetes

    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


    Restore Your Balance with Lexington’s Vestibular Physical Therapists

    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.


    How You Can Prevent the Flu

    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.”


    Lexington Now Home to Fracture Liaison Services

     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.

    Our program 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. 


    Dr. Jill Ohar Expands Role to Oversee Pulmonary Lab in Lexington

     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. 


    Cancer-Center Lexington Welcomes New Physicians (and Community Mural!)

     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. 


    Lexington Medical Center Nurse Wins DAISY Award

     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.

    The 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.” 


    Lexington Rolls Out ‘Meds to Beds’ Program for Patients

    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 be offered.

    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. 


    Low-Dose CT Scans Catch Lung Cancer Early

     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.   


    Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Brenner Children’s Hospital Pups!

    Did 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, Back to Sports

     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.”


    Brenner Children's Hospital Pediatrics - Lexington Toy Safety Advice

     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:



    Brenner Children’s Hospital Pediatrics – Lexington Celebrates Successes

    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 accomplishment!


    Camp Med Students Experience Health Careers at Lexington

    Last 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 Center.
    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.


    Lexington Welcomes Radiation Oncologist Dr. Nevine Hanna

    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 oncology.



    Brenner Children’s Pediatric Care Now Offered in Lexington

    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. 


    Keep Heat Stroke Away

    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.


    Ed Long Jr. Honored with 2017 Petersen Award

    I’m 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.


    Summer Sun Safety for Your Skin

     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.”


    Paying Attention to Pain in Youth Sports

    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. 


    Lexington Leads the Way in First Same Day Knee Replacement Surgery

    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. 


    Learn Ways to Reduce Your Stroke Risk at BestHealth Events

    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.


    A Quiet, Peaceful Place for Visitors and Staff

     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.


    Conversations Crucial to You and Your Family

     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.


    Tips to Cope with Difficult Allergy Season

    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.


    National Doctors’ Day: A Time to Say ‘Thanks’

     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.


    Wound Care Center Chosen Among Nation’s Best for 4th Straight Year

     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.


    Colon Cancer Screening: An Invaluable Aid to Your Health

     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 cancer.”


    Our Commitment to Patient Safety Never Stops

     Lexington Medical 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. 


    A Caring Environment to Deliver Your Baby

     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.” 


    Partners for 25 Years: Our Bond with Davidson Medical Ministries Clinic

    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.


    One Simple Thing You Can Do to Improve Heart Health—Eat Less Salt

    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.


    Helping Children Overcome Speech Problems

    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.”


    From medical center to farm life, Jennifer Foster is always ready

    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.


    Struggling with New Year’s Resolutions? Don’t Give Up!

    Just about everyone makes New Year’s resolutions.

    No 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?


    Taking Care of Your Heart Starts with You

    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.


    Podiatrist to Offer BestHealth Class on Foot and Ankle Pain

    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.


    MyWakeHealth: An Important Tool for all of us

    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.



    Warm Holiday Wishes for Our Lexington Medical Center Family and Community


    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.




    Women’s Services Adopts New Model to Further Patient Care

    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.


    Honor A Loved One: Light Up Our Tree

    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.


    New CareNet Counselor Extends an Ear

    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.”


    Nuclear Medicine Technologist Shares His Reasons for Thanks

    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.


    A Safety Journey Two Years in the Making

    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 overall.

    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 effectiveness.


    North Davidson Rehabilitation Office Celebrates 20 Years of Service

    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.



    Community Health Day Offers a Dose of Free Screenings, Information and Fun

    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.




    Welcoming Our New Radiation Oncologist to the Cancer Center Team

    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.






    Inaugural DAISY Award Winner Always Goes the Extra Mile for her Patients

    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.



    Awards Ranks Lexington Medical Center Among Nation's Best Community Hospitals for Quality and Safety

    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.



    Great 100 Nurses Award Winner's Remarkable Story of Patient Connection

    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.


    Renovated Cancer Center a Shining Tribute to Care and Community

    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 Center.

    I'd like to share the thoughts of those who attended because their words mean more than I can express.



    Therapist Lends a Hand to Patients in Need

    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 career. 

    “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 Brings Podiatry to Lexington Medical Center

    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 department.

    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. 



    Emergency Department's Care Reassures Couple New to Lexington

    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.


    New Equipment Offers Latest Healing Technologies to Rehab Patients

    Rehabilitation Services sees about 125 patients a day and more than 25,000 a year. It is one of the busiest departments at Lexington Medical Center. 

    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.


    Nursing Team Pursues Pathway to Excellence Designation

    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. An i


    Sleep Lab Finds Answers for Those Struggling to Find Rest

    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 stay.

    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.



    A Pastor, an Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Story of Connection

    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.


    Inaugural CNA Award Winner Exemplifies Caregiver Role

    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 patients. 

    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.


    CareNet Now Providing Support for Children and Parents at Pediatrics – Lexington

    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 – Lexington team.

    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.



    Our Employee Campaign: Giving Back for Our Patients

    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,’’ she says.

    The Lexington Medical Center Foundation assists with unbudgeted needs through fundraising, and our annual employee campaign is a vital piece of that.



    An Important New Role for Pharmacy Technicians


    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.



    Vascular Ultrasound Certification a Tribute to Our Quality and Skill

    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 worthwhile.’’



    Satisfaction of Patients a Reflection of Our Commitment to Quality

    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 received.

    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.



    Healing muscles and strains in a clever, colorful way

    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, Director of Surgical Services, Wins 2016 Petersen Award

    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.’’



    Summertime Tip: Be Mindful of Skin Care

    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.


    Nurse Excellence Winner Brings Caring, Innovative Spirit to her Work

     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.


    Bringing pulmonary care to Lexington Medical Center

    Pulmonologists are 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. 



    Lessons in football tackling and techniques—and a lot more

    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.




    Urology Team Now Offering Services at Lexington Medical Center

    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.



    Cancer Center renovation provides new features for patients and family members

    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

    New Procedure Eases Patient’s Knee Pain

    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.

    Our New Chaplain Focuses on Faith and Health

    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

    Delivering a Powerful Message on Heart Health

    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

    A Small, Bright Red Reminder About Heart Health

    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

    A familiar face celebrates a milestone birthday

    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

    A Fun Day Showing Our Super Bowl Spirit

    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

    Making things safe behind the scenes

    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

    A broad effort to help people get healthy

    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.

    Personal Medical Experience Shapes Work of Our New Cardiovascular Services Manager

    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 sleep lab.

    Coincidentally, Jim comes to us not long after experiencing his own health event.


    Get 2016 Off to a Healthy Start at New Year, New You

    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.


    2016 Is Already Bringing Change

    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.


    Holidays are a time for reflection

    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.


    Chaplain Lee Dukes: The personification of compassion

    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.



    Rehabilitation Services is in Tracy Nunn’s blood

    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.



    For our Lexington Medical Center family, giving is a year-round tradition

    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.


    LMC Foundation Board Member Judy Butler Joyously Gives of Herself

    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. 



    Forging the doctor-patient bond in our close-knit community

    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.


    The many ways we are growing to meet our patients' needs

    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.


    Remembering to use our ‘GEMs’

    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

    Learning a new technique to help with breast examinations

    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

    Be proactive and get your flu shot now

    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

    Advances in orthopaedic surgery allow Midway man to golf again

    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

    Back-to-School Festival a strong collaboration with the community

    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

    Fulfilling a longtime desire to care for children

    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

    Donation of blankets helps new moms and our Birthing Center

    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

    New physician with Women’s Services brings insight from work in foreign countries

    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

    Staff rises to the challenge amid city water main break

    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 Expansion Heralds Its Popularity and Success

    Joint Replacement Center, affectionately known by staff and patients as our joint camp, is expanding. 8/5/2015

    Sharing a great patient experience

    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

    A new face in family medicine

    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

    Offering support and advice to and for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients

    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

    Creating a More Patient and Family-friendly Cancer Center

    A renovation project to improve the patient and family experience at the Cancer Center - Lexington at Lexington Medical Center. 7/1/2015

    Dietary Department: Helping Patients Make a Lifestyle Change

    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

    Rehabilitation Services: Helping a Young Man Gain Strength and Stability

    Read how LMC's Rehabilitation Services is helping a young man with autism improve his stability and hopefully reduce his pain. 6/17/2015

    A Comprehensive Effort to Reach Out to Patients and Families

    Lexington Medical Center creates the Patient and Family Experience Team to improve the hospital experience for patients and their families. 6/10/2015

    Quilts of Hope Project Provides Measure of Warmth to Patients with Cancer

    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

    2015 Petersen Award Winner Monette Frye Sets Great Example for Caregiving

    LMC's director of Rehabilitation Services receives the Peterson award for outstanding community caregiving. 5/27/2015