Lexington Medical Center to dedicate new patient care tower

Lexington Medical Center will dedicate the largest hospital expansion in South Carolina history on Thursday, according to a news release from the hospital.

The center will celebrate its new 545,000-square foot patient care tower, scheduled to open to patients March 26.

“Lexington Medical Center is integral to our community and woven into its fabric — today and forever,” Tod Augsburger, president and CEO of Lexington Medical Center said in the release. “The hospital’s mission is to meet the health needs of our community, and we’re committed to taking care of our families, friends and neighbors. We look forward to this new tower serving the people of the Midlands for many years to come.”

The new tower features patient rooms, eight operating rooms, educational space for staff and community members and enhanced dining options. It also includes six post-delivery rooms for patients in need of long-term monitoring, a mother/baby room for postpartum patients and a 20-bed special-care nursery with private rooms.

Six floors will accommodate medical, critical care and surgical patients. Lexington Medical Center staff performed more than 20,000 surgeries last year and deliver more than 3,300 babies annually, the release said.  A mosaic of more than 4,000 of the 100,000 babies born at the hospital since its 1971 opening will be displayed inside the new tower.

The new tower will also add a 950-space parking garage and a central energy plant to support the tower. Read more about this milestone for South Carolina.