Hospital: Duke best deal for heart center – Lexington Medical Center found a compatible partner in Duke Medical for their journey into heart surgery. Duke is one of the top 10 hospitals in the U.S. with years of experience in recruiting and training heart surgeons, anesthesiologists and support personnel, according to Mark Shelley, LMC’s director of Marketing and Advertising. Shelley was responding to questions from the Chronicle prompted by queries from our readers. Asked why the hospital did not enter into an arrangement with the Medical University of SC, Shelley said MUSC has no affiliate program. Duke was chosen after months of exploring other options. “Their culture is like ours,” Shelley said. “This is more than just credentials. We went to their facilities. We met with their people. They came here and met with us. “Everybody felt they have very similar values. Their approach is “What’s best for the patients.” “This is not taxpayer money”, Shelley said. “This is coming out of operating dollars.” “It’s not costing the taxpayers anything.” Compared to the $15 million the hospital is paying Providence Hospital to give up one of its heart surgery rooms, he said, the cost is minimal. “Our affiliation with Duke shows our commitment to a world class heart service,” LMC CEO Mike Biediger said. It’s a five year contract. “Our investment is $585,000 the first year which is when our work will be most intense. The other four years will be less, depending on the services they provide.”
Farmer’s Market back at Shoppes of Flight Deck – The Lexington Farmer’s Market at The Shoppes At Flight Deck will reopen March 17 for its their season. The Market is located at 109 Old Chapin Road in Lexington. The popular, completely volunteer-run market is intended to provide healthy, fresh local product and other South Carolina foods and products to Lexington and surrounding communities. Th market is also an on-going fundraiser for Meals on Wheels in Lexington County and will be held every first and their Thursday of the month from 10a.m. until 2p.m. through the end of September.
Lexington’s Race Against Hunger February 26 – The Eleventh Annual Lexington Race Against Hunger will take place Saturday, Feb. 26 at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church located at 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. The race consists of a 10K run, 5K fitness walk and run, and one-mile Fun Run. Events begin at 8:15 a.m. and start and finish at Saxe Gotha. Pre-register for the event now and benefit from early bird discounts. You can register and get more information at www.lexrah.org. 100% of the profits will go to charities to benefit the hungry locally and worldwide. There has been $209,589 donated through the first ten events. This event is also held in memory of Curt Owens, Jr. and avid runner who died suddenly on Dec. 7, 2003. Owens was a sales manager at Blue Cross/Blue Shield and they are a major supporter of the event.
**All information compliments of the Lexington County Chronicle.**
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