Largest hospital expansion in state history completed at Lexington Medical Center
Members of the community along with Lexington Medical Center staff gathered in the hospital’s newest building Thursday afternoon to celebrate the end of a nearly three-year project. A ribbon cutting was held to represent the official completion of the new patient care tower.
The completion of the project marks the largest hospital expansion in South Carolina history. There are now 545,000-sq. ft. of additional space to be utilized across 10 floors. Approximately 300 construction workers were on-site every week to finish the facility.
Amenities available in the new tower include:
-71 new patient beds, now totaling 485
-Eight new operating rooms, including two open-heart surgery rooms
-20 ergonomic bassinets
-private rooms in special care nursery
CEO of Lexington Medical Center Todd Augsburger acknowledged the long-standing relationship the hospital staff has maintained with Midlands residents throughout the years. “In the groundbreaking ceremony we reemphasized the commitment Lexington Medical Center has made to this community for 45 years. Tonight, that commitment is visible an evident in our new hospital expansion,” he said.
Although the facility is visually appealing, Augsburger noted that the people who work inside the building are the real reason patients appreciate Lexington Medical Center. “We’re very proud of this beautiful space,” he said. “But we’re even more proud of this tremendous staff, nurses, and doctors who use this space to provide healing and service to our patients.” The Lexington Medical Center banner positioned behind Augsburger was made up of small photos of the 7,000 different staff members the hospital employs.
A video at the ceremony showed images of all the expansions the hospital has undergone since it first opened 45 years ago, leading up to the completion of the patient care tower. Light refreshments and drinks were offered following the ribbon cutting, and tours were available to view the new space.