Two hospitals are better than one, and residents of Davidson County, N.C., are lucky to have a pair of award-winning medical centers in their community. Here is a brief overview of Lexington Memorial Hospital and Thomasville Medical Center.
Lexington Memorial Hospital
This 94-bed community hospital represents 20 specialties and has 800 employees, including 120 physicians. LMH provides services that include surgery, an imaging center, critical care unit, birthing center and 24-hour emergency department.
Thanks, Wake Forest
As a gift to LMH, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem has pledged up to $5 million in matching donations through 2013. The money can be spent in a variety of ways to benefit LMH, including equipment, renovations and community wellness programs.
Lexington Memorial and Wake Forest Baptist originally formed a partnership in 2008 that allows LMH to have access to Wake Forest Baptist’s expansive network of medical resources. It also allows Wake Forest Baptist to have a larger marketing presence in Davidson County, with the two medical centers being only 20 miles apart.
Wide Range of Services
LMH operates a Wound Care Center that provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which may result in life-threatening infections, possible amputation and debilitating health problems. Other services that LMH offers include a dietary department, joint replacement center, pain center and sleep lab.
Thomasville Medical Center
The original City Memorial Hospital of Thomasville opened in 1930 and changed its name to Thomasville Medical Center in 2001. TMC has 149 beds and is regarded among the top patient care facilities in this region of the country.
Thomasville Medical Center is now accredited with the prestigious Joint Commission, which evaluates hospitals for patient safety and clinical quality improvement processes. TMC has also received accreditation as a national chest pain hospital from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
In addition, the hospital has earned national sleep center certification from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, along with national stroke care certification from the American Stroke Association.
In 2008, TMC opened a new 24,000-square-foot emergency center, which quadrupled the E.R. space that the hospital previously had. Today, the emergency center has 27 rooms compared to 10 in the past.
TMC officials say the spacious E.R. was needed in large part because of the growth in populations of retirees and of families choosing to relocate to Davidson County. Thomasville Medical Center serves about 30,000 emergency patients every year.