History of Lexington Medical Laboratories, Inc.
which was @ 110 East Hospital Drive suite 100
West Columbia, S. C. 29169

****This lab was physically absorbed into the main Lex. Med. Ctr. lab in Jan. 2017; it was to be legally absorbed later in 2017.

LML had been: Physician & Technologist Specialists In The Practice Of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Certified Surgical Pathology & Laboratory Testing, Campus Of Lexington Medical Center (LMC). Lexington Medical Center is, and had always been, focused on a role as a supplimentary agent in behalf of S. C. Midlands area patient testing through LMC. LML did not, under ANY circumstance, perform lab testing direct to the layperson public. We have posted a FB page and Google Maps location simply as a presence. LML has always been directed by Dr. John Carter, member and former co-owner of Pathology Associates of Lexington, P. A. (PAL). See the PAL FB page or PAL's web site home page.

  • Founded: LML began as a not-for-profit lab Dec. 1984 (in the "old mail room" at Lexington Medical Center) in order to offer the expertise John & Sara Carter (Sara one of the first 12 or so technologists ASCP certified as SI by ASCP) brought down from their nationally recognized immunology lab at Henrotin Hospital (which lab served 3 other hospitals in Chicago...Henrotin now absorbed by Northwestern), Chicago, Illinois. As such, it is part of the history of LMC. The Carters had a decade of national-level expertise as regular workshop instructors (1975-1985) in immunoserology in the combined national educational meetings of the CAP and ASCP. There being no lab square footage available in the then Lexington County Hospital, hospital administrator, George I. Rentz, asked that a private lab be established in the then-new Lexington Medical Office Building (LMOB) at highways I-26 & 378. The first test report was issued on a Legionella serology on 24 Dec.1985, followed by a DIF anatomic pathology test on an LCH ER skin biopsy (results reported within two hours) for Palmetto Dermatology's Dr. Fred McElveen  the next day.  The Articles of Incorporation, dated 10 January 1986, were filed with the Secretary of State office 13 January 1986. In the 1990s, LML brought IHC on line and provided services on all LMC cases (Medicare and otherwise) handled by PAL & referred to LML for technical services. In 1990-91, LML began performing the new IHC anatomic pathology tests on tissue slides for LMC and PAL (in 2014 with a library of nearly 100 antibodies). The lab is especially experienced in DIF, IFA (predominately rheumatological after about 2013), IHC, and molecular testing techniques.

    As the lab evolved, it became a practical R&D lab for the set-up of (1) new tests which could not be put into use in the main hospital lab or (2) new tests which needed to be set up under this focused expertise. As clinically appropriate (24/7/365 need), a number of such tests have been transferred to the hospital lab. While we could work with individual patient's through Lab Tests on Demand (any arrangement is made through that lab service), our prime mission was the affiliated services with LMC through PAL.

  • Owners: John B. Carter, M. D., Sara L. Carter, Ella R. (formerly Calvert) Bouknight, & Ervin B. Shaw, M. D.
  • Board of Directors:
    • chairman: Ervin Shaw
    • secretary: Sara Carter
  • Officers:
    • president: Ervin Shaw
    • vice president: John Carter
    • secretary/treasurer: Sara Carter
  • Staff:
    • lab director: John Carter, M. D. (through Pathology Associates of Lexington... PAL)
    • technical director & senior consultant for R&D: Sara Carter, MT (ASCP) SM, SI
    • chief technologist: Sara Carter, MT (ASCP) SM, SI; at one point, Gary Ferguson, MT (ASCP) [1994-June 2006, then Chief Tech @ Orangeburg Reg. Med. Ctr.]
    • Senior technologist & first employee, Donna Smith Richardson.