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A publication for the employees & volunteers of the Lexington County Health Services District

MARCH 2013

Happy 1st Anniversary

A Year of Heart Surgery at LMC
This month marks an important milestone for Lexington Medical Center. Its the one-year anniversary of the hospitals first open heart surgery.
From March 28, 2012 to December 31, 2012, LMCs cardiovascular surgery team performed 146 open heart surgeries. The most common procedures were coronary artery bypass grafting and valve repairs or replacements. In addition to Dr. Jeffrey Travis at Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery, the heart surgery team includes physician assistant Victor Gomez; cardiovascular anesthesiologists Dr. Virgil Kenneda and Dr. Patrick Sipe; certified registered nurse anesthetists Christa Collins, Judy Wolfe, Amanda Baker and Kelly Metts; perfusionists led by Ty Walker; registered nurses Carol Antley, Richard OConnor, Melanie Parilla and Mona Smith; surgical technologists Michelle McCarthy and Kristie Taylor; and cardiovascular operating room nurse manager Meri Kinney.

Whats next for cardiovascular surgery at LMC?

In February, LMC welcomed a second heart surgeon. Dr. Steven Marra joined Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery after five years as medical director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA. LMC also will continue to focus on growing its technology and services. The hospital is now expanding electrophysiology, a sub-specialty

of cardiology that focuses on the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms and catheter ablations for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. And, in the future, the hospital will offer minimally invasive aortic valve replacement. We want to make sure were providing the best care with the latest techniques and state-ofthe-art equipment, said Lang Spotts, assistant vice president for Cardiovascular Administration. That work extends into the community with a robust heart education program. The goal is to deliver comprehensive cardiovascular care focused on unparalleled efficiency and excellent outcomes.

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Congratulations to the nine outstanding nurses selected as 2012 LMC Gold recipients. Established in 2006, LMC Gold honors nurses within Lexington Medical Centers Health Services District who exemplify excellence in practice and commitment to the nursing profession. Nurses are nominated by their peers based on a number of criteria including professional involvement, work-related activities and contributions to the advancement of nursing as well as providing patients with the best of care. The nurses received their awards at a gala held at the Capital City Club in January.

And the LMC Gold Goes To...

This event is a production of Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board.
Presented by Lexington Medical Center, A Taste of Lake Murray signals the start of summer fun on Lake Murray and raises funds for the 4th of July Celebration, which is enjoyed by more than 130,000 spectators annually. The event will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton on March 21 and features a variety of food and drink vendors. The Swingin Medallions will be playing a great mix of beach and soul music. Tickets are $60 per person and include the cost of food and drinks. Call 781-5940 or visit tasteoflakemurray.com to learn more.

Megan Addy, RN Interventional Cardiology

Katie Bedenbaugh, RN 8th Oncology

Alexandra Bowen, RN Cysto/Endo

LMC Employees Saw Shadows

Punxsutawney Phil may not have seen his shadow this year, but several Lexington Medical Center employees did!
LMC participated in National Groundhog Shadow Day, which provides a chance for eighth-grade students to learn about different areas of health care and discover what opportunities may be available in the future. Throughout the day, LMC employees showed students the ins-and-outs of their jobs. The students helped with daily tasks, answered telephones, and greeted patients and visitors. For more information on work-based learning programs available at LMC, please contact Kelli Bennett at 936-4104.

Alycia Wood shadowed Paula Watkins in Discharge Planning.

Linen Tip
Dont Trash Reject Linen
Reject linen is unusable clean linen. It may have a stain, tear, hole, dingy look or some other defect. Do not throw unacceptable linen in the trash or place it in the soiled linen. Reprocessing it can be costly! Please place unacceptable linen in the appropriate reject bag. The hospital receives credit from the laundry.

Ann Marie Clark, RN 6th Medical

Isabel Evora, RN Labor & Delivery

Jean Sabourin, RN Center for Best Practice

Tarik Hamilton shadowed Georgia Hamilton in MRI. Ansley Cordero shadowed Carie Cordero in the Cath Lab.

Tonya Sanchez, RN ICU

Terri Ullsperger, RN Emergency Department

Amanda Witdoeckt, RN MICU/CCU

Blake Fenters shadowed William Fenters in the Cath Lab. Kelsey Warf shadowed Leigh Warf in the Center for Best Practice.


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What is UEF?
Universal Employee Fund (UEF) is an internal fundraising campaign where hospital employees contribute funds to the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. These funds assist employees in an emergency or severe hardship. Funds can also be designated for items and services that enhance patient care. The 2013 UEF campaign begins on March 14 with the UEF representative luncheon and ends on April 19. Vist LexLoop for the celebration luncheon dates and times.

LMCEC Annual Service Awards

Lexington Medical Center Extended Care hosted its annual Service Awards ceremony on January 25. LMCEC recognized the following employees for service milestones and presented service pins to each employee at the ceremony.


 I like giving to UEF because the money stays here. It stays in what I like to call the family the LMC family. ~ Bart Bennett, senior application analyst

What does the money support?

Emergency Care Fund Assists fellow employees in an emergency or severe hardship. We Care Fund Funds equipment and services that help our employees provide the little extras for our patients when they need it most. This fund also provides medication vouchers for indigent patients and Lucinda Bears for our breast health patients. Undesignated Supports these and other funds: Cancer Care Fund Partners Program  Cardiopulmonary Vascular Rehab Fund Doulas Wellness Workouts Pastoral Care Fund


Emergency Care Fund
 I have always contributed to UEF but never thought that I would need help. Now I know that even my small contribution can make a big difference in someones life. Nursing Scholarships This award means I can give my daughter a better future!  As an employee at LMC, I have so much pride and commitment in my hospital and career. This scholarship is an honor and financial blessing as I pursue my nursing career as a family nurse practitioner. Cancer Care Fund  It meant a lot to be able to get a wig at no charge. It made me feel pretty again. Thank you so much. Cardiac Rehab Scholarships  My heart problem caused me to lose my job. Rehab gave me confidence that I could support my wife and kids. This fund helped me buy clothes and items to help us during this hard time. My family and I are eternally grateful for all youve done for us. Wellness Workouts  I love this program. We reviewed my treatment options and how each muscle would be affected by the breast cancer and treatment. I now exercise five days a week and maintain this routine. I have more confidence and the ability to fight cancer. Doulas  My doula was kind and supportive. Even though I had my family there, it was reassuring to have someone so experienced and encouraging there as well.
MARCH 2013

Left to right: Annie Whitt (25 years); Essie Ashley (30 years); and Vera Israel (25 years) Not pictured: Rutha Gaines (35 years)

 I give because it makes me feel good. Im helping my fellow employees and our patients. LMC is a family and its nice to know were helping our fellow employees. ~ Ann Bethea, director of Volunteer Services

35 years
Rutha Gaines

30 years
Essie Ashley

25 years
Vera Israel Annie Whitt

 LMC is a large community hospital and I know that giving to UEF is going to help my community my neighbors. One person can make a difference. Our hospital employees are making a difference. ~ Libby Daniels, nurse navigator

20 years
Larry Sterling Linda Watkins Doris Wigfall Michael Wilson Patricia Wilson

Freida Greene Shirley Huddleston Karan Hutto Katherine Jeffords Marian Johnson Joewanna McDaniel Cynthia Pam Linda Pam Valerie Rhodes Lillie Robinson Trena Russell Kevin Staggers April Tucker

5 years
Melissa Boles Cornelia Briggs Ketra Cunningham Patricia Gilmore Henrietta Gilyard Atalaya Goodwin Phyllis Graham Bobbie Hunsinger Victoria Johnson Ronald Lingenfelter Sara Meeks Elizabeth Robertson Lekeisha Rowe Evelyn Settle Celina Stevens Shirley Thomas Olympia Williams

15 years
Clarice Billings Derothea Boatwright Karen Esposito Elizabeth Harrison Robert Hartranft Mary Long Tonya Murnane George Sawyer Kennith Shelton Cindy Welch Kimberly Wilson

 With UEF, you can exactly see what happens with the money, where it benefitted people, what it was able to purchase. That makes it even more special. ~ Anne Forest, director of Nursing for Inpatient Services


Gifts to the Universal Employee Fund can really make a difference in the lives of LMC employees and others in our community. You can donate to UEF one of three ways: 1. payroll deduction; 2. s  ingle donation payable by cash, check or credit card; 3. donation of annual leave hours.

 Helping someone, whether today or 20 years ago, is important. This hospital has truly shown the community that they do care. ~ Claudine James, director of Radiation Oncology

10 years
Leasher Burns Linda Clark Randy Edmonds Carol Evans

For information or ways you can donate to the Foundation, call 791-2540.
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Gifts from the Lexington Medical Center family and the community make it possible for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation to support our mission providing quality health services that meet the needs of our community.

March 23, 2013

Join Lexington Medical Center for the Annual

Colon Cancer Challenge

Dutch Fork High School ~ 1400 Old Tamah Rd., Irmo

65-mile Ride ~ $35* 50-mile Ride ~ $35* 26-mile Ride ~ $35* 8K Boxer Runway ~ $25* NEW!
Turn your boxers into outerwear! Decorate boxer shorts to wear in the race.

3239 Sunset Boulevard West Columbia, SC 29169

Monday Thursday 5:45 a.m. 8:00 p.m. Friday 5:45 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Sunday 2:00 6:00 p.m.


Weight Watchers at Work. Register Today!

Weight Watchers at Work sessions are now offered at Lexington Medical Center! Meeting once a week for 10 weeks at convenient times and locations, Weight Watchers at Work costs $98 and payroll deduction is available! The next session begins the week of March 25. To register, email Amanda Castles at abcastles@lexhealth.org.

*Fees will increase after March 11, 2013.

The following meeting times are available to LMC employees:

Main Campus (Lower Level Classroom 4) Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. and 12 noon Health Directions West Columbia Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. LMC Lexington Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

Please visit LMCColonCancerChallenge.com for more information.

All proceeds will go to fund colon cancer screenings for under-insured and uninsured patients.

2013 Fund Fair

The Fund Fair featured representatives from 18 of the Foundations funding initiatives, including the Mobile Mammography Van, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cancer Care Fund, Healing Icons, Pet Therapy, Lymphedema Supply Fund, Public Safety, Health Directions, Wellness Workouts and the Doulas. Among the initiatives, Pastoral Care had one of the most colorful displays to promote the Puppets to the Rescue program. This program offers fun entertainment for kids of all ages who are dealing with a sick family member or an illness themselves. The event also focused on donor appreciation and highlighted many of the ways Foundation programs affect the community.

Pathology Associates of Lexington, P.A.

Giving to Our Community

Lexington Medical Center and our employees are dedicated supporters of organizations around the Midlands, including the Nancy K. Perry Childrens Shelter, a residential program for the temporary emergency care of children who have been physically or sexually abused, neglected, abandoned, exploited or caught in a family crisis.
Nancy K. Perry Childrens Shelter provides a safe, loving and structured family environment with house parents who serve as role models. The oldest facility of its type in South Carolina, Nancy K. Perry Childrens Shelter serves approximately 85 to 100 children annually. Since it opened in 1972, the shelter has cared for more than 5,000 children.

New Board Member: Harold Wray

Welcome our new Foundation board member Mr. Harold Wray of Wray Automotive. As an active member of the community, Mr. Wray is a proud sponsor of Alive at 25, a driver safety program for young motorists. He enjoys spending time with his wife Mary Ann, who is a former LMC volunteer.
Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations, Larry Stroud, LMC board member and chair of the Community Outreach Committee, and Carol Metts, LMC board member, present the hospitals donation to Jean Moore, house parent at the Nancy K. Perry Childrens Shelter, and Jarrell Smith, executive director at the shelter.

Ambassador Program
Congratulations to the following community members for graduating from the January Ambassador Program: Tina Dinkins; Jim Hennigan; Adam Davis; Carol Yarborough; Linda Shanabrook; L. Todd Sease; and Lisa Livingston. We greatly appreciate their support!

The Foundation is proud to support the patients, staff and donors at LMC with these services. If you know of other ways the Foundation can help our patients and community, please call 791-2540.

LMCEC January Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Natasha Williams on her selection as January Employee of the Month. Natasha has been employed at Extended Care for 11 years. She is a team player who is dedicated to completing all tasks. Natasha always has a positive attitude with a beautiful smile, making her a pleasure to work with. In her free time, she loves to travel and spend quality time with her children and grandson.

LMC BatesburgLeesville would like to welcome Misty Williams, LPN, and Melissa Redman, business office associate.

Oh, Baby!
Congratulations to Lakema Blakney at Palmetto Family Medicine and her husband Lynn on the birth of baby Brendon on December 26, 2012. He weighed 6 lb 5 oz and was 19 inches long.

Wedding Bells
Best wishes to Dr. Crystal Y. Johnson of Sandhills Womens Care on her marriage to Herbert Davis. The couple wed on February 16.

Congratulations to Adham Hijazi, 2nd shift coordinator for the Procurement department, on his retirement. He served Lexington Medical Center for 23 years.

Employee Changes/ Additions

Congratulations to Jill Howell on her promotion to buyer.

Best wishes to Jessica Johnson, practice manager at Southeastern Neurology & Memory Clinic, on her marriage to Will Hastings. The couple wed on December 20, 2012.

Congratulations to Jennifer Grounds, intake representative in the Emergency department, on her new baby boy.

Congratulations to Emergency department LPNs Emily Boucher and Janet Davenport on passing the nursing boards.

Congratulations to Dan Danielsen, respiratory therapist, on his retirement. He dedicated 32 years to serving Lexington Medical Center and our community.

Lexington Endocrinology would like to welcome Michelle Tatum, office RN.

Best wishes to Jennifer Kaminer, associate accountant, on her marriage to Jason Branham. The couple wed on December 29, 2012.

Congratulations to Melissa Taylor on her promotion from business office associate to accounts receivable specialist at West Columbia Internal Medicine.

Best wishes to Lisa Noffsinger in Physician Network Administration on her recent engagement.

Congratulations to Lindsey Hunter, RN for 6th Medical, on achieving national Medical-Surgical certification.

Gold Team ~ Whos Your Super User?

As Lexington Medical Center prepares to go live with the LMConnect Epic electronic health record (EHR), its important to know whos who.
Super Users are the experts who will serve as points of contact and provide go-live support for every unit, floor and department. All Super Users will receive extra training and exclusive preparation to become a valuable resource to the employees who will use the LMConnect Epic EHR system. This additional instruction includes learning how to be a Super User, understanding application training and providing classroom support for End User training. For more information about the LMConnect Epic EHR or to find your Super User, visit LMConnect.com.

Green Team ~ User Forums

The LMConnect Physician Network EHR launched the Physician User Group (PUG) last month.
PUG is an opportunity to provide feedback, bring awareness to ideas and discuss system capabilities. The first PUG was open to family practice and internal medicine physicians who are live on EHR. As the Physician Network EHR continues to be deployed across the health district, additional specialty-specific forums will be available. Launched in March 2012, another forum currently available is the LMConnect Physician Network EHR Super User Forum. This forum offers convenient, online video conferences including live demonstrations and Q&A sessions for Super Users or go-to physician practice staff. Look for these tools and upcoming user forum information as well as recordings of previous forums on the Physician Network Services page on LexLoop.