Archive | May, 2009

LMC Nurse Receives Proclamation at S.C. State House

LMC Nurse Angie Fontana (left) receives a proclamation at the S.C. State House declaring May Osteoporosis Month

Lexington Medical Center nurse Angie Fontana (seen on the left in the above photo) received a proclamation at the South Carolina State House on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. that declared May “Osteoporosis Month.”

The proclamation came about as a result of Fontana’s volunteer work at the State House to raise awareness about osteoporosis. Fontana, an ER nurse who is also an experienced osteoporosis educator and orthopaedic nurse practitioner, has volunteered four hours each week at the State House since March to scan people for osteoporosis using a heel scan machine. She conducts the scans in the State House lobby. So far, she has scanned more than 400 people.

“Osteoporosis is a silent disease and we need to have awareness for prevention, detection and treatment,” Fontana said. “The debilitating effects of osteoporosis can include increase in fracture risk, weakness, interruption in activities of daily living, physical immobility and pain.”

Here are some facts about Osteoporosis:

  • Osteoporosis is a bone disorder in which compromised bone strength increases fracture risk.
  • 755,000 people in South Carolina are projected to have osteoporosis or low bone mass by 2010.
  • Consequences of osteoporosis include fractures which can lead to disability, impairment of daily activities, gastrointestinal and respiratory problems, depression and pain.
  • Osteoporosis is highly manageable, but often remains undiagnosed and untreated until a bone breaks. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help prevention.
    (Source: Alliance for Better Bone Health)

LMC Nurses Receive Thank You from U.S. Air Force

The nurses stand with the Thank You gifts from the Air Force

A group of Lexington Medical Center pre-op nurses has received a special thank you from the United States Air Force.

In February, about 20 pre-op nurses put together care packages for members of a U.S. Air Force squadron stationed in Iraq. The packages went to 1st Lieutenant Michael Dragoon, the son of Lexington Medical Center pre-op nurse Rusty Dragoon, RN. Lieutenant Dragoon has been serving in Iraq since January and distributed the care packages to his unit. Each package had Valentines and a “movie night” theme containing items ranging from DVDs to popcorn.

Rusty Dragoon said the project got started when her son told her some airmen were not getting mail. “They were lonely for someone to write to them or let them know they were thinking of them,” she said. “Michael asked if there was something we could do to help.”

The service members were so impressed with the packages, they sent the nurses an American flag that flew over their base in Iraq, a group picture of the squadron, a certificate, and letter from the unit’s major. Rusty Dragoon surprised the nurses with the items on Monday morning.

And the best part was that Lt. Michael Dragoon called the nurses from Iraq to thank them for their kindness and support. They listened to him on Rusty Dragoon’s speaker phone.

“I’m very touched and proud of my unit for what they did for these service members,” Rusty Dragoon said.

Lexington Medical Center Foundation Presents Lee Trevino

Professional golfer Lee Trevino spoke at a dinner hosted by the Lexington Medical Center Foundation on May 12, 2009 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Columbia. His charismatic, humorous and inspiring speech described how he came from humble beginnings to become one of the best golfers in the world. Below are pictures from his talk and his time with guests.

You can also view an article written by Bob Gillespie, golf writer with The State newspaper, after an interview with Mr. Trevino at the event.