Lexington Medical Center’s 2009 “Women’s Night Out” on October 13th was a tremendous success. This sold out event at the Embassy Suites hotel in Columbia highlighted October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Women’s Night Out is a celebration of breast cancer survivors,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of community relations at Lexington Medical Center. “It is our privilege to recognize and celebrate the brave individuals that face such challenges with grace, dignity and courage.”
There were exhibits featuring LMC physician practices that specialize in women’s services, a silent auction, dinner and a keynote speech.
This year’s speakers were Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker, stars of NBC’s long-running hit TV show “L.A. Law.”
Eikenberry, a breast cancer survivor, and Tucker are married. They talked about her experience with breast cancer and how it impacted their relationship. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Care Fund at Lexington Medical Center, which provides cancer services to patients in need.
Eikenberry and Tucker toured Lexington Medical Center before the event.
Statistics show that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Lexington Medical Center’s breast cancer program is nationally accredited by the American College of Radiology. Its services combine the latest technology with unsurpassed compassion.
Lexington Medical Center is using MammoSite Targeted Radiation Therapy, an innovative treatment that shortens treatment time and minimizes cosmetic changes. The hospital network has system-wide digital mammography, which can detect spots as small as a grain of sand. Lexington Medical Center offers “Five-Day Detection to Diagnosis,” which guarantees a doctor visit, tests, diagnosis and discussion of treatment options within five days of detecting a lump. And, Lexington Medical Center is home to Becky’s Place, a boutique that offers products including wigs, bras and prosthetics for women recovering from breast cancer.
The resolution honors Mr. Biediger for his 20 years of leadership at Lexington Medical Center, first as executive vice president and chief operating officer, then as president & CEO, and his work partnership with the chamber.
“Mike Biediger has not only promoted business as the largest employer in the county, but his efforts in the area of health care and keeping our work force healthy and safe deserved recognition,” said Scott Adams, chairman of the board of directors for the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitor’s Center.
An excerpt of the resolution reads:
“The Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitor’s Center wishes to congratulate him for his tireless service and outstanding contributions to Lexington County, the Lexington business community and the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitor’s Center.”
Mr. Biediger received the resolution at the chamber’s general membership breakfast in September. At that meeting, the chamber also honored Dr. Karen Woodward, superintendent of Lexington School District One, for receiving the lifetime achievement award from the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.
Adams said it was appropriate to honor Mr. Biediger and Ms. Woodward together because the delivery of both health care and education are vital for economic development. Adams said the combination of excellent health care and great schools in Lexington County is unparalleled.
Mr. Biediger joined Lexington Medical Center in 1989 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. He has served as president and CEO since 1996. He is credited for demonstrating an excellent understanding of the health care industry and needs of our community, focusing on bringing important technology and services to the hospital and creating a unique employee culture of caring, dedication and teamwork.