Archive | September, 2010

RUN FASTER! LMC Employees train for Governor’s Cup

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to be the title sponsor of the 2010 Governor’s Cup Road Race, featuring half marathon and 8K races in Columbia on November 13th. Our hospital enjoys events that encourage healthy lifestyles. Several Lexington Medical Center employees are training for the half marathon. We’re following two along the way. Between now and race day, our blog will bring you the stories of their training.

Here is the story of June Duggan, Anasthesia Services Manager at Lexington Medical Center.

Somewhere between mile one and mile two the stiffness is replaced by a familiar rhythm. The blood finally begins to flow and today’s stress is carried away with yesterday’s lactic acid. I began running, “competitively”, at the age of 11. I ran track through middle and high school and continued to run, sporadically, through my twenties. I rediscovered the bicycle and found a way to cover much more distance with virtually the same effort. In my late twenties I added sprint distance triathlons to my cycling centuries and began doing an occasional 5K. I’ve done a couple of small adventure races. The Saludathon was fun and the Marine Corps Mud Run is challenging. My level of fitness varies with the season and my family’s schedule.

Winter is a better time to run and running is less equipment intensive than triathlons and adventure racing. Running, in short, is easy. A descent pair of shoes and a small piece of time is all I need. Running is easy. Making the time to enjoy it can be a challenge.

I currently run 20 miles a week and bike another 15 to 20. I’ll run a local 5k to 10k when my son’s Cross Country schedule is willing. I have signed up for the Marine Corps Mud Run this weekend and am looking forward to getting filthy. I will continue to increase my mileage in preparation for the Governor’s Cup in November. My last long run, one week before the event, will be around 10 to 12 miles. My time for the Palmetto Half was 2:07:??. I had hoped for 1:59:59 and will settle for anything under 2:07:00 for the Governor’s Cup. The point, though, is to move. Pace, time, place mean very little. The rhythm matters.

LMC Announces New Commitment to Help Sexual Assault Victims

Each year, approximately 100 sexual assault victims come to Lexington Medical Center for treatment after an attack.

Now, a new collaboration health care workers, law enforcement officers and sexual assault prevention advocates is working together to help sexual assault victims receive the help they need in the best way possible. Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce its participation in the new Lexington County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

Lexington Medical Center’s participation in the program guarantees that when a victim of sexual assault comes to the hospital’s Emergency Department, the victim will be examined by a Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE), a nurse who has special training in the collection of forensic and physical evidence in cases of sexual assault. The Forensic Nurse Examiner will be a member of the SART team. In addition to the Forensic Nurse Examiner, a counselor from Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands and law enforcement officers will arrive.

Forensic Nurse Examiners are considered experts in their field and in courtroom testimony during sexual assault hearings and trials. And, according to Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, cases with FNE nurses have an 80% guilty plea rate by attackers, demonstrating the important impact of a FNE nurse’s evidence collection and testimony.

As part of the program, Lexington Medical Center will also hire one full time Forensic Nurse Examiner to work at our hospital and be available to be dispatched to examine sexual assault victims at other hospitals in the Midlands when needed through the SART program.

“This is an outstanding example of many agencies coming together to benefit the citizens of our collective community,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Outreach at Lexington Medical Center. “This program insures that all victims will receive the same standard of care and that care will begin at the earliest possible time.”

Statistics from Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands show that there were 236 reported sexual assaults in Lexington, Newberry and Richland Counties in 2009. Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands responded to 97 calls of sexual assault victims brought to Lexington Medical Center in fiscal year 2009. In addition, Lexington Medical Center operates the second busiest Emergency Department in South Carolina, treating more than 90,000 patients each year.

Lexington Medical Center will discuss the details of this new commitment at a news conference on Wednesday, September 29th, at 2 p.m., inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 auditorium on the hospital campus in West Columbia. The community is invited to attend.

RUN FASTER! LMC Employees train for Governor’s Cup

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to be the title sponsor of the 2010 Governor’s Cup Road Race, featuring half marathon and 8K races in Columbia on November 13th. Our hospital enjoys events that encourage healthy lifestyles. Several Lexington Medical Center employees are training for the half marathon. We’re following two along the way. Between now and race day, our blog will bring you the stories of their training.

First up: Meet Kathy Howell, Vice President of Human Resources at Lexington Medical Center. She’s also a married mother of 3, with a grandbaby on the way. This race will be her first half marathon.

Here’s what she tells us about her running background:

  • I blame my daughter Melissa and my friend Ellen for planting the idea that I could, maybe, run. You see, I never ran further than the mailbox to get the mail in the rain. But one July day in 2008, my daughter mentioned that she was starting the “Couch to 5K” program and that she thought I might like it, too. Me? Run? I jokingly mentioned it to my much younger neighbor, Ellen. She jumped all over it. I got caught up in their enthusiasm and was flattered that these young women thought I could even attempt something like this, so thought I’d give it a try. I could always quit, right?
  • I couldn’t even run 1 minute steady on the treadmill. But that’s the beauty of “Couch to 5K”. You walk more than you “run” until you build up your ability to run more than you walk. And in a matter of 10 weeks, I could plod 3 miles. Enough for a 5K.
  • True to her word, Ellen took me out for my first 5K in November of 2008. The Sleigh Bell Run at Saluda Shoals. Here was the problem: I’d never run a race before. I was mentally freaked out. But I finished it. 15 minutes later than Ellen, but I finished.
  • 3 weeks later, Ellen and I ran the Jingle Bell Run in Camden. I improved my time by 3 minutes, placed 3rd in my age bracket (please don’t ask how many women were in my age bracket) and got my first runner’s patch. I was victorious! I had a patch to prove it. I was hooked.
  • In October 2009, I ran the Ray Tanner 5K. Cheerleaders, music and when you crossed the finish line – which was home plate- they announced your name! I felt like a rock star! I did well enough to get another runner’s patch. Oh, Yeah.
  • Up to this point, I’ve been a so-so runner. I limited my runs to the treadmill at the gym. Always stayed at 3 miles. Never more than 9 miles/week.
  • Until July of 2010. That’s when I heard about LMC’s sponsorship of the Governor’s Cup Race. I thought this was a great idea and that I might consider doing the 8K. I had plenty of time to work up to 5 miles. I liked having an event on the calendar that I could plan and work toward. Plus, it would show support for my company. I’m in.
  • And then it happened. I was in a group of colleagues at the gym. They were all talking about the race and what they were going to do. I heard about a new race training program that Health Directions (Lexington Medical Center’s health and wellness facility) was putting together. Someone said, “Hey, Kathy. YOU should do this with us!” That felt good. These people think I can hang. I found myself caught up in the group energy and enthusiasticly said, “I’ll DO it!” OK! Half marathon it is! And then instantly, I felt the color drain from my face. Did I just commit to the half marathon?
  • July 31st I met up with the running group for our first run. I was confident. We planned on running 2 miles. No problem. I knock out 3 on the treadmill easy enough. My confidence wheezed away in a hurry. Longest 2 miles of my life. I had to walk parts of it. My lungs burned. My legs quivered. How could this be?? I learned quickly that there is a difference between treadmill running and outdoor running. Big difference. I was discouraged, but with the encouragement of our running coach and my teammates, I stuck with it.
  • I’ve been following the training plan for 7 weeks. I run 4 days/week with my long runs on Saturdays now up to 7-8 miles. 21 miles/week. 150 miles since August 1st. My goal for this year’s Governor’s Cup is simple, but important: To finish the race and train injury free. So far, so good.
  • II have moments of pure fear when I think about running 13.1 miles. Last month I ran a 5 mile loop around the Statehouse and realized just how FAR 5 miles is. I ran from Health Directions in Irmo across the dam and back for my first 7 mile run. People DRIVE that. Maybe I should look for a car marathon.
  • But there is something about running. Even in a group run, there is a sense of peaceful solitude. (Especially when you’re at the back of the pack.) I like that. I am surrounded by people all day. I’m a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, employee and boss. And while I wouldn’t give up any of those roles, when I run, I’m just a runner. I can focus on one thing. It’s simple. It’s basic. And fills my soul.

~Kathy Howell

Keep up with Kathy’s progress between now and November 13th with updated blog posts on training and cheer her along!