Archive | October, 2010

Dr. Seabrook Receives Order of the Palmetto

Congratulations to Dr. March Seabrook, MD. The gastroenterologist received the Order of the Palmetto at a ceremony at the South Carolina Medical Association on October 22, 2010. The Order of the Palmetto is South Carolina’s highest civilian honor awarded for extraordinary achievement and service to the state and nation. Dr. Seabrook was honored for his dedication to imporving the health of South Carolina citizens by educating them about the prevention of colon cancer.

Here is a photo. Dr. Seabrook is 4th from the left. He is pictured with his family and members of the Lexington County legislative delegation.

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 and her latest blog post.

I have rested. Then I rested. Then I rested some more. About a week and half ago I bruised my right achilles tendon. I’m calling it a bruise. I began to ice, rest, stretch and massage. At the end of four days the pain was gone, so I tried a short run. At the end of 5 miles it was no longer a good idea to run. It’s too bad I couldn’t get that message at the beginning of the run. It never works that way. I took another five days off. Rest, ice, stretch and massage. Stretch and massage, stretch and massage. Did I say stretch and massage? Oh, and ice! I ran this Saturday. I joined the group for a long run. Not the brightest idea after a “bruise”. I had been pain free for 3 or 4 days and hadn’t run in almost a week. At that point I either had to run or spontaneously combust. Either option would be acceptable. I ran. My achilles tendon was tight, but it no longer hurt. There are times when the area that hurts is not the area that needs to loosen up. A knot in your lower back or gluteus can cause iliotibial band syndrome. A tight quadracep can cause knee pain. I’m always amazed by physical therapists and licensed massage therapists who can pin point the “real problem” in a matter of minutes. Though my heel hurt, it was the upper portion of my calf muscle that had knotted up. I’m grateful it was nothing serious. This morning we met for 4.5 miles and it was a good run. My pace is still not what I would like. My goal is 2:06:59 for the Governor’s Cup Half. Can I get there from here? Not if I take another 9 days off. However, I know if I don’t rest a “bruise” I won’t get there at all.

New Committment to Help Sexual Assault Victims

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

Lexington Medical Center held a news conference about the new agreement on Wednesday, September 29th.

SART News Conference at LMC

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.

SART Forensic Nurse Examiners

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.”

Ginny Waller, Executive Director of STSM, and Barbara Willm, LMC VP of Community Relations

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.

Advocates and law enforcement leaders from around the county signed a memorandum of agreement for the SART team during the news conference.

Signing the memorandum of agreement