Archive | April, 2011

Get your “A” with Asparagus

There are several fruits and vegetables that come into season in South Carolina during the month of April. Asparagus is a favorite of the LMC Dietitians!

A one cup serving (9 medium stalks) provides 30 calories, 3 g fiber, is low in sodium and fat free. It is a good source of potassium and provides approximately 30% of the recommended dietary allowances (RDA) for vitamin A.

Asparagus is very versatile as well. Once washed, prepare the stalks by bending them to snap off the tough part of the stalk. The stalks can also be peeled. Then asparagus can be easily steamed, roasted, or grilled. It makes a great addition to a salad, a pizza topping, or an elegant vegetable with any meal. Here’s a recipe for roasting –

Roast Asparagus – 8 servings

2 pounds of Asparagus
Olive Oil
Fresh ground Pepper
Salt-free Seasoning of choice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus and, if they’re thick, peel them. Place the asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, then toss to coat the asparagus completely. Spread the asparagus in a single layer and sprinkle with seasonings to taste. Roast the asparagus for 25 minutes, until tender but still crisp.

Lexington Medical Center Receives Grant from Susan G. Komen Foundation

Lexington Medical Center has received a significant grant from the new SC Mountains to Midlands affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to provide breast cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured women in the Midlands. The grant totals $40,000, which will provide approximately 250 screenings at no cost to the patients.

Here is a photo of LMC breast cancer nurse navigator Kelly Jeffcoat, Komen board president Tammy Van Gieson and LMC oncology social worker Chris Gibson at a ceremony where Komen presented LMC with the grant.

Lexington Medical Center will begin offering the screenings to women who meet specific financial requirements. The grant money will also pay for transportation for the women to Women’s Imaging centers in the Lexington Medical Center network of care.

“This important grant will allow us to meet a need we’ve never been able to meet before,” said Kelly Jeffcoat, Lexington Medical Center breast cancer nurse navigator.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 20% of Lexington County residents do not have health insurance. With the economic downturn and rise in unemployment, the need for assistance providing access to important screenings for breast cancer is more important than ever.

The goal is to diagnose women early. Clinicians know that early detection is key to successful treatment of breast cancer.

“The biggest problem with patients who are uninsured is that by the time they’re screened, it’s too late,” said Chris Gibson, Lexington Medical Center oncology social worker. “With these screenings, we have the potential to catch breast cancer in Stage 1, where there is a 98% cure rate.”

Lexington Medical Center diagnoses approximately 250 breast cancer patients each year. The hospital’s breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Lexington Medical Center has four Women’s Imaging centers and a digital mobile mammography van. During treatment, breast cancer patients receive the assistance of two nurse navigators who provide education and emotional support.

For more information about the grant screenings, including eligibility requirements, call 803-791-2521.

LMC Welcomes Rev. Charles Jackson to Board of Directors

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Reverend Charles Jackson as a new member of its board of directors. Jackson, pastor of Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, will serve a three-year term.

“My life and ministry have been dedicated to making a difference in our community,” Jackson said. “I will strive to represent the high ideals that have made Lexington Medical Center the best in professional and medical services.”

Rev. Jackson has served as pastor of Brookland Baptist Church for 40 years. A native of West Columbia, he graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School and magna cum laude from Benedict College. He attended seminary at the Morehouse School of Religion of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA, receiving a Master of Divinity degree. He also holds honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Morris College and Benedict College.

Rev. Jackson’s work in the community has also included serving on the Morris College Board of Trustees, University of South Carolina Board of Visitors, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board of Directors, Distressed Areas Task Force for New Carolina, Cayce-West Columbia Rotary and Minority Advisory Council for Congressman Joe Wilson,.

Dr. Jackson and his wife Robin have two children and four grandchildren.