Archive | June, 2011

Attention Midlands Women: Here’s Your Chance to Become a Blogger

Lexington Medical Center is sponsoring a contest between now and July 29th to recruit bloggers for its new Every Woman Blog. Women of all ages are invited to enter. Through the contest, the hospital plans to select eight women from our community to be featured as permanent bloggers. Each month, their posts will appear on the website. Each selected blogger will receive a $250 cash prize.

“Women thrive on exchanging ideas and connecting with one another,” said Lexington Medical Center Public Relations Manager Jennifer Wilson. “Whether it’s advice on work-life balance, job hunting, movies, shopping or cooking, they love to learn from one another.” Through the Every Woman Blog, Lexington Medical Center wants to create an environment where women in the Midlands can learn from and share with one another.

In addition to bloggers chosen in the contest, guest bloggers will also be selected from Lexington Medical Center’s medical staff and employees. With Lexington Medical Center as the sponsor of the blog, readers can expect to find an abundance of helpful health information.

To enter the blogging contest, visit Lexington Medical Center’s Facebook page at Upload a video or post a short written statement on the Wall about why you would be a great blogger to represent and inspire women in the Midlands. Eight women with the most persuasive, funny, touching or engaging posts will be selected to become a featured blogger on the Every Woman Blog.

Each featured blogger will write at least one post per month. The topics will vary greatly, depending on the personalities of the bloggers and their daily experiences in the community. Visitors can expect some of the posts to be videos. The bloggers will also meet in person at “blogger brunches” to share ideas and brainstorm topics.

Lexington Medical Center’s Every Woman Blog will serve as an essential resource for women to share views, experiences and tips. Meantime, -men- are welcome to read the blog and submit their comments, too! For more information, visit

Delicious Almonds

By LMC‘s Roxanne Poole RD, LD, CNSC

Almonds–a serving packs a big punch. They are an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, and a good source of fiber, copper, phosphorous, and riboflavin. A one-ounce serving (23 almonds) provides 160 calories, 3 grams of fiber, 13 grams of good unsaturated fats (8.8 grams of monounsaturated fats), 1 gram of saturated fat, and no cholesterol. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats which provide heart healthy benefits and are gluten-free.

Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Almonds can be used as a snack, chopped to go into topping for salads, casseroles and pasta, sliced as an ingredient in salads and desserts, or can be browned and added to vegetables.

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Curried Tuna Salad
Created by the Almond Board of California

Makes 4 servings

1 can (6 ½ or 7 oz) tuna in water,drained and flaked
½ cup diced red apple or pineapple
¼ cup sliced celery
¼ cup silvered almonds, toasted
1 Tbs sliced green onions
3 Tbs unflavored yogurt
½-1 tsp curry powder

In bowl, combine all ingredients to blend thoroughly. Serve in lettuce or sandwich between slices of whole grain bread. Sprinkle with almonds, if desired.

Reading Between the IV Lines: A Physician Book Club

A group of Lexington Medical Center’s physicians are part of a Roundtable and Book Club. This group includes physicians from Lexington Medical Center’s medical staff who represent different specialties and leadership experiences.

Starting in October 2010, they met twice each month in the Doctor’s Lounge at the hospital for breakfast and to review various leadership topics. The discussions lasted 20 minutes and LMC provided the reading materials for the participants.

Last fall, the group read The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, MD. Dr. Gawande is a
surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In conjunction with the World Health Organization, he showed that a simple checklist could dramatically affect outcomes in surgical patients. Recently, the South Carolina Hospital Association partnered with Dr. Gawande to bring the surgical checklist to South Carolina. LMC is actively engaging in this initiative.

The group’s second book was Transforming Health Care: Virginia Mason Medical Center’s
Pursuit of the Perfect Patient Experience by Charles Kenney
. Virginia Mason is a 336-bed
acute care community hospital in Seattle, Washington with a medical staff of 445
physicians. Recently, the Leapfrog Group recognized Virginia Mason as the top hospital of the decade for its strong commitment to patient safety and quality. Applying manufacturing principles in health care, they have made great strides in reducing medical errors and producing a “defect-free” care experience.

L – r: Dr. Lee Boguski; Dr. Myron Barwick; Dr. Jayne Moffatt; Dr. David H. Lamb; Dr. Quillin Davis; Dr. Brent Powers; Dr. Marc Antonetti; Dr. Robert Callis; Dr. Lillie Bates; and Dr. P.D. Bullard (Not pictured: Dr. Layne Clemenz; Dr. Sarkis Derderian; Dr. Michael Ervin; Dr. Bill Moore; and Dr. Mathew Springs)