Archive | April, 2012

Shining Bright in Palmetto Gold

by Sarah McClanahan

The South Carolina Nurses Foundation has honored three Lexington Medical Center nurses with the prestigious Palmetto Gold Award. Amanda Baker, Eileen Beasley and Kimberly Connor received the award, which recognizes 100 nurses from across South Carolina each year for excellence and commitment to the nursing profession. South Carolina Nurses Foundation will present the Palmetto Gold awards at a gala banquet this month.

Employers throughout the state nominate nurses for the Palmetto Gold Award. Nominees must meet four criteria:

 Promotes and advances the profession of nursing in a positive way in the practice setting or in the community
 Displays exceptional caring and commitment to patients, families, student nurses and colleagues
 Demonstrates leadership and assists others in growth and development
 Promotes the profession of nursing and contributes to the advancement of nursing through civic, community and/or professional association activities

Thank you to the 2012 Palmetto Gold recipients for your commitment and dedication to Lexington Medical Center. Congratulations!

Amanda Baker


Amanda Baker, certified registered nurse anesthetist, is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the South Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the South Carolina State Board of Nursing. She also serves as a liaison for the South Carolina State Standards and Practice Committee. In addition to her work as a full-time CRNA, Baker is the anesthesia clinical coordinator for the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School for Anesthesia. She has given presentations on vascular anesthesia as well as emergent obstetric cases with complicated, co-morbidities, which received approval for departmental continuing education credits. Baker also gives to her community by participating in the Walk for Juvenile Diabetes and volunteering in a vascular screening clinic.

Eileen Beasley


As a certified critical care nurse, Eileen Beasley provides direct patient care. But as a Medical Intensive Care Unit clinical mentor, she orients and provides education to staff. She researched and developed a proposal to purchase the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Essentials of Critical Care Orientation Plan, which received approval for purchase and implementation in 2012. Beasley also developed bedside quick reference guides for nurses and a cardiovascular education packet for MICU nurses. In addition to pursuing a master’s degree in Nursing Education, Beasley currently conducts weekly classes for a 30-bed Surgical Unit on cardiac education. In addition, she volunteers to feed the homeless and teaches at-risk children how to read. And she recently volunteered for Mission 2011, a free medical clinic for Midlands’ residents coordinated with United Way.

Kimberly Connor


In addition to patient care, Kimberly Connor serves as the Unit Based Practice Committee secretary. She is responsible for preparing and distributing the agenda and recording meeting minutes each month. A member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the South Carolina Nurses Association, she is an adjunct faculty member for nursing students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree. She also works as a unit preceptor for new and student nurses. Connor helped to write the application for the Beacon Award, which recognizes excellence in practice for critical care units, by providing input on section questions and assisting with editing. Her volunteer efforts reach a global scale with annual medical mission trips to Honduras. Not only does she help meet the health needs of this country, but she and her husband also sponsor a child there.

Dan Jones Re-Elected LMC Board Chairman

Dan Jones, LMC Board Chairman

The Lexington Medical Center board of directors has re-elected Dan Jones to a second term as chairman. He will serve a one-year term as board chairman.

Mr. Jones, vice president of Government Relations for Time Warner Cable’s South Carolina division, has been a member of the Lexington Medical Center board of directors since 2008. He previously served as vice chairman and was first elected chairman in 2011.

“The past year has been a tremendous time of growth for Lexington Medical Center with the beginning of our open heart surgery program and our affiliation with Duke Medicine for cardiac care,” he said. “In the year ahead, we look forward to strengthening our heart program and growing our oncology program.”

Mr. Jones has more than 35 years of experience in federal, state and local government relations. He and his wife Pat have three children and three grandchildren. Mr. Jones is a Lexington County native. He grew up in West Columbia and graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School and Charleston Southern University. He is also a board members and past president of the Brookland-Cayce High School Foundation. He and his wife are members of Trinity Baptist Church.

The Lexington Medical Center board of directors has 21 members. The board meets on the 4th Thursday of each month inside the conference room located in Lexington Medical Park 1 on the hospital campus.

“The board is very dedicated to the community,” Jones said.

He looks forward to informing board members about the operations of the hospital and helping them to understand the depth of their responsibilities in helping to bring about quality health services that meet the needs of our community.