Archive | June, 2012

The 2012 Partners Program

2012 Partners Program Participants

Beginning this month, Lexington Medical Center is openings its doors to some of the brightest high school students in Lexington County for an intensive summer internship inside the hospital called the Partners Program. In its 22nd year, the Partners Program has become a popular tradition at the hospital.

“The goal is to give students an inside look at what they can expect in a health care career,” said Kelli Bennett, Workforce Coordinator at Lexington Medical Center, who conducts the Partners Program. “It’s a glimpse into our world.”

The students will focus on clinical training around the hospital and interact with hospital staff in assigned clinical areas. They may help with bed making, checking vital signs, stocking and general duties while being supervised by a mentor. In addition, they will take part in field studies including a tour of the USC School of Medicine, Midlands Technical College Health Science Programs, LMC Laboratory and LMC Extended Care.

Approximately 200 students from Lexington County high schools applied for the Partners Program in a rigorous interview process with a panel of hospital staff members and written application. Sixty were selected to participate. Lexington Medical Center will award a $1,000 book scholarship to one rising senior from each Lexington County High School, home school and private school, for a total of 13 scholarships.

The Partners Program is divided into two sessions: June 11 – 29 and July 9 – 27. Students are in clinical areas from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. The program is sponsored by the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Throughout its history, some Partners Program participants have returned to work at Lexington Medical Center when they complete their education.

Congratulations to the 2012 Lexington Medical Center Partners Program participants:

Brookland-Cayce High School
Bryson Bouknight
Brittany Goodwin

Chapin High School
Ethan Zakian
Alexis Comose
Swain Spearman
Alina Burlacu
Jordan Miller
Serena Finley
Megan Rich
Katherine Foster
Taylor Hilyer
Haley Player
Amanda Bickley
Hunter Booth
Connor Haycox
Marie Floyd

Dutch Fork High School
Karishma Dewnani
Ruchi Desai
Shannon Roberson
Marissa Cantwell
Seong Lee
Megan Helms
Mariam Almassri
Vaihdehi Gajjar
Karmen Gee
Lauren Blanchette
Hayden Fields
Irraj Iftikhar
Prem Patel

Gilbert High School
Hannah Swearingen

Matthew Aurednik

Irmo High School
Madison Leonardi
Anna Buford
Pooja Patel
Rupa Mehta
Zoe Ayers
Savannah Bowyer
Ryan Hood
Ami Patel

Lexington High School
Izlen Pedsenar
Briana Gartmon
Matthew White
Holley Davis
Allie Schwab
Halie Haltiwanger
Victoria McCaw
Sierra Putnam
Allison Kurtz
Rachel Bicker
Kayla Pickler
Curtis Ward
Dylan Patel

Pelion High School
Ashley Sharpe

Swansea High School
Emilee Piersanti
Rebecca Burkhart

White Knoll High School
Alexandra Cordes
Emily Jeffcoat
Noori Jaggi

The Doctor Is In: Dr. Myron Barwick on Melanoma

Dr. Myron Barwick

This weekend, Dr. Myron Barwick of Lexington Surgical Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, participated in a radio interview with host Roxanne Rhodes on 92.3 and 94.1 in Columbia to talk about skin cancer. You can listen to the interview in the Podcast below.

The Doctor Is In: You Ask, Pediatricians Answer

Lexington Pediatric Practice, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Dr. Dwight Reynolds started Lexington Pediatric Practice in 1987. The original office was located on Old Chapin Road and Dr. Reynolds was the only pediatrician in Lexington at the time. For the first three years, Dr. Reynolds was the sole physician at the practice. Like its patients, Lexington Pediatric Practice grew up big. Over the years, new physicians joined. Today, it’s home to Dr. Reynolds, Dr. Lillie Bates, Dr. Caroline Webber and Dr. Caleb Wheeler, and is located inside a spacious, kid-friendly office at LMC-Lexington, located at 811 West Main Street, Suite 204.

L to R: Dr. Dwight Reynolds, Dr. Caroline Webber, Dr. Caleb Wheeler and Dr. Lillie Bates

In honor of the silver anniversary milestone, its four physicians are sharing their answers for some of the most common questions they are asked at their practice

Dr. Lillie Bates
Q: How can we help to keep our children from becoming overweight?
A: We’ve seen more overweight children because we’re not moving enough. We’ve even seen high blood pressure and early onset diabetes in teenagers. The key is for the whole family to live a healthy lifestyle. Take a walk or jump rope together. Switch to skim milk. Remember that convenient foods are not always healthy foods. The Midlands is a great place to raise healthy kids – we have a lot of opportunity for activity.

Dr. Dwight Reynolds
Q: What are your best summer tips for parents?
A: Babies need sunscreen with a recommended SPF of 30. Don’t trust that it’s waterproof or sweatproof – reapply throughout the day. Also, roll-on deodorant can be great first aid for mosquito bites. A deodorant with aluminum salt, which most have, will keep a fresh bite from flaring up and becoming infected. And, meat tenderizer is a good remedy for fire ant bites. Mix some meat tenderizer with a few drops of water and rub it on the bite to help the area heal faster.

Dr. Caroline Webber
Q: How can I get my baby to sleep through the night?
A: Put your baby in his room at night as soon as you are comfortable – definitely by 2 to 3 months old. If your baby cries when you put him to bed, give him 10 to 15 minutes to calm down on his own. If he’s still crying after that, go into his room, reassure him and give him a pacifier, if he uses one. Then, give him 15 to 20 minutes before going back. It’s important for a baby to learn how to fall asleep on his own without help from things like a rocking chair or bottle.

Dr. Caleb Wheeler
Q: What milestones should a baby reach by the first birthday?
A: The first birthday is the biggest time of change in a child’s life. They start walking, talking and eating real food. Everything they know is changing and all kids handle that and develop differently. At age 1, a child should show an effort to talk, say a few words including mama and dada, show their personality, express their needs and show some affection.

Lexington Pediatric Practice is accepting new patients. You can reach them at 803-359-8855.