Archive | June, 2012

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.

LMC: One of “25 Best Hospitals to Work for in U.S.”

Lexington Medical Center has been named one of “The 25 Best Hospitals to Work for in the U.S.” by Health Exec News, a national publication. This distinct honor recognizes hospitals that have provided outstanding work environments with opportunities for professional development, excellent benefits, compensation, activities, efficient workflow and employee satisfaction.

Health Exec News praised Lexington Medical Center’s scholarships, tuition reimbursement, recognition for outstanding performance and service awards as great reasons to work there. It also liked the hospital’s employee wellness assessments, community discounts and childcare benefits from on-site daycare to adoption assistance. Importantly, it noted that Lexington Medical Center employees describe their co-workers as “a second family away from home” and “respectful and team-oriented.”

“We believe that Lexington Medical Center is a great hospital because of the people who work here,” said Mike Biediger, Lexington Medical Center President & CEO. “We strive to hire and keep the best people in the Midlands, and try to create a great work environment for our employees. We’re proud to be recognized with this honor.”

Lexington Medical Center is in good company. Emory University Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital and, Massachusetts General Hospital and The Mayo Clinic are also on the list. To see the full list, visit

There are nearly 6,000 registered hospitals in the United States providing patient care daily. According to Health Exec News, the hospitals recognized as the 25 Best Hospitals to Work for in the U.S. “often serve as second homes for employees and offer great benefits to keep staff motivated and working in an environment that fuels their passion for helping patients stay healthy.”

Gentlemen – Improving Your Health May Be a Tomato Away

By: Donna Quirk, MBA RD LD
LMC Clinical Nutrition Manager

June is Men’s Health Month and there is no better time to start new habits and make better food choices. Emerging research is suggesting that the tomato might be the food of choice because of its cancer protective qualities – particularly for prostate cancer.

Tomatoes are great sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fiber, potassium and carotenoids. The caronoid Lycopene is most abundant but tomatoes also contain 7 other carotenoids. Researchers believe that it is all the compounds in tomatoes working together that give you the best benefit.

And there is more good news. Processed tomato products are just as good, if not better, than fresh tomatoes. Evidence indicates that processing tomatoes makes the lycopene more readily absorbed and used by the body. So if you are concerned about not using fresh produce before it spoils, you can rely on the shelf life and convenience of tomato sauces, salsas, and juices. Just look for no salt added.

So how can you increase your tomato intake?

• Include fresh tomato slices at breakfast with eggs or toast and at lunch on sandwiches.
• Dice tomatoes into salsas or bruschetta.
• Grill fresh tomato halves or cherry tomatoes on kebabs.
• Add to salads, tacos, and pasta dishes.
• Always have on hand no salt added canned diced tomatoes, pasta sauce, salsa, and ketchup.
• Create a healthy pizza with whole grain crust, tomato sauce, and lots of fresh vegetables
• Enjoy tomato or vegetable juice (no added salt) as a beverage.
• Make tomato based vegetable soups with canned tomatoes – like gazpacho. Yum!

So I hope you will take steps during Men’s Health Month to improve your health and you can start by adding tomatoes to your diet.

Source: Palmer RD, Sharon. Can Tomatoes Slice Prostate Cancer Risk? Evidence Suggests a Tomato-Rich Diet Benefits Men. Today’s Dietitian. June 2012. Accessed Jun 8, 2012.