Archive | June, 2012

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.

Free Skin Cancer Screening!

Lexington Medical Center is partnering with Palmetto Dermatology to host a free skin cancer screening on Friday, July 20th at 109 West Hospital Drive in West Columbia on the Lexington Medical Center campus.  Physicians and physician assistants will look over skin for any possible signs of melanoma.   The screening will take place from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  You can sign up by calling LMC community outreach at 936-8850 to make an appointment.  See you there!