Archive | October, 2015

Ask the Expert: Breastfeeding Myths

Teaching new moms how to breastfeed is important work on Lexington Medical Center‘s Mother/Baby floor. A dedicated team of lactation consultants work with new mothers and their babies every day.

Ginny Scheele, RN, BSN, IBCLC, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at Lexington Medical Center, was a guest on WLTX this week to talk about some common breastfeeding myths. She talked with mom-to-be Ashley Izbicki about the benefits of nursing her soon-to-arrive baby boy. And, from staying away from spicy foods to feeding every two hours, she debunks the old wives’ tales. Watch below.

Our lactation consultants also know that breastfeeding has many benefits for mothers. Nursing a baby can lower a woman’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. It can also keep bones strong, preventing osteoporosis later in life.

Hoops and Hope with Dawn Staley

Olympic gold medalist and nationally acclaimed University of South Carolina women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley will be the keynote speaker at “Hoops and Hope with Dawn Staley,” an event benefitting the Lexington Medical Center Foundation on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

HoopsAndHopeThe event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a sponsor reception and a Fund Fair, showcasing the programs and services the Lexington Medical Center Foundation provides in our community. The dinner and program is at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. Sponsorships are also available. Learn more and purchase tickets at

A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Staley has been the University of South Carolina women’s basketball head coach since 2008. Under her leadership, the Gamecocks have achieved honors including a first-ever #1 national ranking and an NCAA Final Four appearance in 2015. Staley has also tripled the number of fans attending women’s basketball games at the university.

Staley_RetouchedStaley is one of the most decorated participants in United States women’s basketball history. She has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and recognized by the WNBA as one of the Top 15 influential players in league history. As a college player in the 1990’s, Staley was a standout at the University of Virginia. She was also a member of three United States Olympics teams, earning gold medals in 1996, 2000 and 2004. Her professional playing experience includes the WNBA’s Charlotte Sting and Houston Comets, where she earned accolades for her skills, sportsmanship and leadership.

In Columbia, Staley encourages her teams to pursue community service opportunities, and also founded Innersole, which aims to provide new sneakers to children who are homeless and children in need.

During “Hoops and Hope with Dawn Staley,” the coach will speak about her life story and answer questions from the audience. To purchase tickets, visit

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation fills important community needs by supporting a variety of hospital and community programs including a cancer care fund, a boutique for breast cancer patients, nursing scholarships, LMC’s doula program, an outdoor garden at Carroll Campbell Place, health care internships, a mobile medical unit, pastoral care and prescription assistance.

For more information on the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, visit

TV News Reporter’s Breast Cancer Story Highlights Importance of Early Detection

Every now and then, Lexington Medical Center has the opportunity to share the stories of our patients with our community. One of them is Mary Nguyen Bright, who is receiving treatment for breast cancer at our hospital. Mary has undergone chemotherapy, surgery and now radiation at Lexington Medical Cancer Center.

You may recognize her. For many years, she was a news reporter at WLTX, the CBS affiliate TV station in Columbia.

Doctors diagnosed Mary with breast cancer earlier this year, when she was just 40 years old.

She shared her story with her former WLTX colleague, news anchor Darci Strickland, at our hospital this month. During October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mary wants women to know the importance of early detection.

At Lexington Medical Center, we believe no one should face cancer alone. It’s our fight, too. And we want to provide our patients with exceptional care that results in the best possible outcomes.