Archive | March, 2016

2016 Universal Employee Fund Campaign

Lexington Medical Center has launched its 2016 annual employee giving campaign with a special video showcasing how our hospital employees help each other and its community in times of need. The video features LMC employees and members of the community who received help through the Universal Employee Fund.
 


 
Each year, Lexington Medical Center employees donate more than $500,000 to the hospital’s Universal Employee Fund (known around here as UEF). In the last year, the money has helped employees in catastrophic situations including house fires, natural disasters, domestic violence, life-threatening medical situations and unaffordable funeral expenses.

In addition, funds are also designated for departments that request items or services to serve patients in need. Recently, that’s included an exercise program at Health Directions designed specifically for cancer patients, painted murals in pediatric patient areas and educational resources for Cardiac Rehabilitation patients.

Breast Cancer Clinical Trials at Lexington Medical Center

Lexington Medical Center is currently involved in four clinical trials for the treatment of breast cancer. Patients who meet specific criteria can choose if they would like to participate. The trials seek to find out the best ways to treat different types of breast cancer. Many times, these trials ultimately represent the future of breast cancer treatment.

WLTX news anchor Darci Strickland visited Lexington Medical Center recently to learn more about the trials from Dr. Lynn Tucker, surgeon with Lexington Surgical Associates, a hospital physician practice. And, she interviewed Cheryl Smith, a Lexington County grandmother who had successful treatment for breast cancer while enrolled in one of the clinical trials.

Cheryl Smith with her family inside Lexington Oncology after completing chemotherapy.

Cheryl Smith with her family inside Lexington Oncology after completing chemotherapy.

The photo shows Ms. Smith “ringing the chemo bell” inside Lexington Oncology after completing her last chemotherapy treatment for cancer last year.

Watch the story below.


For more information about clinical trials at Lexington Medical Center, visit the clinical trials page of our website by clicking here.

Vitamin D Deficiency and Bone Fractures

When WIS-TV news anchor Dawndy Mercer Plank broke her foot while running, she learned that a Vitamin D deficiency can lead to an increased risk for bone fractures. She visited Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine at Lexington Medical Center to talk to Dr. David Lee about it. Watch what she learned in the story below. It will help you to keep your bones strong.


Here are a few notes from Dr. Lee.
~Sunlight increases Vitamin D in our bodies. In fact, 15 to 20 minutes of sunshine per day help the body to produce enough Vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth.
~Patients who do not have enough Vitamin D in their system have softer bones.
~The body needs Vitamin D to help the calcium reach its full bone-building potential.
~Vitamin D helps to regulate your body’s absorption of calcium.
~Doctors recommend 200 – 400 units of Vitamin D daily. People over the age of 70 need more.
~A blood test can determine your Vitamin D levels.
~Some doctors believe a level below 30 can increase your risk of fracture.

For more information about Dr. David Lee and Southeastern Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, visit SEOrthopaedic.com