Archive | August 2, 2017

Everyday Heroes: Barry Whiteside

In this column, find out more about Lexington Medidcal Center employees making a difference in our community.

When Barry Whiteside, physical therapist for Lexington Medical Center’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic, retired from the U.S. Army after 25 years of active duty service, he knew firsthand about the mental and emotional struggles of veterans as they return to society. And it’s why he started Vets for Vets, an organization that supports local veterans of every service branch and helps them navigate Veteran Affairs, the civilian work force, Wounded Warrior opportunities and service-connected affairs.

“Vets for Vets started out in Gateway Baptist Church, where another veteran and I, both suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and trying to navigate the Veteran Affairs bureaucracy, realized that the more we talked with one another, the more comfortable we were in our surroundings,” said Barry.

From there, the two-man group grew to become a support group for all veterans, giving them a place to meet, socialize and share war stories. Service members also learn how the Bible can affect their daily life and help them understand their military experiences. Senator Nikki Setzler, Senator Lindsey Graham, and the state of South Carolina presented the group with a Senate resolution for its efforts.

“We are a brotherhood and sisterhood for those who have served their country, no matter which branch of service, whether active or retired. We honor the sacrifices made by Americans who proudly wore their uniforms and especially those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom and liberty,” said Barry.

Service members make up less than 1 percent of the country’s population. Members of Vets for Vets include young veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom who have recently returned from deployments and service, along with Vietnam and WWII veterans.

“I feel it’s important to give back to fellow veterans because there are so few of us compared to the rest of society. By recognizing a need to assist veterans, whether it is in their communities or VA relations, I found a way to cope with my personal struggle of returning to civilian life,” said Barry.

Service is part of Barry’s family life as well. He and his wife Janice have been married for 31 years; they have two children. Their son Jonah is a senior at Anderson University who is applying to Uniformed Services Medical School to become a military doctor. Their daughter Jordan is a rising senior at Chapin High School with the hopes of pursuing international global relations with an emphasis on national security, diplomacy and intelligence.

Vets for Vets Core Values
−Put God First
−Promote Patriotism
−Serve the Community
−Reach Out to Fellow Veterans
−Respect Diversity and Privacy
−Honor Military Service

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Practice Administrator Fellows

The Lexington Medical Center Practice Administrator Fellowship program welcomes four new fellows: Bernard Clinkscale; Sydney Johns; Jaimie Morris; and Justin Smith.

This structured, one-year program provides comprehensive training and experience to individuals in the area of physician practice administration. Throughout the program, fellows receive practical experience working with physician practices and community medical centers. They also participate in a variety of tasks and projects with the Physician Network and community medical centers.

Bernared Clinksale

Bernard Clinkscale
Bernard earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, a Master of Business Administration in health care administration from Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a Doctor of Medicine from Avalon University School of Medicine in Youngstown, Ohio. He has years of experience in medical education and medical curriculum development. Bernard has also worked in a podiatry clinic, facilitating the implementation of the clinic’s electronic health record and assisting in numerous foot and ankle surgeries.

Sydney Johns

Sydney Johns
Sydney received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina in Beaufort and a master’s degree in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She completed internships at Colleton Medical Center in Walterboro, South Carolina, and in the Population Health department at MUSC. Sydney has also worked as a medical terminology instructor at the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort, South Carolina. 

Jaimie Morris

Jaimie Morris 
Jaimie has a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, and she is currently completing her Master of Health Administration from MUSC. Jaimie previously taught medical terminology as an adjunct professor at Aiken Technical College in Aiken, South Carolina. Prior to teaching, she worked as an exercise physiologist in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation department at Providence Hospitals.

Justin Smith

Justin Smith
Justin received a Bachelor of Science in public health from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, and a master’s degree in health services, policy and management from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He previously worked as a nurse recruiter in LMC’s Human Resources department.