Archive | July, 2018

Losing Weight with the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center

Amber Morris knows first hand the benefits of weight-loss surgery. She underwent a sleeve gastrectomy with the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center at Lexington Medical Center. In this video, she describes how the procedure boosted her confidence and enriched her life with her family.

The doctors at the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center are board-certified bariatric surgeons and have performed more than 5,000 operations. Visit for more information or to attend a free seminar.

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Brandi P. Derrick, MD

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Brandi P. Derrick, MD, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Derrick will work at the Irmo location of Peterson and Plante Internal Medicine Associates.

Brandi P. Derrick, MD

A cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, Dr. Derrick graduated summa cum laude with her medical degree from the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine in the Netherlands-Antilles. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in medical sciences, graduating magna cum laude, and a bachelor’s degree in hyperbaric medicine from the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine. She then completed her internal medicine residency at Louisiana State University in Lafayette, Louisiana and received its Residency Academic Achievement Award.

Dr. Derrick most recently treated patients and provided acute and chronic disease management at University Primary Care in Aiken, South Carolina. Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, she is also a member of the South Carolina Medical Association.

Dr. Derrick joins the highly skilled physicians and physician assistant at the Irmo location of Peterson & Plante Internal Medicine Associates to provide comprehensive care to Midlands residents. In addition to well visits and same-day sick and urgent appointments, the practice offers a full range of medical services, including minor surgeries, cardiology and laboratory services, nuclear stress tests, bone density scans and preventive care, at three convenient locations.

Dr. Derrick is accepting new patients.

Peterson and Plante Internal Medicine Associates
7033 St. Andrews Road, Suite 305
Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 936-7480

1750 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 779-3378

21 Gateway Corners Park, Suite 101
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 865-2122

Extraordinary Employees: Richard Brock and William Creek

Richard Brock, clinical pharmacy manager, and William Creek, pharmacist at Lexington Oncology, dive into their hobby – literally. They are both certified-scuba divers. When they started working together years ago, Richard and William learned they shared the hobby. The newfound friends took their first dives off the South Carolina coast, and then decided to try hunting for fossils and artifacts in black water near Moncks Corner.

Richard Brock and William Creek

“The Cooper River is a tidal river, so it continuously refreshes artifacts and fossils. People come from other countries to dive there. Holding a piece of history that hasn’t been touched or seen by anyone else is incredible,” said Richard.

Richard has been a certified scuba diver since age 14, when he earned his certification in Explorer Scouts (now Venture Scouts). His 14-year-old son will become SCUBA certified this summer, and he hopes to have his 11-year-old daughter certified when she’s a little older. William is the only diver in his family.

“I started diving to do something unique and interesting,” said William. “And discovering relics and fossils is certainly unique and interesting! To bring up a pottery fragment or spear point that was last touched by human hands thousands of years ago really gives one perspective on things,” he said.

Both men have favorite dives from the Cooper River.

“My favorite dive was several years ago when Richard found a 6-inch tooth,” said William. Richard’s favorite black-water dive was his first in the Cooper River. “I found a Civil War-era vegetable platter and a fossilized deer jawbone with the teeth intact.”

Richard’s dream dive, however, is a place called Truk Lagoon.

Richard and William have been working at Lexington Medical Center for 19 and three years, respectively.

“It’s the site of a fierce World War II battle and is now a scuba diving paradise with more than 100 ships, planes and submarines resting underwater,” he said.

Richard and William hope to continue to dive together for years to come.

“I want to continue diving at least once a year in the Cooper River. I also started blacksmithing about two years ago, and I’m furthering my knowledge in that field,” said William.

Richard is busy helping 14 boy scouts become scuba certified this summer and plans to take them on a scuba adventure at Sea Base in the Florida Keys next summer.

“We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. It’s important to do something you love to be happier employees and better serve our patients,” said Richard.