Archive | 40th Anniversary RSS feed for this section

Lexington Family Practice Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Lexington Family Practice is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. From a two-provider practice in a small office in Lexington in 1976 to a network of 30 physicians in eight locations around the Midlands today, Lexington Family Practice has maintained a tradition of taking excellent care of generations of families.

Dr. Henry Marion treats a patient at Lexington Family Practice Northeast.

Dr. Henry Marion treats a patient at Lexington Family Practice Northeast.

Lexington Family Practice’s first office opened on Mineral Springs Road in Lexington in 1976. At the time, there were no traffic lights between the physician practice and Lexington Medical Center’s main campus in West Columbia. And the town of Lexington’s population was just over 1,000.

Dr. Robert Callis

Dr. Robert Callis

Robert Callis, MD, and Henry Martin Jr., MD, were two of the first three physicians at the practice. They had worked together during their medical residencies at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. At the time, the Midlands did not have a lot of young family physicians. But the need for them was clear as the doctors began to see dozens of patients each day.

From the beginning, Lexington Family Practice wanted to provide innovative health care to the people of Lexington. The practice was one of the first in the area to employ its own pharmacist; the first to offer weekend hours and weekend clinics for “urgent care” patients before urgent care centers ever existed; and it was one of the first family practice offices to offer echocardiograms. Later this year, Lexington Medical Center will begin offering a nurse practitioner fellowship at one of the Lexington Family Practice locations.

“We always wanted to stay a step ahead,” Dr. Martin said.

Dr. Henry Martin

Dr. Henry Martin

Their work also included medical care that other specialties often oversee today, including taking care of a high percentage of pediatric patients. They earned a solid reputation that led to expansions over the years with the practice opening locations in Irmo, Ballentine, Lake Murray, Northeast Columbia, Otarre Pointe, West Columbia and White Knoll.

“Each new practice has always had a seasoned, established physician,” Dr. Callis said. “We wanted to make sure that there was consistency at all locations.”

LFP40 LogoLexington Family Practice became part of Lexington Medical Center’s Network of Care in 1998. The practice has received national accolades for its successful management of high blood pressure and diabetes in patients.

Dr. Martin and Dr. Callis continue to work within the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Martin treats patients at Lexington Family Practice Otarre Pointe and Dr. Callis oversees Quality and Population Health in the hospital’s Physician Network. And Dr. Callis has a daughter who is a physician at the practice’s Ballentine location.

For more information about Lexington Family Practice locations and providers, visit LexMed.com/PhysicianPractices.

Eat Right: Color Your Plate with Salad

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers some excellent tips for building delicious and nutritious salads. Try one today!

Arugula & Grissini
Pack more nutrition into your day with a colorful main dish or side salad. Keep basic ingredients on hand for a quick addition to any meal. Encourage kids to eat more vegetables by setting out ingredients to make their own salad creations. Or, let them choose individual items with salad dressing as a dip. Mix and match ingredients by choosing one or more foods from each list below. Consider flavor, texture and color. Add a light salad dressing and enjoy!

Start with Leafy Greens
Arugola
Green or Read leaf lettuce
Iceberg Lettuce
Boston or Bibb lettuce
Mixed greens
Napa cabbage
Radicchio
Romaine
Spinach

broccoliSelect from Vegetables, Fruits and Beans
(chopped, diced, shredded, sliced or whole)

Vegetables
Artichoke hearts
Bean sprouts
Beets
Bell pepper
Broccoli or cauliflower
Carrots
Celery
Corn
Cucumbers
Onions
Peas
Radishes
Sugar snap peas
Tomatoes
Water chestnuts
Zucchini

fruit_2Fruits
Dried cranberries or cherries
Apple
Blueberries
Grapes
Mandarin oranges
Melon
Pears
Raisins
Strawberries

Beans
Black beans
Chickpeas
Edamame (soybeans)
Kidney or red beans
Navy or white beans

Sprinkle on Extras

Cheese
Blue cheese
Cheddar
Feta
Mozzarella
Parmesan

peanuts3Nuts
Almonds
Cashews
Peanuts
Pecans
Walnuts

Other
Avocado
Bacon bits
Chow mein noodles
Croutons
Olives
Sunflower seeds

For a Main Dish Salad
Beef
Chicken
Ham
Hard-cooked egg
Salmon
Shrimp
Tofu
Tuna
Turkey

Suggested combinations
~Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, avocado and shrimp
~Mixed greens, chicken strips, melon, walnuts and feta cheese
~Spinach, red onion, mandarin oranges and sliced almonds

Rock Star Treatment

As part of Lexington Medical Center’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, the hospital honored four employees who have worked at the hospital for 40 years.

40 Year Employees: L to R: Sharon Rogers, Ronelle Schumpert, Carol Jodie and Danny Hugueley


Last Thursday, the hospital hosted a special breakfast for them and their families. The honorees had Rock Star treatment. Each one received a gift card as a present for their many years of service. Then, a limosuine drove them to Columbiana Centre for a shopping spree. After the shopping trip, they went to lunch at Copper River Grill.

The honorees are Sharon Rogers, Ronelle Schumpert, Carol Jodie and Danny Huguely. Thank you all for you wonderful service to LMC and our community.

This month, Lexington Medical Center celebrates its 40th anniversary. We opened as a small county hospital on January 6, 1971. Today, we’ve grown into a modern medical complex with state-of-the-art technology and an unsurpassed culture of caring. Each day this month, we’ll share a story from our hospital’s history book.