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Sharon Rogers: 40 Years and Counting

We would like to pay tribute to Sharon Rogers, one of four hospital employees who have been with us for 40 years — since the hospital opened.

A life-long resident of Lexington County, Sharon joined Lexington Medical Center because she wanted to work in her own county.

“Many nurses and medical staff at the old Columbia Hospital were eager for the hospital to open so they could work where they lived,” she said.

Forty years ago, Sharon began working as a charge nurse on the surgical unit and then opened the first surgical intensive care unit. However, she has spent most of her career as the night shift supervisor, overseeing the entire facility at night.

“When the hospital first opened, it had only four floors. But, no matter how much the hospital has grown, we are still patient focused and family focused. We care for our patients and each other,” she said.

She and her husband Charles have two daughters and four grandchildren.

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.

Honoring 40-Year Employee Ronelle Schumpert

Hooray for Ronelle Schumpert, one of 4 Lexington Medical Center employees who has been with the hospital for 40 years — since the day it opened.

Ronelle started her 40-year career at Lexington Medical Center as a staff nurse on 3rd Medical as a staff nurse. It was here that she cared for patients for 34 years before becoming a monitor technician. She came to work at the hospital a week before it opened, helping stock rooms and make patient beds.

“I never would have imagined that the hospital would have grown so much. In fact, we have been growing ever since we opened – from a community hospital into a community medical complex,” she said.

Ronelle who lives in Leesville, SC, has been married to her husband Alfred for 53 years. They have three children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

“Lexington Medical Center has been good to me and my family as a workplace and as a hospital where we receive our care,” she said.

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.

LMC’s Longest Serving Employee


Carol is the longest-serving employee at Lexington Medical Center, having celebrated her 40th anniversary in November 2010.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working at Lexington Medical Center and still do. I love our vision and the care we provide to our community,” she said.

Eunice Medhurst, the hospital’s first nursing director, recruited Carol to be the assistant head nurse on 3rd Medical. She decided to join Lexington Medical Center because she wanted to work closer to her home and be involved in the groundwork of a new hospital.

“The past 40 years have gone by so fast. I was walking down the hall the other day and thought about what I would do if this was my last day, and I got teary-eyed. As long as I can contribute, I will,” Carol said.

Carol is known around the hospital for wearing a signature bright pink scrub jacket. She jokes that when she retires, they should retire the jacket and color, too, in honor of her many years of service.

Married for 46 years, Carol has two sons and four grandchildren.

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.