Congratulations to the 10 outstanding nurses selected as 2015 LMC Gold recipients. Established in 2006, LMC Gold honors nurses within the Lexington Medical Center network who exemplify excellence in practice and commitment to the nursing profession. Nurses are nominated by their peers based on a number of criteria including professional involvement, excellence in practice, leadership abilities and contributions to the advancement of nursing as well as providing patients with the best of care. The nurses received their awards at a special recognition dinner at the Capital City Club in March.
Lexington Medical Center has its own Santa’s Workshop in place this week as it works to provide Christmas presents for 60 families in need throughout our community. The hospital’s social workers identified families they have worked with throughout the year to receive the gifts, which are generously donated by Lexington Medical Center employees.
Lexington Medical Center departments and staff members “adopted” 35 families and asked for a wish list from each of them. After reviewing the lists, the employees purchased toys, clothes, bikes, electronics, food items, gift cards and more. Families will pick up the items this week. MSW students from the University of South Carolina are the “elves” in the workshop as families arrive.
“Lexington Medical Center is delighted and excited to help these community members,” said Sara Sims, community social worker at Lexington Medical Center. “The generosity of hospital employees is overwhelming.”
In addition, hospital social workers have selected 25 elderly residents in the Midlands to receive Christmas baskets filled with items including socks, candy, hot chocolate, snacks, coffee, tea and puzzle books. Lexington Medical Center employees have made donations to purchase the items. Community social workers will arrange and deliver the baskets later this week.
This is the 12th year that Lexington Medical Center has had its own adopt-a-family program. The hospital enjoys extending its work beyond the hospital to enhance the well being of our community.
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. Dr. Jessica Floyd, neurologist with the Southeastern Neurology & Memory Clinic, was a guest on WACH-TV with news reporter Tyler Ryan to talk about what you should do if someone near you is having a seizure. Check out the link below.
One in 26 people will have a seizure in their lifetime. And, one in 100 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy. To learn more, visit www.epilepsy.com.