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Nurses Shine Bright In Palmetto Gold

Congratulations to four outstanding Lexington Medical Center nurses who received have received the 2015 Palmetto Gold award for nursing, a prestigious honor given each year to 100 nurses in South Carolina who exemplify excellence in nursing. They represent the top of the nursing field. We’re proud to have these outstanding clinicians taking care of our patients everyday in our hospital network.

Sheryl Sturkie, ADN, RN-BC
“Provides a supportive environment”

Sheryl readily shares her knowledge with others. Her positive attitude, extensive experience and commitment to nursing directly affect recruitment and retention in the department. Sheryl initiated and led a comprehensive program that includes national certification recognition, preceptor incentives, and improved communication strategies for nurses, physicians and nurse technicians. As a result of her efforts, the number of certified nurses on the unit increased by 9 percent and nurse turnover decreased from 26 percent to 17 percent. Sheryl was also instrumental in the implementation of a new acuity system, which matches the needs of patients to the competency of nurses. She strives to ensure that her care encompasses the emotional, spiritual and clinical needs of patients.

Beverly Summer, BSN, WHNP-BC
“Unparalleled dedication to her patients”

Beverly has nurtured compassionate relationships with patients since her nursing career began more than 30 years ago. She has served women in labor and delivery, on medical and surgical units, and in public health. Beverly’s relationships with patients, commitment to continuing education and enthusiasm for her profession set the standard for all clinicians. She regularly serves as a mentor for nurse practitioner students, providing them with invaluable training and experience. She also serves as a clinical instructor for Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, S.C. Her practice extends out of the office as well. Beverly established a gynecology clinic in Newberry, S.C., that provides care to uninsured women in the area. She continues to volunteer there once a week.

Lindsay Walker, BSN, MSN, RNC, IBCLC
“Continuously pursues excellence”

Lindsay is respected for her unwavering dedication to quality care, patient safety and high standards of practice. She doesn’t rely on experience alone when caring for patients. As a leader and resource for her unit, she stays abreast of current nursing practices and contributes innovative ideas to improve processes. She monitors compliance with bedside reporting and critical congenital heart defect screenings as well as ensures compliance with mandatory recording logs. Lindsay also encourages continuing education. She was one of the first nurses in the unit to obtain national certification and recently earned a master’s degree. In the community, she promotes education as co-director of a local mentoring program, which matches students with mentors in their ideal professions.

Lisa Lewis, ADN, CCRN
“Cares for the whole person”

For more than 35 years, Lisa’s commitment to patient care has been second only to her dedication to health education. She is passionate about teaching patients the importance of exercise, proper diet, stress relief and regularly scheduled physician visits. Because of Lisa’s efforts, the education class for phase II cardiac rehabilitation patients boasts a participation rate of 67 percent. She also implemented a smoking-cessation program for the hospital, which has a 60 percent success rate for participants becoming smoke-free. This is significantly higher than the national average of 17–19 percent. Additionally, Lisa secured a grant that enables the smoking-cessation program to be offered at no cost, making it accessible for the entire community.

Lexington Medical Center Earns Two Gold Web Health Awards

Lexington Medical Center has won two prestigious “Gold” awards for its responsive website in the 15th annual Web Health Awards contest, a national competition hosted by the Health Information Research Center. The contest honors health-related organizations across America for outstanding content and quality of web-based materials.

newlexmedcomHundreds of local, state and national health-related organizations and companies enter the competition each year. Past winners have included the American Heart Association, Bayer, Mayo Clinic and WebMD. Using a rating scale of 1 to 100 points, a panel of health technology experts judged more than 300 entries this year based on content, format, success in reaching the targeted health audience and overall quality.

“Lexington Medical Center has worked diligently to make its website a user-friendly, state-of-the-art tool that incorporates important health information and resources for the people of our community,” said Mark Shelley, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Lexington Medical Center. “We believe it’s one of the best hospital web sites in the nation.”

Lexington Medical Center’s website,, features stories and photos of Midlands community members who have been Lexington Medical Center patients, a prominent section about new babies born at the hospital, a designated area to search for physicians in the hospital’s network of care, hours of operation, videos, rotating home page content that announces important events and initiatives, and social media integration. Importantly, the website is available in its entirely on mobile devices. Some of the mobile features include a friendly green “Call Patient” button that allows users to enter a patient’s room number and call.

Lexington Medical Center worked in partnership with Truematter to design the hospital’s website.

To see Lexington Medical Center’s website, visit

LMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager Earns Fellowship

John Leech, manager of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center, has become a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The organization recognizes excellence, professional achievement and outstanding service in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Leech_JohnTo become a Fellow, applicants must meet criteria including submitting a resume with a record of distinguished service in the field of cardiac rehabilitation, peer recommendations and evidence of a high degree of professional development and commitment. A committee considers each application when selecting Fellowship candidates.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be recognized for my contributions to cardiac rehabilitation at the state and national level,” Mr. Leech said. “Becoming a Fellow in AACVPR has strengthened my commitment to provide our patients with the best possible care.”

As Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager at Lexington Medical Center, Mr. Leech’s primary goal is to create a program that helps patients recover from cardiac incidents and teach them necessary lifestyle skills to prevent future incidents. That includes exercise, healthy nutrition, smoking cessation, stress management and relaxation training. Mr. Leech provides cardiac rehabilitation staff members with the tools and support needed to ensure that the hospital’s patients have the best possible experience and that the program meets and exceeds national standards.

LMC_0182Mr. Leech has worked in cardiac rehabilitation since 1984 in Texas, Wisconsin and South Carolina. He chose his career path after his father passed away from a heart attack. In addition, several other members of his family have suffered from cardiovascular disease.

In a letter to Mr. Leech announcing his acceptance as a Fellow, AACVPR stated, “Your service to AACVPR, to your profession and to your affiliate organization, as outlined on your application, set you apart as a leader and outstanding professional in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.”

Cardiac rehabilitation is one component of Lexington Medical Center’s comprehensive cardiovascular care program. Affiliated with Duke Medicine, the hospital offers a full range of cardiac care including open heart surgery and therapeutic catheterizations. This year, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) awarded Lexington Medical Center the highest rating possible – a three-star rating – for its heart program. Only 15 percent of heart programs in the country have achieved a three-star rating this year.

Additionally, Lexington Medical Center has received full chest pain accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). To receive this accreditation, Lexington Medical Center demonstrated its ability to quickly assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. By becoming an accredited chest pain center, Lexington Medical Center has enhanced the quality of care for cardiac patients and has showed its commitment to the highest standards.