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An Evening of Honor

Congressional Medal of Honor recipients Kyle Carpenter, Michael Thornton and James Livingston will be special guests and speakers at “An Evening of Honor” hosted by the Lexington Medical Center Foundation at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. The dinner and program will honor these three extraordinary men who have called South Carolina home for their extraordinary patriotism and courage in valor. The event, held during the anniversary week of the September 11th terrorist attacks, will also feature tributes to first responders and military service members.

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Created in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest medal for valor in combat that can be given to a person serving in the Armed Services of the United States. The President of the United States presents the recipient with the award in the name of Congress.

KyleCarpenterCpl. Kyle Carpenter of Lexington County was serving in the United States Marine Corps in Afghanistan in 2010 when insurgents threw a hand grenade at him and a fellow Marine. Jumping on the grenade to shield his friend, Carpenter suffered devastating injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, the loss of his right eye, a broken nose, severe lacerations to his face, critical injury to the carotid artery on the right side of his neck, and 30 fractures to his right arm. He actually died three times on the MedEvac and was considered “expired” when he arrived at the hospital in Afghanistan. He spent the next two and a half years in a hospital, requiring nearly 40 surgeries. President Barack Obama presented Carpenter with the Medal of Honor in June of this year. Carpenter, now age 24, is currently a student at the University of South Carolina.

James Livingston

James Livingston

Maj. Gen. James Livingston served with the United States Marine Corps during Vietnam. As a Commanding Officer in 1968, he led his Marines and directed combat operations through fierce battle – forcing the enemy to retreat. He was wounded three times during the firefight, but continued to lead his command and supervise the evacuation of casualties. Only after the safety of all his men was assured did he allow himself to be evacuated. Today, Livingston lives in Charleston.

Michael Thornton

Michael Thornton

South Carolina native Lt. Michael Thornton served as a Navy SEAL in Vietnam. In 1972, Thornton acted courageously to remove his seriously wounded senior naval officer from the middle of the fighting, inflated his life jacket and towed him seaward for approximately two hours until support craft picked them up. Thornton saved the life of his superior officer and enabled the safe exit of all patrol members. Today, Thornton resides in Texas.

“An Evening of Honor” will take place on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street in downtown Columbia. Tickets are $75 each. There will be a Founders and Sponsor Reception at 6:00 p.m. Dinner and the program begin at 7:00 p.m. Sponsorships are available, including the opportunity to honor our heroes by sponsoring a table for local military members and first responders. For tickets and sponsorships, visit LexMed.com or call the Lexington Medical Center Foundation at (803) 791-2540. Proceeds benefit the Lexington Medical Center Foundation.

Guests are asked to dress for the event in patriotic colors.

For more information on the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, visit LMCFoundation.com.

LMC Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Doula Program

Lexington Medical Center is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first-of-its-kind doula program. A doula is a birth coach who offers mothers comfort and reassurance during labor and delivery. In 1994, the hospital began an innovative doula program that was the first-of-its-kind in the Southeast. The program has received national recognition and serves as a benchmark for programs around the country. Thanks to support from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation and its donors, doulas are a free service for any woman having a baby at Lexington Medical Center.

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“Lexington Medical Center’s doulas have been invaluable to the women of the Midlands,” said Nydia Harter, MSN, RN, NEA, BC, director of Nursing at Lexington Medical Center. “Over the past 20 years, they have supported thousands of women and families during one of the most important times of their lives – the birth of their babies.”

Doulas are experienced professionals who undergo training specific to assisting pregnant women and newborns. In addition to understanding the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of women in labor, doulas also facilitate communication between parents-to-be, help prepare birth plans and provide information about birth and delivery options. Postpartum doulas offer education, support and assistance to the new family. A doula brings much-needed confidence to a new mother through breastfeeding support and advice, newborn care and assistance with household duties.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation sponsors the hospital’s doula program. LMC’s doula program is based on the highest standards of care set by Doulas of North America (DONA), the largest doula association in the world.

Lexington Medical Center’s innovative doula program has earned the prestigious Annie Kennedy Award from DONA. The award recognizes LMC doulas for excellence and dedication to their community as well as growth and teamwork in their program.

Lexington Medical Center has 16 doulas on staff and almost half of the doulas have been with LMC for ten years or more. Since the LMC doula program began, it has assisted more than 8,400 families.

Lexington Medical Center will recognize Lexington Medical Center’s past and present doulas at a special reception on July 29th on the hospital campus. Former doulas can contact the Lexington Medical Center Foundation at 791-2540 for more information on the event.

To learn more about LMC’s doula program, visit this link on the hospital’s website:
http://www.lexmed.com/medical-services/birth-center/delivery/doulas, or Lexington Medical Center’s Facebook page.

For information on training to become a doula, visit www.dona.org

LMC Welcomes High School Students for Partners Program

For the 24th consecutive year, Lexington Medical Center is welcoming some of the best and brightest high school students from Lexington County to experience the “Partners Program,” a summer internship that offers an excellent glimpse of careers in the health care industry.

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During a three-week session, students will rotate through three clinical areas in the mornings. In addition, they will participate in hands-on activities two days a week at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Midlands Technical College and Lexington Medical Center Extended Care. Students will also tour the hospital’s lab, view a virtual surgery and participate in a team-building activity.

Supported by Lexington Medical Center Foundation, the Safety Council of South Carolina and Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, this year’s Partners Program received more than 100 applications. At the end of the program, a rising senior from each Lexington County high school and one rising senior from home/private schools will be awarded a $1,000 book scholarship for their freshman year of college.

The Partners Program continues to be a popular program with Lexington County students and LMC staff. In fact, several hospital employees participated in the program when they attended high school. Jon Bridges, associate director in the Physician Network, is one of those employees.

“The Partners Program gave me an early opportunity to learn about health care in our area. As a result, I realized that I wanted to seek further hands-on exposure to determine if health care was a good, long-term fit for me,” Bridges said.

Congratulations 2014 Partners Program Participants:

Brittany Redmond, Airport High School
Taylor Leigh Sofaly, Airport High School
Hanna Tanner, Airport High School
Hollie Powell, Brookland Cayce High School
Shelby Staton, Brookland Cayce High School
Andrew “Jordan” Eidson, Batesburg Leesville High School
Rachel Marie Gibson, Batesburg Leesville High School
Mary “Britt” Taylor, Batesburg Leesville High School
Chloe Bagley, Chapin High School
Hannah Booth, Chapin High School
Bailey Rodgers, Chapin High School
Anna Elise Scott, Chapin High School
Ipsita Pradhan, Dutch Fork High School
Kay Rojas, Dutch Fork High School
Kayla Shine, Dutch Fork High School
Kathryn Pitts, Gilbert High School
Allison Raitt, Gilbert High School
Ayan Dasgupta, Hammond
Hannah Goude, Homeschool
Abigail Unthank, Homeschool
Jaynie Buford, Irmo High School
Neha Malhotra, Irmo High School
Laura Nelson, Irmo High School
Elizabeth Tesh, Irmo High School
Kelsey Barnes, Lexington High School
Brelyn Burkett, Lexington High School
Madison Coffing, Lexington High School
Danielle Johnson, Lexington High School
Rebecca Jordan, Lexington High School
Hannah Melson, Lexington High School
Alexis Neeley, Lexington High School
Celine Peksenar, Lexington High School
Emily Scircle, Lexington High School
Catherine Shirer, Lexington High School
Jacob “Jake” Vining, Lexington High School
Lauren Williams, Lexington High School
Brittany Dorroh, Pelion High School
Kayla Ingle, Pelion High School
Jessica Lee Padgett, Pelion High School
Emily Beasley, River Bluff High School
Ellie Chao, River Bluff High School
Veronica Chiu, River Bluff High School
Haley Darnell, River Bluff High School
Stephanie Fernandez, River Bluff High School
Caroline Gable, River Bluff High School
Andrew Griffin, River Bluff High School
Thaddeus Holiday, River Bluff High School
Shivani Kapur, River Bluff High School
Graeson Kiser, River Bluff High School
Sarah Elizabeth Moore, River Bluff High School
Pranav Patel, River Bluff High School
Blaire Rikard, River Bluff High School
Jessica “Savannah” Smith, River Bluff High School
Levi Wright, River Bluff High School
Emily Turner, Spring Hill High School
Gabrielle Browning, White Knoll High School
Mikayla Nelson, White Knoll High School
Branly Sandoval, White Knoll High School
Jessica “Jessie” Tew, White Knoll High School
Breanna Tindal, White Knoll High School
Lauren Walters, White Knoll High School