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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.


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

Apply Now for the 2014 Partners Program

Lexington Medical Center is accepting applications for its 2014 Partners Program. This highly selective summer internship program allows the brightest high school students from Lexington County the opportunity to explore careers in health care and to work alongside hospital staff in clinical areas. In its 24th year, the Partners Program has become a popular tradition at the hospital.

Partners will rotate through three clinical areas during the three-week program. Partners must be rising juniors and seniors from Lexington County. The dates for this summer’s program are: Session A: June 9 – June 27 and Session B: July 7 – July 25. Students will attend one of the two sessions. Program hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The application deadline is February 15, 2014.

2013 Partners Program participants outside LMC

2013 Partners Program participants outside LMC

Students selected for the program will participate in real-world career experiences by helping with bed making, checking vital signs, stocking supplies and general duties while being supervised by a mentor. In addition, students will take part in field studies including a tour of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Midlands Technical College Health Science Programs, LMC Laboratory and a team building workshop. Outstanding partners who meet specific criteria will be selected to receive a $1,000 book scholarship at the end of the sessions.

The Partners Program is made possible through the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Since its beginning in 1990, many of the participants have returned to Lexington Medical Center as clinicians upon completing their education.

The application process includes a written application and an interview with hospital staff members. To apply, students can download the application on the hospital website or visit their school guidance counselor’s office to obtain one. More than 100 aspiring health care professionals apply to be part of the Partners Program each year. Sixty students are selected.

LMC Employee Reunited with Family After Seven Years

Thursday night was a special one for LMC Extended Care employee David Beers and his family. With the help of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, it was the first night Mr. Beers saw his wife and son in seven years. Watch the family’s amazing story below, in news coverage from WLTX and WIS at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

WLTX Beers Story from Lexington Medical Center on Vimeo.

WIS Beers Story from Lexington Medical Center on Vimeo.

You can also read about the family’s story on