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Doctor of Valor: “On Call In Hell”

From treating the traumatic wounds of critically injured Marines on the battlefield during some of the most violent days of the war in Iraq, to selflessly volunteering to put himself in the middle of enemy fire to care for others, American Naval surgeon Richard Jadick is credited with saving the lives of thirty United States military members during the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq in 2004. For his service, he earned the Bronze Star with a Combat V for valor.

Now, he’ll bring his heroic and patriotic story to Columbia to be the keynote speaker at a Lexington Medical Center Foundation dinner on Wednesday, September 11, an important day in our nation’s history.

The dinner and talk with Richard Jadick, DO, will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street at 7:00 p.m. on September 11. Tickets are $75 per person. All proceeds benefit the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. You can order tickets by calling 791-2540 or visiting

In 2004, Dr. Jadick, a lieutenant commander in the Navy who had never experienced real war, volunteered to be a doctor with the First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment. He shipped out for Iraq five days after the birth of his first child. His service took him to Fallujah, the Iraqi city that was seeing some of the heaviest fighting of the war.

Dr. Jadick’s philosophy was to be as close to the fighting as possible in order to treat wounded service members quickly and increase their chances for survival. He is credited with setting up a makeshift emergency room in the middle of the battlefield by establishing an aid station in the prayer room of an old government building. He treated critically wounded young men with horrible injuries that were at times beyond fathomable. It has been called the worst urban fighting involving Americans since Vietnam. To this day, some of the stories of the men who died bring Dr. Jadick to tears.

Overall, he treated hundreds of wounded Marines and it’s estimated that he helped save 30 lives. Dr. Jadick’s fellow service members say he exemplified courage and bravery like never before in a military doctor. When Dr. Jadick returned home to his family and civilian life, he wrote a book about his experience called “On Call in Hell.”

Importantly, the “Doctor of Valor” event at the convention center on September 11 will also honor first responders and military members.

Table sponsorships are available for $1,000. In addition to corporate sponsorships, sponsors can purchase a table for first responders, military members, police, firefighters and EMS.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation fills important community needs by supporting a variety of hospital and community programs including a cancer care fund, a boutique for breast cancer patients, nursing scholarships, LMC’s doula program, an outdoor garden at Carroll Campbell Place, health care internships, a mobile medical unit, pastoral care and prescription assistance.

For more information on Doctor of Valor or the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, visit

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes High School Students for Partners Program

Partners Program 2013


Summer Internship Program Offers Excellent Glimpse at Careers in Health Care

We are hosting the Midlands brightest high school students for an intensive summer internship inside the hospital called the Partners Program. In its 23rd year, the Partners Program has become a popular tradition at the hospital.

“Colonial Life is partnering with the LMC Foundation to offer the 2013 Partners Program,” said Tim James, Executive Director and Vice President of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. “This program welcomes high achieving Lexington County high school students for an intensive three-week internship to explore careers in health care. The Foundation is proud to help develop the best and brightest future employees of Lexington Medical Center.”

The students focus on clinical training around the hospital and interact with hospital staff in assigned clinical areas. They 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 take part in field studies including a tour of the USC School of Medicine, Midlands Technical College Health Science Programs, LMC Laboratory and LMC Extended Care.

Approximately 101 students from Lexington County high schools applied for the Partners Program in a rigorous interview process with a panel of hospital staff members and a written application. Sixty aspiring clinical health professionals were selected to participate. Lexington Medical Center will award a $1,000 book scholarship to one rising senior from each Lexington County High School, home school and private school, for a total of 13 scholarships.

The Partners Program is divided into two sessions: June 8 – 28 and July 8 – 26. Students are in clinical areas from 12:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays. Throughout its history, some Partners Program participants have returned to work at Lexington Medical Center when they complete their education.

Congratulations 2013 Partners Program Participants:

Abbey Rambo, Irmo High School
Bindi Chauhan, Lexington High School
Brionna Bennett, Dutch Fork High School
Brooke Sawyer, Irmo High School
Caroline Hill, Lexington High School
Catelyn Geiger, Lexington High School
Chung Zhang, Lexington High School
Connor Callais, Chapin High School
Crystina Perez, Lexington High School
Deanna Smoak, Lexington High School
Dee Sylve, Lexington High School
Dorcas Mukendi, Brookland-Cayce High School
Emily Briggs, Lexington High School
Emily McGuire, Homeschool
Emily Washburn, Lexington High School
Erin Fitzpatrick, Chapin High School
Hailey Horn, Lexington High School
Hannah Gore, Brookland-Cayce High School
Hannah Hopfensperger, Irmo High School
Hannah Williams, Lexington High School
Hennali Fozdar, White Knoll High School
Hunter Laag, White Knoll High School
Jane Warther, Batesburg-Leesville High School
Jasmine Albarghsh, Lexington High School
Karly Shirey, White Knoll High School
Kelly Lavendar, Lexington High School
Kendal Scheller, Brookland-Cayce High School
Khaila Williams, Irmo High School
Laura Sweat, Homeschool
Lauren Feder, Lexington High School
Lauren Gillian, Irmo High School
Lindsay Peagler, Lexington High School
Lizzy Wullner, Irmo High School
Logan Lewis, White Knoll High School
Lyndsey Miller, Lexington High School
Macey Williamson, Lexington High School
Maggie Christy, Irmo High School
Meagan Snooks, Irmo High School
Mikayla Prioleau, Chapin High School
Monika Perry, Lexington High School
Morgan Lee, Lexington High School
Nikki Sairam, Lexington High School
Olivia Smith, Lexington High School
Paige Johnson, Chapin High School
Peter McCall, Lexington High School
Priya Raja, White Knoll High School
Rachel Thomas, Lexington High School
Rebecca McCune, Gilbert High School
Rebekah Summerall, Lexington High School
Ryan Woodward, White Knoll High School
Sarah Boyt, Lexington High School
Savanna Guess, Lexington High School
Shrusti Patel, Dutch Fork High School
Steven Lin, Lexington High School
Taylor Sierra, White Knoll High School
Tim Murph, Sumter High School
Tulsi Patel, Dutch Fork High School
William Rivers, Lexington High School
Yash Gudimani, Lexington High School
Zora Garrick, Irmo High School

Hats Off to Our Volunteers

See photos of our 2012 Volunteer Awards Luncheon. Lexington Medical Center is grateful for the love and care we receive from our community. Thank you to all of our volunteers for all that you do.

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