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Ask the Doctor: Coronary Bypass Surgery

Dr. Dee Prastein, heart surgeon at Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery, was invited to be a guest on WIS-TV to talk about coronary bypass surgery. The topic was in the news after Bob Coble, the former mayor of Columbia, suffered a heart attack and underwent a bypass procedure.

In the first segment, she talked about how bypass surgery is performed.

In the second segment, she discussed recovery.

Lexington Medical Heart Center has performed more than 800 open heart surgeries since the program began in 2012. For more information, visit LexMed.com/heart

Healing Icons: An Art Class for Cancer Patients

Lisa Phillips is a breast cancer survivor. She also works with cancer patients at Lexington Oncology.

Today, she’s taking a break from work to participate in an art class for cancer patients called Healing Icons. She’s making the border of a frame for artwork representing the healing process of her cancer journey.

“It’s so calming,” Phillips said. “And it helps bring into focus feelings about your cancer diagnosis that you were not even aware you had.”

amberg_120802_326Columbia artist Heidi Darr-Hope leads the class. It’s open to any cancer patient at the hospital for free and paid for through the Lexington Medical Center Foundation.

Each week, students meet on the hospital campus.

During a series of six weekly classes, students create art including black and white pencil drawings, masks and paintings. They are in all stages of treatment from the beginning of chemotherapy to grappling with a recurrence of cancer.

“It’s an amazing experience,” Darr-Hope said. “It seems simplistic, but there’s rich information under it,”

Darr-Hope says the artwork helps patients express the range of emotions they often feel about a cancer diagnosis and how it will impact them and their family.

“Once people can freely express the anger and anxiety, they lay them on the shoulders of their artwork and become lighter,” Darr-Hope said.

Darr-Hope calls it a different kind of support group.

“I’m encouraging anyone who feels lost in their cancer diagnosis to consider it because it’s a wonderful group,” she said.

For more information, visit www.lexmed.com/cancer-care or call the Lexington Medical Center Volunteer Services office at 803-791-2573.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation provides important programs and services that help people in our community, including cancer patients. Please consider giving to the Lexington Medical Center Foundation during the Central Carolina Community Foundation’s “Midlands Gives” challenge on May 5. Learn more at MidlandsGives.org.

“Lean On Me”

Lexington Medical Center invites you to view our hospital’s new music video, “Lean On Me.” Featuring hundreds of community leaders, law enforcement officers, families and hospital employees, it celebrates all that makes the Midlands special, while highlighting the kindness and generosity of community members with a beautiful arrangement of the famous song “Lean On Me.”

“A community is more than just a place. It’s a group of people who achieve great things with unity and purpose,” said Lexington Medical Center Vice President of Marketing & Communications Mark Shelley, who directed the music video. “At Lexington Medical Center, we celebrate the compassion found in our community every day. We believe we all need someone to lean on.”

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Filmed at River Bluff High School, the video stars Jonathan Wyndham, a Lexington County native who impressed judges on NBC’s The Voice last fall. Midlands residents performing with Wyndham include local singing sensation Cayla Fralick, River Bluff High School senior Bri Benedict, who is the daughter of Lexington Medical Center hospitalist Dr. James Benedict, and the Brookland Baptist Church young adult choir.

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Jonathan Wyndham, a 23-year-old Lexington High School graduate, currently lives in Nashville as a full-time musician. He attended Middle Tennessee State University where he studied commercial song writing, music business and entrepreneurship. He’s been singing since he was 3 years old.

After viewing “Lean On Me,” please share it with your friends and family on social media. Let’s show the world the power of community at Lexington Medical Center.