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The HPV Vaccine

The human papillomavirus, known as HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted disease in males and females. It’s also linked to cervical, mouth and throat cancer. In fact, HPV causes 70% of cervical cancers.

Patients should receive three injections over six months, ideally before their first sexual encounter. That’s why clinicians recommend the vaccine for 11 and 12 year olds.

Dr. Lauren Matthews of Lexington Pediatric Practice, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, explains more about the HPV vaccine in this WLTX interview.


Dr. Matthews joined Lexington Medical Center recently. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, Lauren S. Matthews, MD, earned her Doctor of Medicine from USC and completed her residency in Columbia.

Dr. Matthews also served as chief resident at USC, acting as a liaison between residents and the program director, coordinating resident schedules, attending operational committee meetings and participating in an organizational leadership series. Additionally, she collaborated with senior residents and interns on the development of a mentoring program and served as chair of
the Pediatric Residency Recruitment Committee. A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and South Carolina Medical Association, she has additional certifications in neonatal resuscitation and pediatric advanced
 life support.

Dr. Matthews joins the board-certified physicians and nurse practitioner at Lexington Pediatric Practice to offer a full range of child-health services, including routine checkups, vaccinations, diagnostic services and minor procedures. As the first pediatric practice in the town of Lexington, Lexington Pediatric Practice has served the community for more than 20 years.

Community Builder Cynthia Byrd

Congratulations to Cynthia Byrd, patient access representative at Lexington Medical Center Irmo outpatient surgery, on becoming a community builder! WIS-TV and Mungo Homes awarded her the honor this week for her work organizing an annual school supply drive and fashion show in honor of her late son Brandon, who was killed in a car accident at age 20. Proceeds from the fashion show benefit a scholarship fund in her son’s name.

WIS-TV news anchor Mary King and Matt Mungo of Mungo Homes came to Lexington Medical Center Irmo to surprise her with the Community Builder award. Co-workers surrounded her as everyone revealed the surprise.

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Learn more about Cynthia in the WIS-TV news story below.


The Remembering Brandon Lavar Byrd Fashion Show will be held next Saturday, Aug. 13 at Harbison Theatre at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 a person and children under 3 are free.

Wine on the River 2016

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Women of Hope will host the annual “Wine on the River” party at the West Columbia Riverwalk and Stone River on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Surrounded by the beautiful sights and sounds along the Congaree River, “Wine on the River” features wine tasting, craft beer, cuisine from Midlands restaurants and musical entertainment from Jim LeBlanc. The event benefits Lexington Medical Center Foundation programs and services.

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Food sponsors are Alodia’s, Blue Marlin, Bogarts, Café Strudel, Capital City Club, Carolina Café, Edible Arrangements, Hudson’s Smokehouse, Nick’s House of Pizza, Schooner’s Bar and Grill, Tao Asian Fusion Cuisine, Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar and Whole Foods.

In addition, attendees can learn how to join Women of Hope, a women’s giving circle that is part of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Established in 2011, Women of Hope identifies health issues in the Midlands and works to bring about positive change.  

Specifically, “Wine on the River” benefits Lexington Medical Center Foundation initiatives for women and children. This year, “Wine on the River” proceeds will focus on programs and services for early detection of breast cancer.

Each year, “Wine on the River” boasts a sold-out crowd of approximately 700 people and raises nearly $20,000.
 
Celebrating its 26th anniversary this year, Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program is affiliated with Duke Medicine to provide state-of-the-art cancer care for cancer patients in our community. The hospital diagnoses approximately 250 breast cancer patients each year, with a breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program also has accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Tickets for “Wine on the River” are $40 in advance and $50 at the entrance. To purchase tickets, call (803) 791-2540 or go to lmcfoundation.com and click on the Eventbrite link on that page. Food, wine and beer tastings are included in the ticket price. There will also be a cash bar available.

Vineyard Sponsors for Wine on the River include Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP, Peralta Woodworks Inc. and Southern Urogynecology.