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Reconstructive Plastic Surgery for Skin Cancer

South Carolina has an above average rate of skin cancer. Using tanning beds and not wearing sunscreen outdoors are leading causes. In this story for WIS-TV, Dr. Todd Lefkowitz of Lexington Plastic Surgery introduces us to one of his patients, who needed extensive reconstructive plastic surgery on her face after a diagnosis of skin cancer.

Thank you to WIS-TV and news anchor Dawndy Mercer-Plank for helping us to bring attention to this important health topic.

Howdy, Partner! Call for Partners Program Applications

Do you know an extraordinary high school student who is interested in a health care career? Applications for Lexington Medical Center’s 2016 Partners Program will be accepted from now through February 7. For more than 25 years, this intensive summer internship program has allowed the best and brightest Lexington County high school students to explore jobs in the health care industry. Many of them have returned to work at Lexington Medical Center after completing their education.

2015 Partners Program participants

2015 Partners Program participants

The Partners Program introduces students to a career in health care. During a three-week session, students will rotate through three clinical areas in the mornings, participating 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 the afternoon, there are field trips to medical facilities around the Midlands.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation also supports the program by providing educational materials and supplies to each participant, and offers a rising senior from each Lexington County high school and one rising senior from home/private schools with a $1,000 book scholarship for their freshman year of college.

More than 100 students apply for the Partners Program each year. Approximately 60 students are selected after a screening process with a written application and an interview with a panel of hospital staff members.

Students can find more information about the Partners Program and download the application by visiting, clicking on “Cultures” and then “Work Study.”

Healing the Heel

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present its January physician lecture, “Healing the Heel,” on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Michael J. Biediger Auditorium inside Lexington Medical Park 1 on the hospital campus in West Columbia.

Lexington_PodiatryMark R. Kutyla, DPM, of Lexington Podiatry, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, will give the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. It’s part of the hospital’s monthly physician lecture series on health topics that are important to our community.

Mark Kutyla, DPM

Mark Kutyla, DPM

During the lecture, Dr. Kutyla will talk about the latest treatments for chronic heel pain. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask the doctor questions.

Dr. Kutyla has extensive experience treating all types of podiatric issues, including ingrown toenails, heel pain, bunions, foot and ankle injuries, and diabetes-related foot conditions. At Lexinton Podiatry, Dr. Kutyla offers a full range of podiatric medical services from preventive measures to conservative treatments and reconstructive surgeries.

Lexington Medical Center offers a monthly physician lecture series on a variety of health topics. For more information on upcoming lectures, visit