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Calling All Bloggers! We’re Hosting a Blog Contest

Lexington Medical Center is sponsoring a contest from June 1st to June 30th to recruit additional bloggers for its Every Woman Blog. Women of all ages are invited to enter. Through the contest, the hospital plans to select five women from the community to be featured as permanent bloggers. Each month, their posts will appear on the EveryWomanBlog.com website. Each selected blogger will receive a $250 cash prize.

Every_Woman_BlogThe Every Woman Blog has been active for more than five years, with more than 200,000 visitors checking out posts by local female bloggers. The blog has received several awards from leading health care organizations such as the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society. Winners of the blog contest will join Shannon Boatwright, Mary Pat Baldauf, Katie Austin, Chaunte McClure and Lara Winburn as featured bloggers at EveryWomanBlog.com.

“Today, women bloggers, including ours, are some of the most influential communicators online. Women follow them because the stories they share are relatable and inspiring,” said Lexington Medical Center Public Relations Manager Jennifer Wilson. “We’re excited to welcome new faces and fresh perspectives to our exceptional team of Every Woman Bloggers.”

To enter the blogging contest, visit Lexington Medical Center’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LexingtonMedical. Send a message or video about why you would be a great blogger to represent and inspire women in the Midlands. Five women with the most persuasive, funny, touching or engaging posts will be selected to become featured bloggers on the Every Woman Blog.

Each featured blogger will write at least one post per month. The topics will vary greatly depending on the personalities of the bloggers and their daily experiences in the community. Visitors can expect some of the posts to be videos. The bloggers will also meet in person at “blogger reunions” to share ideas and brainstorm topics.

The Every Woman Blog also features occasional guest bloggers from Lexington Medical Center’s medical staff. With Lexington Medical Center as the sponsor of the blog, readers can expect to find an abundance of helpful health information. For more information, visit EveryWomanBlog.com.

Lexington Medical Center Governor’s Cup Road Race

More than 2,000 people participated in the 44th annual Lexington Medical Center Governor’s Cup Road Race on Saturday, May 13. Nearly 200 hospital employees ran the course as part of Team LMC.

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The LMC Governor’s Cup Road Race is one of the oldest continuously operated road races in the Southeast. This year, the Carolina Marathon Association designed its new courses to pass many of the notable sites and attractions in the Greater Columbia area, including Columbia’s historic Main Street, South Carolina State House, Township Auditorium, Robert Mills House/Gardens, South Carolina Governor’s Mansion, South Carolina State Museum, Gervais Street Bridge, West Columbia and Cayce, and the University of South Carolina’s Horseshoe.

In addition to the new course and new spring date, the event included a Friday night Main Street Mile. And kids could get in on the fun with the one-mile Kids Run and earn a medal just like the half-marathon and 5K finishers.

Proceeds from the race benefitted the Richland County Recreation Foundation and the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission. RCRF and LCRAC provide programs for children and youth in a wide range of sports.

Lexington Medical Center Earns Stroke Award

For the sixth consecutive year, Lexington Medical Center has received a “Gold Plus” Quality Achievement Award for stroke care from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke program. The “Gold Plus” award is the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for stroke care and recognizes commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients.

“Lexington Medical Center is proud to receive this award as it demonstrates our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing effective, evidence-based stroke care,” said Vicky Hicks, RN, BSN, CPHQ, outcomes coordinator at Lexington Medical Center.

2016 Gold Plus AHA ASA Award iconThe honor goes to hospitals with excellent adherence to stroke quality indicators and measures, including aggressive use of proven medications, therapy, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.

According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

A stroke occurs when a clot blocks a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and begins to die. Warning signs include weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, facial drooping, confusion and the inability to talk. Risk factors for stroke are untreated high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol. Stroke is an emergency. Call 911 at the first sign of stroke. Modifying your lifestyle can help prevent stroke.

Lexington Medical Center also has certification from Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, Inc. as a Primary Stroke Center in the Midlands. The Certification Program for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes organizations that follow the best practices for stroke care. Achieving Primary Stroke Center Certification indicates the hospital’s dedication to cultivating better outcomes for patients.

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Think F.A.S.T. to remember the warning signs of stroke.

Face – Look for an uneven smile.
Arm – Check if one arm is weak.
Speech – Has speech become difficult?
Time – Call 9-1-1 immediately.

For more information, visit LexMed.com/Stroke