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LMC Welcomes High School Students for Partners Program

For the 24th consecutive year, Lexington Medical Center is welcoming some of the best and brightest high school students from Lexington County to experience the “Partners Program,” a summer internship that offers an excellent glimpse of careers in the health care industry.

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During a three-week session, students will rotate through three clinical areas in the mornings. In addition, they will participate in hands-on activities two days a week at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Midlands Technical College and Lexington Medical Center Extended Care. Students will also tour the hospital’s lab, view a virtual surgery and participate in a team-building activity.

Supported by Lexington Medical Center Foundation, the Safety Council of South Carolina and Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, this year’s Partners Program received more than 100 applications. At the end of the program, a rising senior from each Lexington County high school and one rising senior from home/private schools will be awarded a $1,000 book scholarship for their freshman year of college.

The Partners Program continues to be a popular program with Lexington County students and LMC staff. In fact, several hospital employees participated in the program when they attended high school. Jon Bridges, associate director in the Physician Network, is one of those employees.

“The Partners Program gave me an early opportunity to learn about health care in our area. As a result, I realized that I wanted to seek further hands-on exposure to determine if health care was a good, long-term fit for me,” Bridges said.

Congratulations 2014 Partners Program Participants:

Brittany Redmond, Airport High School
Taylor Leigh Sofaly, Airport High School
Hanna Tanner, Airport High School
Hollie Powell, Brookland Cayce High School
Shelby Staton, Brookland Cayce High School
Andrew “Jordan” Eidson, Batesburg Leesville High School
Rachel Marie Gibson, Batesburg Leesville High School
Mary “Britt” Taylor, Batesburg Leesville High School
Chloe Bagley, Chapin High School
Hannah Booth, Chapin High School
Bailey Rodgers, Chapin High School
Anna Elise Scott, Chapin High School
Ipsita Pradhan, Dutch Fork High School
Kay Rojas, Dutch Fork High School
Kayla Shine, Dutch Fork High School
Kathryn Pitts, Gilbert High School
Allison Raitt, Gilbert High School
Ayan Dasgupta, Hammond
Hannah Goude, Homeschool
Abigail Unthank, Homeschool
Jaynie Buford, Irmo High School
Neha Malhotra, Irmo High School
Laura Nelson, Irmo High School
Elizabeth Tesh, Irmo High School
Kelsey Barnes, Lexington High School
Brelyn Burkett, Lexington High School
Madison Coffing, Lexington High School
Danielle Johnson, Lexington High School
Rebecca Jordan, Lexington High School
Hannah Melson, Lexington High School
Alexis Neeley, Lexington High School
Celine Peksenar, Lexington High School
Emily Scircle, Lexington High School
Catherine Shirer, Lexington High School
Jacob “Jake” Vining, Lexington High School
Lauren Williams, Lexington High School
Brittany Dorroh, Pelion High School
Kayla Ingle, Pelion High School
Jessica Lee Padgett, Pelion High School
Emily Beasley, River Bluff High School
Ellie Chao, River Bluff High School
Veronica Chiu, River Bluff High School
Haley Darnell, River Bluff High School
Stephanie Fernandez, River Bluff High School
Caroline Gable, River Bluff High School
Andrew Griffin, River Bluff High School
Thaddeus Holiday, River Bluff High School
Shivani Kapur, River Bluff High School
Graeson Kiser, River Bluff High School
Sarah Elizabeth Moore, River Bluff High School
Pranav Patel, River Bluff High School
Blaire Rikard, River Bluff High School
Jessica “Savannah” Smith, River Bluff High School
Levi Wright, River Bluff High School
Emily Turner, Spring Hill High School
Gabrielle Browning, White Knoll High School
Mikayla Nelson, White Knoll High School
Branly Sandoval, White Knoll High School
Jessica “Jessie” Tew, White Knoll High School
Breanna Tindal, White Knoll High School
Lauren Walters, White Knoll High School

Speaking of Men’s Health

man at beachWhat do cardiology, internal medicine, oncology and orthopaedics have in common? They’re all specialties that will be represented at Lexington Medical Center’s June physician lecture, “Speaking of Men’s Health.” The free lecture will be held on Monday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus.

Four Lexington Medical Center physicians will speak on a panel during the lecture. They are David K. Lee, MD of Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, Bradley W. Word, MD of The Columbia Medical Group, James L. Wells III, MD of Lexington Oncology and William W. Brabham, MD of Lexington Cardiology. Each will speak about topics related to their specialties. The topics will include knee replacement, shoulder injuries, heart attacks, cardiac arrhythmias, vitamins, types of cancer, staying in shape as we age, and more. Then, members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Lexington Medical Center Community Outreach at (803) 936-8850.

“Speaking of Men’s Health” is part of the hospital’s monthly lecture series featuring medical topics that are important to our community. For more information on Lexington Medical Center events, visit LexMed.com.

Lexington Medical Center Opens New Sleep Lab in Northeast Columbia

Having trouble getting a good night’s sleep or staying awake during the day? Lexington Sleep Solutions may have a remedy for you that’s close to home. The Lexington Medical Center physician practice has just opened a third sleep lab in Northeast Columbia. The new sleep lab is located within the Palmetto Family Medicine building at 109 Barton Creek Court, Suite A in Columbia. Lexington Sleep Solutions now has locations in West Columbia, Irmo and Northeast Columbia.

sleepingWith a sleep study, Lexington Sleep Solutions clinicians can diagnose conditions including hypersomnia, insomnia, narcolepsy, periodic limb movement disorder, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea and snoring.

Lexington Sleep Solutions has accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. To qualify, the practice had to meet all standards for professional health care as designated by AASM. The accreditation process included a detailed inspection of the center’s facilities and staff, an evaluation of testing procedures, and ongoing assessments of physician training.

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The Lexington Sleep Solutions physician office is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All of the sleep lab locations perform scheduled studies at night and provide scheduled day studies, home sleep test set-ups and actigraphy set-ups during business hours.

IMG_2909During an overnight sleep study, each patient stays in a private bedroom that’s equipped to monitor and record breathing, heart rate, oxygen levels and brain wave activity during sleep. A camera observes sleep throughout the night and provides useful diagnostic information. The sleep study results are analyzed and an appointment will be scheduled to review results and determine what treatment is necessary.

Each patient’s care is supervised by a physician who is board certified in sleep medicine. Lexington Sleep Solutions’ physicians are Clarence Coker, III, MD; Sarkis Derderian, DO; Paul Kirschenfeld, MD; Christopher Marshall, MD; Mohamed Soliman MD and Francis Dayrit, MD, FCCP.

The average adult needs eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Signs that you’re not getting enough sleep include irritability, difficulty staying awake while watching TV or reading, difficulty paying attention at work or in school, memory problems and using caffeine to stay awake.

Physician Office
Lexington Medical Park 2
146 North Hospital Drive
Suite 400

West Columbia, SC 29169

Northeast Columbia Sleep Lab
109 Barton Creek Court, Suite A
Columbia, SC 29229

West Columbia Sleep Lab
109 West Hospital Drive
West Columbia, SC 29169

Irmo Sleep Lab
7043 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 791-2683

For more information on sleep disorders, visit LexingtonSleepSolutions.com