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Hospital Commercial Offers Life-Saving Help for Heart Attack Patient

KimCockrellKim Cockrell of Lexington suffered a heart attack on Valentine’s Day this year. The 46-year-old wife and mom credits Lexington Medical Center’s 2014 “I Am A Heart Attack” commercial with helping her recognize her symptoms and call for help quickly. Her doctors say it may have saved her life. Kim shared her story with WIS-TV recently, in the hopes that it might help others.


For more information on Lexington Medical Center’s comprehensive cardiovascular program, visit LexMed.com/Heart

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Brian Smith as New Human Resources VP

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Brian D. Smith as its new vice president of Human Resources. In this role, Mr. Smith will oversee areas including employment, benefits, compensation, staff development, employee health and volunteers for the hospital.
 

Brian D. Smith Vice President of Human Resources

Brian D. Smith
Vice President of Human Resources

Mr. Smith has more than 20 years of experience in health care. He comes to Lexington Medical Center from Rex Healthcare, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina. There, he held several important positions including system executive director – Total Rewards & Systems, director of Human Resources, director of Laboratory Services and nursing home administrator. Additionally, he has been an adjunct faculty member for training nursing home administrators with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.
 
Mr. Smith earned his undergraduate degree and a Master of Healthcare Administration with a concentration in finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 
“I am delighted to join the team at Lexington Medical Center. The hospital has a superb reputation for excellent patient care, outstanding employees and innovative strategy. It will be an honor to be a part of it,” Mr. Smith said. “My family and I are also excited about joining the Lexington County community.”
 
During his time in North Carolina, Mr. Smith received honors including a “40 Under 40” designation in the Triangle Business Journal and he was a member of the Leadership Raleigh class.

Mr. Smith and his wife Amy have two children. In his spare time, Mr. Smith enjoys boating and watching college sports.

Join Us for the Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler

Women of all ages will fill the streets of downtown Columbia as Lexington Medical Center presents the 15th annual Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler on Saturday, April 23 at 8:30 a.m. A women’s only event, the race features a five-mile run, a five-mile walk and a three-mile walk.

2015_H_S_Photo_Gallery 2The Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler celebrates women and the power of a healthy lifestyle. It also raises awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women. The picturesque course begins at the top of Finlay Park, winds around the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion, Main Street, Congaree Vista and into the historic neighborhoods next to the University of South Carolina campus. It finishes with a downhill stretch to the bottom of Finlay Park.

Launched by the Carolina Marathon Association in 2002, the Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler is South Carolina’s first women’s only road race. It has grown from fewer than 400 female participants in its first year to more than 2,300. Sponsored in conjunction with WIS News 10, the race offers women of all athletic abilities the opportunity to participate in a comforting, supportive environment. Elite athletes, as well as first-timers, enjoy the unique event that offers a red rose at the finish line and special refreshments that include chocolate-covered strawberries.

The event begins with an opening ceremony at 8:00 a.m. featuring Dawndy Mercer Plank and Judi Gatson of WIS News 10. The five-mile run begins at 8:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 8:35 a.m. Race day registration will be held from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. at Arsenal Hill, located at 1900 Lincoln Street near the start line and the Laurel Street entrance to Finlay Park.

2015_H_S_Photo_Gallery 3“This women’s only run and walk helps us to spread the word that heart disease is preventable and controllable,” said Harriet Horton, vice president at Lexington Medical Center. “We encourage women of all fitness levels to come out and participate.”

Cash awards will be presented to runners in the following categories:
Top five overall finishers $500/$400/$300/$200/$150
Top three masters finishers $150/$125/$100
Top three grand masters finishers $100/$75/$50
Top three senior grand masters finishers $75/$50/$25

Awards will be presented to the top three overall finishers in each age category: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70+.

2015_H_S_Photo_Gallery 4Walkers are eligible for prizes based on participation. All awards and prizes will be presented at the post-event ceremony in Finlay Park. After the event, participants enjoy special refreshments, entertainment and an expo featuring health screenings from Lexington Medical Center, and health and fitness-related services from local vendors.

Registration is $35 through April 22 and $45 on race day.

Participants are asked to bring “gently used” running or walking shoes to packet pick-up on Friday, April 22 or Saturday, April 23, at Arsenal Hill, located at 1900 Lincoln Street in downtown Columbia. These shoes will be donated to Christ Central Ministries, which serves people in need throughout the Midlands. Each year, participants donate nearly 500 pairs of shoes.

For more information, call the Carolina Marathon Association at (803) 731-2100 or visit www.HeartAndSoleRun.com or www.HeartAndSoleWalk.com to register online.