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Apply Now for the 2014 Partners Program

Lexington Medical Center is accepting applications for its 2014 Partners Program. This highly selective summer internship program allows the brightest high school students from Lexington County the opportunity to explore careers in health care and to work alongside hospital staff in clinical areas. In its 24th year, the Partners Program has become a popular tradition at the hospital.

Partners will rotate through three clinical areas during the three-week program. Partners must be rising juniors and seniors from Lexington County. The dates for this summer’s program are: Session A: June 9 – June 27 and Session B: July 7 – July 25. Students will attend one of the two sessions. Program hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The application deadline is February 15, 2014.

2013 Partners Program participants outside LMC

2013 Partners Program participants outside LMC

Students selected for the program will participate 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 addition, students will take part in field studies including a tour of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Midlands Technical College Health Science Programs, LMC Laboratory and a team building workshop. Outstanding partners who meet specific criteria will be selected to receive a $1,000 book scholarship at the end of the sessions.

The Partners Program is made possible through the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Since its beginning in 1990, many of the participants have returned to Lexington Medical Center as clinicians upon completing their education.

The application process includes a written application and an interview with hospital staff members. To apply, students can download the application on the hospital website or visit their school guidance counselor’s office to obtain one. More than 100 aspiring health care professionals apply to be part of the Partners Program each year. Sixty students are selected.

LMC Welcomes First Baby of the New Year

New Year BabyLexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome its first baby of the New Year!

Baby Amy Re’Ann Gause was born at 3:30 a.m. on January 1 to Tara Gause of Chapin. Baby Amy joins big sister Reagan, age 7.

The newborn weighed 5 lbs 14 oz, and was 19 1/4 inches long.

Mom expected to deliver the baby girl on January 14th, but Amy decided to arrive two weeks early, on New Year’s Day, which is also her grandparents’ wedding anniversary.

There was a lot of excitement leading up to the birth.

“The nurses kept saying, ‘We’re going to have a New Year’s baby!’” Tara said.

Clockwise from top:  Mom Tara, newborn Amy and big sister Reagan.

Clockwise from top: Mom Tara, newborn Amy and big sister Reagan.

Superstitions and old wives’ tales say that babies born on New Year’s Day will be lucky for life and that the family will have good luck the year of the baby’s birth.

Congratulations to the whole family.

Lexington Medical Center delivers more babies than any other hospital in the Midlands and has been voted “Best Place to Have A Baby” by readers of Palmetto Parent magazine. To learn more about our Women’s Services, visit our website.

Operation Santa Claus

Santa & Mrs. Clause

Dennis and Marie Green have played Santa and Mrs. Claus for 21 years. The couple from Greenwood, South Carolina began the holiday tradition at Dennis’s annual Christmas party. His jolly beard and her twinkling smile reminded friends and co-workers of the holiday’s most celebrated duo.

The Greens began visiting churches and family-friendly establishments each holiday season to listen to Christmas wishes from children throughout the community.

In October, Green had bypass surgery at Lexington Medical Center after experiencing severe angina, a type of chest pain that is caused by reduced blood flow to the heart.

Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery and Lexington Medical Center’s cardiology team made sure Santa was healthy in time for Christmas.

“I was very impressed with the level of care I received from Dr. Travis, Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery and the nurses at Lexington Medical Center,” said Dennis Green, a.k.a. Santa Claus.

He was back to taking Christmas lists from children after just two weeks.

“I didn’t have to shave my beard for surgery, which is very important this time of year,” added Green.

Cardiac surgery is a powerful treatment that restores heart function and saves lives. It’s one of the most critical components of the complete heart and vascular program at Lexington Medical Center.

Merry Christmas.