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Apply for the 2017 Partners Program!

Lexington Medical Center is accepting applications for the 2017 Partners Program, a summer internship for Lexington County high school students that introduces them to careers in the health care industry. In its 27th year, the Partners Program attracts some of the best and brightest high school students in Lexington County every summer.

Lexington Medical Center’s 2016 Partners Program class

The 2017 Partners Program will focus on allied health careers with interactive, hands-on seminars, clinical rotations and tours of educational institutions. While students will learn about all areas of health care, the internship will highlight the work of allied health professionals including physical therapists, radiology technicians and surgical technologists.

During a three-week session, students will rotate through three clinical areas in the mornings. They will participate in afternoon activities two days a week at the University of South Carolina School of Nursing, Midlands Technical College’s surgical technologist program and Lexington Medical Center Extended Care.

At the end of the program, the Lexington Medical Center Foundation will award 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.

To apply, students must complete an application, which they can find online at https://lexmed-apply.fluidreview.com/

The application deadline for the Partners Program is Thursday, February 23, 2017.

There are two Partners Program sessions: June 5 – 23, 2017 and July 11 – 28, 2017. Each session is from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on weekdays with afternoon activities from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. two days per week.

The Partners Program is made possible thanks to support from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. It continues to be a popular program with Lexington County students and hospital staff. In fact, several hospital employees participated in the program when they attended high school.

New Year’s Eva Gala

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation rang in 2017 with its inaugural New Year’s Eve Gala at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center. The party raised funds for the Campaign for Clarity, an effort to provide 3-D mammography throughout the hospital’s network of care. Because of the generous support of guests and sponsors, the event brought in more than $90,000. Happy New Year!

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Lexington Medical Center Cook and Pharmacy Technician Deliver Baby in Hospital Lobby

January 13 was no ordinary work day for Jennifer Bandy and Yolanda Butler.

Jennifer is a cook at the Park Café inside Lexington Medical Park 1 at Lexington Medical Center. Yolanda is a pharmacy technician at Lexington Oncology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

L to R: Yolanda Butler, Jennifer Bandy, Danielle Tilson, Baby Serenity and Byron Stewart

Just before sunrise, they heard shouts for help from the building’s entrance.

Running toward the door, they found Danielle Tilson of Batesburg about to deliver a baby. Her fiance Byron Stewart was by her side.

“Everything was happening so fast,” Jennifer said. “I knew we had to do something.”

Yolanda stepped in right away.

“I was reassuring Mom that everything was OK,” she said.

Minutes later, the café cook and pharmacy technician delivered baby Serenity Stewart in the lobby. They laid the little girl on tablecloths from the café and a blanket from Danielle and Byron’s car.

“She started blinking her eyes and moving – and that was a good feeling because we knew she was OK,” Jennifer said.

They learned Danielle and Byron were on their way to a hospital in downtown Columbia from their home in Batesburg, but didn’t think they could make it in time. So the couple pulled up to the Lexington Medical Park 1 entrance at Lexington Medical Center – the first entrance they saw on the hospital campus. Early in the morning, hardly anyone was there – except for the Park Café staff and Yolanda, who just happened to come into work early that day.

Serenity is the couple’s fourth child. Everyone is doing well.

The couple is thankful for Jennifer and Yolanda’s quick response and willingness to help. They say they will bring Serenity back to the hospital to meet them one day.