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What Can I Eat? Bringing Back An Old Favorite

By Laura Stepp, MA, RD, LD, Clinical Dietitian at Lexington Medical Center

Again, I find myself looking at another beautiful picture of food and thinking about all of those vegetables I bought at the farmer’s market over the weekend. There are so many ways to incorporate and combine vegetables. The possibilities are endless, and yes, overwhelming. So as I looked through the most recent edition of Diabetic Living® Magazine, I saw an up-to-date and refreshing recipe for an old favorite: Waldorf Salad Lettuce Wraps.

Waldorf Salad Wraps

Waldorf Salad Wraps

Now many of you (especially if you are a child of the 70’s or before) might be thinking, “Yikes! The mayonnaise based salad with nuts and fruits that our parents used to eat?” Yes. My cardiac and diabetes clients are always interested in eating better but are conflicted with wanting to enjoy old traditional recipes. At the same time, I’m encouraging them to try new vegetables in new ways. Let’s do both with this heart-healthy and diabetes-friendly version.

Servings: 4 (2 wraps each)
Carbs per serving: 33 g
Start to finish preparation; 25 mins (not including cook time for whole grain)

1-1/4 cups of a cooked whole grain (brown or wild rice, pearled barley)
1 cup thin sliced apple
1 cup chopped celery
¾ cup chopped cauliflower florets
½ cup red/black seedless grapes, halved or quartered
½ cup chopped walnuts (toasted)
½ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt (yes, really)
1 Tbsp honey (local – preferably)
½ tsp kosher salt (can substitute sea salt)
½ tsp celery seeds
¼ tsp black pepper
8 Bibb lettuce leaves (can substitute green or red leaf lettuce leaves)

1. In a large bowl combine the first six ingredients (Whole grain through walnuts). For dressing, in a small bowl combine the next six ingredients (yogurt through pepper)
2. Pour dressing over whole grain mixture; toss gently to coast. Spoon onto lettuce leaves; roll up.

Per Serving: 204 calories; (1 g Sat fat), 33g carbs (5 g fiber, 14 g sugars), 8 g protein

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Matthew J. Cogdill as Vice President, Physician Network

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Matthew J. Cogdill as Vice President, Physician Network. In this role, he will oversee the management of Lexington Medical Center physician practices.

Matthew J. Cogdill

Matthew J. Cogdill

Prior to coming to Lexington Medical Center, Mr. Cogdill was an Assistant Vice President of Physician Practice Operations at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg. His responsibilities included management of primary care, cardiology and internal medicine practices. Previously, Mr. Cogdill also worked at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston as a Management Accountant, focusing on finance, operations and planning.
“I was raised in Lexington and have seen first hand the amazing care that Lexington Medical Center provides,” Mr. Cogdill said. “I hope that I can help the hospital’s amazing team continue to provide outstanding care for our community.”
Mr. Cogdill received a bachelor of science in business administration from Presbyterian College and a Master of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. He’s a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mr. Cogdill and his wife have two children and are expecting a third. In his spare time, Mr. Cogdill enjoys spending time with family, playing golf and serving at his church.

Anna Shalkam, MD, is new Chief Medical Informatics Officer

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce that Anna Shalkham, MD, Emergency Medicine physician at Lexington Medical Center, has become the hospital’s new Chief Medical Informatics Officer. In this role, Dr. Shalkham will use information technology to help the hospital plan and implement applications including electronic health records, health information exchanges and other resources used in clinical settings.
“With clinical informatics, I will combine my clinical and technology backgrounds to improve patient safety, electronic health records and interoperability across Lexington Medical Center’s network of care,” Dr. Shalkham said. “The goal is to provide the most outstanding care to our patients while using state-of-the-art technology to document and learn from their medical history.”

Dr. Shalkham is board certified in clinical informatics, a designation that only eleven people in South Carolina have achieved. She also holds board certification in emergency medicine and a master’s degree in public health. She has been a doctor at Lexington Medical Center for nearly ten years. In her new position, she will split her time between ER patient care and clinical informatics.

Clinical informatics can improve a patient’s experience in a variety of way, including safety. The technology creates alerts to warn doctors of potential drug interactions, dosing errors and duplicate medications. It also allows clinicians to access a patient’s comprehensive medical record with just a few clicks and supports evidenced-based medicine.

Over the next year, Dr. Shalkham will help Lexington Medical Center to integrate the electronic health record system that it uses in ambulatory settings including physician practices with its inpatient system. This integration will provide easier and more timely access to patient information and improve patient safety measures.

“I look forward to helping Lexington Medical Center achieve its mission of providing quality health services that meet the needs of our community,” Dr. Shalkham said.