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Students Share the “Art of Healing”

Nine Lexington County high school students have received prizes and awards in the 6th annual “Art of Healing,” a juried art competition for Lexington County high school students sponsored by Lexington Medical Center in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art. The students created projects including drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures that each depicted their interpretation of healing. The work will be on display from now until May 29 at the Columbia Museum of Art.

Art teachers from Lexington County high schools each chose one student’s artwork to enter. All artwork had to incorporate healing or health. Steven Ford, owner of Steven Ford Interiors, Jane Przybysz, executive director of the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina, and Michael Story, an award-winning fine artist, judged the entries and selected the winners.

“We wanted to give students the opportunity to express their interpretation of ‘healing’ through artwork,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “Every year, the quality of artwork impresses us more and more. It is a wonderful experience for students to have their artwork displayed at the Columbia Museum of Art for our community to see.”

Many of the students’ entries shared inspirational personal stories of family members’ health challenges and recovery.

Students received their awards at a reception at the Columbia Museum of Art on April 30. The students, their teachers, school administrators, hospital staff, and museum employees attended.

Congratulations to all winners!

1st Prize
“No Medicine Better than Nature” by Elizabeth Rola, River Bluff High School

2nd Prize
“Overcoming the Dark” by Lacy Appleton, River Bluff High School

3rd Prize
“Hope” by Alexis Bouknight, Chapin High School

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Juror’s Choice
“Death in Beauty” by Addie Herrick, Brookland-Cayce High School
“Pet Comfort” by Anna Grace Romine, Lexington High School
“I am Beautiful” by Jessica Jacobs, Chapin High School

Honorable Mention
“Ms. Cathy” by Nicole Whitlock, Chapin High School
“Family Healing” by Caro Cornwell, Spring Hill High School
“Unspoken Language” by Mackenzie Briggs, River Bluff High School

A Sweet Melody

The melodious tune of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” fills the community room inside Lexington Medical Center Extended Care as pianist Linda Skipper, who volunteers regularly at Extended Care, brings a beautiful baby grand piano to life with her tremendous talent.

And the residents love it.

“You’ll see feet tap that don’t normally tap, a lot of smiles and sometimes tears,” she said.

Pianist_ExtCareThe baby grand piano at Extended Care was a gift from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation in 2011. The instrument fills the room with incredible sound as volunteers play it nearly every day. Everyone here is grateful for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation is able to provide here thanks to generous donors in our community.

Lexington Medical Center Extended Care is the hospital’s 352-bed skilled nursing facility, the largest in the Carolinas. It also includes the 36-bed Carroll Campbell Place for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, which was named in honor of the late South Carolina governor, Carroll Campbell, who lived there.

Over the years, the Lexington Medical Center Foundation has made more than $1.2 million in contributions to the facility, including new televisions, renovations to walkways, gathering spaces and resident units, and landscaping.

“When we admit a resident, we admit the whole family,” said Wayne Stowe, vice president of Extended Care. “Creating a beautiful facility with well-appointed features helps patients and family members feel more comfortable and have better visits together.”

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation provides important programs and services that help people in our community, including cancer patients. Please consider giving to the Lexington Medical Center Foundation during the Central Carolina Community Foundation’s “Midlands Gives” challenge on May 5. Learn more at

LMC Hopes to Continue Negotiations with BlueCross BlueShield

Lexington Medical Center was disappointed to learn that BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina sent its members and employers communication on Thursday stating that beginning March 1, 2015 Lexington Medical Center facilities and all of its employed physicians will no longer be considered “in-network” for the BlueCross’ Preferred Blue (PPO) plan.

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Contrary to statements from BlueCross BlueShield, Lexington Medical Center has been working to negotiate fair and reasonable terms with the insurance provider for months, offering proposals that are in line with previous agreements and that will allow the hospital to continue providing excellent health care to the people of our community.

“Lexington Medical Center hopes to continue negotiating with BlueCross BlueShield before the March 1 deadline,” said Mike Biediger, President & CEO of Lexington Medical Center. “We hope that we can reach a mutually beneficial agreement to care for the patients we serve.”

Lexington Medical Center was surprised that BlueCross BlueShield publicly informed its members that negotiations had ended while the hospital was still in active discussions with them about the contract. In fact, the hospital thought it was very close to reaching an agreement. The substance of BlueCross BlueShield’s letter to members and employers has unnecessarily concerned members of the community, creating undue alarm and confusion. Lexington Medical Center has had a good relationship with BlueCross BlueShield for decades, and the hospital is very hopeful that an agreement can be reached.

Lexington Medical Center’s mission is to provide quality health services that meet the needs of our community, and the hospital is committed to furthering discussions with BlueCross BlueShield to best meet the needs of the patients we serve.