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Shining Bright in Palmetto Gold

Three Lexington Medical Center nurses have received the prestigious Palmetto Gold award this year. Benjamin Amberg, Kay Austin and Frances Faulkner were among 100 nurses from across South Carolina recognized for excellence and commitment to the nursing profession.

The South Carolina Nurses Foundation presented the Palmetto Gold awards at a gala banquet in May. Employers throughout South Carolina nominate nurses for Palmetto Gold. Nominees must meet four criteria:
• Promotes and advances the profession of nursing in a positive way in the practice setting or in the community;
• Displays exceptional caring and commitment to patients, families, student nurses and colleagues;
• Demonstrates leadership and assists others in growth and development;
• Promotes the profession of nursing and contributes to the advancement of nursing through civic, community and/or professional association activities.

Benjamin Amberg, BSN, RN, CEN, is a nurse in Lexington Medical Center’s Emergency department. He has helped to establish goals to move patients through the treatment process in the ER in a timely manner. He also provides orientation for new nurses in his department.

Kay Austin, BSN, MHA, RN, NE-BC, is a nurse in the Progressive Cardiac Unit. She advocates for patients at the bedside, spends time volunteering and assists those in need. She has taught basic life support education and automatic external defibrillator training.

Frances Falkner, ADN, RN, CNOR, has been a nursing leader for more than 35 years, supporting programs, initiatives and employees. As a patient advocate, her efforts to enhance patient experience have resulted in patient satisfaction scores consistently in the top 5 percent of the nation and implementation of successful patient safety initiatives.

Congratulations to Lexington Medical Center’s 2016 Palmetto Gold recipients!

Lexington Medical Center Begins 2016 Partners Program

The annual Partners Program has started at Lexington Medical Center once again! Now in its 26th year, this program introduces some of Lexington County’s brightest high school students to a career in the health care industry.
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During their 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 technician program and LMC Extended Care.

The Partners Program 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.

Supported by the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, this year’s Partners Program received more than 100 applications. The students went through a rigorous interview process with a written application and an interview with a panel of hospital staff members.

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.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation thanks the South Carolina National Safety Council, NORD Family Foundation, Colonial Life and Women of Hope for supporting the 2016 Partners Program.

Congratulations to this year’s Partners Program participants.

Rachel Katherine Abbott
Marlayna Carolyne Ash
Elizabeth Sarah Bear
Clayton Thomas Bellinger
Laura Olivia Blankenbeckler
Paige Frances Borcky
Richard Lenair Bozard
Samantha Elizabeth Brasher
Brogan Jean Brown
Molly Elizabeth Burns
Kathleen Gonzalez Chin
Candace McKenzie Collins
Lindsey Elizabeth Collins
Nina Daneshuar
Caroline Grace Denise
Karina Pallav Desai
Olivia Rose Fladung
Chase Mills Floyd
Morgan Grace Franklin
Marla Ann Frick
Macie Reagan Goodman
Alexandria Faith Grant
Cheyenne Elizabeth Harrison
Anna-Kate Henderson
Caroline Danae Hess
Cassidy Taryn Huggins
Louisa Elizabeth Hunter
Lilly Marie Inabinett
Ashley Marie Jacoby
Jacob David Kobus
Mary Melissa Lightsey
Caroline Elizabeth Magyar
Payton Douglas Mahan
Nathan Eric Matzko
Madison Nicole McCarty
Cheyenne Nicole McCune
Elizabeth Marian Melson
Robert Colton Metcalfe
Xeerak Agha Muhammad
Christina Marie Oswald
Johnny Marion (Tripp) Owen
Avish Yashmin Patel
Gauri Patel
Mitesh Satish Patel
Ratna Mimansu Patel
Lila Dixon Patterson
Aman Amit Pitalia
Aleigha Breann Pound
Alia Rahman
Reagan Reynolds
Morgan Corrine Riegel
Kathryn Elisabeth Root
Lindsey Jean Scott
Katelyn Elene Sease
Lindsay C Shealy
Alexandra Grace Stritt
Brittany Lynn Valdario
Erin Nicole Walker
Sara Jayne Wint
Cooper Thomas Woodham
Kellie Ann Wooten

Calling All Bloggers! We’re Hosting a Blog Contest

Lexington Medical Center is sponsoring a contest from June 1st to June 30th to recruit additional bloggers for its Every Woman Blog. Women of all ages are invited to enter. Through the contest, the hospital plans to select five women from the community to be featured as permanent bloggers. Each month, their posts will appear on the EveryWomanBlog.com website. Each selected blogger will receive a $250 cash prize.

Every_Woman_BlogThe Every Woman Blog has been active for more than five years, with more than 200,000 visitors checking out posts by local female bloggers. The blog has received several awards from leading health care organizations such as the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society. Winners of the blog contest will join Shannon Boatwright, Mary Pat Baldauf, Katie Austin, Chaunte McClure and Lara Winburn as featured bloggers at EveryWomanBlog.com.

“Today, women bloggers, including ours, are some of the most influential communicators online. Women follow them because the stories they share are relatable and inspiring,” said Lexington Medical Center Public Relations Manager Jennifer Wilson. “We’re excited to welcome new faces and fresh perspectives to our exceptional team of Every Woman Bloggers.”

To enter the blogging contest, visit Lexington Medical Center’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LexingtonMedical. Send a message or video about why you would be a great blogger to represent and inspire women in the Midlands. Five women with the most persuasive, funny, touching or engaging posts will be selected to become featured bloggers on the Every Woman Blog.

Each featured blogger will write at least one post per month. The topics will vary greatly depending on the personalities of the bloggers and their daily experiences in the community. Visitors can expect some of the posts to be videos. The bloggers will also meet in person at “blogger reunions” to share ideas and brainstorm topics.

The Every Woman Blog also features occasional guest bloggers from Lexington Medical Center’s medical staff. With Lexington Medical Center as the sponsor of the blog, readers can expect to find an abundance of helpful health information. For more information, visit EveryWomanBlog.com.