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LMC Welcomes Students for Partners Program

Lexington Medical Center is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Partners Program, a summer internship inside the hospital for some of the best and brightest high school students in Lexington County.

The Partners Program introduces students to a career in health care. During a three-week session, students will rotate through three clinical areas in the mornings, participating 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 the afternoon, there are field trips to Lexington Medical Center Occupational Health, Lexington Medical Park Otarre Pointe, Midlands Technical College, Lexington Medical Center Extended Care, the University of South Carolina School of Nursing and Sleep Solutions.
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The first session was from June 8 – June 26. The second session is July 6 – July 24. A Partners Program graduation will take place on Friday, July 24 on the hospital campus.

At the end of the program, a rising senior from each Lexington County high school and one rising senior from home/private schools will be awarded a $1,000 book scholarship for their freshman year of college.

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. Applicants went through a rigorous interview process with a written application and an interview with a panel of hospital staff members.

Congratulations 2015 Partners Program Participants:

Nyaw Lay Say – Brookland-Cayce High School
Mary Margaret Schopp – Lexington High School
Adele Lillie Sinegar – Spring Hill High School
Carol Anne Stegura – Chapin High School
Teddy Tarekegne – Spring Hill High School
Reagan Lane Tedder – Spring Hill High School
Mezarean On’Raye Toland – Spring Hill High School
Evan Nicole Wise – Spring Hill High School
Alexander Taylor Wyatt – Dutch Fork High School
Amanda Elisabeth Zdunczyk – River Bluff High School
Sergei Olegovich Alexeev – Lexington High School
Hannah Nicole Bruno – Spring Hill High School
Katherine Cheyanne Call – Spring Hill High School
Erin Glenn Callaham – River Bluff High School
Shellie Grace David – Batesburg-Leesville High School
Jordan Elizabeth Dawsey – Spring Hill High School
Darien A. Dean – Dutch Fork High School
Hayden Amerson Derrick – Dutch Fork High School
Catherine Rose Dunlap – River Bluff High School
Jane Elizabeth Guerra – Lexington High School
Rena Kumari Haley – River Bluff High School
Logan Elizabeth Harris – River Bluff High School
Sydney Lauren Hughes – Lexington High School
Lauren Ashley Kinard – Lexington High School
Jordan Nicole Lang – Gray Collegiate Academy
Miranda Leigh Lesnieski – Spring Hill High School
Carrie Alicia Melton – Spring Hill High School
Emma Jane McInnes – Dutch Fork High School
Radha Paresh Patel – River Bluff High School
Priyanka Rao – Spring Valley High School
Ariana Sina Sarwary – River Bluff High School
Hannah Kathleen Shaffer – Spring Hill High School
Cemilia Bri’erre Shaw – Batesburg-Leesville High School
Kaybriana Maelyn Spalding – Lexington High School
Taylor S. Still – Lexington High School
Sydney Michelle Thompson – Spring Hill High School
Savannah Hope Warren – Gilbert High School
Abbi Jane Wright – Gilbert High School
Wesley James Benedict – River Bluff High School
Bonnie Alexis Brantley – Lexington High School
Hannah Faith Cooper – White Knoll High School
Maria Claire Cummings – Cardinal Newman
Karisha Pallav Desaie – Spring Hill High School
Celeste Isabella Disque – Spring Hill High School
John Carl Enright III – Lexington High School
Samantha Fuhr – Dutch Fork High School
Carleigh DeAnne Fulmer – Lexington High School
Dylan Michael Greeley – Lexington High School
Matthew James Heron – Dutch Fork High School
Sarah Emily Hudson – Dutch Fork High School
Iftikhar Saad – Dutch Fork High School
Emily Katherine Kibler – Chapin High School
Brooke Mason – Chapin High School
Brooke Mason Lee – Spring Hill High School
Meridith Ashley McCray – Lexington High School
Hillary Jordan Melton – Spring Hill High School
Ashley Jordan Metts Neinhius – River Bluff High School
Mary Elizabeth O’Cain – Gilbert High School
Alison Nicole Rider – River Bluff High School

Putting Sleep Problems to Bed

Sleep expert Tiffany Twigg of Sleep Solutions, Lexington Medical Center’s sleep lab, was a guest on WLTX to talk about a question that we all ask: Why are we not getting enough sleep? In this interview, Tiffany outlines the program and shows us how to make it better.

“Holes in the Heart”

Join Lexington Medical Center cardiologist Robert A. Leonardi, MD, FACC in Sumter on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 for a free presentation called “Holes in the Heart.” The event is part of Lexington Medical Center’s quarterly patient education series in Sumter, featuring medical topics that are important to our community.

Dr. Robert Leonardi

Dr. Robert Leonardi

“Holes in the Heart” will take place on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. inside Sumter Cardiology at 540 Physicians Lane in Sumter.

Lexington Medical Center’s full range of cardiac services includes non-surgical closure for “holes in the heart” known as atrial septal defects (ASDs) and patent foramen ovale (PFO).

Courtesy: American Heart Association

Courtesy: American Heart Association

ASD and PFO are congenital heart defects, meaning that people are born with them. Many patients are unaware of these “holes in the heart,” which can cause heart failure and have been associated with increased risk of stroke. Dr. Leonardi will discuss the problems these holes can cause, how they are diagnosed, and available treatments.

Affiliated with Duke Medicine, Lexington Medical Center offers comprehensive cardiovascular care with state-of-the-art technology. That includes open heart surgery, catheterizations, angioplasty, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to replace the aortic valve with a catheter instead of open heart surgery, and an electrophysiology program that diagnoses and treats abnormal heart rhythms known as cardiac arrhythmias.

Lexington Medical Center has full chest pain accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), demonstrating its ability to quickly assess, diagnose and treat heart attack patients. And, the hospital is a Primary Stroke Center, excelling at treating stroke patients promptly.

Dr. Leonardi is a physician with Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

At the patient education presentation, light refreshments will be served. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. For more information, visit