Santa’s Workshop

Lexington Medical Center has its own Santa’s Workshop in place this week as it works to provide Christmas presents for 60 families in need throughout our community. The hospital’s social workers identified families they have worked with throughout the year to receive the gifts, which are generously donated by Lexington Medical Center employees.

Lexington Medical Center departments and staff members “adopted” 35 families and asked for a wish list from each of them. After reviewing the lists, the employees purchased toys, clothes, bikes, electronics, food items, gift cards and more. Families will pick up the items this week. MSW students from the University of South Carolina are the “elves” in the workshop as families arrive.

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“Lexington Medical Center is delighted and excited to help these community members,” said Sara Sims, community social worker at Lexington Medical Center. “The generosity of hospital employees is overwhelming.”

In addition, hospital social workers have selected 25 elderly residents in the Midlands to receive Christmas baskets filled with items including socks, candy, hot chocolate, snacks, coffee, tea and puzzle books. Lexington Medical Center employees have made donations to purchase the items. Community social workers will arrange and deliver the baskets later this week.

This is the 12th year that Lexington Medical Center has had its own adopt-a-family program. The hospital enjoys extending its work beyond the hospital to enhance the well being of our community.

Cauliflower Rice

Lexington Medical Center has begun to host a new diabetes support and wellness group called “D2 & Me” for type 2 diabetes patients and their caregivers. The meetings, which are open to the public, help diabetics manage the disease by offering helpful information, including healthy recipes. Here’s one from the class. It’s perfect for your next family meal.

Cauliflower Rice in Two Simple Steps
1. Grate one head of cauliflower into a microwavable bowl.
2. Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes and serve.

cauliflowerYou might find that people have no idea that this “rice” is actually cauliflower. You can serve it in place of normal rice, potatoes or pasta. 100g of cauliflower rice is only 24 calories. 100g of regular rice is 355 calories.

“D2 & Me” classes take place on the Lexington Medical Center hospital campus, at the hospital’s community medical center in Lexington, or off site for special events. Clinicians and experts who have special training in caring for people who have diabetes lead the classes and meetings. Our next classes are coming up!

December 9 & 16
Diabetic-Friendly Holidays

Laura Stepp, MA, RD/LD, CDE
December 9th class will be in the Lexington Medical Center hospital campus inside Lower Level Classroom 3 from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
December 16th class will be at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center at 811 West Main Street in Lexington inside the first floor conference room from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Free and open to public

Our 2014 LMC Christmas Commercial

We’re pleased to present Lexington Medical Center’s 2014 Christmas commercial!

Filmed on our hospital campus, the 60-second spot focuses on the importance of family – all from a baby’s perspective.

You might recognize several LMC staff members. The babies in the commercial were born at our hospital. And, children of LMC employees have speaking roles.

Lexington Medical Center was voted “Best Hospital to Have A Baby” by readers of The State newspaper this year, and we deliver more babies than any other hospital in the Midlands.

You can watch the commercial on the hospital’s You Tube channel or during your favorite Christmas TV show this holiday season.

From our LMC family to yours, Merry Christmas.