Brian K. Heaberlin, MD, Joins Lexington ENT & Allergy

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Brian K. Heaberlin, MD, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Heaberlin will work at Lexington ENT & Allergy, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Dr. Brian Heaberlin

Dr. Heaberlin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and chemistry from the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, West Virginia, and earned his medical degree from the Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia. He then completed his otolaryngology residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Dr. Heaberlin has additional specialized training from the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. He has more than 10 years of experience providing comprehensive care of ear, nose and throat disorders to patients of all ages, with specific interest in the management of nasal and sinus disorders, allergies and thyroid disorders.

Dr. Heaberlin previously cared for patients in private practice in his hometown, serving as a head and neck surgeon. He joins the board-certified otolaryngologists, audiologists and advanced practice providers at Lexington ENT & Allergy to provide surgical and non-surgical treatments for ear, nose, throat, and head and neck disorders.

Lexington ENT & Allergy
Lexington Medical Park 2
146 East Hospital Drive, Suite 200
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936 – 7530

Extraordinary Employees: Denise Goodin

Denise Goodin, administrative assistant in Utilization Management at Lexington Medical Center, knows the struggles parents of at-risk youth face. It’s why she started Reconnecting Villages in 2014. This 501(c)(3) organization provides hope and support for families with misguided children by offering them emotional support, resources and guidance.

“I know the uncontrollable, directionless anger and self-destructive behavior some at-risk youth display. I also know the hopelessness of their parents – those who feel alone, lost, powerless. I know because I have been the lost child and the helpless parent,” said Denise.

In her teenage years, Denise ran away from home and spent time in the juvenile justice system. She also had a child who faced similar difficulties. These experiences inspired her to support other families and help them regain control over their families’ success.

“We work with families to help them define new goals for their children and themselves. Helping a family transition from a critical lifestyle to a more productive one creates a greater chance that the family will be more productive in the community,” she said.

Reconnecting Villages is improving those odds. According to Denise, communities are benefiting from the increased productivity of these children and reducing the amount of resources used to control their negative behaviors.

“Serving your community means providing resources within your means to benefit the well-being of those around us. If a community is able to use less resources, such as police officers and school administrators, because we provide parents with the support they need to regain control, then those resources can be used to solve other problems,” said Denise.

Her commitment to others reaches into other areas as well. She is actively involved in her church, serves as a certified life coach and volunteers with the Department of Juvenile Justice in the Juvenile Probation department.

“We all have special talents or gifts from God. They are not given to us for our own use, but to enrich the lives of others.”

Looking ahead, Denise plans to build and cultivate relationships between Reconnecting Villages and other nonprofit organizations in the Midlands.

“We hope to become a ‘one-stop shop’ resource center that provides support or referrals for families in crisis.”

Shining Bright in Palmetto Gold

Mary Smith, MSN, RN, BSN, BC, clinical mentor in the Progressive Cardiac Unit, has been honored with this year’s prestigious Palmetto Gold award. This honor recognizes 100 nurses from across South Carolina each year for excellence and commitment to the nursing profession.

Employers throughout the state nominate nurses for Palmetto Gold. Nominees must meet four criteria:
•Promote and advance the profession of nursing in a positive way in the practice setting or in the community;
•Display exceptional caring and commitment to patients, families, student nurses and colleagues;
•Demonstrate leadership and assists others in growth and development;
•Promote the profession of nursing and contribute to the advancement of nursing through civic, community and/or professional association activities.

As a clinical mentor for the Progressive Cardiac Unit, Mary champions process improvements that positively affect patient care and patient satisfaction, as well as support nursing satisfaction and advance the profession. She actively participants in interdisciplinary initiatives, including improvement of catheter-associated urinary tract infection and Foley catheter usage rates, hospital-acquired pressure ulcer rates and electronic health record order processes. With her leadership, the nursing satisfaction scores for the unit have ranked in the 90th percentile in the nation. One of her most notable contributions has been critical-care orientation. Since implementation of these classes, nurse retention and turnover rates have significantly decreased for the unit.

Conngratulations, Mary!