Lexington Medical Center to Host Employment Fair

Lexington Medical Center will host an employment fair on Saturday, June 24 on the hospital campus in West Columbia. The hospital is looking to fill numerous positions in nursing, allied health and professional support services.

“As Lexington Medical Center continues to grow to meet the health care needs of the Midlands community, it’s important for us to expand our workforce,” said Brian Smith, vice president of Human Resources at Lexington Medical Center. “Our hospital has an outstanding workplace culture with high employee morale and exemplary patient satisfaction, and we offer excellent employee benefits.”

The jobs the hospital is looking to fill at the employment fair include Emergency department nurses, inpatient nurses, perioperative nurses, nurse technicians, medical assistants, patient sitters, surgical technologists, respiratory therapists, radiology transport assistants, phlebotomists, sterile processing technicians, pharmacy technicians, information services specialists, lab workers, food services and environmental services.

Attendees at the employment fair should bring a current resume and three professional references with contact information. They can complete an application on site and meet for a face-to-face interview with a recruiter or manager during their visit. To streamline the process, they can fill out an application on LexMed.com/careers/job-listings before the employment fair. Applicants can also schedule a 15-minute interview in advance by calling 1–800–724–0439. The website also has a full listing of open positions at the hospital.

The employment fair will have two sessions: 8:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. It will be inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 auditorium at 2728 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia on the hospital campus. For more information, contact Lexington Medical Center Human Resources at (803) 791 – 2131.

Campaign for Clarity Campaign Surpasses $1 Million Mark

Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Campaign for Clarity is nearing the $1 million mark, well on the way to its $3 million goal and 3-D mammography equipment is now available at two additional locations in Lexington Medical Center’s network of care.

Lou Kennedy, President and CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals, chairs the new campaign dedicated to making 3-D mammography equipment available throughout the hospital’s network of care. Lou recently conducted a social media fundraiser that generated nearly $20,000 in honor of her best friend Kay Kimbrell Garner, who lost her battle with breast cancer two years ago. Friends contributed money on behalf of Kay’s upcoming birthday, when she would have turned 51.

Funds raised from the Campaign for Clarity since its launch in October have allowed the Foundation to purchase a 3-D mammography unit at Lexington Medical Center Lexington and one for the hospital’s mobile mammography van (through a generous donation from the hospital’s volunteer auxiliary).

These units join the other locations now offering 3-D mammography, including the Women’s Imaging Center at the hospital’s main campus in West Columbia and Sandhills Women’s Care in Northeast Columbia.

Donate online to the Campaign for Clarity at LMCFoundation.com.

Pediatric ENT Surgery Close to Home

Most parents have suffered with their little ones through ear infections or tonsillitis. They may have even heard dreaded words that their child needed surgery to make things better. Thankfully, Lexington Medical Center works to make those situations as easy as possible for families.
In addition to a wide variety of outpatient surgery programs for adults, the outpatient surgery department at the hospital’s community medical center in Lexington offers pediatric ear, nose, and throat surgeries by doctors from Lexington ENT & Allergy, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. The physicians perform approximately 50 surgeries on children each month.

The most common cases are ear tube placements.

Dr. Andrew Battiata with a young patient at Lexington Medical Center Lexington’s outpatient surgery department

“Children are more prone to ear infections because the mechanism that equalizes pressure behind the eardrum is not fully developed yet,” said Andrew P. Battiata, MD, of Lexington ENT & Allergy. “Ear tube surgery is a simple and quick procedure where doctors place a small, plastic tube in the ear drum to equalize pressure and prevent ear infections. It helps children avoid antibiotics and stay out the doctor’s office.”

Treating children of all ages, nearly 50% of the practice’s pediatric ENT surgery patients are children under the age of 12. And, all of the physicians have training in pediatric ear, nose and throat problems.

The doctors at Lexington ENT & Allergy can also remove tonsils and adenoids in the outpatient surgery setting.

“The most common reasons we take tonsils and adenoids out are the obstructive symptoms such as snoring, mouth breathing and obstructive sleep apnea,” Dr. Battiata said.

The patient experience at Lexington Medical Center’s outpatient surgery facilities has consistently measured in the top 5% of all surgery centers in the nation. 
The clinical teams enjoy making the youngest patients feel welcome. A nurse greets each child arriving for surgery in the lobby and spends time playing with them for a few minutes. Each pre-op patient is offered a hand-held, portable DVD player. Children can choose what movies they’d like to watch.
Pre-op room curtains provide the perfect backdrop for the puppets the nurses use with the children while doctors are talking to their parents. Each young patient also receives a “Lexy Bear,” a Lexington Medical Center teddy bear, wearing a surgical cap and mask.
The children head to the operating room for surgery in the comfort of a red wagon that parades the hallways like a train. In the OR, anesthesia surgical masks are called “astronaut masks,” and children learn that they help you sleep and fly to the moon.

Clockwise from top left: Andrew Battiata, MD; Edward, A Woody. MD; Neal W. Burkhalter, MD; and Melanie W. Seybt, MD

All of the nurses have training in pediatric advanced life support. Should an emergency happen, they can act on it quickly. There are also two nurses available per child in the recovery room.
After surgery, nurses rock the children in rocking chairs until they wake up. When they open their eyes, Mom and Dad come in and a popsicle is served.
Patients who are receiving ear tubes are usually there for about two hours. The procedure itself takes about 15 to 20 minutes; most of the time is spent in pre-op and recovery.

Patients who have their tonsils and adenoids removed stay for about three hours.
When the child is awake, meets all criteria and the parents are comfortable, they can go home.

“It’s a great atmosphere that serves our patients well,” Dr. Battiata said.
And that’s just what the doctor ordered.
Lexington ENT & Allergy
Lexington Medical Park 2, Suite 200
146 North Hospital Drive
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936 – 7530