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.

Lexington Family Practice Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Lexington Family Practice is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. From a two-provider practice in a small office in Lexington in 1976 to a network of 30 physicians in eight locations around the Midlands today, Lexington Family Practice has maintained a tradition of taking excellent care of generations of families.

Dr. Henry Marion treats a patient at Lexington Family Practice Northeast.

Dr. Henry Marion treats a patient at Lexington Family Practice Northeast.

Lexington Family Practice’s first office opened on Mineral Springs Road in Lexington in 1976. At the time, there were no traffic lights between the physician practice and Lexington Medical Center’s main campus in West Columbia. And the town of Lexington’s population was just over 1,000.

Dr. Robert Callis

Dr. Robert Callis

Robert Callis, MD, and Henry Martin Jr., MD, were two of the first three physicians at the practice. They had worked together during their medical residencies at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. At the time, the Midlands did not have a lot of young family physicians. But the need for them was clear as the doctors began to see dozens of patients each day.

From the beginning, Lexington Family Practice wanted to provide innovative health care to the people of Lexington. The practice was one of the first in the area to employ its own pharmacist; the first to offer weekend hours and weekend clinics for “urgent care” patients before urgent care centers ever existed; and it was one of the first family practice offices to offer echocardiograms. Later this year, Lexington Medical Center will begin offering a nurse practitioner fellowship at one of the Lexington Family Practice locations.

“We always wanted to stay a step ahead,” Dr. Martin said.

Dr. Henry Martin

Dr. Henry Martin

Their work also included medical care that other specialties often oversee today, including taking care of a high percentage of pediatric patients. They earned a solid reputation that led to expansions over the years with the practice opening locations in Irmo, Ballentine, Lake Murray, Northeast Columbia, Otarre Pointe, West Columbia and White Knoll.

“Each new practice has always had a seasoned, established physician,” Dr. Callis said. “We wanted to make sure that there was consistency at all locations.”

LFP40 LogoLexington Family Practice became part of Lexington Medical Center’s Network of Care in 1998. The practice has received national accolades for its successful management of high blood pressure and diabetes in patients.

Dr. Martin and Dr. Callis continue to work within the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Martin treats patients at Lexington Family Practice Otarre Pointe and Dr. Callis oversees Quality and Population Health in the hospital’s Physician Network. And Dr. Callis has a daughter who is a physician at the practice’s Ballentine location.

For more information about Lexington Family Practice locations and providers, visit LexMed.com/PhysicianPractices.

Lexington Medical Center Governor’s Cup Road Race

More than 2,000 people participated in the 44th annual Lexington Medical Center Governor’s Cup Road Race on Saturday, May 13. Nearly 200 hospital employees ran the course as part of Team LMC.

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The LMC Governor’s Cup Road Race is one of the oldest continuously operated road races in the Southeast. This year, the Carolina Marathon Association designed its new courses to pass many of the notable sites and attractions in the Greater Columbia area, including Columbia’s historic Main Street, South Carolina State House, Township Auditorium, Robert Mills House/Gardens, South Carolina Governor’s Mansion, South Carolina State Museum, Gervais Street Bridge, West Columbia and Cayce, and the University of South Carolina’s Horseshoe.

In addition to the new course and new spring date, the event included a Friday night Main Street Mile. And kids could get in on the fun with the one-mile Kids Run and earn a medal just like the half-marathon and 5K finishers.

Proceeds from the race benefitted the Richland County Recreation Foundation and the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission. RCRF and LCRAC provide programs for children and youth in a wide range of sports.