Physician Lecture Series – Frank J. Ferraro, MD, FACE

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present Frank J. Ferraro, MD, FACE from Lexington Endocrinology for his lecture “Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes: It’s Not Just Insulin”.


Congratulations, HUGS Ambassadors!

Lexington Medical Center has teamed up with award-winning entertainment personality, health advocate and Irmo native Leeza Gibbons to develop a new program called HUGS, which stands for “Helping U Grow Strong,” to support family caregivers. The first graduates of the program were recognized on Thursday, July 7. This first-of-its-kind program allows experienced local caregivers to support other caregivers in the Midlands.

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The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is able to offer the HUGS ambassador program thanks to a donation from Leeza Gibbons and her husband Steven Fenton in honor of the outstanding care Gibbons’ father received while he was a patient at Lexington Medical Center.

HUGS ambassadors take a six-week course that gives them the skills they need to help empower other caregivers to face their difficult journeys with courage and strength. The curriculum includes learning how to help others navigate health resources in our community and how to provide the emotional support caregivers need. The HUGS program validates the tremendous role family caregivers play in the recovery and treatment process of others.

The first group of HUGS ambassadors graduated from the program at the July 7 event inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 auditorium. They are Maisy Babbitt, Fran Bond, Dottie Foreman, Becky Furgeson, Dottie Fulmer, Harold A. Kline, Mary Malnic, Judy McNair, Gael Stanley and Joanne W. Taylor.

“More than 65 million people across our nation provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or elderly family member or friend each year,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Development and Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “We’re thrilled to work with Leeza and her family to launch such an important outreach program. Leeza has such a passion for serving those who care for others, and the Midlands community will benefit greatly from her generosity.”

Graduates of the HUGS ambassador program will be placed at Leeza’s Care Connection, a new community resource center in Irmo dedicated to caregivers. Leeza’s Care Connection also operates a resource center in Los Angeles.

“Caring for someone you love with a chronic illness or disease is not anyone’s version of ‘happily ever after,’ and yet, every year hundreds of thousands of courageous caregivers emerge in partnership with someone they love to face a diagnosis they never wanted to battle,” Gibbons said. “This program allows us to salute and support those who make the defining difference.”

For more information or to volunteer to become a HUGS ambassador, call (803) 791-2540.

Welcome W. Randal Westerkam, MD, FAAPMR, RMSK

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome W. Randal Westerkam, MD, FAAPMR, RMSK, to its network of care. Dr. Westerkam joins the board-certified physicians at Lexington Brain and Spine Institute as a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, or physiatrist.

Dr. Westerkam will treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. By thoroughly evaluating patients’ conditions, needs and expectations, Dr. Westerkam is able to create treatment plans that improve their quality of life without surgery.

Dr. Randal Westerkam

Dr. Randal Westerkam

A physiatrist can help people with persistent pain or limited function as a result of an accident, injury or chronic condition; people considering surgery or those recovering from it; anyone with an illness or treatment for an illness that has diminished his or her energy or ability to move easily; patients recovering from the effects of a stroke or other problems related to nerve damage; and people with chronic pain from arthritis, a repetitive stress injury or back problems.

Board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with additional certification in sports medicine and American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography certification in musculoskeletal sonography, Dr. Westerkam is an American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fellow and a National Board of Medical Examiners Diplomate. With nearly 20 years of experience in private practice, he most recently worked in Columbia and served as an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

Dr. Westerkam graduated cum laude from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. After his internship at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, Dr. Westerkam completed a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He also served as chief resident.

Dr. Westerkam is accepting new patients.

Lexington Brain and Spine Institute
146 North Hospital Drive, Suite 120B
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936-7035