Run, Walk, Honor our Heroes!

The third annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run & Walk is set for Friday, September 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Columbia’s Vista. Lexington Medical Center is pleased to be the presenting sponsor. Along a picturesque course spanning the Gervais Street and Blossom Street bridges at sunset, the race celebrates and appreciates first responders and military service members who serve, save and sacrifice on our behalf every day.

The race is named in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter and father of five who died on September 11. That day, Siller was off-duty and on his way to play golf. When he heard what was happening at the World Trade Center, he strapped on 60 pounds of gear and ran from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center. He gave his life to save others. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is committed to ensuring that Americans never forget 9/11 and that our children understand the sacrifices made by many on that day.

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The route for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run & Walk begins near the First Responders Historic Remembrance Memorial next to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street. Participants will travel down Blossom Street, across the Blossom Street Bridge, into Cayce, up the Gervais Street Bridge and back to Columbia’s Vista in the early evening.

The goal of Tunnel to Towers is to support first responders and military service members who have been catastrophically injured in the line of duty. Proceeds from the 5K will benefit the building of smart homes for quadruple and triple amputee veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s “Building for America’s Bravest” program.

You can register for South Carolina’s Tunnel to Towers 5K Walk and Run at The entry fee is $30. Importantly, businesses and organizations are encouraged to build a team of participants.

In 2013 and 2014, participants included more than 800 Fort Jackson soldiers running in formation, South Carolina first responders, law enforcement officers, military service members from all branches of the Armed Forces, avid runners, families and teams from Lexington Medical Center, which is the presenting sponsor of the race. More than 2,000 people participated. Many more are expected this year.

There will be an opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and a block party with an awards ceremony, music, food, beverages, vendor booths and family friendly activities after the race at Tin Roof on 1022 Senate Street.

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Be the First to Buzz In!

Which portion of the heart is responsible for pumping blood into the pulmonary artery?

Which type of fracture is associated with osteoporosis?

LSA_Harmon_Surgery_3What condition is an inflammation of the tissues surrounding the brain?

These are the types of questions that will be asked during the 17th Annual Surgical Technology Student Quiz Bowl on Friday, July 17, 2015 at Lexington Medical Center from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The hospital is pleased to host this exciting trivia event, where technical college students from around South Carolina will answer questions in preparation for a national certification exam.

More than 100 students from Aiken Technical College, Central Carolina Technical College, Greenville Technical College, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Midlands Technical College, Piedmont Technical College, Spartanburg Community College, Tri-County Technical College and York Technical College will participate. Each of the students will graduate this year.

surgery toolsSurgical technologists play a vital role in hospital operating rooms, where they assist doctors and nurses with many aspects of surgery. Certified surgical technologists are widely sought after by hospitals around the state and nation, including Lexington Medical Center. During this event, the students will also have the opportunity to network with potential future employers.

Each school will select four students and two alternates to represent their program. Students will use a buzzer to answer a variety of questions in a 9-team double elimination bracket. Winning students will receive gifts, t-shirts and door prizes.

In the audience during the quiz bowl, there will be hospital and health care leaders, as well as several state and national board members of the Association of Surgical Technologists.

The Surgical Technology Student Quiz Bowl will take place inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium located at 2728 Sunset Boulevard on the hospital campus in West Columbia.

Cardiac Rehab Supervisor Earns Fellowship

Mark Stout, program supervisor for Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center Irmo, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The organization recognizes excellence, professional achievement and outstanding service in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

To become a Fellow, applicants must meet criteria including submitting a resume with a record of distinguished service in the field of cardiac rehabilitation, peer recommendations and evidence of a high degree of professional development and commitment. A committee considers each application when selecting Fellowship candidates.

“I am honored to be recognized by AACVPR as a Fellow,” Stout said. “It has been rewarding to be able to impact the lives of those with heart disease and their families, and encourage them to make meaningful lifestyle changes that ultimately lead to a better quality of life.”

Mark Stout inside Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center Irmo

Mark Stout inside Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center Irmo

As supervisor at Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation program in Irmo, Mr. Stout’s primary goal is to help patients recover from cardiac incidents and teach them necessary lifestyle skills to prevent future incidents. That includes exercise, healthy nutrition, smoking cessation, stress management and relaxation training. Mr. Stout provides tools and support to ensure that the hospital’s patients have the best possible experience and that the program meets and exceeds national standards.

Statistics show that heart patients who participate in cardiac rehabilitation reduce their risk of mortality by up to 46 percent compared with non-participants. They also reduce their risk of suffering another cardiac incident.

Mr. Stout has worked in cardiac rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center since 1993. With a master’s degree in exercise physiology, he has also served as vice-chair of AACVPR and will become chair in September.

In a letter to Mr. Stout announcing his acceptance as a Fellow, AACVPR stated, “Your service to AACVPR, to your profession and to your affiliate organization, as outlined on your application, sets you apart as a leader and outstanding professional in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.”

Lexington Medical Center has operated a cardiac rehabilitation program for more than two decades at the hospital in West Columbia and at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center in Lexington since 2002. This past spring, the hospital began offering cardiac rehabilitation in Irmo.

Cardiac rehabilitation is one component of Lexington Medical Center’s comprehensive cardiovascular care program. Affiliated with Duke Medicine, the hospital offers a full range of cardiac care including open heart surgery and therapeutic catheterizations. Lexington Medical Centre is the most experienced facility in the Midlands for transcatheter aortic valve replacement, known as TAVR. This state-of-the-art cardiac technology allows doctors to replace the aortic valve with a catheter instead of open heart surgery. Moreover, the hospital operates an electrophysiology program that treats abnormal heart rhythms and performs procedures that close holes in the heart.

Lexington Medical Center has received full chest pain accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). To receive this accreditation, Lexington Medical Center demonstrated its ability to quickly assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. By becoming an accredited chest pain center, Lexington Medical Center has enhanced the quality of care for cardiac patients and has showed its commitment to the highest standards.

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