The Art of Healing

Nine Lexington County high school students have received prizes and awards in the 8th annual “Art of Healing,” a juried art competition for Lexington County high school students sponsored by Lexington Medical Center in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art. The students created drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures that each depicted their interpretation of healing. The Columbia Museum of Art will display the artwork until March 12. LMC will then display the artwork in the hospital’s North Tower Atrium until April 13.

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“Lexington Medical Center is proud to partner with the Columbia Museum of Art to give students the opportunity to express their interpretation of healing through art,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Development and Community Relations. “The creativity and thought put into each entry and their interpretations of the art of healing truly inspire us. Displaying their work at the Columbia Museum of Art is a wonderful way for our community to see how these students look at the world.”

Art teachers from Lexington County high schools each chose one student’s artwork to enter in the competition. All artwork had to incorporate healing or health. Many of the students’ entries shared inspirational personal stories of family members’ health challenges and recovery.

Award-wining fine artist Michael Story judged the entries and selected the winners.

First Place
Madison Stone, “Bliss”

Second Place
Crystal Clements, “Pieces of Me”

Third Place
Lindsay Hislop, “What Is Family”
Juror’s Choice
Emily Filaseta, “Silenced Survivor”
Taylan Salisbury, “Issues We Face”
Emily Cooper, “No Mere Trinkets”
Honorable Mention
Morgan Gavin, “Diversity”
Erin Lesslie, “Oath”
Jason Fanelli Jr., “Liquor Burns”

The Colon Cancer Challenge: Increasing Screening Can Save Lives

Colon cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women in South Carolina. This year, about 2,200 people will receive a colon cancer diagnosis in our state and 800 people in South Carolina will die from the disease.
But it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer – and treatable when detected early. Unfortunately, only 64 percent of the people in our state age 50 or older report ever being screened.

The best tool to screen for colon cancer is a colonoscopy, which is considered one of the most powerful tools in clinical medicine because of its ability to identify and remove polyps before they become cancerous. Early detection and intervention can reduce mortality from colon cancer by up to 90 percent.

In general, people should have a colonoscopy at age 50. Patients with a family history of colon cancer should talk to their doctor and begin screening earlier. Sometimes, colon cancer may not cause symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may be bleeding, abdominal pain or a change in bowel habits. People with those symptoms should talk to their doctor, regardless of age.

Dr. Samir Shah

“Don’t delay having a colonoscopy,” said Samir R. Shah, MD, a surgeon with Lexington Surgical Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, who has special training in colon and rectal surgery. “It’s a painless procedure, and it’s better to be checked than to ignore an issue that could have been preventable and, most importantly, curable.”
While genetics may play a role in some colon cancer cases, most occur in someone with no family history of the disease. Factors that increase the risk of developing colon cancer include tobacco and heavy alcohol use, consumption of red or processed meat, diabetes, obesity and a low-fiber diet.

Dr. Marc Antonetti

“The incidence of colon cancer is higher for men than women, especially African-American men,” said Mark C. Antonetti, MD, FACS, at Riverside Surgical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. “It also occurs more frequently in communities with high rates of obesity and diabetes. And unfortunately, South Carolina usually ranks as one of the top 10 states in the country for these risk factors.”

Surgical treatment for colon cancer has improved over the years. It used to be that patients had a large abdominal incision, spent a week in the hospital and endured months of recovery. Now, doctors can perform the surgery with laparoscopic or robotic techniques, allowing patients to recover faster, experience less pain and go home from the hospital within two to three days.

“In many cases, surgical removal of the tumor cures the disease and no further treatment is required,” said Jeffrey S. Libbey, MD, FACS, of Southern Surgical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. Dr. Libbey is fellowship trained in minimally invasive surgery and has performed 2,000 laparoscopic colon surgeries at Lexington Medical Center. “Some patients may require chemotherapy and radiation. The multidisciplinary cancer team at our hospital, which includes surgeons and oncologists, works together to determine the best course of action for each individual patient.”

Colon cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers at Lexington Medical Center, with doctors diagnosing 134 cases in 2015. Because of Lexington Medical Center’s affiliation with Duke Health, patients are connected to the latest treatments, technologies, preventive therapies and diagnostic techniques.

At Lexington Medical Cancer Center, clinicians fight cancer with patients and for patients.

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Apply Now for Our Nurse Practitioner Fellowship

Lexington Medical Center is currently accepting applications for its Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program. This 12-month experience is the only recognized post-graduate primary care nurse practitioner program in South Carolina.

Through practical, hands-on educational experiences and mentoring, the program’s nurse practitioner fellows receive advanced training inside Lexington Medical Center’s network of care to increase confidence and enhance clinical skills. The fellowship will include primary placement with family and internal medicine practices, along with specialty rotations from cardiology to orthopaedics. It also includes weekly learning sessions.

To qualify, nurses must successfully complete or be anticipating licensure in South Carolina as an advanced practice registered nurse. In addition, they must have at least two years of full-time nursing practice or equivalent experience in providing direct patient care within the past five years.

The goals of the program are to meet the demand for access to high quality care with well-trained nurse practitioners; increase the clinical skills, confidence and productivity of new nurse practitioners; and retain family nurse practitioners committed to developing careers within Lexington Medical Center.

The fellowship will begin in August 2017. Lexington Medical Center offers competitive compensation and benefits to nurse practitioner fellows.

Two NP fellows are currently taking part in the fellowship:

Michael Aley, MS, FNP-C

Michael Aley earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University with a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner. He has worked at Lexington Medical Center for five years, caring for general surgery and cardiovascular surgery patients. Certified in medical/surgical nursing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and advanced cardiovascular life support, he is most interested in pursuing a career in family or pediatric medicine.

Teonica Murphy, DNP, FNP-C

A magna cum laude graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Teonica Murphy earned a doctorate as a family nurse practitioner from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She has cared for patients in our Emergency department since 2013. In addition to her education and experience, Teonica is a certified emergency nurse with additional certifications in advanced cardiovascular life support, basic life support and pediatric advanced life support.

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