Weighing Your Weight-loss Options?

Antonetti_LabCoatLexington Medical Center is pleased to begin its 2014 Physician Lecture Series with “Weighing Your Weight-loss Options?” featuring Dr. Marc Antonetti, MD, FACS, of The South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center at Riverside Surgical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. This free lecture will take place on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. inside the Lexington Medical Center Auditorium located inside Lexington Medical Park 1 at 2728 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia.

Dr. Antonetti will talk about the types of surgical and non-surgical weight loss options that are available at the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center, offer advice about pursuing these options, discuss the best way to choose a bariatric surgery center and explain how the bariatric surgery process works.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center is home to some of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in the Southeast. In addition to Dr. Antonetti, its surgeons are Jim Givens, MD, FACS, S. Gray Hughes, MD, FACS and Glen Strickland, MD, FACS. They have performed more than 4,000 bariatric surgeries. To learn more about the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center and view patient testimonial videos, visit www.scobesity.com.

Lexington Medical Center offers a free physician lecture each month. For topics and schedules, visit our website.

Can The Cold Cause A Cold?

Can The Cold Cause a Cold? That’s the question WLTX asked LMC Urgent Care physician Dr. Langston Powell during this week’s cold snap. Hear his answer in the link below.

Dr. Powell says there are several scientific reasons that make it much easier to contract a virus when the weather is cold.

First, the mucus in our body that normally protects us from viruses does not work as well when there is low humidity. Humidity levels are often lower in cold temperatures.

Second, the common cold virus has a protein coat. The coat is harder in a cold environment than in warm weather – making it more difficult for our immune system to penetrate the protein coat and fight the virus.

Third, cortizol levels go up when we’re under stress. Cold weather is considered a stressor. Stress results in our immune system not working as well.

Lastly, our blood vessels constrict – making it harder to battle a virus.

To help prevent colds, Dr. Powell recommended dressing warmly, drinking hot liquids such as tea and taking vitamins.

Apply Now for the 2014 Partners Program

Lexington Medical Center is accepting applications for its 2014 Partners Program. This highly selective summer internship program allows the brightest high school students from Lexington County the opportunity to explore careers in health care and to work alongside hospital staff in clinical areas. In its 24th year, the Partners Program has become a popular tradition at the hospital.

Partners will rotate through three clinical areas during the three-week program. Partners must be rising juniors and seniors from Lexington County. The dates for this summer’s program are: Session A: June 9 – June 27 and Session B: July 7 – July 25. Students will attend one of the two sessions. Program hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The application deadline is February 15, 2014.

2013 Partners Program participants outside LMC

2013 Partners Program participants outside LMC

Students selected for the program will participate in real-world career experiences by helping with bed making, checking vital signs, stocking supplies and general duties while being supervised by a mentor. In addition, students will take part in field studies including a tour of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Midlands Technical College Health Science Programs, LMC Laboratory and a team building workshop. Outstanding partners who meet specific criteria will be selected to receive a $1,000 book scholarship at the end of the sessions.

The Partners Program is made possible through the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Since its beginning in 1990, many of the participants have returned to Lexington Medical Center as clinicians upon completing their education.

The application process includes a written application and an interview with hospital staff members. To apply, students can download the application on the hospital website or visit their school guidance counselor’s office to obtain one. More than 100 aspiring health care professionals apply to be part of the Partners Program each year. Sixty students are selected.