Nurses Shine Bright In Palmetto Gold

Congratulations to four outstanding Lexington Medical Center nurses who received have received the 2015 Palmetto Gold award for nursing, a prestigious honor given each year to 100 nurses in South Carolina who exemplify excellence in nursing. They represent the top of the nursing field. We’re proud to have these outstanding clinicians taking care of our patients everyday in our hospital network.

Sheryl Sturkie, ADN, RN-BC
“Provides a supportive environment”

Sheryl readily shares her knowledge with others. Her positive attitude, extensive experience and commitment to nursing directly affect recruitment and retention in the department. Sheryl initiated and led a comprehensive program that includes national certification recognition, preceptor incentives, and improved communication strategies for nurses, physicians and nurse technicians. As a result of her efforts, the number of certified nurses on the unit increased by 9 percent and nurse turnover decreased from 26 percent to 17 percent. Sheryl was also instrumental in the implementation of a new acuity system, which matches the needs of patients to the competency of nurses. She strives to ensure that her care encompasses the emotional, spiritual and clinical needs of patients.

Beverly Summer, BSN, WHNP-BC
“Unparalleled dedication to her patients”

Beverly has nurtured compassionate relationships with patients since her nursing career began more than 30 years ago. She has served women in labor and delivery, on medical and surgical units, and in public health. Beverly’s relationships with patients, commitment to continuing education and enthusiasm for her profession set the standard for all clinicians. She regularly serves as a mentor for nurse practitioner students, providing them with invaluable training and experience. She also serves as a clinical instructor for Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, S.C. Her practice extends out of the office as well. Beverly established a gynecology clinic in Newberry, S.C., that provides care to uninsured women in the area. She continues to volunteer there once a week.

Lindsay Walker, BSN, MSN, RNC, IBCLC
“Continuously pursues excellence”

Lindsay is respected for her unwavering dedication to quality care, patient safety and high standards of practice. She doesn’t rely on experience alone when caring for patients. As a leader and resource for her unit, she stays abreast of current nursing practices and contributes innovative ideas to improve processes. She monitors compliance with bedside reporting and critical congenital heart defect screenings as well as ensures compliance with mandatory recording logs. Lindsay also encourages continuing education. She was one of the first nurses in the unit to obtain national certification and recently earned a master’s degree. In the community, she promotes education as co-director of a local mentoring program, which matches students with mentors in their ideal professions.

Lisa Lewis, ADN, CCRN
“Cares for the whole person”

For more than 35 years, Lisa’s commitment to patient care has been second only to her dedication to health education. She is passionate about teaching patients the importance of exercise, proper diet, stress relief and regularly scheduled physician visits. Because of Lisa’s efforts, the education class for phase II cardiac rehabilitation patients boasts a participation rate of 67 percent. She also implemented a smoking-cessation program for the hospital, which has a 60 percent success rate for participants becoming smoke-free. This is significantly higher than the national average of 17–19 percent. Additionally, Lisa secured a grant that enables the smoking-cessation program to be offered at no cost, making it accessible for the entire community.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Tonight’s the night! Lexington Medical Center will film a new music video at River Bluff High School with Lexington native Jonathan Wyndham of NBC’s The Voice, the Brookland Baptist Church Young Adult Choir, and Midlands singing sensations Bri Benedict and Kayla Fralick. And we want YOU to come, too. If you’ve ever wanted to be in a music video, now is your chance!

Go to to register. Nearly 1,000 people are already signed up. Participants will sing the chorus of the song “Lean On Me.” No dancing is required. Participants must be able to be at River Bluff High School from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, door prizes and free t-shirts.

Jonathan, who was born at Lexington Medical Center and graduated from Lexington High School, lives in Nashville now working as a musician. He’s always glad to come home to the community that raised him. He was on WIS-TV this week to talk about the music video.

He also made appearances at WLTX, Q93.5 radio and 95.9 The Point radio.

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What To Expect When You’re Not Expecting It

Dr. Nichole McDonald, OB/GYN at Lexington Women’s Care, was a guest on WLTX recently to talk about “What To Expect When You’re Not Expecting It.” The discussion centered around everything you wish you knew, but no one ever told you. Check it out in the link below.

Here are a few notes from Dr. McDonald’s interview:

~Puberty begins in African American girls around age 8 or 9, and in Caucasian girls around age 10. It’s important that parents help walk them through their daughters through those changes.

~A woman should see her gynecologist once each year, beginning when she becomes sexually active or between the ages of 18 and 21.

~We begin screening for cervical cancer at age 21. As long as pap smears are normal, we now screen every 3 to 5 years.

~During pregnancy, nausea and vomiting are typical early in pregnancy. But if it causes more than 10 pounds of weight loss, call your doctor. And, if you feel regular tightening of your abdomen before 34 weeks gestation, you should call your doctor.

~Before menopause begins, women will begin noticing changes in their menstrual cycle – the cycle will become more erratic and irregular. Menopause occurs when a woman goes one year without a menstrual cycle.

~Bone density is a measure of the amount of mineralization of a bone per cubic centimeter. When a woman starts to have thinning of the bones, we start worrying about osteoporosis. We begin screening for that around age 65. Women should get a good amount of calcium throughout their life to prevent osteoporosis. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.