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Wine on the River 2018

More than 700 people attended Wine on the River on Saturday, August 25. Organized by Women of Hope, the women’s giving circle of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, this annual event takes place each summer along the picturesque banks of the Congaree River in West Columbia. With live music and a selection of great wines and food, this fun night raises money for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Campaign for Clarity, a capital campaign working to expand our hospital’s 3-D Mammography program throughout our network of care.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support this important cause.

Here are a few photos. We hope you enjoy them!

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To contribute to the Campaign for Clarity, click here.

McDaniels Gala and Golf Classic Raises $507,370 for 3-D Mammography

The 2018 McDaniels Automotive Group Gala and Golf Classic raised a record $507,370 for Lexington Medical Center’s Campaign for Clarity, a capital campaign to expand 3-D mammography throughout Lexington Medical Center’s network of care. The total is the highest amount raised in the event’s 26-year history.

“We are so proud that this event helps us make 3-D mammography a priority for all patients at Lexington Medical Center,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Development and Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “This technology will have a significant impact on the health of our community.”

The two-day event on March 29 and 30 included a gala at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and a golf tournament at the Fort Jackson Golf Club. More than 600 people attended the gala. And, 62 teams of four participated in the golf tournament. Both were sold out.

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“3-D mammography will detect breast cancer earlier and easier,” said Suzanne Pucci, president of Stanley Steemer of the Midlands and chair of the event. “Our ultimate goal is to save lives.”

The gala featured live and silent auctions, music by The Root Doctors and catering from the Blue Marlin. Live auction items at the gala include Hootie and the Blowfish Monday after the Masters tickets with VIP access; a party for 100 attendees at the Vista Room in Columbia with food, beer and wine from the Blue Marlin and live music; and a “Create Your Own Trip” package with a Ritz-Carlton hotel stay and international airline tickets. Silent auction items include a Live PD Ride Along; four tickets to see the Eagles; a Seabrook Island golf weekend; and a driving experience at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta.

“We’re making a difference fighting this dreadful disease,” said Bill McDaniels, president, owner and founder of McDaniels Automotive Group. “The impact is right here in our community with a local hospital.”

About 3-D Mammography

    Also known as ‘tomosynthesis,’ 3-D mammography creates a group of three-dimensional pictures of the breast and allows doctors to view tissue one millimeter at a time, making tiny details visible earlier and easier.

    Patients will find that 3-D mammography is no different from the mammogram they are accustomed to as far as compression, positioning and time. The benefit to patients is that the multiple layers of images resulting from 3-D mammography can help doctors better evaluate the breast tissue.

    3-D mammography uses a low dose X-ray to create multiple images within seconds that are similar to the “slices” of images in a CT scan. The FDA-approved procedure uses the same type of equipment as a 2-D mammogram and a similar dose of radiation. Studies have shown that 3-D mammography also reduces false positives and unnecessary callbacks for patients with dense breast tissue.

    To donate to Lexington Medical Center’s “Campaign for Clarity,” visit LMCFoundation.com.

Lexington Medical Center Foundation Awards $1,110,000

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation will award $1,110,000 this year to organizations in the Midlands that provide valuable services to enhance the health and well being of people in our community. Giving generously to community organizations has become an important aspect of the work of the hospital foundation.

Today, representatives from Lexington Medical Center’s foundation and community outreach board presented a check to The Free Medical Clinic in Columbia.

L to R: Thomas Tafel, Lexington Medical Center Foundation; Freddie Strange, Executive Director of The Free Medical Clinic; Dr. Charles Harmon of Lexington Medical Center; Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations and Development at Lexington Medical Center.

“We live in a society with tremendous medical technology, but we also have so many people who are disenfranchised or in the shadows when it comes to health care. The Free Medical Clinic offers something that is sacred and we appreciate the opportunity to show our support,” said Charles W. Harmon, MD, FACS. Dr. Harmon is a Lexington Medical Center board member and surgeon with Lexington Surgical Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

The Free Medical Clinic provides quality health care at no cost to community members who cannot pay for health care services and do not have health insurance.

“We could not provide the care to the approximately 2,000 patients we serve each year without the support of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation,” said Freddie Strange, executive director of The Free Medical Clinic. “We are very thankful.”

In total, seventeen organizations will receive the funding from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. They are the Carolina Hearing Aid Bank, Center for Colon Cancer Research, Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center, Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center, The Free Medical Clinic, Good Samaritan Clinic, Harvest Hope Food Bank, MedMission, MedNeed, Midlands Housing Alliance, Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter, PASOS, Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, Sistercare, United Way – Dental Clinic, United Way – Vision Clinic, and Welvista.

“We provide tremendous care to our patients, but we also like to extend our impact outside our doors and we’re glad to be able to do that,” said Tod Augsburger, president & CEO of Lexington Medical Center.

Representatives from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation and the hospital’s Community Outreach Committee board will visit the organizations to deliver the awarded funding. The hospital foundation has specific criteria when selecting organizations.

“We choose agencies that serve local community needs, increase health care access for underserved populations, educate community members about health problems, collaborate with other health care organizations and provide medical services,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations and Development at Lexington Medical Center.

Each organization must also submit a report about the impact of the services provided with the awarded money.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is pleased to be able to award funding to local organizations each fiscal year. Requests are accepted and reviewed annually by the hospital. Completed requests must be received by mid-May. Applicants are notified in September. For more information about applying and requirements, visit LMCFoundation.com or call (803) 791 – 2540.