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LMC Helps Kick Off New School Year

Dr. Jim Estes of Lexington Women's Care talks with school district staff member about hospital Ob/Gyn services

Lexington Medical Center was pleased to sponsor a breakfast for the annual Lexington-Richland 5 school district’s Back-to-School Kickoff for district teachers and employees.

Nearly 2,500 school district staff members attended the breakfast and pep rally at Dutch Fork High School on the morning of August 18th. In addition, Lexington Medical Center doctors and staff members were there with information on the hospital and its services including Ob/Gyn care, Midwives, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Health Directions, the hospital’s health and wellness facility.

Dr. Whitney Thoma, Ob/Gyn, of Chapin Women's Care meets and greets school district staff members.

Present at the breakfast to meet and greet with school district employees were Dr. Jim Estes, Lexington Women’s Care Ob/Gyn; Dr. Whitney Thoma, Chapin Women’s Care Gyn; Terre Shankle, Lexington Women’s Care Midwife; Mimi Jackson of Cardiovascular Rehabilition and Lisa Minges of Health Directions.

Lexington Medical Center staff members talk with teachers about hospital programs.

This is the first year that Lexington Medical Center has sponsored the breakfast for this event. “We are always looking for new, innovative ways to show our partnership with our community,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of community relations at Lexington Medical Center. “We believe the partnership between business and education is important; we’re always supportive of our school systems.”

The school year for Lexington-Richland 5 began August 19th. For more information about Lexington Medical Center and its services, visit www.lexmed.com.

Lexington Medical Center Begins Summer "Partners Program"

Particiants in the 2009 Partners Program at Lexington Medical Center

Lexington Medical Center is openings its doors to some of the brightest high school students in Lexington County for an intensive summer internship inside the hospital called the Partners Program.

“The goal is to give them an inside look at what they can expect in a health care career,” said Kelli Bennett, Workforce Coordinator at Lexington Medical Center. “It’s a glimpse into our world.”

More than 300 students applied to be part of the program. Sixty-five received spots. The students will focus on clinical training around the hospital and assist health care workers in areas including checking blood pressure, taking temperatures and feeding patients. In addition, they will tour hospital departments and attend classes where health professionals will speak with them about careers in medicine.

The Partners Program is divided into three, two-week sessions: June 15th – June 26th, July 6th – July 17th and July 20th – July 31st. For some students, it’s a first summer job. Each student will receive a stipend upon completion of the program.

Dr. Brandon Brown

Dr. Brandon Brown

The Partners Program is in its 19th year. One accomplished graduate of the program is Dr. Brandon Brown, a cardiologist with Columbia Cardiology in West Columbia. Brown was in the Partners Program in 1991 as a Lexington High School student. A short time later, he decided he wanted to be a doctor. “It confirmed what would be a good career choice for me.”

Participants this year are from Airport High School – Yajiara Ramirez; from Batesburg-Leesville High School – Jeffrey Caughman, Rodney Price; from Brookland Cayce High School – Kirsten Roof, Kaitlyn Salak; from Chapin High School – Barrett Bradham, Alainah Farrell, Alexandra Lopez, Peyton Player, Alexis Powlas and Haley Spearman; from Dutch Fork High School – Marc-Olivier Blais, Brittney Oliver, Nidah Rizvi, Benjamin Wagner and Gloria Wang; from Gilbert High School — Amber Anderson, Brittany Burgess, Amanda Cochcroft, Marla Cotterman, Anne, Renalds and Anna Thompson; from Irmo High School – Erica Baskin, Amanda Boyeson, Blanche Chisholm, Korynn Duke, Miriam Gadjiko, Annisyah Hand, Martha Hutchinson, Nidha Khan, Chemere Kimpson, Madison Owens, Priya Purohit, Krysten Simpson; from Lexington High School – Kaitlyn Bretz, Brianna Byrd, Danielle Callari, Chelsea Dupree, Haleigh Fox, Caroline Halferty, Heather Hiltz, Jennifer Hydrick, William Moore, Rebekah Rush, Nathan Sairam, Emily Shull, Alexandra Smith, Spencer Sox, Courtney Stoltz, Garrett Webb, Sarah Wynne and Genevieve Wyrick; from Pelion High School – Andrea Beason, Crystal Caine, Cheyenne Crim, Kayla Dooley and Courtney Shumpert; from Swansea High School – Nicole Sturkie and Alexis Tankersley; from White Knoll High School – Kali Bishop, Kenneth Cox, Christina Doty, Jordan Ellis and Morgan Pittman; and home schooler Grace Stonecypher.