Tag Archives: hospital volunteers

Spotlight on Pet Therapy

Pet therapy at Lexington Medical Center has become a popular topic at our hospital this Christmas season. That’s because it’s the subject of our 2015 Christmas commercial.

WIS-TV came by for a visit to meet Butch Younginer and his great dane, “Rumor,” who work together as pet therapy volunteers cheering up patients throughout the hospital. You can see Rumor in action visiting patients in the story below.


Studies have shown that pet therapy can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in people with a range of health problems, including those receiving cancer treatment or patients hospitalized with chronic heart failure. Family members, friends and staff feel better, too.

WLTX recently featured an interview with Dick and Fran Clinton, and their dog “Chester,” a poodle who also works as a pet therapy dog at the hospital. Meet Chester and his family in the video below.


You can watch the Christmas commercial on the hospital’s YouTube channel or during your favorite Christmas TV show this holiday season.

LMC Announces New Volunteer Opportunities

Lexington Medical Center is expanding its Volunteer Services program with a unique new opportunity. The hospital is looking for participants to join its volunteer program to help patients as they prepare to leave the hospital. These volunteers will meet patients at their hospital rooms once they have been cleared for discharge, help them get their belongings and escort them and their families to their cars as they leave the facility.

Volunteer BrochureThe volunteers will work shifts from Monday through Friday. Afternoon shifts from 2 to 5 p.m. are especially needed.

Interested individuals must fill out an application and participate in an interview. Volunteer training is provided.

Volunteers make a significant impact on the lives of patients and their families. In addition to new friends and rewarding experiences, volunteers enjoy social events, free meals in the hospital cafeterias, a free mammogram, a free health assessment and a discount membership to Health Directions, the hospital’s wellness facility.

Lex Volunteers_0093

Lexington Medical Center has more than 350 volunteers at its main hospital campus and community medical centers. These individuals selflessly give more than 65,000 hours each year with tasks ranging from delivering flowers to patients to greeting hospital visitors. They play a vital role in helping the hospital provide exceptional health care. The Volunteer Services department matches individual talents and interests to the needs within the hospital as much as possible.

To fill out an application and schedule an interview, interested applicants should call Volunteer Services at (803) 791-2573. They can also visit LexMed.com

Saluting our Volunteers

Lexington Medical Center has more than 350 volunteers who help our patients and staff each day at our hospital. This week, we saluted them with our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, which included an awards ceremony. Each of the award winners gave more than 500 volunteer hours to LMC in 2013. Thank you, volunteers!

Monroe Brown receives the “Volunteer of the Year” award for giving 890 hours of service in 2013. He's pictured with LMC President & CEO Mike Biediger and Volunteer Services Director Ann Bethea

Monroe Brown receives the “Volunteer of the Year” award for giving 890 hours of service in 2013. He’s pictured with LMC President & CEO Mike Biediger and Volunteer Services Director Ann Bethea

These ladies have each volunteered for more than 30 years at LMC.   L to R: Mary Young (43 years), Doris New (37 years), Inge Marks (31 years), Marilyn Bundrick (34 years) and Faye Smith (41 years)

These ladies have each volunteered for more than 30 years at LMC.
L to R: Mary Young (43 years), Doris New (37 years), Inge Marks (31 years), Marilyn Bundrick (34 years) and Faye Smith (41 years)

Dianne Hill and Fran Bond receive ‘Lifetime Member” awards for more than 15 years of volunteering for LMC.

Dianne Hill and Fran Bond receive ‘Lifetime Member” awards for more than 15 years of volunteering for LMC.

Lew Jernigan receives the “Community Volunteer of the Year” award from LMC Foundation Executive Director Tim James. Lew and his dog are pet therapy volunteers at LMC.

Lew Jernigan receives the “Community Volunteer of the Year” award from LMC Foundation Executive Director Tim James. Lew and his dog are pet therapy volunteers at LMC.

The scholarship committee and Volunteer Auxiliary president receive a $5,000 check from the hospital.   L to R: LMC President & CEO Mike Biediger, LMC Board Chair Jan Burt, Volunteer Auxiliary president Lynda Pittman,  Sandra Dodd and Rollin Mills.

The scholarship committee and Volunteer Auxiliary president receive a $5,000 check from the hospital.
L to R: LMC President & CEO Mike Biediger, LMC Board Chair Jan Burt, Volunteer Auxiliary president Lynda Pittman, Sandra Dodd and Rollin Mills.

Enjoy this slideshow of the day’s events with our volunteers.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.