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Saluting Our Volunteers

Lexington Medical Center’s volunteers celebrated Volunteer Week with a luncheon, as administrators, directors and managers applauded their dedication and commitment to service.

In 2015, more than 300 LMC volunteers spent more than 61,625 hours delivering flowers and cards, staffing information desks, facilitating pet therapy and assisting patients in departments throughout the hospital network. Here are some photos from our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 13.

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And the volunteers give more than their time. Through the Volunteer Auxiliary, they have purchased needed equipment for the hospital and awarded more than $75,000 in nursing scholarships this year to high school graduates and those pursuing continuing education in a nursing career. The volunteers have also raised money for the Emergency Care Fund, which helps employees in need. Thank you to our volunteers for all you do for LMC and our community.

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.

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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