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Howdy, Partner! Call for Partners Program Applications

Do you know an extraordinary high school student who is interested in a health care career? Applications for Lexington Medical Center’s 2016 Partners Program will be accepted from now through February 7. For more than 25 years, this intensive summer internship program has allowed the best and brightest Lexington County high school students to explore jobs in the health care industry. Many of them have returned to work at Lexington Medical Center after completing their education.

2015 Partners Program participants

2015 Partners Program participants

The Partners Program introduces students to a career in health care. During a three-week session, students will rotate through three clinical areas in the mornings, participating in real world, career experiences by helping with bed making, checking vital signs, stocking supplies and general duties while being supervised by a mentor. In the afternoon, there are field trips to medical facilities around the Midlands.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation also supports the program by providing educational materials and supplies to each participant, and offers a rising senior from each Lexington County high school and one rising senior from home/private schools with a $1,000 book scholarship for their freshman year of college.

More than 100 students apply for the Partners Program each year. Approximately 60 students are selected after a screening process with a written application and an interview with a panel of hospital staff members.

Students can find more information about the Partners Program and download the application by visiting LexMed.com/Careers, clicking on “Cultures” and then “Work Study.”

Quit Smoking With Help from Lexington Medical Center

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Statistics show that as much as 21% of adults in Lexington County, South Carolina smoke. Our hospital offers a lung cancer screening program for early detection of lung cancer as well as a free smoking-cessation program.

Lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer at Lexington Medical Center and the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Often, it’s not caught until it’s too late to provide effective treatment. The lung cancer screening program assists with early detection in high-risk patients.

Screening participants who still smoke are referred to Lexington Medical Center’s smoking-cessation class, which takes place at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center in Lexington once a week.

Our hospital clinicians talked about these programs on WLTX this month. You can view the interview below.


The lung cancer screening costs $149, which is about the cost of three cartons of cigarettes. The Lung Cancer Alliance recently named Lexington Medical Center a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence for its efforts to diagnose patients with early-stage lung cancer.

For more information about lung cancer screenings, please call (803) 936-8050.

4.1.1The smoking-cessation class lasts eight weeks. It’s open to anyone who wants to quit smoking and, because of a generous grant from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, it’s free. Participants also have an above-average success rate.

If you or someone you know wants to quit smoking and participate in Lexington Medical Center’s smoking-cessation program, please call (803) 358-6180.

Hoops & Hope with Dawn Staley Is Slam Dunk for Foundation

More than 500 people attended “Hoops and Hope with Dawn Staley,” an event benefitting the Lexington Medical Center Foundation on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

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A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Staley has been the University of South Carolina women’s basketball head coach since 2008. Under her leadership, the Gamecocks have achieved honors including a first-ever #1 national ranking and an NCAA Final Four appearance in 2015. Staley has also tripled the number of fans attending women’s basketball games at the university.

In Columbia, Staley encourages her teams to pursue community service opportunities, and also founded Innersole, which aims to provide new sneakers to children who are homeless and children in need.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation fills important community needs by supporting a variety of hospital and community programs including a cancer care fund, a boutique for breast cancer patients, nursing scholarships, LMC’s doula program, an outdoor garden at Carroll Campbell Place, health care internships, a mobile medical unit, pastoral care and prescription assistance.

Thank you to WIS-TV for covering the event. And, WIS-TV news anchor Judi Gatson served as the emcee.


Dawn Staley is one of the most decorated participants in United States women’s basketball history. She has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and recognized by the WNBA as one of the Top 15 influential players in league history. As a college player in the 1990’s, Staley was a standout at the University of Virginia. She was also a member of three United States Olympics teams, earning gold medals in 1996, 2000 and 2004. Her professional playing experience includes the WNBA’s Charlotte Sting and Houston Comets, where she earned accolades for her skills, sportsmanship and leadership.