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Apply for the 2019 Partners Program

Calling all Lexington County high school students! Lexington Medical Center is accepting applications for the Partners Program, a summer internship that introduces some of the best and brightest students in the Midlands to careers in the health care industry. The Partners Program is celebrating its 29th year.

Class members in the 2017 Partners Program

During a three-week session, participants complete three rotations through a variety of clinical areas, learning about various careers in health care including professional and allied health.

Each participant must be a Lexington County resident, a student attending a school within one of the Lexington County school districts, or a dependent of a Lexington Medical Center employee. The program is for rising high school juniors and seniors with a good GPA and a sincere interest in a health care field.

The application deadline is February 24, 2019. After completing the application, some students will be asked to come to an in-person interview with hospital staff. Due to the high volume of applicants, not all that apply will be selected for an interview. Interested participants can find the application on the hospital website at LexMed.com or by speaking with their school guidance counselor.

The session dates are June 10 – 28, 2019 and July 8 – 26, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with afternoon activities from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. two days per week.

At the end of the program, the Lexington Medical Center Foundation awarded 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.

The Partners Program is made possible thanks to support from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Over the years, some of the graduates of the program have returned to Lexington Medical Center to work after completing their education.

Quit Smoking in 2019: Free Smoking Cessation Classes

Are you trying to quit smoking in the New Year? Lexington Medical Center is pleased to offer a series of free smoking cessation classes to members of our community who want to kick the smoking habit for good.

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The classes, offered at hospital locations around Lexington County, meet once each week for two hours and last eight weeks. The Freedom from Smoking program is open to anyone who wants to quit smoking, and because of a generous grant from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, there is no cost to participate.

The first session of classes begins on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. inside Lexington Medical Center Lexington at 811 West Main Street in Lexington. Additional sessions will begin in March in Irmo, May in Lexington, July in West Columbia and September in Lexington and Batesburg-Leesville. Tobacco cessation facilitators who have training from the American Lung Association lead the classes.

Since its inception, 55 percent of the people who completed the smoking cessation program through Lexington Medical Center have quit smoking. That’s significantly above the national average of 17 to 23 percent. The classes provide helpful tips for quitting.

The program doesn’t end with the completion of the eight-week course. The clinicians leading the classes check on each participant at 30-, 90-, 180- and 365-day intervals for the first year.

To register, call (803) 358-6180. You must register for the class in advance.

For long-time smokers, Lexington Medical Center also offers a lung cancer screening program. Detecting lung cancer at an early stage can reduce the risk of mortality by 20 percent. People who meet the following criteria should consider a lung cancer screening:
~55-74 years old and a heavy smoker (the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years)
~55-74 years old and at risk because of family history, your occupation or a lung disease
~Symptoms, like a continuous cough, shortness of breath or coughing up blood

The scan takes 15-20 seconds. If clinicians find a spot, the patient’s doctor may request another CT scan or biopsy to determine if the abnormality is cancer.

If the patient is still a smoker at the time of the screening, nurses will provide education and resources to help them quit.

For more information on the hospital’s lung cancer screening program or to schedule an appointment, call (803) 791 – 2000.

A Community Builder Helps Patients in Need

Hubert Smoak is dedicated to helping patients who need medical equipment, but can’t afford it. He collects donated pieces of equipment and refinishes them. He’s never taken any salary. The Lexington Medical Center Foundation has awarded him grants to help him with his work. And this week, WIS-TV and Mungo Homes awarded him as a Community Builder. Watch the story below.

And thank you, Mr. Smoak!

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation works to meet the health needs of our community through many programs and services. To learn more about the work of the Foundation, visit LMCFoundation.com.