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Wine on the River 2016

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Women of Hope will host the annual “Wine on the River” party at the West Columbia Riverwalk and Stone River on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Surrounded by the beautiful sights and sounds along the Congaree River, “Wine on the River” features wine tasting, craft beer, cuisine from Midlands restaurants and musical entertainment from Jim LeBlanc. The event benefits Lexington Medical Center Foundation programs and services.

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Food sponsors are Alodia’s, Blue Marlin, Bogarts, Café Strudel, Capital City Club, Carolina Café, Edible Arrangements, Hudson’s Smokehouse, Nick’s House of Pizza, Schooner’s Bar and Grill, Tao Asian Fusion Cuisine, Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar and Whole Foods.

In addition, attendees can learn how to join Women of Hope, a women’s giving circle that is part of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Established in 2011, Women of Hope identifies health issues in the Midlands and works to bring about positive change.  

Specifically, “Wine on the River” benefits Lexington Medical Center Foundation initiatives for women and children. This year, “Wine on the River” proceeds will focus on programs and services for early detection of breast cancer.

Each year, “Wine on the River” boasts a sold-out crowd of approximately 700 people and raises nearly $20,000.
 
Celebrating its 26th anniversary this year, Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program is affiliated with Duke Medicine to provide state-of-the-art cancer care for cancer patients in our community. The hospital diagnoses approximately 250 breast cancer patients each year, with a breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program also has accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Tickets for “Wine on the River” are $40 in advance and $50 at the entrance. To purchase tickets, call (803) 791-2540 or go to lmcfoundation.com and click on the Eventbrite link on that page. Food, wine and beer tastings are included in the ticket price. There will also be a cash bar available.

Vineyard Sponsors for Wine on the River include Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP, Peralta Woodworks Inc. and Southern Urogynecology.

Congratulations, Partners Program Graduates!

Congratulations to the 61 high school students from around South Carolina who graduated from the Partners Program today!

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Now in its 26th year, this program introduces some of Lexington County’s brightest high school students to a career in the health care industry.

During a three-week session, students rotated through three clinical areas in the mornings. They participated in afternoon activities two days a week at the University of South Carolina School of Nursing, Midlands Technical College’s surgical technician program and LMC Extended Care.

The Partners Program continues to be a popular program with Lexington County students and hospital staff. In fact, several hospital employees participated in the program when they attended high school.

Supported by the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, this year’s Partners Program received 170 applications. The students went through a rigorous interview process with a written application and an interview with a panel of hospital staff members.

Today, 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 Lexington Medical Center Foundation thanks the South Carolina National Safety Council, NORD Family Foundation, Colonial Life and Women of Hope for supporting the 2016 Partners Program.

Congratulations, HUGS Ambassadors!

Lexington Medical Center has teamed up with award-winning entertainment personality, health advocate and Irmo native Leeza Gibbons to develop a new program called HUGS, which stands for “Helping U Grow Strong,” to support family caregivers. The first graduates of the program were recognized on Thursday, July 7. This first-of-its-kind program allows experienced local caregivers to support other caregivers in the Midlands.

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The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is able to offer the HUGS ambassador program thanks to a donation from Leeza Gibbons and her husband Steven Fenton in honor of the outstanding care Gibbons’ father received while he was a patient at Lexington Medical Center.

HUGS ambassadors take a six-week course that gives them the skills they need to help empower other caregivers to face their difficult journeys with courage and strength. The curriculum includes learning how to help others navigate health resources in our community and how to provide the emotional support caregivers need. The HUGS program validates the tremendous role family caregivers play in the recovery and treatment process of others.

The first group of HUGS ambassadors graduated from the program at the July 7 event inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 auditorium. They are Maisy Babbitt, Fran Bond, Dottie Foreman, Becky Furgeson, Dottie Fulmer, Harold A. Kline, Mary Malnic, Judy McNair, Gael Stanley and Joanne W. Taylor.

“More than 65 million people across our nation provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or elderly family member or friend each year,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Development and Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “We’re thrilled to work with Leeza and her family to launch such an important outreach program. Leeza has such a passion for serving those who care for others, and the Midlands community will benefit greatly from her generosity.”

Graduates of the HUGS ambassador program will be placed at Leeza’s Care Connection, a new community resource center in Irmo dedicated to caregivers. Leeza’s Care Connection also operates a resource center in Los Angeles.

“Caring for someone you love with a chronic illness or disease is not anyone’s version of ‘happily ever after,’ and yet, every year hundreds of thousands of courageous caregivers emerge in partnership with someone they love to face a diagnosis they never wanted to battle,” Gibbons said. “This program allows us to salute and support those who make the defining difference.”

For more information or to volunteer to become a HUGS ambassador, call (803) 791-2540.