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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.

Lexington Medical Center Begins 2016 Partners Program

The annual Partners Program has started at Lexington Medical Center once again! 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.
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During their three-week session, students will rotate through three clinical areas in the mornings. They will participate 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 more than 100 applications. The students went through a rigorous interview process with a written application and an interview with a panel of hospital staff members.

At the end of the program, the Lexington Medical Center Foundation will award 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 to this year’s Partners Program participants.

Rachel Katherine Abbott
Marlayna Carolyne Ash
Elizabeth Sarah Bear
Clayton Thomas Bellinger
Laura Olivia Blankenbeckler
Paige Frances Borcky
Richard Lenair Bozard
Samantha Elizabeth Brasher
Brogan Jean Brown
Molly Elizabeth Burns
Kathleen Gonzalez Chin
Candace McKenzie Collins
Lindsey Elizabeth Collins
Nina Daneshuar
Caroline Grace Denise
Karina Pallav Desai
Olivia Rose Fladung
Chase Mills Floyd
Morgan Grace Franklin
Marla Ann Frick
Macie Reagan Goodman
Alexandria Faith Grant
Cheyenne Elizabeth Harrison
Anna-Kate Henderson
Caroline Danae Hess
Cassidy Taryn Huggins
Louisa Elizabeth Hunter
Lilly Marie Inabinett
Ashley Marie Jacoby
Jacob David Kobus
Mary Melissa Lightsey
Caroline Elizabeth Magyar
Payton Douglas Mahan
Nathan Eric Matzko
Madison Nicole McCarty
Cheyenne Nicole McCune
Elizabeth Marian Melson
Robert Colton Metcalfe
Xeerak Agha Muhammad
Christina Marie Oswald
Johnny Marion (Tripp) Owen
Avish Yashmin Patel
Gauri Patel
Mitesh Satish Patel
Ratna Mimansu Patel
Lila Dixon Patterson
Aman Amit Pitalia
Aleigha Breann Pound
Alia Rahman
Reagan Reynolds
Morgan Corrine Riegel
Kathryn Elisabeth Root
Lindsey Jean Scott
Katelyn Elene Sease
Lindsay C Shealy
Alexandra Grace Stritt
Brittany Lynn Valdario
Erin Nicole Walker
Sara Jayne Wint
Cooper Thomas Woodham
Kellie Ann Wooten

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.”