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The Art of Healing

Nine Lexington County high school students have received prizes and awards in the 8th annual “Art of Healing,” a juried art competition for Lexington County high school students sponsored by Lexington Medical Center in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art. The students created drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures that each depicted their interpretation of healing. The Columbia Museum of Art will display the artwork until March 12. LMC will then display the artwork in the hospital’s North Tower Atrium until April 13.

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“Lexington Medical Center is proud to partner with the Columbia Museum of Art to give students the opportunity to express their interpretation of healing through art,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Development and Community Relations. “The creativity and thought put into each entry and their interpretations of the art of healing truly inspire us. Displaying their work at the Columbia Museum of Art is a wonderful way for our community to see how these students look at the world.”

Art teachers from Lexington County high schools each chose one student’s artwork to enter in the competition. All artwork had to incorporate healing or health. Many of the students’ entries shared inspirational personal stories of family members’ health challenges and recovery.

Award-wining fine artist Michael Story judged the entries and selected the winners.

First Place
Madison Stone, “Bliss”

Second Place
Crystal Clements, “Pieces of Me”

Third Place
Lindsay Hislop, “What Is Family”
Juror’s Choice
Emily Filaseta, “Silenced Survivor”
Taylan Salisbury, “Issues We Face”
Emily Cooper, “No Mere Trinkets”
Honorable Mention
Morgan Gavin, “Diversity”
Erin Lesslie, “Oath”
Jason Fanelli Jr., “Liquor Burns”

Helping Heart Failure Patients Succeed

Nurse Navigator Provides Dedicated Support and Education

Heart failure – the diagnosis sounds scary. It’s the leading cause of hospitalization in people 65 and older. But with the right tools and treatment, patients can successfully manage this chronic disease.

Congestive heart failure, often called heart failure for short, occurs when the heart muscle no longer works as it should. The heart muscle walls can become too weak to pump blood out of the heart or they can become stiff so the heart doesn’t fill properly. Classic symptoms are shortness of breath during activity, fatigue and swelling.

Heart failure does not usually occur suddenly—symptoms happen gradually over time. Causes include coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, lung disease and aortic stenosis. Although there is no cure for heart failure, progression of the disease can be dramatically slowed. Heart function can improve with medication, exercise, better nutrition and better self-management skills.

Lexington Medical Center treats about 800 patients a year with congestive heart failure as a primary diagnosis. Because of the importance and prominence of the disease, the hospital recently hired a nurse navigator specifically dedicated to helping patients with heart failure. Jenny Dailey, RN, MSN, spends her day supporting and educating patients with this disease.

“My job is to serve as the patient’s advocate,” Jenny said. “I visit with patients in the hospital and help determine what resources they need. That could include educating them about various ways to manage their disease or making sure they have follow-up appointments with their doctors after they leave the hospital. I also work with the family members and caregivers to make sure they understand the disease and how they can best help their loved ones.”

Jenny says monitoring weight gain is one of the most important ways patients can control their disease. “Patients need to understand the importance of a digital scale and daily weigh-ins,” she said. “A weight gain of three pounds in one day or five pounds in one week is significant for a patient with congestive heart failure because the weight gain is a result of fluid. Daily monitoring of weight is a simple yet quick way to determine if a patient is retaining fluid.”

A grant from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation funds digital scales for heart failure patients at the hospital. Upon admission, patients receive the scales and use them during their hospital stay while they learn about the importance of monitoring and managing their weight. They take the scales home with them after leaving the hospital so they can continue weighing themselves, recording their weight daily and reporting rapid weight gain to their doctor.

In addition to weight management, reducing sodium in the diet is important. Reading food labels and identifying the sodium content of food is important for patients with congestive heart failure.

But one of the most critical steps a patient can take after a hospital stay for heart failure is to participate in cardiac rehabilitation, which offers physician-prescribed exercise, risk factor modification and a psychological assessment to help evaluate a patient’s emotional status as it relates to their heart.

Support for heart failure patients at Lexington Medical Center continues beyond their hospital stay. “I want my patients to call me once they’re discharged if they have questions regarding anything,” said Jenny. “I want them to know that I am their advocate.”

To learn more about the Lexington Medical Center Foundation and how it helps patients, visit LMCFoundation.com

Apply for the 2017 Partners Program!

Lexington Medical Center is accepting applications for the 2017 Partners Program, a summer internship for Lexington County high school students that introduces them to careers in the health care industry. In its 27th year, the Partners Program attracts some of the best and brightest high school students in Lexington County every summer.

Lexington Medical Center’s 2016 Partners Program class

The 2017 Partners Program will focus on allied health careers with interactive, hands-on seminars, clinical rotations and tours of educational institutions. While students will learn about all areas of health care, the internship will highlight the work of allied health professionals including physical therapists, radiology technicians and surgical technologists.

During a 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 technologist program and Lexington Medical Center Extended Care.

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.

To apply, students must complete an application, which they can find online at https://lexmed-apply.fluidreview.com/

The application deadline for the Partners Program is Thursday, February 23, 2017.

There are two Partners Program sessions: June 5 – 23, 2017 and July 11 – 28, 2017. Each session is from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on weekdays with afternoon activities from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. two days per week.

The Partners Program is made possible thanks to support from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. It 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.