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Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Katherine T. Ostapoff, MD

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Katherine T. Ostapoff, MD, to its network of care. Dr. Ostapoff is practicing at Riverside Surgical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Katherine T. Ostapoff, MD

Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Ostapoff has advanced training in laparoscopic and robotic surgery techniques. She is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association and Association of Academic Surgeons. Dr. Ostapoff most recently provided comprehensive surgical oncology care to patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, the nation’s first cancer center, and at the University of Rochester Highland Hospital in Rochester, New York.

Dr. Ostapoff graduated magna cum laude from Emory University in Atlanta. She earned her medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and completed her general surgery internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Dr. Ostapoff went on to complete a research fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research in Dallas.

Dr. Ostapoff joins the board-certified surgeons and highly skilled clinicians at Riverside Surgical Group to provide comprehensive surgical care for cancer patients. As a part of Lexington Medical Cancer Center, the practice is supported by the region’s only Duke Health-affiliated cancer program.

Apply Now for Our Nurse Practitioner Fellowship

Lexington Medical Center is currently accepting applications for its Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program. This 12-month experience is the only recognized post-graduate primary care nurse practitioner program in South Carolina.

Through practical, hands-on educational experiences and mentoring, the program’s nurse practitioner fellows receive advanced training inside Lexington Medical Center’s network of care to increase confidence and enhance clinical skills. The fellowship will include primary placement with family and internal medicine practices, along with specialty rotations from cardiology to orthopaedics. It also includes weekly learning sessions.

To qualify, nurses must successfully complete or be anticipating licensure in South Carolina as an advanced practice registered nurse. In addition, they must have at least two years of full-time nursing practice or equivalent experience in providing direct patient care within the past five years.

The goals of the program are to meet the demand for access to high quality care with well-trained nurse practitioners; increase the clinical skills, confidence and productivity of new nurse practitioners; and retain family nurse practitioners committed to developing careers within Lexington Medical Center.

The fellowship will begin in August 2017. Lexington Medical Center offers competitive compensation and benefits to nurse practitioner fellows.

Two NP fellows are currently taking part in the fellowship:

Michael Aley, MS, FNP-C

Michael Aley earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University with a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner. He has worked at Lexington Medical Center for five years, caring for general surgery and cardiovascular surgery patients. Certified in medical/surgical nursing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and advanced cardiovascular life support, he is most interested in pursuing a career in family or pediatric medicine.

Teonica Murphy, DNP, FNP-C

A magna cum laude graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Teonica Murphy earned a doctorate as a family nurse practitioner from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She has cared for patients in our Emergency department since 2013. In addition to her education and experience, Teonica is a certified emergency nurse with additional certifications in advanced cardiovascular life support, basic life support and pediatric advanced life support.

To find out ore information about the Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program at Lexington Medical Center, visit LexMed.om/Careers/Nurses.

The Mediterranean Diet for Your Heart

If you’re looking for the best menu for your heart, check out the Mediterranean Diet. This plan incorporates a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and olive oil. It features fish and poultry—lean sources of protein—over red meat, which contains more saturated fat.

Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. The diet has been associated with a lower level of bad cholesterol that’s more likely to build up deposits in your arteries.

Lexington Medical Center heart patient Thomas Harris learned all about the Mediterranean Diet while attending cardiac rehabilitation after open heart surgery last year. While Thomas has always led an active lifestyle, his old diet – high in saturated fat and processed foods – hurt his heart. After following the Mediterranean Diet for several months, his cholesterol is lower and he no longer has to take blood pressure medication. We introduce you to him in this WIS-TV news story.

 

“The typical American diet contains too many processed foods that are convenient and easy to eat on the go. They often contain too much sugar and processed flour,” said Lexington Medical Center cardiac rehabilitation dietitian Susan Wilkerson. “The more processed food is, the less nutritious. When we eat processed foods, we don’t get the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. We eat just to eat, not for our health. So we want to go back to eating whole foods.”

Mediterranean Diet Guidelines:
*Primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
*Replace butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil
*Use herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
*Limit red meat to no more than a few times a month
*Eat fish and poultry at least twice a week