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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.

Welcome Roland “Trey” Craft III, MD, FACS

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Roland “Trey” Craft III, MD, FACS, to its network of care. Dr. Craft will practice at Lexington Surgical Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Dr. Trey Craft

Dr. Trey Craft

Dr. Craft is board certified and a member of the American Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Association, Southeastern Surgical Congress and Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. An American College of Surgeons Fellow, he most recently worked in private practice in Columbia, where he specialized in general surgery.

Dr. Craft joins the the board-certified physicians at Lexington Surgical Associates to provide routine and highly complex general, thoracic, breast and colorectal surgical procedures.

A graduate of the College of Charleston and Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Dr. Craft completed his internship and residency at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He also completed a surgical critical care fellowship at USC.

Lexington Surgical Associates has three convenient locations around the Midlands. Dr. Craft is accepting new patients.

2728 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 104
West Columbia, SC 29169
791-2722

811 West Main Street, Suite 202
Lexington, SC 29072
785-4780

723 South Lake Drive
Lexington, SC 29072
359-4133

LexingtonSurgicalAssociates.com

Centering Class Welcomes New Babies

Lexington Medical Center is overjoyed to welcome the first group of babies whose moms took part in an innovative program at the hospital called “Centering,” which allows pregnant women to receive prenatal care in a group setting.

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At the beginning of pregnancy, a mother-to-be will have an individual prenatal visit and physical exam. If she chooses to “center” her pregnancy, she’ll join a group of other expectant mothers with similar due dates for monthly Centering sessions instead of traditional office visits. Dads-to-be are welcome, too.

Upon arrival at Lexington Women’s Care, class members go directly to the Centering session where they’re greeted by staff and enjoy refreshments. There’s no waiting in the lobby for the doctor. Each Centering session lasts about two hours and offers women a supportive environment to share physical, emotional and medical pregnancy experiences.

The same physician or midwife serves as the group facilitator at each session. He or she privately performs regular health assessments such as blood pressure, weight, belly checks and heart tones at the beginning of each session. After the assessment, the facilitator leads a group discussion on topics related to pregnancy and parenting, including the physical changes women experience during pregnancy, preparing for labor and delivery, nutrition, family planning, safety, conflict resolution, parenting and newborn care.

Lexington Medical Center recently welcomed its first babies from the Centering program! WIS-TV followed this group throughout the process.


Importantly, Centering has been shown to decrease rates of preterm delivery and offer other advantages, too, including higher rates of breastfeeding and lower rates of postpartum depression.

The term “Centering” comes from the idea that the program offers obstetric care in a group setting that places responsibility on the mom, realizing that she’s the center of her and her baby’s well-being.