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LMC Receives Susan G. Komen Foundation Grant for Mammogram Screening

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Lexington Medical Center has received a grant from the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation’s SC Mountains to Midlands affiliate to provide 230 breast cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured women in the Midlands.

Lexington Medical Center will begin offering the screenings to women who meet specific financial requirements. The grant money can also be used to assist with transportation to Women’s Imaging Centers in Lexington Medical Center’s network of care.

“We have always been able to help women who need diagnostic mammograms, but screening mammograms were more difficult to provide,” said Kelly Jeffcoat, Lexington Medical Center Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator. “The Komen grant enables us to offer screening mammograms which are often successful in detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages.”
The goal is early detection and treatment. Clinicians know that early detection is key to successful treatment of breast cancer.

“The biggest problem with patients who are uninsured is that they rarely have access to routine screening mammography.” said Chris Gibson, Lexington Medical Center oncology social worker.  “With these screenings, we have the potential to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages when cure rates are much higher.”
Lexington Medical Center diagnoses approximately 250 breast cancer patients each year.  The hospital’s breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR).  Lexington Medical Center has four Women’s Imaging centers and a mobile mammography van, all offering digital mammography.  During treatment, breast cancer patients receive the assistance of a nurse navigator who provides education and emotional support. Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program is also accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

This is the second time that this chapter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has awarded Lexington Medical Center a grant for breast cancer screenings.  The first one was in 2011 and provided approximately 250 screenings to women in the Midlands. During those screenings, two breast cancers were detected. This year, the hospital expanded the number of counties included in the grant, allowing a broader group of women in the Midlands to benefit from screening mammograms.

For more information about the grant screenings, including eligibility requirements, call 803- 791-2521.

About Lexington Medical Center


Lexington Medical Center, in West Columbia, S.C., anchors a county-wide health care network that includes six community medical centers throughout Lexington County and employs a staff of 5,900 health care professionals.  The network also includes the largest extended care facility in the Carolinas, an occupational health center and more than 60 physician practices.  At its heart is the 414-bed state-of-the-art Lexington Medical Center, with a reputation for the highest quality care.  Lexington Medical Center won “Best Hospital” by readers of The State for ten years in a row, “Best Hospital” by readers of the Free Times, “Best Place to Have a Baby” by readers of Palmetto Parent, the “Consumer Choice Award” from the National Research Corporation and the prestigious “Summit Award” from Press Ganey.  Visit www.lexmed.com. 

About the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization.  It was started by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.  Komen’s SC Mountains to Midlands affiliate is one of 125 affiliates around the nation dedicated to ending breast cancer in our communities.  Komen affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment.  For more information, visit www.komenscmm.org.

Lexington Medical Center Applauds Six Nurses honored with Palmetto Gold Award

Palmetto Gold Award Winners

West Columbia, S.C. – Lexington Medical Center is proud to congratulate six nurses honored with the prestigious Palmetto Gold Award from the South Carolina Nurses Foundation (SCNF). Virginia Hall, Brad Harman Jr., James Jeffcoat, Lori Sutton, Shannon Turner and Amanda Witdoeckt were honored at a gala reception and awards dinner at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

The SCNF promotes high standards of health care by facilitating the advancement of nursing through awards, grants and scholarships. The organization gives the Palmetto Gold Award to 100 nurses across South Carolina each year for excellence in and commitment to the nursing profession. Criteria for the selection of Palmetto Gold recipients includes promoting and advancing nursing in a positive way in the practice setting or in the community; exemplifying care and commitment to patients, families, and colleagues; demonstrating leadership; facilitating growth and development of others; and contributing to the overall achievement of outcomes in the practice setting.

“We are very pleased to have six of our nurses receiving this distinguished award this year. These nurses go above and beyond expectations every day and we are very proud of each of them,” said Cindy Rohman, RN, MS, CNAA/BC, Director of Nursing at Lexington Medical Center.

Lexington Medical Center’s 2013 Palmetto Gold Winners:

Virginia Hall, BSN, CCRN, Clinical Mentor, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
Virginia is committed to the educational and professional development of students and peers. As the principal author for the Beacon Award application for critical care units, her unit received this prestigious award in December 2011.

Walter Bradley Harman Jr., RN, MBS, CRNA, Staff CRNA
Brad serves as the clinical coordinator for anesthesia students from the University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina. In this role, he coordinates morning case clinical discussions on evidence-based anesthesia practice with students and other CRNAs.

James W. Jeffcoat, MSN, RN-BC, Outcomes Coordinator
James organized Lexington County’s first STEMI response program in conjunction with area EMS agencies, community medical centers and physician practices, reducing the hospital’s door-to-balloon times by 46%. A member of Sigma Theta Tau International and a clinical nursing instructor for the University of South Carolina, he is a certified cardiovascular nurse who has received the LMC Gold award.

Lori T. Sutton, Staff RN
Lori is an example of expert practice and clinical curiosity. She has a desire for uncovering best practices and, as a result, has completed one published research study on the use of warmed cotton blankets that resulted in an organizational blanket warmer policy change.

Shannon M. Turner, BSN, CEN, Clinical Mentor, Emergency Department
Shannon displays professionalism and excellence daily through her clinical expertise and positive attitude. An integral part of the Stroke Committee, she was instrumental in achieving Stroke Certification at LMC in August 2011.

Amanda J. Witdoeckt, RN, CCRN, Registered Nurse, MICU
Amanda leads by example with her positive attitude, compassionate care and support of co-workers. She goes the extra mile by mastering new therapies, and supporting her peers.

The diverse nursing staff at Lexington Medical Center is committed to caring not only for our patients, but also for each other. The collaborative medical staff values the nursing practice for its contribution to positive patient outcomes. The six nurses recognized this year come from service capacities, solidifying our priority of quality care in all areas of the hospital.

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