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Which portion of the heart is responsible for pumping blood into the pulmonary artery?

Which type of fracture is associated with osteoporosis?

LSA_Harmon_Surgery_3What condition is an inflammation of the tissues surrounding the brain?

These are the types of questions that will be asked during the 17th Annual Surgical Technology Student Quiz Bowl on Friday, July 17, 2015 at Lexington Medical Center from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The hospital is pleased to host this exciting trivia event, where technical college students from around South Carolina will answer questions in preparation for a national certification exam.

More than 100 students from Aiken Technical College, Central Carolina Technical College, Greenville Technical College, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Midlands Technical College, Piedmont Technical College, Spartanburg Community College, Tri-County Technical College and York Technical College will participate. Each of the students will graduate this year.

surgery toolsSurgical technologists play a vital role in hospital operating rooms, where they assist doctors and nurses with many aspects of surgery. Certified surgical technologists are widely sought after by hospitals around the state and nation, including Lexington Medical Center. During this event, the students will also have the opportunity to network with potential future employers.

Each school will select four students and two alternates to represent their program. Students will use a buzzer to answer a variety of questions in a 9-team double elimination bracket. Winning students will receive gifts, t-shirts and door prizes.

In the audience during the quiz bowl, there will be hospital and health care leaders, as well as several state and national board members of the Association of Surgical Technologists.

The Surgical Technology Student Quiz Bowl will take place inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium located at 2728 Sunset Boulevard on the hospital campus in West Columbia.

A Day in the Life: Surgical Technologist Wandra Wise

Lexington Medical Center employees are some of the finest health care professionals in the nation. In this new feature on our hospital blog, we’re going to showcase them and the great jobs they do taking care of the people of our community. We call it “A Day in the Life.”

No day on the job is ever the same for Wandra Wise, surgical technologist at Lexington Medical Center.

LMC Surgical Technologist Wandra Wise

LMC Surgical Technologist Wandra Wise

“There’s nothing else I’d rather do,” she said.

Wandra has been a surgical technologist at Lexington Medical Center for 12 years. Her day begins at 6:30 a.m. in the Surgery department at the hospital. After a quick morning meeting to review the cases for the day, Wandra is assigned to an operating room where she prepares instruments for the day’s surgeries.

“We have a great group of doctors, nurses and techs,” she said. “We also do a lot of great surgeries that are always on the cutting edge. From neurology to orthopaedics to gynecology, there’s always a variety.”

Strickland_120424_104 RetouchedWandra is responsible for at least three surgeries daily. On the day we met with her, the list included removal of a neck lump, a colon removal and a laparoscopic colon resection. During the procedures, her responsibilities include holding a camera, passing instrumentation and helping with stitches.

“There’s no greater feeling than to help someone who’s been dealing with a problem for a long time – to get them here and make them feel better through surgery, and watch everything turn out right,” Wandra said. “It’s great to be able to help someone.”

A Newberry native, Wandra received her surgical technologist certification at Piedmont Tech. She is married with four children and one grandchild.

She’s a valued member of the Lexington Medical Center team.

Lexington Medical Center is hiring more certified surgical technologists! Apply online at LexMed.com/Careers