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Lexington Medical Center Foundation Awards $1,110,000

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation will award $1,110,000 this year to organizations in the Midlands that provide valuable services to enhance the health and well being of people in our community. Giving generously to community organizations has become an important aspect of the work of the hospital foundation.

Today, representatives from Lexington Medical Center’s foundation and community outreach board presented a check to The Free Medical Clinic in Columbia.

L to R: Thomas Tafel, Lexington Medical Center Foundation; Freddie Strange, Executive Director of The Free Medical Clinic; Dr. Charles Harmon of Lexington Medical Center; Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations and Development at Lexington Medical Center.

“We live in a society with tremendous medical technology, but we also have so many people who are disenfranchised or in the shadows when it comes to health care. The Free Medical Clinic offers something that is sacred and we appreciate the opportunity to show our support,” said Charles W. Harmon, MD, FACS. Dr. Harmon is a Lexington Medical Center board member and surgeon with Lexington Surgical Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

The Free Medical Clinic provides quality health care at no cost to community members who cannot pay for health care services and do not have health insurance.

“We could not provide the care to the approximately 2,000 patients we serve each year without the support of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation,” said Freddie Strange, executive director of The Free Medical Clinic. “We are very thankful.”

In total, seventeen organizations will receive the funding from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. They are the Carolina Hearing Aid Bank, Center for Colon Cancer Research, Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center, Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center, The Free Medical Clinic, Good Samaritan Clinic, Harvest Hope Food Bank, MedMission, MedNeed, Midlands Housing Alliance, Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter, PASOS, Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, Sistercare, United Way – Dental Clinic, United Way – Vision Clinic, and Welvista.

“We provide tremendous care to our patients, but we also like to extend our impact outside our doors and we’re glad to be able to do that,” said Tod Augsburger, president & CEO of Lexington Medical Center.

Representatives from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation and the hospital’s Community Outreach Committee board will visit the organizations to deliver the awarded funding. The hospital foundation has specific criteria when selecting organizations.

“We choose agencies that serve local community needs, increase health care access for underserved populations, educate community members about health problems, collaborate with other health care organizations and provide medical services,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations and Development at Lexington Medical Center.

Each organization must also submit a report about the impact of the services provided with the awarded money.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is pleased to be able to award funding to local organizations each fiscal year. Requests are accepted and reviewed annually by the hospital. Completed requests must be received by mid-May. Applicants are notified in September. For more information about applying and requirements, visit LMCFoundation.com or call (803) 791 – 2540.

Physician of the Year

Dr. Todd Crump

Dr. Todd Crump

Lexington Medical Center emergency medicine physician Dr. Todd Crump has earned the MedicalMissions.org Physician of the Year award for domestic service from LocumTenens.com for his volunteer work with The Free Medical Clinic in Columbia. More than 150 physicians were nominated for this award, which honors physicians who help underserved people gain access to health care services.

Dr. Crump began volunteering with The Free Medical Clinic in 1997 while in medical school at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He has continued to regularly volunteer at the clinic, which serves more than 7,000 uninsured patients who would otherwise go without care. Dr. Crump is also the medical director at The Free Medical Clinic and assists with fundraising activities. In honor of his service, LocumTenens.com will donate $10,000 to the clinic.

“I went into medicine in an effort to help others in need. Nowhere is that more important than with our patients who have no insurance, Medicaid or Medicare,” said Dr. Crump. “I am grateful to MedicalMissions.org for being proactive in honoring and recognizing those who provide volunteer health care services both here and abroad.”

LocumTenens.com, a full-service physician staffing agency, supports medical mission work and increasing health care access in underserved areas by sponsoring and recruiting physicians for annual medical brigades and operating MedicalMissions.org, which helps to connect trained medical volunteers with organizations that sponsor medical missions throughout the world.

“Dr. Crump is helping in his own backyard to make sure that uninsured patients in Columbia don’t go without needed care,” said R. Shane Jackson, president of Jackson Healthcare and LocumTenens.com.