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Drugged Driving – A Doctor’s Perspective

Dr. Grant Sullivan is a physician at Lexington Medical Center who takes care of patients in the hospital. He also chairs the hospital’s prescription drug abuse prevention committee.

Dr. Grant Sullivan

In an interview with WIS-TV this month, he talked about how controlled substances can impair a person’s ability to drive as much as alcohol.

He also believes that our society is overmedicating people and hopes we can find solutions to help physicians have a more clear picture of all the prescription medicine a person may be taking from multiple providers in different networks of care. One idea he supports is a prescription monitoring portal.

According to Dr. Grant, when treating chronic pain, patients should first try an anti-inflammatory medication and alternative therapies such as yoga or massage. He says prescription painkillers are not always the answer – and won’t take away 100 percent of a patient’s pain.

Learn more with Dr. Grant in the news report below.

 

Join Us for the Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler

Women of all ages will fill the streets of downtown Columbia as Lexington Medical Center presents the 15th annual Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler on Saturday, April 23 at 8:30 a.m. A women’s only event, the race features a five-mile run, a five-mile walk and a three-mile walk.

2015_H_S_Photo_Gallery 2The Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler celebrates women and the power of a healthy lifestyle. It also raises awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women. The picturesque course begins at the top of Finlay Park, winds around the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion, Main Street, Congaree Vista and into the historic neighborhoods next to the University of South Carolina campus. It finishes with a downhill stretch to the bottom of Finlay Park.

Launched by the Carolina Marathon Association in 2002, the Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler is South Carolina’s first women’s only road race. It has grown from fewer than 400 female participants in its first year to more than 2,300. Sponsored in conjunction with WIS News 10, the race offers women of all athletic abilities the opportunity to participate in a comforting, supportive environment. Elite athletes, as well as first-timers, enjoy the unique event that offers a red rose at the finish line and special refreshments that include chocolate-covered strawberries.

The event begins with an opening ceremony at 8:00 a.m. featuring Dawndy Mercer Plank and Judi Gatson of WIS News 10. The five-mile run begins at 8:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 8:35 a.m. Race day registration will be held from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. at Arsenal Hill, located at 1900 Lincoln Street near the start line and the Laurel Street entrance to Finlay Park.

2015_H_S_Photo_Gallery 3“This women’s only run and walk helps us to spread the word that heart disease is preventable and controllable,” said Harriet Horton, vice president at Lexington Medical Center. “We encourage women of all fitness levels to come out and participate.”

Cash awards will be presented to runners in the following categories:
Top five overall finishers $500/$400/$300/$200/$150
Top three masters finishers $150/$125/$100
Top three grand masters finishers $100/$75/$50
Top three senior grand masters finishers $75/$50/$25

Awards will be presented to the top three overall finishers in each age category: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70+.

2015_H_S_Photo_Gallery 4Walkers are eligible for prizes based on participation. All awards and prizes will be presented at the post-event ceremony in Finlay Park. After the event, participants enjoy special refreshments, entertainment and an expo featuring health screenings from Lexington Medical Center, and health and fitness-related services from local vendors.

Registration is $35 through April 22 and $45 on race day.

Participants are asked to bring “gently used” running or walking shoes to packet pick-up on Friday, April 22 or Saturday, April 23, at Arsenal Hill, located at 1900 Lincoln Street in downtown Columbia. These shoes will be donated to Christ Central Ministries, which serves people in need throughout the Midlands. Each year, participants donate nearly 500 pairs of shoes.

For more information, call the Carolina Marathon Association at (803) 731-2100 or visit www.HeartAndSoleRun.com or www.HeartAndSoleWalk.com to register online.

#JustSayKnow to an Upper Body Ergometer for Heart Health

Dawndy Mercer Plank of WIS-TV stopped by Cardiac Rehabilitation at our hospital this week to try out our Upper Body Ergometer – known as an “UBE.” Exercise physiologist Heather Long talked to her about the benefits of the machine.

The machine helps you work the muscles of your arms, core, shoulders and back while increasing your heart rate for cardiovascular health. She talked about the machine on her “50 Days to 50 Years Segment,” marking the countdown to her 50th birthday next month.


Interestingly, Dawndy has a broken foot right now. The segment shows that you can still work out even with some physical limitations. #JustSayKnow to heart disease by reducing your risk through exercise.