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Lexington Medical Center Cook and Pharmacy Technician Deliver Baby in Hospital Lobby

January 13 was no ordinary work day for Jennifer Bandy and Yolanda Butler.

Jennifer is a cook at the Park Café inside Lexington Medical Park 1 at Lexington Medical Center. Yolanda is a pharmacy technician at Lexington Oncology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

L to R: Yolanda Butler, Jennifer Bandy, Danielle Tilson, Baby Serenity and Byron Stewart

Just before sunrise, they heard shouts for help from the building’s entrance.

Running toward the door, they found Danielle Tilson of Batesburg about to deliver a baby. Her fiance Byron Stewart was by her side.

“Everything was happening so fast,” Jennifer said. “I knew we had to do something.”

Yolanda stepped in right away.

“I was reassuring Mom that everything was OK,” she said.

Minutes later, the café cook and pharmacy technician delivered baby Serenity Stewart in the lobby. They laid the little girl on tablecloths from the café and a blanket from Danielle and Byron’s car.

“She started blinking her eyes and moving – and that was a good feeling because we knew she was OK,” Jennifer said.

They learned Danielle and Byron were on their way to a hospital in downtown Columbia from their home in Batesburg, but didn’t think they could make it in time. So the couple pulled up to the Lexington Medical Park 1 entrance at Lexington Medical Center – the first entrance they saw on the hospital campus. Early in the morning, hardly anyone was there – except for the Park Café staff and Yolanda, who just happened to come into work early that day.

Serenity is the couple’s fourth child. Everyone is doing well.

The couple is thankful for Jennifer and Yolanda’s quick response and willingness to help. They say they will bring Serenity back to the hospital to meet them one day.

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.

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.