Archive | April, 2009

Thank You, Volunteers!

Lexington Medical Center Volunteers with more than 500 hours of volunteer service in 2008. From left to right: Jeanette Sox, Faye Smith, J.C. Sutton, Trish O'Hagan, Dale Key, Margaret Ford, Lynda Pittman, Monroe Brown, Vera Campbell and Sandra Dodd

Lexington Medical Center honored its 400 volunteers with a luncheon and awards ceremony at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia, South Carolina on Monday, April 20, 2009. Ten people received special recognition for volunteering *500* hours.

Jeanette Sox received the prestigious Thelma Busbee award as Volunteer of the Year for clocking the most volunteer hours: 956! Ms. Sox assisted patients mostly in Guest Services and Oncology.

Each day at Lexington Medical Center, volunteers make a difference helping patients. They spent 58,491 hours last year delivering flowers and cards, staffing information desks, facilitating pet therapy and assisting patients in departments around the hospital. Our Volunteer Auxiliary plays an important role, too. The Lexington Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary awarded $52,000 in nursing scholarships, spent nearly $175,000 on the purchase of medical equipment, funded care notes for pastoral care and paid for the public safety children’s program. They also funded renovations for the pediatric floor, furnishings for the south lobby and chapel and new buses for the Child Development Center. And, the volunteer arts and crafts committee made holiday tray favors for patients and sewed scrub hats for pediatric surgical patients.

Thank you to the Lexington Medical Center Volunteers!

Lexington Medical Center Goes Green with Recycled Paper

Below is an article from GreenLink, a free, electronic newsletter distributed by the Premier Safety Institute to bring you the latest news, resources, and cost-saving success stories in green purchasing and healthcare practices. The article talks about Lexington Medical Center’s transition to recycled paper and the impact it has made.

“Every day we make decisions about what we purchase, consume and recycle.

Nearly a quarter (20 percent) of a typical hospital’s office supply budget is spent on paper alone. So it is no surprise that cost-conscious hospitals watch paper expenditures closely.

Purchasing recycled paper is beneficial to the environment, yet many healthcare organizations hesitate using it because it is slightly more expensive (typically 6 percent to 8 percent) than virgin, or non-recycled paper.

With the help of Premier contracted supplier OfficeMax, Lexington Medical Center, West Columbia, SC, found a way to purchase recycled paper while cutting costs.
The hospital decided to switch to OfficeMax and Boise® ASPEN® 30 percent post consumer fiber paper, purchasing 87 tons of it from October 2007 through October 2008. At the same time, the hospital switched to Office Max branded remanufactured toner cartridges. Even after factoring in the slight additional cost for the paper, Lexington realized an overall savings of $5,000.

Moreover, the environmental benefits of switching to recycled paper and remanufactured toner cartridges meant that.
• The equivalent of about 626 fewer tress were used;
• The equivalent energy needed to run five homes was saved; and
• More than 55,000 pounds of carbon dixoide, or equivalent of about what five cars per year would use, would not be emitted as greenhouse gases.”

The recycled paper is one of several green initiatives at Lexington Medical Center. Lexington Medical Park 2 is the first medical office building in South Carolina to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Parts of the building were constructed with recycled materials and there is attention to air and water quality. In addition, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control named Lexington Medical Center its “Outstanding Air Quality Business of the Year” in 2008.

A Tail of Healing: Pet Therapy at Lexington Medical Center

LMC Pet Therapy volunteer Debbie Winn and her dog, "Magic"

By Sarah McClanahan

Isn’t it amazing the way a pet can make someone feel better? At Lexington Medical Center, a pet therapy program designed to help patients does just that. Pet therapy is a program that allows registered, trained dogs to come and visit patients in the hospital. This type of therapy can assist in the physical and emotional healing process. Pet therapy has been shown to decrease stress, decrease blood pressure and improve patient outcomes during their hospital stay. Even petting an animal encourages the use of hands and arms, stretching and turning. Each visit provides patients with a welcome distraction from routine, pain and illness. They are more active and responsive during and after visits with a pet therapy team. In addition, these visits provide entertainment and a chance to share thoughts, feelings and memories.

The Pet Therapy Program at LMC began in September 2007. Ann Bethea, director of Volunteer Services, and Dr. Shonda Asaad, a physician at Lexington Oncology Associates, assembled a team to develop a pet program policy. Once the policy was approved, Dr. Asaad and her registered Labrador, Thunder, started visiting cancer patients in the oncology unit.

The program has grown to 16 teams from two different pet therapy organizations, Therapy Dogs Inc. and Delta Society Prescription Paws. Several of these teams visit with patients weekly in the Emergency Department, the Intensive Care Unit or on the 3rd-8th floors of South Tower. Any dog, regardless of breed, color or size can become a pet therapy volunteer. Currently, the only service animals at LMC are dogs, ranging in breed from a Great Dane to a Miniature Schnauzer. All LMC volunteer dogs must be registered with a national pet therapy organization. For more information on how you and your pet can volunteer in the Pet Therapy Program at LMC, call Volunteer Services at 791-2573.