Archive | August, 2009

The Great Pumpkin

Congratulations to Tina Finders of Lexington Medical Center’s Nutrition Services Department. Tina and her husband Frank have set a new state record for growing the largest pumpkin ever in the state of South Carolina.

This month, their prized pumpkin weighed in at 1,164 pounds! That’s more than half a ton. This pumpkin breaks the record set by the Finders last year — with a pumpkin that weighed 897 pounds. The pumpkin has been featured in television and print news stories.

The Finders attribute their large jack-o-lanterns to having green thumbs and showing a lot of TLC. Even when temperatures reach a scorching 100 degrees, they worked diligently outside to take care of the pumpkin… which, at times, grew by 20 to 30 pounds per day.

In addition, the Finders also grew a 155 pound watermelon this season.

The pumpkin enthusiast couple met on a Web site called

Congratulations, Tina!

LMC Helps Kick Off New School Year

Dr. Jim Estes of Lexington Women's Care talks with school district staff member about hospital Ob/Gyn services

Lexington Medical Center was pleased to sponsor a breakfast for the annual Lexington-Richland 5 school district’s Back-to-School Kickoff for district teachers and employees.

Nearly 2,500 school district staff members attended the breakfast and pep rally at Dutch Fork High School on the morning of August 18th. In addition, Lexington Medical Center doctors and staff members were there with information on the hospital and its services including Ob/Gyn care, Midwives, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Health Directions, the hospital’s health and wellness facility.

Dr. Whitney Thoma, Ob/Gyn, of Chapin Women's Care meets and greets school district staff members.

Present at the breakfast to meet and greet with school district employees were Dr. Jim Estes, Lexington Women’s Care Ob/Gyn; Dr. Whitney Thoma, Chapin Women’s Care Gyn; Terre Shankle, Lexington Women’s Care Midwife; Mimi Jackson of Cardiovascular Rehabilition and Lisa Minges of Health Directions.

Lexington Medical Center staff members talk with teachers about hospital programs.

This is the first year that Lexington Medical Center has sponsored the breakfast for this event. “We are always looking for new, innovative ways to show our partnership with our community,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of community relations at Lexington Medical Center. “We believe the partnership between business and education is important; we’re always supportive of our school systems.”

The school year for Lexington-Richland 5 began August 19th. For more information about Lexington Medical Center and its services, visit

Doulas Win National Award

Lexington Medical Center Doulas pose with the Annie Kennedy Award

Congratulations to the Lexington Medical Center Doulas for winning a prestigious national award! DONA, the Doulas of North America, awarded the LMC Doula Program its Annie Kennedy Award at the organization’s annual conference in August. Recipients of the Annie Kennedy Award have demonstrated excellence and dedication to their community as well as growth and teamwork in their program.

A doula is a personal birth coach who offers mothers-to-be comfort and reassurance during labor and delivery. The LMC Doula Program has also served as a benchmark for other hospital-based programs across the country. Currently, the program has sixteen doulas on staff, and almost half of the staff has been with LMC for ten years or more. Since the LMC Doula Program began fifteen years ago, it has assisted more than 6,500 families.