Archive | March, 2015

What To Expect When You’re Not Expecting It

Women go through a lot of changes during their lifetime. Some of them are unexpected and can be scary. In our hospital’s FREE physician lecture this month, Dr. Nichole McDonald will cover everything you wish you knew – but no one told you. Call you mothers, daughters and girlfriends. From puberty to menopause, Dr. McDonald will share a wealth of knowledge for women in all stages of life.


Heart & Sole Training: Warm Ups, Cool Downs and Stretching

We are one month into training for the Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler, set for April 25 in downtown Columbia. This all-women event, with a 5-mile run, and 3- and 5-mile walks, celebrates the power of a healthy lifestyle and raises awareness about heart disease, the #1 killer of women.

Amanda Castles, personal trainer at Health Directions, Lexington Medical Center’s fitness and wellness gym, is your guide to getting ready for race day! In the video below, she talks about the importance of warm ups, cool downs and stretching.

Do you have a question about running or training for a race? Ask us in the comments section below! We’ll get your question to Amanda and she’ll be happy to answer it for you.

To register for the Heart & Sole, visit

Our customized training guide is below. You can click on the image to make it larger and print it.


See you on race day!

A Day in the Life: Surgical Technologist Wandra Wise

Lexington Medical Center employees are some of the finest health care professionals in the nation. In this new feature on our hospital blog, we’re going to showcase them and the great jobs they do taking care of the people of our community. We call it “A Day in the Life.”

No day on the job is ever the same for Wandra Wise, surgical technologist at Lexington Medical Center.

LMC Surgical Technologist Wandra Wise

LMC Surgical Technologist Wandra Wise

“There’s nothing else I’d rather do,” she said.

Wandra has been a surgical technologist at Lexington Medical Center for 12 years. Her day begins at 6:30 a.m. in the Surgery department at the hospital. After a quick morning meeting to review the cases for the day, Wandra is assigned to an operating room where she prepares instruments for the day’s surgeries.

“We have a great group of doctors, nurses and techs,” she said. “We also do a lot of great surgeries that are always on the cutting edge. From neurology to orthopaedics to gynecology, there’s always a variety.”

Strickland_120424_104 RetouchedWandra is responsible for at least three surgeries daily. On the day we met with her, the list included removal of a neck lump, a colon removal and a laparoscopic colon resection. During the procedures, her responsibilities include holding a camera, passing instrumentation and helping with stitches.

“There’s no greater feeling than to help someone who’s been dealing with a problem for a long time – to get them here and make them feel better through surgery, and watch everything turn out right,” Wandra said. “It’s great to be able to help someone.”

A Newberry native, Wandra received her surgical technologist certification at Piedmont Tech. She is married with four children and one grandchild.

She’s a valued member of the Lexington Medical Center team.

Lexington Medical Center is hiring more certified surgical technologists! Apply online at