Archive | January, 2019

Apply for the 2019 Partners Program

Calling all Lexington County high school students! Lexington Medical Center is accepting applications for the Partners Program, a summer internship that introduces some of the best and brightest students in the Midlands to careers in the health care industry. The Partners Program is celebrating its 29th year.

Class members in the 2017 Partners Program

During a three-week session, participants complete three rotations through a variety of clinical areas, learning about various careers in health care including professional and allied health.

Each participant must be a Lexington County resident, a student attending a school within one of the Lexington County school districts, or a dependent of a Lexington Medical Center employee. The program is for rising high school juniors and seniors with a good GPA and a sincere interest in a health care field.

The application deadline is February 24, 2019. After completing the application, some students will be asked to come to an in-person interview with hospital staff. Due to the high volume of applicants, not all that apply will be selected for an interview. Interested participants can find the application on the hospital website at or by speaking with their school guidance counselor.

The session dates are June 10 – 28, 2019 and July 8 – 26, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with afternoon activities from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. two days per week.

At the end of the program, the Lexington Medical Center Foundation awarded a rising senior from each Lexington County high school and one rising senior from home/private schools with a $1,000 book scholarship for their freshman year of college.

The Partners Program is made possible thanks to support from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Over the years, some of the graduates of the program have returned to Lexington Medical Center to work after completing their education.

Lexington Medical Center Public Safety to Have On-Site Assessment

Lexington Medical Center’s Public Safety department will be having an on-site assessment as part of an accreditation program through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. CALEA requires agencies to comply with standards in four areas: policy and procedures; administration; operation and support services.

“This accreditation process helps to ensure that Lexington Medical Center’s Public Safety department is using the best practices and protocols in the nation for law enforcement. We are committed to achieving that goal,” said Justin McClarrie, manager of Lexington Medical Center Public Safety.

As part of the on-site assessment, Lexington Medical Center employees and community members can attend a public information session on January 29 in the Public Safety Training Room at 4:30 p.m. The department is located at 105 West Hospital Drive in West Columbia.

Hospital employees and community members can also provide feedback by calling (803) 936-7300 on January 29 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Comments at the public information session and by telephone are limited to 10 minutes and must address Public Safety’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation.

Comments can also be mailed to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

For more information, visit

Find Help Losing Weight in the New Year

Does your gym seem more crowded lately? Are you hearing more about people eating clean or drinking more water this month? January brings a lot of New Year’s Resolutions. Weight loss can be one of them. But sometimes, losing weight remains difficult – even with the best efforts.

That’s where the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center can help. This Lexington Medical Center physician practices offers several options for weight loss surgery and procedures, starting with people who want to lose as little as 25 pounds.

One of the recent success stories is twice as nice – husband and wife Jason and Kristen Antley BOTH had bariatric surgery at South Carolina Obesity. Jason started his journey at more than 350 pounds. And Kristen believes maintaining a healthy weight helped her become pregnant with her twin girls.

Watch their stories below.

Lexington Medical Center’s bariatric surgeons have performed more than 7,000 weight loss surgeries. They offer free seminars and webinars to learn more about the procedures. And, a nutrition counselor guides each patient about what to do both before and after surgery.

For more information, and to see if bariatric surgery is right for you, visit