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We’re Hiring!

Lexington Medical Center Extended Care is hosting a career fair on Saturday, May 19 to interview candidates for full-time and part-time positions. As the largest skilled nursing facility in the Carolinas, Extended Care offers long-term care and rehabilitation services in a homelike environment in Lexington.

The career fair will take place on Saturday, May 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the Lexington Medical Center Extended Care campus at 815 Old Cherokee Road in Lexington.

Open positions include RN nurse manager, RN nurse navigator, RN supervisor, certified nursing assistant, RN and LPN positions for applicants with long-term care experience, registered dietitian, maintenance specialist, food service assistant and restorative aide. Hiring managers will be on site conducting interviews.

There will also be incentive gifts for qualified applicants and a drawing for an RTIC premium cooler.

Applicants are encouraged to bring a resume with them.

For more information on Lexington Medical Center Extended Care and the available jobs, please visit LexingtonExtendedCare.com or call (803) 359 – 5181.

Life is Good with Occupational Therapy

Joe Cousins fixed lunch at the kitchen counter, did laundry, and made the bed. But he wasn’t at home. Instead, the 75-year-old Lexington man was at an occupational therapy session inside Lexington Medical Center Extended Care’s rehabilitation facility.

Joe received inpatient physical and occupational therapy there for a month.

The retired computer scientist has a neurological issue that affects his balance, and spine issues that cause pain and trouble walking. He also had knee replacement surgery earlier this year and went straight to Extended Care for inpatient therapy after surgery.

“I liked the intensity of being there full time,” Joe said. “When I arrived, I could barely move my feet. I had limited mobility and real balance problems. We worked hard.”

Clinicians worked with Joe six days a week for nearly a month.

“When Joe first came to us, he needed two people to help him stand and walk,” said Kate Abney, Joe’s occupational therapist at Extended Care. “And even with help, he could only walk to the door and back to the bed.”

Joe gained strength using machines in the facility’s state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym where therapists complimented his progress and applauded his milestones.

“He is a hard-working man, for sure. His improvement was miraculous,” Kate said.

While physical therapy tends to focus on helping patients recover from injuries by using exercise and other techniques, occupational therapy focuses on a patient’s day-to-day tasks in their home or work environments. Both are important to help patients get better and live life to the fullest.

Each day, Kate and Joe moved forward with new tasks to help ensure Joe could do activities that are part of his daily routine. That included work in a therapy “apartment” that offers a home-like environment where patients become comfortable performing household tasks. He enjoyed working in the kitchen there, perfecting an egg omelet with cheese, ham and vegetables.

“Sometimes you think, ‘What are they going to tell me that I don’t already know?’” Joe laughed. “But they make you think about how you’re going to do something before you do it and demonstrate that you can do it comfortably.”

Today, Joe is back at his Lexington County home. He navigates the space without a cane or walker. He also drives daily.

“He is fully independent,” Kate said. “It’s great to see his remarkable recovery.”

For more information about rehabilitation services at Lexington Medical Center Extended Care, visit LexingtonExtendedCare.com

Mama Sue’s Garden

Every spring, Mama Sue’s Garden at Carroll Campbell Place, Lexington Medical Center’s facility for people with Alzheimer’s disease, comes alive with beautiful new blooms.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation built the garden after a generous donation from someone with a personal connection there.

“Mama Sue” was Dora Sue Porth Spires. Born in 1921 and raised on a farm in Lexington County, she adored gardening and music.

“My mom could touch a flower and it would grow. She could grow roses – and grew them nicely,” said Betty McWhorter, Mama Sue’s daughter.

Mama Sue spent the last three years of her life as a resident of Lexington Medical Center Extended Care, the hospital’s skilled nursing facility. When she passed away in 2000 after suffering from dementia, Mama Sue’s family wanted to find a way to honor her.

Betty McWhorter in Mama Sue's Garden at Carroll Campbell Place

Betty McWhorter in Mama Sue’s Garden at Carroll Campbell Place

At the time, McWhorter was a member of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation board of directors and plans were in place for a garden at Carroll Campbell Place.

Because Alzheimer’s patients have a tendency to wander, the garden was designed with pathways in continuous loops.

One side features a soothing and relaxing water feature. The other has speakers for outdoor music.
With a generous gift from Mama Sue’s family, the hospital’s Foundation dedicated the garden in 2002 and named it

“Mama Sue’s Garden,” honoring Mama Sue’s lifelong love of flowers, nature and music.

Family members can take their loved ones outside to the garden to enjoy each other’s company in a peaceful setting, where memories are precious.

“The garden is calming, serene and safe. It gives solace to family members,” McWhorter said. “And flowers can bring comfort when things seem the most difficult.”

Today, Mama Sue’s family encourages philanthropy in the community.

“When you can give outside yourself to a cause you believe in, it magnifies itself over and over. Let’s see what we can do together.”

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation provides important programs and services that help people in our community, including cancer patients. Please consider giving to the Lexington Medical Center Foundation during the Central Carolina Community Foundation’s “Midlands Gives” challenge on May 5. Learn more at MidlandsGives.org.