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Meet the Clinicians: Theresa Kossler, RN

Lexington Medical Center is so grateful for the kindness and support from community members as our hospital works to take care of COVID-19 patients during this difficult time.

This month, we produced a new television spot highlighting one of our nurses on the front lines of the pandemic. Her name is Theresa Kossler, RN. Meet her in the video below.

Theresa is a nurse in Lexington Medical Center’s Critical Care Unit, working 12-hour shifts taking care of patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-19. When she speaks to us from underneath layers of PPE, her voice is mumbled.

She recalls coming home from work the first time she treated a COVID-19 patient in March.

“I had to go home and tell my husband I’d been heavily in contact with a COVID-19 patient,” she said. “I wondered if I should kiss my daughter goodnight. I decided ‘No’ until I knew I was 100 percent safe.”

The entire Critical Care Unit where she works has negative pressure, which helps control the spread of contagious disease by preventing air from escaping from a room.

The PAPR she wears seals her face tightly from ear to ear. Like other nurses, her skin is broken out and irritated from it.

While Theresa and her team follow the latest clinical protocols for COVID-19, meeting patients’ emotional needs at the bedside is challenging.

“Although we communicate with them in the room, we have to protect ourselves, too,” she said. “We can’t just hang out in the room with them.”

She calls families with updates, recalling one particularly tough conversation with a patient’s wife.

“She told me, ‘Please tell him I love him. He has to come home.'”

Theresa tries to stay positive.

“As nurses, we have to be strong and show love and compassion to our patients,” she said. “Just like there has been an end to every crisis we’ve had, this one will end, too. And it will be so glorious.”

We’re Hiring! Sign Up for Interview Day

Lexington Medical Center is growing to help us meet the health needs of our community in the years to come. With the largest hospital expansion in South Carolina history taking place on our West Columbia campus, we’re hiring nurses and other staff members. Join us for a special Interview Day on July 13 and 14 with on-site interviews.

The hospital is currently recruiting for hospital/inpatient positions including nursing clinical coordinators, leadership positions and registered nurses. In addition, there are jobs available for sterile processing, ED, monitor, nurse and pharmacy technicians; medical and radiology technician assistants; respiratory therapists; ultrasound technologists; lab professionals; administrative assistants; police officers; food service staff and housekeeping staff.

Openings in Lexington Medical Center’s physician practices include nursing clinical coordinators, office registered nurses, LPNs and nurse navigators. Additional positions include medical assistants, oncology pharmacy technicians, medical office technicians, respiratory therapists, ultrasound specialists, polysomnographic technologists, lab professionals, registered echovascular sonographers, business office associates and medical coders.

The interviews will take place inside Lexington Medical Park 1 at 2728 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia on the 4th floor.

To expedite the interview process, applicants should complete an online application and call (803) 744 – 8716 to schedule an interview with a recruiter in advance.

For a full list of available jobs at the hospital, visit LexMed.com/Careers.

Celebrating Our Nurses

This week, we salute Lexington Medical Center’s 1,300 nurses for the outstanding work they provide to our patients every day. We celebrated them with a luncheon this week at the hospital. Thank you, nurses!

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