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Hope Ascends from Tragedy: Clemson Student Digs for Clues to Cure TripleNegative Breast Cancer




Clemson Student Digs for Clues to Cure Breast Cancer FEATURE STORIES

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Retired Fire Chief Is Ready to Return to Active Life A Life-Changing Cure for a Fluttering Heart Pictorial—Lexington Medical Center’s new North Tower


Barbara Willm Vice President Development and Community Relations Amy Lanier Executive Director Kate Mayer Senior Major Gifts Officer Beth Wingard Senior Major Gifts Officer Thomas Tafel Community Outreach Manager Lauren Peebles Annual Gifts Officer Autumn Baldwin Donor Coordinator Patti Williams Executive Assistant Holli Young Administrative Assistant —————————————————— Health and Hope magazine is a publication of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Its purpose is to educate readers about Lexington Medical Center and its services, and the ways in which the Foundation supports the mission of the hospital.


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I’m happy to share another issue of Health and Hope. We’re pleased to keep you informed about the many ways the Lexington Medical Center Foundation provides hope to our community. Inside This Issue This issue features a pictorial of our new patient tower, as well as the compelling stories of some of our most recent patients. You’ll meet Natalie Herndon, a young college student who was diagnosed with a heart rhythm problem, and retired fire chief Jack Jansen, who had both knees replaced at Lexington Medical Center. You’ll also learn how the death of Shelby Smith’s mother from breast cancer inspired her interest in cancer research.

Campaign for Clarity Nearing $3 Million Mark When I took the leadership role for the Foundation in 2015, Lexington Medical Center was on the brink of extensive growth and expansion. It was such an exciting time, as we were able to experience our own expansion through the introduction of the Foundation’s first capital campaign. In 2016, we successfully launched the three-year, $3 million Campaign for Clarity to bring 3-D mammography to every patient at Lexington Medical Center. This revolutionary technology helps detect breast cancer earlier and more accurately than traditional 2-D mammography. We are closing in on our goal, having raised more than $2.75 million, making it possible to purchase six of the eight machines needed. This campaign has ensured that 3-D technology is available to all of our patients no matter where they live.

Donations Continue to Increase Over the past year, the Foundation celebrated the largest amount invested yet in our mission — more than $3 million — to implement innovative and impactful programs and services that deliver on our commitment to donors and those we serve. Throughout this issue, you will learn more about the hospital-based and community programs the Foundation funds. These programs would not be possible without the generous support of our Lexington Medical Center employees, who raised a record-breaking $914,383, and our donors and sponsors who continue to propel our mission forward through events and community partnerships.

30-Year Anniversary Approaching As the Foundation approaches the 30-year mark since our founding in 1990, I have reflected on the investment so many have made in our mission over the years to provide hope to our patients, families and community in support of the strategic initiatives of Lexington Medical Center. We look forward to carving the path for another successful and fruitful 30 years. As Lexington Medical Center continues to expand its footprint, the Foundation is afforded the opportunity to serve more and provide hope in our expanding community.

Barbara Willm Vice President, Development and Community Relations Lexington Medical Center

New Program Helps Women with Cancer Look Their Best A new program at Lexington Medical Center gives women with cancer a beauty boost. Beautiful You helps women with cancer look and feel better. The free 90-minute class offers makeup application tips and advice from a licensed cosmetologist. Participants receive free eyebrow stencil kits and turbans from Becky’s Place, the hospital’s specialized boutique for cancer patients. A grant from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation provides funding for the program. Kelly Jeffcoat, oncology nurse navigator at Lexington Medical

Center, explains why the program is so important. “Many times, the physical effects of chemotherapy are scarier than the treatment itself,” she said. “To a woman, the thought of losing your hair is incredibly overwhelming. And the idea of losing your eyebrows is equally upsetting. While the hospital has Becky’s Place to assist patients with beautiful wigs, hats and scarves, the Beautiful You program provides personal and practical assistance with

makeup to make women feel more attractive.” Beautiful You is open to all women with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or other forms of treatment. The program meets every other month at Lexington Medical Center. “This program serves as a reminder that we care for our patients — body and soul,” said Kelly. To register, call Kelly Jeffcoat at (803) 791-2521.

Hospital Employees Make RecordBreaking Donation to Foundation

Hospital employees donated nearly $915,000 to the Lexington Medical Center Foundation this year. The HOPE (Helping Our Patients and Employees) campaign supports the Foundation’s programs and initiatives that help provide quality health services and patient-centered care for people of the Midlands. This donation represents the largest amount ever given to the Foundation’s employee fund drive, topping last year’s funds by $68,000. Since its inception 25 years ago, the annual employee giving campaign has exceeded $9 million in donations.

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Hope Ascends from Tragedy: Clemson Student Digs for Clues to Cure TripleNegative Breast Cancer Shelby Smith was only five years old when she lost her mother, Crystal Smith, to breast cancer. And Shelby was also very young when she first thought about becoming a breast cancer researcher. Shelby’s mother and her father, Rob Smith, both worked at Lexington Medical Center when Shelby was small. Science and breast cancer research were often part of the family conversation. “I once saw something on television with people in a lab, and my dad was always saying that researchers are making progress toward new breast cancer treatments all the time. I remember having this idea: ‘I want to grow up


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to be a breast cancer researcher,’” Shelby said. Memories fade and the ambitions of a little girl change over time. But as Shelby grew up, she nurtured her love for science. She worked for a veterinarian as a teen and, after completing high school in Alabama, enrolled at Clemson University to study veterinary medicine.

“But by the beginning of my sophomore year, I realized that wasn’t what I wanted to do,” she said. A few months later, fellow classmate Sabrina Carrel told her about an exciting research opportunity she would soon take part in during her junior year at Clemson. Sabrina’s professor, Heather Dunn, was working with swine

mammary glands to identify genetic signals that could lead to a cure for breast cancer. Shelby’s childhood dream of breast cancer research suddenly flashed through her mind. “When Sabrina mentioned the research, it was immediately interesting for me, unlike any other research I’d heard about

at Clemson before,” said Shelby, her excitement bubbling over as she recollected the moment. “I knew I had to get in there.” Sabrina asked her professor if Shelby could join the research team. By the next semester, both were engrossed in the Bioinformatics for Cancer Genomics project. Specific types of cells contain genetic signaling mechanisms that contribute to how they grow and

chemotherapy or other treatments. By researching the early development of mammary glands and the signals sent by cells when they transition, the Clemson team hopes it can find a clue as to how triple-negative breast cancer cells get their start. And it, in turn, may lead to a cure. At first, most of the work Shelby undertook was in front of a computer screen, analyzing genetic code and

developing swine. The team preserved the tissue samples, made slides and examined the cellular structures. In March, they presented the study findings in a poster presentation at the Keystone Symposia of Molecular and Cellular Biology conference in Florence, Italy. This summer, Shelby continued the research as an undergraduate intern at Clemson to try and discover, at the microscopic level, what sends the signals that

Before Crystal Smith’s death from breast cancer, her

“I remember having this idea: ‘I want to grow up to be a breast cancer researcher.” —Shelby Smith

husband Rob established the Crystal Smith Breast Cancer Fund through the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. The fund provides needed

develop more cells. In essence, the Clemson research team is studying a specific cellular change or transition — and the signaling — that can happen before birth and up through puberty. This transition makes cells develop differently and allows them to migrate to other parts of the body. Cancer cells also develop this way. Researchers believe this cell transition process may be an early step to development of the rarer triple-negative breast cancer cells. Triple-negative cancers grow aggressively and are more likely to spread and recur. If triplenegative breast cancer isn’t discovered very early, it may not respond well to

examining protein-to-protein interaction with different genes. But then the research became more hands-on. “There aren’t a lot of good models for studying this in humans, so most research uses mice. But literature shows using swine would be more similar to humans,” Shelby says. “If you can figure out what signals are being sent in mammary gland cells in developing pigs, you can figure out how to turn them off, and theoretically, you can figure out how to turn them off for cancer cells, too.” Each day for 39 days, Shelby and the team went to a research farm and, using a patented technique developed by her professor, took biopsies from

lead to cell changes. She has added a minor in biological science to her animal science major and hasn’t quite decided whether to go to medical school and become a doctor or continue doing research. But she’s certain about one thing — health care, specifically research, is her calling. And that surprises no one. Her entire family has worked in the medical profession — first, her parents, and now, her brother Tyler and her sister Emily. “I love research,” she said. “Even if I get my medical degree, I would like to be involved in research. It makes me want to find out more.”

items like wigs, mastectomy kits and prostheses for women as they are treated for and recover from breast cancer. The annual Lexington Medical Center Foundation Women’s Night Out uses proceeds from the event to support this fund.

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Rescued from Pain Retired Fire Chief Jack Jansen Is Ready to Return to Active Life after Two Knee Replacements After more than 50 years putting out fires and leading fire departments, Jack Jansen’s hardworking knees were undone by a hole in the ground.


our years ago, Jack, a retired fire chief, was walking his dog Pierre near his home in Hulon Greene in West Columbia. In the twilight, he didn’t see a deep indention in the ground left behind by a utility truck that had trimmed trees earlier in the day. “When I took the fall, I sat on the ground for about 25


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minutes and couldn’t get up. Pierre was just circling me like dogs do,” he laughed. Jack’s wife Renate was in the hospital battling a serious condition, so he limped his way home on his own. “I knew something was bad, and I said right away that I needed to see someone.” That’s when Jack first consulted David R. Kingery, MD, of Lexington

Orthopaedics, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. The fall had caused damage to the cartilage in his knees. Both knees were showing wear and tear from osteoarthritis, too. Jack needed total knee replacement surgery, but he hesitated because the timing wasn’t right. He wanted to put off surgery until Renate recovered from the surgery

she needed right away. Dr. Kingery listened and worked with Jack to ease his pain until the time was right for total knee replacement. Knee replacement surgery is common. More than 600,000 of these procedures are performed each year in the United States. Jack’s injuries pushed his surgery to the front burner, but many Americans over age 70, like Jack, have osteoarthritis, which

breaks down the cartilage between the knee and bone joints. The main symptom indicating the need for knee replacement is pain. “When the list of things patients can’t do is so much longer than the list of things they can do, they need to consider whether surgery is a reasonable option for them — because their lifestyle is impaired,” said Dr. Kingery. “And that sort of thing creeps up on you. Suddenly, you realize you can’t do a lot of things you used to do. The most common thing we hear from patients after they get a knee replacement is they wish they had done it sooner.” Dr. Kingery treated Jack in the short term with an outpatient procedure to repair the torn cartilage in one knee while drawing fluid off the other knee so Jack could stay on his feet and care for his wife. Jack’s left knee replacement came in February 2015, and Dr. Kingery replaced the right knee joint in June of this year. “The first knee replacement was really

of people who have knee replacement surgery experience a dramatic reduction in knee pain.

Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons good, and if this one is good as that one, I’m happy. He did a good job,” Jack said. The most frequent word Jack uses to describe Dr. Kingery is thorough. “He wants to make sure you’re secure with the fact that you’re going to have an operation, which I think is wise,” Jack said. “He’s trying to solve the problem you have, and if it requires a knee replacement, he’ll do it. He’s thinking about the patient all the time and wants to make sure the patient is satisfied and getting better.” Dr. Kingery says patients like Jack do well when they

understand their options. “I tend to let the patients, within reason, choose their care. That way they tend to get what they want and what they need, not what I want to give them,” he said. That’s especially important when a patient like Jack has two injured knees. Double knee replacement is not as rare as you might think, according to Dr. Kingery. “I’d say roughly 50 percent of people have

“After they have one knee replacement, in general, they know what to expect, what result they’ll get from it, and what the

David R. Kingery, MD

recovery is like. People tend to tolerate two separate knee replacements very well.” —David R. Kingery, MD

A Lexington Medical Center Physician Practice

arthritis in both knees, but don’t necessarily need both knees replaced,” he said. His philosophy is, in most cases, to do one total knee replacement at a time rather than both at once. “After they have one knee replacement, in general, they know what to expect, what result they’ll get from it, and what the recovery is like. People tend to tolerate two separate knee replacements very well.” Jack, who is in his final weeks of physical therapy, agrees with Dr. Kingery. “The left knee is doing really good. It’s doing what it’s supposed to do. I haven’t had a fall since I had the other knee done,” he said. “I can’t say enough about the hospital, Dr. Kingery and his staff,” he continued. “They’re really good people. And if everything is all right when I see Dr. Kingery again, like I think it will be, he’ll let me break free and get out of this house.”

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Exercise is Medicine Foundation Program Encourages Patients to Exercise Their Way to Better Health Not all medicine comes in a bottle. Exercise can be equally effective at improving health.


t Lexington Medical Center, the Exercise is Medicine program helps sedentary patients and those with chronic health conditions live healthier lives. The Lexington Medical Center Foundation funds the program. To qualify, individuals must meet two of the following criteria: • Family history of any chronic condition (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc.)


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• Tobacco use • Hypertension •D yslipidemia (elevated cholesterol) • Diabetes • Obesity • Sedentary lifestyle

The specialized exercises in this program meet the aerobic and resistance training guidelines of the American College of Sports Medicine. Participants receive these benefits: • Two-month free membership to Health Directions, Lexington Medical Center’s wellness gym • Initial assessment and medical history review • Eight personal training sessions

• Final assessment and counseling session The Exercise is Medicine program requires a referral from a Lexington Medical Center family practice clinician, a Lexington Medical Center diabetes educator or a Riverside Surgical Group clinician. For more information, contact Thad Werts at Health Directions at (803) 936-7125.


One of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina

Lexington Medical Center was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The hospital received this recognition from SC Biz News, in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group. The annual survey and awards program identifies, recognizes and honors the best employers in the state of South Carolina. Companies from across the state participated in a two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The survey evaluates each company’s

the top companies and the final ranking. “I am proud and humbled to work with our 6,600 caring and skilled people,” said Tod Augsburger, Lexington Medical Center president and CEO. “Their commitment to our patients and community is second to none.”

“I am happy the rest of South Carolina will know what we at our hospital have known for years. We have exceptional people providing exceptional care.” – Brian Smith, vice president of Human Resources at Lexington Medical Center

workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. In addition, company employees are surveyed to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determine

The hospital offers a comprehensive health and wellness benefits package that includes two health plan options, dental and vision coverage, disability income protection, life insurance

plans, college savings plans and tax-deferred retirement savings options. The hospital also participates in the South Carolina Retirement System and offers tuition reimbursement, a student loan relief program and scholarships for continuing education. In addition to these benefits, Lexington Medical Center provides employees with free immunizations, annual health screenings and mammograms, and an on-site Employee Health Clinic. Its free, confidential employee assistance program is available to employees and their immediate family members for a variety of services – from legal advice and counseling to choosing summer camps and setting a household budget. Lexington Medical Center also offers on-site child care at its main

campus. This accredited center has extended weekday hours, low teacherto-student ratios and a safe, nurturing environment for the children of employees. Outside the workplace, the hospital partners with local businesses to provide employees with discounted services and special offers. The hospital also sponsors a variety of community events to support the health and wellness of employees and people in the Midlands, such as the annual Governor’s Cup Road Race, Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run & Walk.

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A Life-Changing Cure for a Fluttering Heart Natalie Herndon was on the steps outside her psychiatrist’s office when her heart skipped, fluttered and began to pound so fast that her head swam.


he 19-year-old University of South Carolina college student was familiar with the symptoms. Since childhood, doctors said they were associated with anxiety. The episodes were the reason she had regular visits with practitioners like Ray Hodges, MD, chief psychiatrist at USC Student Health Services. But this time, Dr. Hodges witnessed it. “He didn’t think it was anxiety — he could see it in my face,” Natalie said. “He took me to the emergency


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room right away.” Natalie soon discovered she had a heart condition that mimics symptoms of a panic attack. It’s called PSVT, or paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, according to Christopher P. Rowley, MD, an electrophysiologist with Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center practice. An Abnormal Heart Rhythm “PSVT is an abnormal heart rhythm where the electrical signal goes in

a circle around the heart rather than in a straight line from top to bottom,” says Dr. Rowley, who treated Natalie. “The heart goes at a rapid rate and can make people feel palpitations, or fluttering, of the heart.” PSVT usually doesn’t damage the heart, so doctors don’t see signs unless they examine the patient during an episode. It’s often diagnosed because the patient is wearing a portable heart monitor in an effort to capture information when the symptoms occur. Natalie had a form of

PSVT most often seen in children and teens. She was born with an extra electrical connection in the heart that allows the signal to move faster than usual. During an episode, the rhythm speeds up, sometimes to 250 beats per minute. In children, the rate can go so high the patient gets dizzy. Episodes may last hours and cause nausea or, in some cases, fainting — and end just as suddenly as they started. Understandably, the random episodes can cause anxiety in patients. “My limbs would get numb and tingly, and I would feel lightheaded, nauseous, short of breath

— how some people would describe a panic attack,” Natalie said. As a child, the nausea was sometimes chalked up to a stomach bug. “Afterward, I would be very weak and tired for a day, a couple of days or two weeks, depending on how long the episode lasted,” she recalled. Doctors ruled out allergies and eliminated caffeine sensitivity as the cause. But Natalie’s episodes continued to occur frequently. She stayed home from family vacations for fear she would have an attack away from home. After her pediatrician diagnosed her with anxiety, Natalie began seeing a psychiatrist and taking medications. When the symptoms became more frequent in her mid-teens, more medications were added to the regimen. “The anxiety medicine lowered my heart rate enough that it masked a little bit of the symptoms, but I still had an episode at least every two months,” she said. “During some episodes, I would just fall asleep out of exhaustion, and when I woke up, it was still going. It didn’t make sense to me that this was anxiety or a panic attack, and I knew I couldn’t ‘just breathe through it.’ There was no way to get out of it until it stopped on its own.” Fortunately, Natalie’s condition has a cure. She sought Dr. Rowley’s expertise on the advice of friends, and was impressed with his

thorough explanation of the cause and his recommended treatment. Cardiac Ablation Restores Normal Rhythm Dr. Rowley performed a cardiac ablation procedure on Natalie’s heart to return the heart to its normal rhythm pattern.


discover the mechanism for what’s causing the rapid heart rate and where the abnormal electrical pathway starts. Once we find it, we use radiofrequency current, or ablation, to create a microscar that basically knocks out the bad electrical pathway. Then the signal can’t go in a circle anymore, and it


Natalie discovered she had a heart condition that mimics the symptoms of a panic attack.

“In the electrophysiology lab, we let the patient go to sleep with anesthesia, and we use equipment to reach the heart and put these pieces of electrical recording equipment there,” Dr. Rowley said. “Then we try to get the patient to go into his or her abnormal heart rhythm. When we do that, we can

Christoper P. Rowley, MD

A Lexington Medical Center Physician Practice

returns the heart’s electrical pathway to normal.” Cardiac ablation stops the abnormal heart rhythm in its tracks. The procedure typically takes about two hours. The patient goes home the same day, after being observed to ensure there are no complications. Natalie says she felt so good after her procedure that she attended a baseball game that evening with friends. Since her procedure, Natalie no longer suffers from PSVT episodes. “That’s part of the joy of treating this condition. It’s a pretty fun thing to be able to fix,” said Dr. Rowley. “You take someone with debilitating symptoms and really restore the heart to the way it was supposed to be.” Natalie can now exercise normally without fear of an attack. She has started

riding horses again and has traveled with her family to Florida. “Now that I’m not sick, I’m able to travel and live my life to the fullest,” she said. Under her doctor’s care, Natalie has been able to eliminate one of her anxiety medications and is tapering off a second one. “My family doesn’t have to worry about the mood swings, the nausea, the palpitations anymore,” she said. “It has repaired a lot of relationships in my life, as well as my heart.” She is also grateful to Dr. Hodges for realizing her anxiety symptoms were masking a physical cause, and was willing see her symptoms with fresh eyes. “Mental illness is a real thing, and we need to be aware of that. But at the same time, it’s important to make sure we’re not masking physical illness with medication and jumping to the easiest diagnosis,” Natalie said. “Dr. Hodges uses my case with medical students at USC to teach them how important that is. He presents my symptoms to students and, if they say it’s anxiety, he tells them to start over and look at everything.”

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Tomorrow Has Arrived

Exterior The 10-story facility features 545,000 square feet of space, including 71 new patient beds, for a total of 485 licensed beds. Six floors of the tower accommodate medical, critical care and surgical patients. The tower features eight new operating rooms and an expanded surgical recovery area. The building also houses a new labor and delivery unit, nursery and special care nursery.

New Patient Care Tower Expands Maternity Services, Adds More Beds, Operating Rooms to Hospital


arlier this year, Lexington Medical Center completed the largest hospital expansion project in the history

of South Carolina. The new North Tower reflects the hospital’s continued commitment to providing quality health services to people throughout the Midlands.

Waiting Room Spacious, modern waiting rooms offer comfort to families of visitors.


Patient Room The new tower offers large private patient rooms that include copper coating in “high-touch” areas such as door handles, sink faucets and IV poles to minimize the risk of infection.


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Providing Hope The Lexington Medical Center Foundation provides financial support to many of the hospital’s services and programs. Some of the specific ways the Foundation supports new mothers and babies at the hospital include: • Doula Services—This

Atrium The atrium of the new tower features enhanced dining options for visitors, including a new café, coffee kiosk and seating.

program provides free support staff for mothers in labor. • Infant CPR Kits—Each family in the hospital’s Special Care Nursery receives a free kit that prepares parents to offer the lifesaving skills of infant CPR and choking relief. • Safe Sleep Swaddles—Every child born at the hospital receives a wearable blanket swaddle.

Operating Room The new facility features eight operating rooms, including two open heart surgery operating rooms, bringing the hospital’s total number of operating rooms to 31. Lexington Medical Center performed more than 20,000 surgeries last year.

Mosaic Mural A mosaic mural featuring 4,068 photos of infants born at Lexington Medical Center graces the waiting area of the new Labor & Delivery floor. The hospital delivers more than 3,300 babies every year, more than any other hospital in the Midlands.

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Share Your Appreciation Grateful Hearts Program Helps Patients Recognize Their Caregivers Every day, Lexington Medical Center employees transform lives with the care they provide. Through the Foundation’s Grateful Hearts program, patients have an opportunity to thank individuals who make a difference during their hospital stay with a donation in their honor. Thomas Hebert, a heart patient at Lexington Medical Center, recently recognized Angela Darnell, RN, with a Grateful Hearts donation. “In my experience as a cardiac patient at Lexington Medical Center, I realized quickly there were many competent nurses at the hospital. However, I hadn’t planned on meeting an angel. Angie Darnell was indeed my angel throughout my experience. She met with me to explain what I could expect before and during heart valve replacement surgery. Her meticulous attention to detail, her reassuringly positive attitude and friendly disposition, and her concern about communicating with my family members were all impressive.


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Not only did I benefit from her professional approach prior to my surgery, but she was there for me and my family on the day I was released from the hospital. Angel Angie’s care did not end there. She was my personal cheerleader throughout 36 sessions of cardiac rehabilitation, always encouraging me and delivering early morning hugs. My family and I will always be grateful for all she did to make my recovery such a positive experience.”

Grateful Grateful Hearts honorees receive recognition at a special ceremony that includes their managers and peers, a commemorative pin, a certificate of recognition for their personnel file and recognition in the hospital’s employee newsletter. To recognize a caregiver with a Grateful Hearts donation, call the Foundation office at (803) 791-2540. Grateful Hearts honorees receive recognition at a special ceremony that includes their managers and peers, a commemorative pin, a certificate of recognition for their personnel file and recognition in the hospital’s employee newsletter. To recognize a caregiver with a Grateful Hearts donation, call the Foundation office at (803) 791-2540.

Coming Soon to Lexington

OPENING WINTER 2019 Opening this winter, Lexington Medical Center Saluda Pointe brings urgent care services and diagnostic imaging closer to home. We’re making health care more convenient for you — and your family.



154 Saluda Pointe Court, Lexington, SC Intersection of Hwy. 378 and I-20

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This magazine is intended for general understanding and education about the Lexington Medical Center Foundation and its initiatives. Nothing in this magazine should be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Readers with personal health or medical questions should consult their health care provider. The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization (Tax ID number 57-0906045). Our goal is to stimulate and receive charitable gifts, which help ensure that high-value, quality health services and patient-centered care are available for the people of the Midlands.



Jennifer Hodges, Cancer Survivor While impossible to prepare for, a cancer diagnosis provides a unique opportunity to re-frame experiences, redefine the meaning of strength and embrace beauty without boundaries.

October 22, 2018 — 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. — Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Proceeds from the event benefit the Campaign for Clarity through the Crystal Smith Breast Cancer Fund.

Join local cancer survivor Jennifer Hodges as she redefines society’s idea of beauty. She’ll challenge you to see beauty through a much broader lens — the lens of someone who has faced cancer directly. You’ll learn how confidence, strength, honesty, empowerment and connecting with others are all part of being beautiful. And you’ll see how a shift in life perspective can help you discover new strength and a beautiful new you. Jennifer is a 42-year-old mother of three with a background in marketing. A staunch advocate of 3-D mammography, she wants to be a voice for women’s health.

EXHIBIT AND SILENT AUCTION 5:00 P.M. | DINNER 6:30 P.M. Survivor sponsor table $350 (Table for 8) Individual tickets $40