By Kirstie Boone
Columbia Metropolitan Magazine was a proud sponsor of Lexington Medical Center’s annual Women’s Night Out event on Oct. 4th. Women’s Night Out is a yearly awareness and educational event to highlight October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event also honors cancer survivors and their caregivers. One way that the event honored cancer survivors was with an upbeat fashion show celebrating breast cancer survivors and their fight against breast cancer.
This year, keynote speaker Heidi Kramer, RD, LDN inspired the audience by speaking about the importance of nutrition during cancer care. A cancer survivor and dietitian, Heidi discussed the joy, hope and passion she found in creating healthy recipes made with fresh foods during her battle with breast cancer. According to Barbara Willm, vice president of community relations and development at Lexington Medical Center, “Our Women’s Night Out speaker empowered survivors and improved their overall well-being.”
Also revealed during this year’s Women’s Night Out was Lexington Medical Center’s brand new “Campaign for Clarity.” It was announced that Lou Kennedy, the CEO of Nephron, will serve as campaign chair for “Campaign for Clarity. With plans to raise $3 million, this campaign aims to upgrade all of Lexington Medical Center’s current mammography equipment to 3-D technology. This revolutionary 3-D mammography equipment is also known as “tomosynthesis” and creates a group of three-dimensional pictures of the breast, allowing doctors to view tissue one millimeter at a time. This makes tiny details visible earlier and easier, and studies have shown that 3-D mammography also reduces false positives and unnecessary callbacks for patients with dense breast tissue. According to Jennifer Linfert, MD, FACOG, an OB/GYN at Sandhills Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, “The benefit to patients is that the multiple layers of images resulting from 3-D mammography can help doctors better evaluate the breast tissue.” The Lexington Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary presented a check for $375,000 to underwrite upfitting mobile mammography van to 3-D, expanding reach and ensuring the best quality of care. Auxiliary President, Paula Calhoun, presented the gift. To date, over $600,000 has been raised in the “Campaign for Clarity”.
Lexington Medical Center currently offers 3-D mammography at Women’s Imaging on the hospital campus in West Columbia and at Sandhills Women’s Care’s Northeast Columbia location. The “Campaign for Clarity” will allow Lexington Medical Center to make 3-D mammography available at Vista Women’s Healthcare, Lexington Medical Center Chapin, Lexington Medical Center Irmo, Lexington Medical Center Lexington, and in its mobile mammography van that serves local businesses and the hospital’s rural community medical centers.
To learn more about Lexington Medical Center and the “Campaign for Clarity,” visit http://www.lexmed.com/giving/