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Lexington Medical Center Welcomes High School Students for Partners Program
Posted by: Jennifer Wilson, Public Relations Manager | June 18, 2012
West Columbia, S.C. – Beginning this month, Lexington Medical Center is openings its doors to some of the brightest high school students in Lexington County for an intensive summer internship inside the hospital called the Partners Program. In its 22nd year, the Partners Program has become a popular tradition at the hospital.
“The goal is to give students an inside look at what they can expect in a health care career,” said Kelli Bennett, Workforce Coordinator at Lexington Medical Center, who conducts the Partners Program. “It’s a glimpse into our world.”
The students will focus on clinical training around the hospital and interact with hospital staff in assigned clinical areas. They may help with bed making, checking vital signs, stocking and general duties while being supervised by a mentor. In addition, they will take part in field studies including a tour of the USC School of Medicine, Midlands Technical College Health Science Programs, LMC Laboratory and LMC Extended Care.
Approximately 200 students from Lexington County high schools applied for the Partners Program in a rigorous interview process with a panel of hospital staff members and written application. Sixty were selected to participate. Lexington Medical Center will award a $1,000 book scholarship to one rising senior from each Lexington County High School, home school and private school, for a total of 13 scholarships.
The Partners Program is divided into two sessions: June 11 – 29 and July 9 – 27. Students are in clinical areas from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. The program is sponsored by the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Throughout its history, some Partners Program participants have returned to work at Lexington Medical Center when they complete their education.
Congratulations to the 2012 Lexington Medical Center Partners Program participants:
Brookland-Cayce High School
Chapin High School
Dutch Fork High School
Gilbert High School
Irmo High School
Lexington High School
Pelion High School
Swansea High School
White Knoll High School
Lexington Medical Center, in West Columbia, S.C., anchors a county-wide health care network that includes six community medical centers throughout Lexington County and employs a staff of 5,900 health care professionals. The network also includes comprehensive cardiovascular care, an occupational health center, the largest nursing home in the Carolinas and more than 60 physician practices. At its heart is the 414-bed state-of-the-art Lexington Medical Center, with a reputation for the highest quality care. Lexington Medical Center won “Best Hospital” by readers of The State for ten years in a row, “Best Hospital” by readers of the Free Times, "Best Place to Have a Baby" by readers of Palmetto Parent, the "Consumer Choice Award" from the National Research Corporation and the prestigious “Summit Award” from Press Ganey for outstanding patient satisfaction.