Lexington Medical Center representatives are working to raise the spirits of patients during a time of uncertainty.
Staff members are collecting homemade greeting cards for patients in the hospital. With a strict policy prohibiting visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, the cards are meant to bring smiles to the faces of those who receive them.
Lexington Medical Center is requesting cards with hope-filled, happy messages, designed for all inpatients, not just individuals with COVID-19. Hospital staff members will distribute the cards throughout the hospital and nurses will deliver them to patients’ rooms.
The card designing is also meant to be a productive activity for children.
“Children need a way to express their concerns in a positive way. By thinking beyond themselves, they learn about empathy and discover their power to help their world instead of being stuck in what feels like an out of control situation to them,” said Donna Peele, MDiv, BCC, director of Pastoral Care at Lexington Medical Center.
Individuals who would like to bring cards to the hospital should place them in a sealed zipper storage bag. Tightly sealing the cards in a bag for 24 hours will kill germs on the cards that could have been transferred to patients or staff. The cards can be dropped off at the South Entrance of the hospital at 2720 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. That is the entrance at the front of the hospital complex along Highway 378. Upon arrival, call (803) 791–2901. A representative from Pastoral Care will pick up the cards from the car window.
Officials from Lexington Medical Center said they are thankful for all the support and kindness they have received as the hospital works to keep patients, staff and community members healthy and safe during this time.