Lexington Medical Center employees
Lexington Medical Center currently employs 30 high schoolers to deliver room service trays.

The Kids Are Alright Helpers

Hospital taps teen labor pool for room service delivery help.

Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, SC, had a familiar problem a while back. “Our labor pool was diminished due to the economy, making it more difficult to devote employees to tasks like delivering our room service trays,” says Steve Howell, director of nutrition services.

It was a puzzler until one evening Howell noticed high school age workers in a local restaurant and had an idea. He went to his HR department and worked out how to lower the minimum

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