George Rentz was the first administrator of Lexington Medical Center. He began his job in 1968, before the hospital even opened. Rentz spent a lot of time in his first years in the position speaking to hundreds of groups around the Midlands about the need for a hospital in Lexington County. He is credited with making it a priority to hire the best doctors and nurses in the Columbia area to work at the new hospital and succeeding in that mission. Rentz is also known as a visionary who looked to the future to see what was going to be necessary for successful health care, including laying the ground work for community medical centers around Lexington County. Rentz retired in 1990, but remains close to his hospital family. He currently lives in Lexington, SC.
“The thing that pleases me and amazes me is that the enthusiasm is still here,” he said. “People are proud of the hospital.”
This month, Lexington Medical Center celebrates its 40th anniversary. We opened as a small county hospital on January 6, 1971. Today, we’ve grown into a modern medical complex with state-of-the-art technology and an unsurpassed culture of caring. Each day this month, we’ll share a story from our hospital’s history book.