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George Rentz Receives the Order of the Palmetto

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster presented the Order of the Palmetto to George Rentz, first president & CEO of Lexington Medical Center, today at the hospital. The Order of the Palmetto is South Carolina’s highest civilian honor. It recognizes individuals for extraordinary lifetime achievement and service.

“As the first administrator of Lexington Medical Center, Mr. Rentz laid the foundation for delivering the best health care to the people of Lexington County and the Midlands,” said Tod Augsburger, current president & CEO of Lexington Medical Center. “Mr. Rentz is a deserving recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, our state’s highest honor.”

Mr. Rentz began his job in 1968, three years before Lexington Medical Center even opened. He gave more than 300 speeches around the Midlands to tell community members about the hospital and garner support for its success.

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When Lexington Medical Center opened in 1971, Mr. Rentz was always looking for better ways for the hospital to serve the health needs of patients and thinking 10 years down the road. He bought land across the county in anticipation of future growth, recognized the need for community medical centers around Lexington County so that patients would have access to health care close to home, and recruited the best physicians and nurses in the Midlands.

He successfully created a culture based on integrity, good reputation, education and work ethic. His enthusiasm and commitment to caring for the community are still reflected in the hospital today. He retired from Lexington Medical Center in 1988.

In addition, Mr. Rentz is a decorated World War II veteran. He served as a paratrooper during the Battle of the Bulge and earned a Purple Heart for suffering from frozen feet in the harsh winter cold. He has also served as a Boy Scouts and church leader.

Today, Mr. Rentz lives in West Columbia. He enjoys spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Governor Henry McMaster Visits Lexington Medical Center

We were thrilled to have South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and First Lady Peggy McMaster visit our hospital today to tour our new patient care tower. The first family received a warm welcome from our employees and the the governor thanked them for the outstanding care they provide to our community. Thank you for coming to see us, Governor and Mrs. McMaster!

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The governor and first lady visited our inpatient oncology floor, critical care unit and labor and delivery department. Opened in March of this year, our new patient care tower has 200 beds with the potential to add more in the future. The tower features patient rooms, operating rooms, educational space for staff and community members, and enhanced dining options, as well as expand the hospital’s Labor and Delivery, and Mother/Baby departments.

Not only does the hospital operate one of the busiest Emergency departments in the state, it is one of the busiest surgical hospitals in South Carolina, performing more than 20,000 surgeries last year. Lexington Medical Center built eight operating rooms in the new tower and expanded its surgical recovery area.

Lexington Medical Center’s expansion project delivers an even better patient experience for expectant families. Welcoming more than 3,300 babies each year, the hospital is consistently recognized as one of the best maternity hospitals in South Carolina. The new Labor and Delivery unit has a completely dedicated Mother/Baby unit for postpartum patients, a Level 2 Special Care Nursery and a Newborn Nursery.

Women’s Night Out!

Each October, Lexington Medical Center hosts Women’s Night Out, an event that honors cancer survivors and their families. It features a silent auction, signature cocktail, fashion show, dinner and talk. This year, the keynote speaker will be Irmo native Leeza Gibbons. The topic will be caregiving. Barbara Willm, Lexington Medical Center Vice President of Development and Community Relations, spoke about the event on WLTX. Check out her interview below. For more information on Women’s Night Out or to buy tickets, click here.


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