Lexington Medical Center Welcomes New Board Members, Elects New Board Officers

The Lexington Medical Center board of directors is pleased to announce its new board officers and welcome four new board members. Richard Westbrook is the new board chair, Tripp Jones, MD is the vice chair, Dan Jones is secretary and Jan Burt is immediate past chair. In addition, the board welcomes J.R. Caughman, Rev. Charles Jackson, Jason Liester and Billy Oswald as members.

Richard Westbrook

Richard Westbrook

Richard Westbrook is senior vice president at South State Bank in Columbia. A Lexington County native, he is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and lives in Lexington with his wife and three children.

“I grew up in this community, and it’s a very special place. Serving in a role that allows me to help the hospital address health care needs throughout our community is a tremendous honor,” Westbrook said. “I look forward to working with the board, administration and medical staff to help ensure that Lexington Medical Center continues to provide outstanding and high-quality medical care to every patient who enters one of our facilities,” Westbrook said.

Tripp Jones, MD, is a retired oncologist. Dan Jones is a retired Vice President of Government and Public Affairs at Time Warner Cable in West Columbia. And Jan Burt is senior vice president of First Citizens Bank.

J.R. Caughman of Gilbert is a project manager at JRM Consulting. Rev. Charles Jackson is the pastor of Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia. Jason Liester of Swansea is the chief executive officer of Red3i LLC. And Billy Oswald is an attorney with the Oswald Law Firm in West Columbia.

The board of directors meets monthly on the hospital campus in West Columbia.

Lexington Medical Center Board of Directors

Lexington Medical Center Board of Directors

Three Generations Share June 16 Birthday

What are the odds of a father, son and grandson all having the same birthday – June 16? We’re not sure, but it happened at Lexington Medical Center this week.

Sara Rentz Krisnow gave birth to baby Irby Wayne Krisnow on Thursday, June 16. Baby Irby shares the same birthday as his father, Seth Krisnow, and his grandfather, the late Dennis Krisnow.

Seth, Sara and baby Irby Wayne Krisnow, with a photo of Seth's late father, Dennis Krisnow.

Seth, Sara and baby Irby Wayne Krisnow, with a photo of Seth’s late father, Dennis Krisnow.

Dennis was born on June 16, 1957; Seth on June 16, 1983 and Irby on June 16, 2016.

“I was trying to hold out as long as I could so that I could have the baby on June 16,” Sara said.

Talk about a great birthday present – not to mention a great Father’s Day weekend present.

Sara and Seth live in Lexington. They’ve been married for five years and also have a two-year-old daughter named Olivia. (Her birthday is in February)

“Sara is a very giving and nice person, always spoiling me on my birthday, but I’m pretty sure she can’t top this one,” Seth said.


What’s more, Sara just happens to be the granddaughter of George Rentz, Lexington Medical Center’s first President & CEO.

Mr. Rentz began that role in 1968, while the hospital was still in the planning stage and hadn’t been built yet. He served as President & CEO for 22 years.

He and his wife are enjoying retirement in West Columbia.

Baby Irby Wayne is Mr. Rentz’s third great-grandchild.

Lexington Medical Center's first President & CEO George Rentz with his granddaughter Sara and newborn great-grandson Irby Wayne.

Lexington Medical Center’s first President & CEO George Rentz with his granddaughter Sara and newborn great-grandson Irby Wayne.

Happy Birthday and Happy Father’s Day to the whole family.

Shining Bright in Palmetto Gold

Three Lexington Medical Center nurses have received the prestigious Palmetto Gold award this year. Benjamin Amberg, Kay Austin and Frances Faulkner were among 100 nurses from across South Carolina recognized for excellence and commitment to the nursing profession.

The South Carolina Nurses Foundation presented the Palmetto Gold awards at a gala banquet in May. Employers throughout South Carolina nominate nurses for Palmetto Gold. Nominees must meet four criteria:
• Promotes and advances the profession of nursing in a positive way in the practice setting or in the community;
• Displays exceptional caring and commitment to patients, families, student nurses and colleagues;
• Demonstrates leadership and assists others in growth and development;
• Promotes the profession of nursing and contributes to the advancement of nursing through civic, community and/or professional association activities.

Benjamin Amberg, BSN, RN, CEN, is a nurse in Lexington Medical Center’s Emergency department. He has helped to establish goals to move patients through the treatment process in the ER in a timely manner. He also provides orientation for new nurses in his department.

Kay Austin, BSN, MHA, RN, NE-BC, is a nurse in the Progressive Cardiac Unit. She advocates for patients at the bedside, spends time volunteering and assists those in need. She has taught basic life support education and automatic external defibrillator training.

Frances Falkner, ADN, RN, CNOR, has been a nursing leader for more than 35 years, supporting programs, initiatives and employees. As a patient advocate, her efforts to enhance patient experience have resulted in patient satisfaction scores consistently in the top 5 percent of the nation and implementation of successful patient safety initiatives.

Congratulations to Lexington Medical Center’s 2016 Palmetto Gold recipients!