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Centering Class Welcomes New Babies

Lexington Medical Center is overjoyed to welcome the first group of babies whose moms took part in an innovative program at the hospital called “Centering,” which allows pregnant women to receive prenatal care in a group setting.

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At the beginning of pregnancy, a mother-to-be will have an individual prenatal visit and physical exam. If she chooses to “center” her pregnancy, she’ll join a group of other expectant mothers with similar due dates for monthly Centering sessions instead of traditional office visits. Dads-to-be are welcome, too.

Upon arrival at Lexington Women’s Care, class members go directly to the Centering session where they’re greeted by staff and enjoy refreshments. There’s no waiting in the lobby for the doctor. Each Centering session lasts about two hours and offers women a supportive environment to share physical, emotional and medical pregnancy experiences.

The same physician or midwife serves as the group facilitator at each session. He or she privately performs regular health assessments such as blood pressure, weight, belly checks and heart tones at the beginning of each session. After the assessment, the facilitator leads a group discussion on topics related to pregnancy and parenting, including the physical changes women experience during pregnancy, preparing for labor and delivery, nutrition, family planning, safety, conflict resolution, parenting and newborn care.

Lexington Medical Center recently welcomed its first babies from the Centering program! WIS-TV followed this group throughout the process.


Importantly, Centering has been shown to decrease rates of preterm delivery and offer other advantages, too, including higher rates of breastfeeding and lower rates of postpartum depression.

The term “Centering” comes from the idea that the program offers obstetric care in a group setting that places responsibility on the mom, realizing that she’s the center of her and her baby’s well-being.

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.

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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.

Here We Grow! Lexington Medical Center Breaks Ground on Clinical Expansion

Lexington Medical Center held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. on the hospital campus in West Columbia to celebrate a significant clinical expansion that’s about to begin. Lexington Medical Center is building a 545,000-sq-ft patient care tower that will make Lexington Medical Center the most modern, state-of-the-art hospital in South Carolina.
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The 10-story tower will initially add 71 inpatient beds to the 414-bed hospital with the ability to accommodate more patients in the future. It will feature 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.

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“Our medical staff, employees and volunteers understand and embrace the belief that Lexington Medical Center is here to serve our friends and neighbors. The hospital is woven into the fabric of Lexington County and the Midlands,” said Tod Augsburger, president & CEO of Lexington Medical Center. “This clinical expansion will allow us to take care of our community for many years to come.”

Lexington Medical Center is one of the busiest surgical hospitals in South Carolina, performing more than 19,000 surgeries last year. The clinical expansion will include eight additional operating rooms for a total of 31 operating rooms, and an expanded surgical recovery area. Six floors of the new tower will accommodate medical, critical care and surgical patients.

Welcoming more than 3,700 babies each year, the clinical expansion will become home to the hospital’s Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby departments. In the Special Care Nursery, the hospital’s tiniest patients will have private rooms, which is an innovative concept in the Midlands. Research has shown that private rooms provide more bonding opportunities for mothers and their babies, lead to better outcomes for babies’ growth and lower infection rates.

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Because of the growth of the hospital and its network of care, the expansion will also include Lexington Medical Center’s Pharmacy department, which provides services for the hospital’s inpatient departments, six community medical and urgent care centers, and nearly 60 physician practices in 70 locations.

A new parking garage will add more than 950 parking spaces to the hospital’s campus and a central energy plant will support the service needs of the new tower.
The expansion is expected to be complete in 2019.