First Lexington Medical Center CEO receives Order of the Palmetto.

The first president and CEO of Lexington Medical Center is being honored with the Order of the Palmetto.

Gov. Henry McMaster presented George Rentz with the state's highest civilian honor in a ceremony at the hospital Thursday, according a news release from Lexington Medical Center. The Order of the Palmetto recognizes citizens for extraordinary lifetime achievement and service to South Carolina.

Rentz began his role with Lexington Medical Center in 1968, three years before the hospital opened. He gathered community support for the medical center through more than 300 speeches he gave throughout the Midlands, according to the release.

As Lexington Medical Center opened in 1971, Rentz continued to acquire property throughout Lexington County to accommodate future growth. Rentz was instrumental in establishing community medical centers throughout Lexington County to provide...

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