Palmetto Health Richland

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Palmetto Health Richland
Palmetto Health
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Location Columbia,, South Carolina, United States
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Care system Non-profit
Hospital type General and Teaching Hospital
Affiliated university University of South Carolina
Emergency department Level I
Beds 649 Licensed Beds
Founded 1892 as Columbia Hospital
1972 as Richland Memorial Hospital
1998 as Palmetto Health Richland
Website Palmetto Health
Lists Hospitals in South Carolina

Palmetto Health System is composed of two separate hospital systems which formed in the late 1990s when the Richland Memorial and Baptist systems joined to form Palmetto Health.

Palmetto Richland hospital was originally established in 1892 as Columbia Hospital and was one of the first hospitals in the city. Over the years, with the growth of Columbia and the arrival of Fort Jackson, the hospital expanded. It outgrew its original location on Harden St. by the 1960s. Later renamed Richland Memorial Hospital it moved in 1972 to its present location near the intersection of Bull St. and Harden St. Extension.

Today, Palmetto Health Richland is one of the largest hospitals in the state with over 20 specialties. It is affiliated with the University of South Carolina, training future doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. It is the regional referral center for the Midlands of South Carolina and is the site of the Carolinas' first Gamma Knife Center. The hospital also has a Total Joint Center for hip and knee replacements and, since 2007, a Robotic Surgery Center specializing in minimally invasive surgery.[1]

Palmetto Baptist

Baptist Hospital was founded in 1914 as South Carolina Hospital, located in a downtown Columbia facility on Marion Street. Today it operates at a capacity of 489 acute care beds with some 2,300 full- and part-time employees, nearly 750 physicians and 500 volunteers.[2]

Palmetto Health Heart Hospital

In January 2006, the 124 inpatient bed Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, located on the Richland campus, opened its doors. The $80 million, 200,000-square-foot (19,000 m2) hospital is the state’s only freestanding facility specializing only in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.[3]

LifeNet South Carolina

The Palmetto Richland was home to CareForce, an emergency and critical-care-transport air ambulance service, founded in 1998. It had two helicopter in its fleet, a Bell 230 owned by Palmetto Health and a Bell 206 shared by Bamberg Memorial Hospital in Bamberg and Clarendon County Memorial Hospital in Manning.[citation needed]

On May 1, 2007,[4] CareForce merged with Life Reach, which provided services to the Providence Heart Institute, a hospital of the Sisters of Charity Ministry.


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  3. "Rodgers Builders | Palmetto Health Richland". Retrieved 2015-11-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "LifeNet of South Carolina History". Retrieved 2015-11-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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