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Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia is a regional community teaching medical center that treats patients from every county in the state. Areas of excellence include cardiology, obstetrics (including high-risk pregnancy and genetic counseling), oncology, orthopaedics, neonatology, pediatrics, surgery and trauma.

Palmetto Health Richland is home to Children's Hospital which offers more than 30 medical subspecialties devoted to children. A new, freestanding
Children's Hospital opened in May 2008, and a children's surgery center in June 2009.

In January 2006, the $80 million, 200,000-squarefoot Palmetto Health Heart Hospital opened on the Richland campus. This is the state's first comprehensive, freestanding heart facility, open to all physicians and patients. Richland is one of only two hospitals in the area licensed for cardiac surgery. Columbia Heart and Carolina Cardiac Surgery Associates opened a medical office building adjacent to the new Heart Hospital. Palmetto Health Heart Hospital has the lowest nurse-to-patient ratio in the Columbia metro area and 99% in the nation for patient satisfaction. Heart Hospital services include Catheterization Labs, Cardiac Diagnostics, Cardiovascular Surgery, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, an accredited Chest Pain ER, and Mobile Coronary Care Unit.

Richland also is home to the Midlands' only Level I trauma center, treating the area's most critically ill and injured patients. In 1998, Richland was the site of the Carolinas' first Gamma Knife Center for non-invasive radiosurgery. The latest Gamma Knife technology arrived on campus in late fall 2008. The hospital's Total Joint Center offers a unique program for hip and knee replacements designed to meet all patient needs, from pre-operative information through surgery and follow-up rehabilitation.

In 2007, Richland opened its Robotic Surgery Center, the newest advancement in minimally invasive surgery. Richland also is home to the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging featuring 3T-MRI which opened in 2007, and the Simulation Center the following year, both partnerships with the University of South Carolina School of
Medicine and Health Sciences South Carolina.

Richland has an extensive geriatric medicine division, including the Senior Primary Care Practice, a primary care
physician practice exclusively for older adults, and multiple Palmetto SeniorCare locations for the medically fragile elderly.

 Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia is one of the state's most respected healthcare providers, committed to the spiritual, physical and mental health needs of its patients. Areas of excellence include behavioral care, obstetrics, oncology, orthopaedics, surgery and women's services. Home to The Birthplace, more than 3,600 babies were delivered at Baptist last year alone. The hospital was the site of the state's first Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging Center, which upgraded to a PET-CT in 2007.

Palmetto Health Baptist, along with Richland, is a site of the Palmetto Health Cancer Centers and Breast Center, the largest of its kind in the region. The Breast Center is the state's first nationally accredited center by the American College of Surgeons' National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. It has long been the area's leader in new technology and treatment options, and was the first to offer a weekly breast cancer conference. In 2004, Baptist became the first in the area to offer full-field digital mammography. Baptist's multi-phase $57 million expansion and renovation project for surgical services, perinatal and Level III NICU service will be completed in 2010. The new NICU with all-private rooms opened in 2008.

Patients who receive care at Palmetto Health hospitals and facilities also benefit from Palmetto Health's strong affiliation with the University of South Carolina, which includes research partnerships with the USC School of Medicine, 12 physician residency programs and eight fellowship programs.

Palmetto Health Parkridge

Palmetto Health Parkridge, which includes an Ambulatory Surgery Center, Diagnostic Center and Medical Office Building, opened its Urgent Care facility in summer 2008. This physicians' office is open daily; no appointments are needed. Parkridge is the planned site of a future hospital, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge.

The Palmetto Health Physician Practices network includes primary care healthcare professionals and specialists who are highly trained to meet their patients' medical needs. They provide comprehensive medical care from routine short-term needs like annual physicals to the management of chronic diseases. These physicians offer quality care in a variety of locations convenient to home or work.

In addition to its wide variety of clinical services, Palmetto Health is unique in its level of commitment to community outreach. In its first decade of outreach, more than $24 million in healthcare services was provided to underserved populations, meeting critical community health care needs in Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Pickens counties.

For the past two years, Palmetto Health has been named by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work in healthcare in the nation. It was the only hospital in South Carolina to receive this honor. In 2009, Palmetto Health was selected as one of the Top 20 "Best Places to Work" by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the Society for Human Resource Management-SC State Council and SC BIZ magazine. In 2010, the citizens of the Midlands voted Palmetto Health as the Best Hospital and Best Place to Have a Baby as reported in The State.

For more information about Palmetto Health, contact Marketing & Communications at 803-434-6891 (1401 Main St., 5th Floor, Columbia, SC, 29201).