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Only at Palmetto Health!

Palmetto Health is the region's largest, most comprehensive, locally owned, not-for-profit, Joint Commission-accredited healthcare system. Our hospitals include Palmetto Health Richland, Palmetto Health  Baptist, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Children's Hospital and Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge.

Areas of specialty include behavioral care, cardiology, obstetrics (including high-risk pregnancy and genetic counseling), oncology, orthopaedics, neonatology, neurology, pediatrics, surgery, trauma and
women's care.

We provide care for 70 percent of residents in Richland County, and more than 55 percent in the combined Richland/Lexington county area.

With more than 8,400 employees, Palmetto Health was ranked the third largest private employer in the state in 2008, and the largest private employer in the Midlands.

We have more than 1,000 medical staff members — more than any other health care system in the area.Simulation Center Students

Palmetto Health is the area's only healthcare system with medical residency programs/teaching hospital, with 12 residency programs, 11 fellowships and 230 resident physicians.

We are a Health Sciences South Carolina founding partner — the state's only health collaborative of its kind combining resources and expertise of the three largest healthcare systems and research universities.

Each year, we treat nearly a half million patients, welcome more than 6,000 babies into the world, treat more than 80,000 pediatric patients, accommodate nearly 120,000 Emergency department visits, care for 3,000 cancer patients, perform nearly 50,000 mammograms, and make close to 32,000 home care visits.

Palmetto Health Heart Hospital is the state's only freestanding facility of its kind. We had the area's first accredited Chest Pain ER. We boast the lowest nurse-topatient ratio in the Columbia metro area, and among the highest patient satisfaction scores in the nation. We are designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina.
Children's Hospital Atrium
Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is the only one of its kind in the area. A new, freestanding facility opened in 2008, followed by a Children's Surgery Center in 2009. We have the area's only Children's Emergency Center, Children's Cancer & Blood Disorders Center, Pediatric ICU and more pediatric subspecialties than anyone in the area.

Palmetto Health has the area's only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units — the highest level of care available for premature and critically ill babies.

We are the only hospital system to offer specialized gynecologic oncology services, including robotic surgery. We have more than 20 years experience in gynecologic oncology.

Palmetto Health Richland offers a Traumatic Birth Unit and an Antenatal unit. Palmetto Health Baptist recently opened a Triage Observation Unit for pregnant women near their delivery date or who need evaluation of their pregnancy.

Palmetto Health Breast Center was the state's first facility to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons' National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

We were the first in the area to hold weekly breast cancer conferences attended by a multidisplinary team of physicians and clinicians, and the first to hold regular pre-treatment planning conferences for other cancers including lung, prostate, colon and general cancers.

Our Behavioral Care division is the area's largest, most comprehensive private psychiatric and addictions services program.

We operate the only Level I Trauma Center in the area — providing the highest level of care for the most critically ill and injured patients. We sponsor Project READY (Realistic Education About Dying Young), a program for young adults showing the consequences of risky behavior; the program is led by Trauma Services physicians and clinicians.
Elderly woman exercising
We offer the only physician practice dedicated to the specialty of geriatric medicine, as well as the area's only nationally recognized program for the medical management of the frail elderly (Palmetto SeniorCare).

We typically are first in the market with new technology, and, in many cases, are the only health care system in the area to have advanced technology including the Gamma Knife (brain radiosurgery), da Vinci® robotic surgery, 3T-MRI (brain imaging), and a Simulation Center, a partnership with the USC School of Medicine and Health Sciences South Carolina. We were the first in the country with a Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) medicine program to be accredited with distinction. Our program is a training site for physicians and clinicians both nationally and internationally.

Palmetto Health's Total Joint Center performs more joint replacement surgeries (1,100-plus) in the Midlands than any other facility. It is designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Hip and Knee Replacement by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina.

Palmetto Health is unique in its level of commitment to community outreach, providing more than $26 million in health care services to underserved populations in our first 11 years. We care for all those in need, regardless of ability to pay.

Palmetto Health has been recognized as the best in healthcare by readers of The State newspaper in its annual Readers' Choice awards announced Sunday, July 31, 2011. Palmetto Health swept all three of the healthcare categories: Best Healthcare System and Best Place to Have a Baby, and Best Healthcare Facility (Palmetto Health Baptist).

Palmetto Health has again been recognized as one of the 2011 "Most Wired" organizations by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. This year, Palmetto Health is the only Midlands healthcare provider to meet the magazine's strict criteria and one of only four "Most Wired" organizations in South Carolina. Palmetto Health previously won the award in 2003, 2005 and 2010.

Palmetto Health is the only hospital in the state to be named for two consecutive years by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare in the nation. We also were 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.