Palmetto Health is South Carolina's largest, most comprehensive, locally owned, not-for-profit health care resource. The 1,247-bed system, a JCAHO-accredited institution, has more than 9,000 employees and 1,200 physicians. Palmetto Health provides care for 70 percent of Richland County residents and nearly 55 percent of the combined Richland/Lexington County residents. Palmetto Health is composed of six hospitals - Palmetto Health Richland and Baptist in Columbia, Palmetto Health Baptist Easley in the upstate, the Heart Hospital and Children's Hospital in Columbia and Palmetto Health Tuomey in Sumter.
Palmetto Health is guided by its vision: to be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. We receive high satisfaction scores from our patients, employees and physicians. And recently, Modern Healthcare magazine named us one of the 100 best places to work in healthcare.
Each year, we treat nearly a half million patients, welcome more than 6,800 babies, treat more than 80,000 pediatric patients and 3,000 cancer patients, accomodate nearly 150,000 Emergency department visits, perform more than 50,000 mammograms, and make more than 32,000 home care visits. The system also boasts Pastoral Counseling Centers in Columbia and Easley, as well as a strong occupational health program for area employers, HealthWorks.
Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia has 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 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.
Palmetto Health Heart Hospital in Columbia is the state's first comprehensive, freestanding heart facility and is one of only two hospitals in the area licensed for cardiac surgery.
Services at a glance:
- Level III NICU
- Only Level I trauma center in the area
- Gamma Knife Center
- Total Joint Center
- Robotic Surgery Center
- Partnerships with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Health Sciences South Carolina (including 3T-MRI and Simulation Center)
- PET Imaging Center
About the Columbia Community
Columbia is the capital of South Carolina and is located in the center of the state at the junctions of Interstates 20, 26 and 77. The average high temperatures in January and February are 55ºF and 60ºF, with lows averaging 34ºF and 36ºF. Population within the Columbia city limits is an estimated 117,000. For Richland and Lexington counties, the population is estimated to be 600,000.
Day trips to the snow covered mountains in the Upstate and the beautiful wide beaches of the Grand Stand are all within a three-hour drive of Columbia. The historic sites of Charleston and parks of the Lowcountry are a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon or weekend.
Columbia is experiencing a remarkable urban revitalization. In the center of this regeneration is an area known as The Vista, a 1200-acre district in the heart of the city. This area features numerous buildings, which have been transformed with modern-day style. Local residents and visitors enjoy numerous restaurants and bars, art galleries, museums and unique shops. The area also includes professional office space, sporting arenas and entertainment venues.
For college sport enthusiasts, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks offer football, basketball and baseball. The men's and women's basketball teams play at the Colonial Life Arena, the largest arena in the state.
Located northwest of Columbia is Lake Murray, a 50,000 acre, 500+ miles of shoreline for boating and fishing.
Columbia is home to the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens, which is ranked in the top ten zoos in the U.S. and offers astonishing gardens and woodland paths. In addition, there are two area state parks, as well as the Congaree Swamp National Park.
In third quarter 2008, the median home sold for $235,507. The cost of housing in Greater Columbia is 93.2% of the national average (Cost of Living Index 2008). A two bedroom apartment rents for about $841 per month. There is a vast range of housing available with the highest levels of new residential developments located in Northeast Columbia, Elgin-Lugoff, Dutch Fork, Irmo and Lexington.
Located in the Columbia area are nine institutions of higher learning. Columbia is also recognized as the region's leader in health care and medical research.