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Celia Saxon Health Center
2133 Walker Solomon Way
Columbia, SC 29204

For more than six years, the partnership between Palmetto Health and Columbia Housing  Authority has provided indigent families from all over the city and those that live in Columbia Housing Authority communities with better access to healthcare. More than 2,100 patients have received care from previous centers since they opened in 1996. In addition to serving as a medical home for the residents, Center staff also refer patients to other healthcare services as needed. Services provided at Center include all primary care services such as:

  • Complete physical exams including pap smears and pregnancy testing 
  • Sports physicals 
  • Well-child exams including immunizations 
  • Sick visits for children and adults 
  • Treatment for most medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure and sexually transmitted diseases.

Features of the facility include:  

  • Six exam rooms with separate nursing stations 
  • Private patient education room
  • Secured area for storage of free medications 
  • Improved patient confidentiality 
  • Separate waiting rooms including a children’s area 
  • All health records at one center 
  • Computers and phones for each staff member 
  • Educational classroom to be used for healthcare career training 
  • Clinical simulation lab to be used for training 
  • Community conference room that is available to community at no charge 
  • Kitchen for educational classes 
  • Parking

Palmetto Health provides a wide range of activities and services within the community which strengthen medical, social, economic and environmental concerns. These needs are addressed through the Celia Saxon Health Center and our support of KOBAN Columbia. Highlights of these activities are:

  • Women’s weekly support group
  • Partnership with City Year Columbia

The Health Center provides a primary medical home where residents of Columbia Housing Authority and surrounding neighborhoods can receive comprehensive quality primary care. Staff includes a clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner, patient educator, LPN, clerk and social worker who rotate between the three existing community health centers. Providing comprehensive primary care, preventive care, and wellness education is a primary goal.

The Center is named for Celia Dial Saxon. Saxon, a Columbia native and University of South Carolina graduate, who died in 1935. She taught in the city's public schools for 57 years. She was a founder of the Fairworld Industrial School for delinquent Negro Girls and the Wilkinson Orphanage of Negro Children. Saxon was widely recognized as an outstanding educator, a leader in civic and religious affairs, and one who made a conspicuous contribution to her generation

For more information about the Center, call 803-296-3244 or click here to send us an e-mail..