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Midlands Partnership for Community Health

The Midlands Partnership for Community Health is a coalition of all four Columbia-area hospitals—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Richland, Providence Hospital and Lexington Medical Center-which was formed in 1994 to coordinate their approaches to addressing local health problems.

Through a community health assessment, the hospitals identified areas in Richland and Lexington counties that demonstrated low health status scores. The hospitals then conducted a series of town meeting with residents and community leaders to identify health problems specific to those areas. The Midlands Partnership determined that the best way to address those needs was through a parish nurse program.

The program is administered through the four hospitals with financial support from 20 churches and involvement from over 100 agencies. The parish nurses serve multi-faith communities in which they develop personal relationships with those who may be living in isolation, visit them in their homes and coordinate resources that can restore their lives.

On January 8, 1998, The Midlands Partnership for Community Health's Parish Nurse program was awarded the SC Hospital Association's Vanguard Award for Leadership in Community Health Improvement.

For more information, contact B. J. Roof at (803) 296-5305 or click here to send us an e-mail.