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Perinatal Systems

Palmetto Health Richland is a Regional Perinatal Center (RPC). An RPC has the highest level of skill and technology available in its region to care for high risk OB and neonatal patients. The RPC is responsible for serving as a transport and consultation center for the 16 counties which comprise the Midlands Region.

Each RPC in South Carolina has a Perinatal Systems Department which is dedicated to improving perinatal outcomes in their region by ensuring seamless access to risk appropriate care. We are funded by a grant from SC DHEC. Our staff includes a Region Systems Developer (RSD), an OB Outreach RN Educator and a Neonatal Outreach RN Educator. For more information on South Carolina regions and perinatal regionalization, go to the following link: SC DHEC Perinatal Regionalization.

Internally, we work very closely with the Directors of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Neonatology, the Transport Team and the management and staff of our clinical areas for sick or pre-term moms and babies. The outreach nurses track all perinatal patients transferred to and from Palmetto Health Richland and provide referring physicians and hospitals feedback on the continuing care of their patients.

Our Perinatal Systems provides education and consultation that can impact the health and care of mothers and babies in the region. We work with hospitals, health departments, physicians’ offices, healthy starts and community groups. We assist in reviewing/developing policies, participate in morbidity and mortality review and do annual very low birthweight (VLBW) reviews for all of the hospitals we contract with.

High Risk and Transport Services

Palmetto Health Richland is designated as a regional perinatal center (RPC).  We see a very high volume of high risk mothers and babies. Doctors and caregivers from all over the Midlands send their pre-term or sick patients to our Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialists and Neonatologists. Physicians and midwives who want to arrange transports can call the numbers below; upon indicating the need to send a patient, you will be transferred to a physician who can accept a transport. An MFM, Neonatologist and Pediatric Surgeon are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

To arrange Maternal Transport, call: 803-434-6333

To arrange Neonatal Transport, call: 803-434-7151

Within 48 hours of a transport's admission, the sending physician will receive a faxed update from Perinatal Systems about their patient's status. Following discharge, another communication is sent to inform the referring physician of the patient's outcome. 

Our MFM and Neonatal Directors and Regional Systems Developer travel out to all area hospitals at least once a year. We visit hospital administrators, OBs, Pediatricians, Family Practitioners, Nurse Midwives and perinatal nurse managers to discuss transports and clinical practices related to high-risk pregnant women and infants.  

Palmetto Health Richland Perinatal Systems
9 Medical Park Dr., Suite 320
Columbia, SC 29203
803-434-2912