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Perinatal Systems

Palmetto Health Richland

Who Are We?

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.     

Midlands Perinatal Systems Staff

  Regional Systems Developer  
Lynn Wellman, MS, APRN

Neonatal Outreach Educator
Cathy White, RNC, NNP

      Michelle Flanagan  

OB Outreach Educator
Michelle Flanagan, RNC, BSN

Administrative Coordinator
Gail Varner

Palmetto Health Richland Perinatal Systems 
9 Medical Park, Suite 320
Columbia, SC 29203