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About Palmetto Health

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Palmetto Health is the region's largest, most comprehensive, locally owned, not-for-profit health care resource. It leads the region in the number and volume of inpatient and outpatient services provided because of the depth and breadth of available services including general, acute and critical care; the number and diversity of specialty physicians providing the full array of treatment from primary to emergency care and beyond; care that is delivered with compassion by a staff that records high levels of satisfaction in their work and achieves the highest level of patient satisfaction in the nation; and because of its emphasis on leadership development, patient safety and quality outcomes. All patients are provided needed care regardless of ability to pay.

The 1,138-bed system in Columbia, a JCAHO-accredited institution, has more than 8,400 employees and 1,000 physicians. The hospitals of Palmetto Health provide care for 70 percent of the residents of Richland County and more than 55 percent of the healthcare for the combined Richland/Lexington county area. The latest technology and treatment protocols go hand-in-hand with quality patient care. Palmetto Health is composed of five outstanding hospitals—Palmetto Health Richland, Palmetto Health Baptist and Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge in Columbia, and the Heart Hospital and Children's Hospital in Columbia. Baptist Easley Hospital, a joint-venture between Palmetto Health and the Greenville Hospital System (109 licensed beds) is located in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina, is a leading community hospital which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008. The hospital is the primary healthcare service provider in Pickens County. A sixth and new hospital, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, is slated to open by March 2014.

In addition, Palmetto Health serves as the primary teaching hospitals for the University of South Carolina.