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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 preterm moms and babies. The outreach nurses track all perinatal patients transferred to/away from Palmetto Health Richland and provide sending physicians and hospitals feedback on the continuing care of their patients.

Externally, 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  
Chaka Davis, RNC, MSN, MPH, IBCLC
803-434-6961
chaka.davis@palmettohealth.org

Neonatal Outreach Educator
Cathy White, RNC, NNP
803-434-2913
cathy.white@palmettohealth.org 

      Michelle Flanagan  

OB Outreach Educator
Michelle Flanagan, RNC, BSN
803-434-7243
michelle.flanagan@palmettohealth.org

Administrative Coordinator
Gail Varner
803-434-2912
gail.varner@palmettohealth.org

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