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Palmetto Health Breaks Ground on Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge
Construction of $99 million Hospital in Northwest Columbia begins

Today, Palmetto Health held a groundbreaking for its $99 million hospital, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge. The groundbreaking was held at the hospital system’s current medical office building located at 190 Parkridge Drive. The hospital will be situated on approximately 70 acres of property in one of the most rapidly growing areas of Northwest Columbia. It is slated to open in Dec. 2013.

“We are pleased to able to fulfill a promise we made to this community,” said Chuck Beaman, Palmetto Health CEO. He added, “Palmetto Health’s Board of Directors made a commitment that our first expansion would be in your this Northwest community and we can’t be more excited to see that promise becoming a reality. For the Northwest community, it offers you an opportunity to be part of the Palmetto Health family.”

Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, a 76-bed full-service community hospital with 24/7 emergency care, will serve the residents of Irmo, Harbison, Chapin, Dutch Fork and surrounding areas who currently are traveling downtown for acute care services. The hospital will provide high-quality, state-of-the-art inpatient, medical, surgical and emergency care near residential and commercial neighbors, along with greater access to a full complement of primary care physicians and specialists. The hospital will offer medical care close to home, school and work including:

•inpatient units;
•an intensive care unit;
•labor and delivery unit and a newborn nursery;
•six operating rooms; and
•diagnostic and treatment services including laboratory, imaging and pharmacy.

John Singerling, Palmetto Health President, reiterated Beaman’s excitement. He said, “Our goal to bring health care to this community has never been closer and we couldn’t be happier. It’s not just a new hospital that we are building, but a campus. The $99 million investment that Palmetto Health is making in this community will focus on a five-star, person centered experience with simple and convenient access.”

As part of the construction, there also will be the relocation of Parkridge Drive from its present location, which bisects Palmetto Health’s acreage, to a location on the east side of the property, adjacent to that owned by Riverland Hills Baptist Church. The new location will allow more appropriate vehicular entrances and exits from the healthcare campus and better development of the site for future needs. Road construction has already begun.

Palmetto Health is offering updates on the hospital. Interested community members can e-mail Palmetto Health at to be added to the list. Questions about the project also can be submitted. Information can be found online at

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About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health is the region’s most integrated health system in which a progressive environment, the latest technology, including research and treatment protocols, goes hand-in-hand with quality patient care. Palmetto Health is composed of four outstanding hospitals—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC—and serves as the primary teaching hospital for the University of South Carolina. Palmetto Health’s hospitals are highly respected, long-time community members. Each year, they treat nearly a half million patients, welcome more than 6,000 babies into the world, treat more than 80,000 pediatric patients, 3,000 cancer patients, accommodate 160,000 Emergency department visits and make nearly 50,000 home care visits. Employing more than 8,000, Palmetto Health is one of the state’s largest non-governmental employers.

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