Community Health Initiatives

Growing healthy communities

When Palmetto Health was created, we made a commitment to return ten percent of our annual bottom line to the community.

Palmetto Health 20 Year TytheWe promised to provide health care services and support to the underinsured, uninsured and medically underserved people in the Midlands of South Carolina. During the last 20 years, our Office of Community Health has invested more than $56 million in health care services.

From Richland Memorial Hospital’s humble beginnings in 1892, to the formation of South Carolina Baptist Hospital in 1914, and eventually to the creation of Palmetto Health in 1998, Palmetto Health remains committed to providing high-quality health care to those we serve.

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Community Champions

You’re invited to be a part of our community champions team and help us raise awareness about free health screenings and programs. We need your help to advocate for a healthy community – join us for our upcoming champions meeting.

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Our programs

The Office of Community Health focuses on several initiatives that are strongly committed to improving the physical, emotional and spiritual health of all individuals and communities that it serves to:

  • Impact individual health status
  • Impact community health
  • Provide quality screening and education
  • Foster and promote collaboration among various agencies and organizations
Initiatives include:
  • Chronic Disease Prevention: This initiative was designed to detect and diagnose chronic health conditions at an early stage of development while providing education and intervention programs to those at risk. The work of this team addresses the chronic health conditions of hypertension, pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and breast, cervical, lung, prostate and colorectal cancers within the community. Partnerships with schools, faith-based and civic organizations provide comprehensive prevention and screening programs through clinics, health fairs and intervention services with a strong care coordination component.
  • Community Health Improvement: This initiative was created to address adolescent health in partnership with school, community and faith-based organizations for youth and adults in Richland and Lexington counties. South Carolina has experienced significant declines in teen pregnancy for the past six years, in part because of initiatives like this.
  • Community Partners: Palmetto Health funds many outstanding initiatives designed to improve community health. The initiatives selected for funding are approved by the Community Health Committee, a sub-group of the Palmetto Health Board of Directors. For people without adequate access to insurance for dental and eye health, please visit WellPartners.org
  • Diabetes Health Initiative: This initiative conducts comprehensive screening programs designed to detect and diagnose diabetes at an early stage of development while providing education and programs to those at risk.
  • Palmetto AccessHealth (formerly Richland Care): This initiative is a health care delivery system designed to improve access to care and improve health outcomes for low-income, uninsured residents of Richland County.
  • Palmetto Healthy Start: This initiative is a health care delivery system designed to improve access to care and improve health outcomes for low-income, uninsured residents of Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Sumter counties.

 

Giving back to our community

The health of our community is at the heart of what Palmetto Health does. This video is a brief snapshot into the lives we are able to impact.

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Foster G. McGaw Prize

In 2014, Palmetto Health was named the Foster G. McGaw Prize winner. This prize is awarded to one health care system that exemplifies excellence in community health services. Palmetto Health was a finalist for the award in 2010 and 2011.

Read more about this prestigious national award »