Each year, our dedicated team of medical professionals at the Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Center cares for an average of 2,400 serious injuries. We have an interdisciplinary team composed of trauma and specialty surgeons, emergency medicine and other specialty physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers and other health care professionals to provide total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation.
Along with treating local patients, hospitals across 16 South Carolina counties send their most critically injured patients via ambulance or helicopter to our Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Center, located in Columbia. We are an American College of Surgeons (ACS)-verified Level I Trauma Center, the highest ranking status a hospital can achieve, and we are one of only two ACS Level I Trauma Centers in the state of South Carolina.
Contact the Communication Center at Palmetto Health Richland for consultation and patient transfers to the Trauma Center:
At Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Center we offer a variety of programs to address injury prevention for people of all ages. Our Project Ready program aims to educate youth about the consequences of their choices. We coordinate a ThinkFirst program for children, youth and teens to show how to reduce risks of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Our ThinkFirst Adult program works to help older adults to recognize risk factors for and implement strategies to prevent falls.
The "Hundred Hands of Trauma" was coined when a Trauma Surgeon reached out his hand to a mother whose daughter’s life was in jeopardy as they boarded the elevator for the operating room. Later, the surgeon stated, "Me reaching out is just one hand that she sees or that the family sees, but there's a hundred hands that are involved in the care of a trauma patient."
Gifts made to the Trauma Fund are just one of many ways in which you can help Palmetto Health assist the community members in their time of need. To find out more about how you can support Palmetto Health Trauma, please contact Palmetto Health Foundation or call 803-434-7275.
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