Our affiliate system

We are building one organization with affiliates in two regions. Our parent company, now known as Prisma Health, supports both affiliates with overall direction and leadership as we continue to align. We will soon share one brand across the entire organization to better reflect this. The rebranded Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

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We are becoming Prisma Health in early 2019
 

Awards and Recognition

2018

  • Palmetto Health Richland has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® program for heart failure care at Palmetto Health Heart Hospital. Palmetto Health Richland received the Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
  • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina has recognized Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey as Blue Distinction® Centers for Maternity Care. Blue Distinction® Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community..
  • Palmetto Health Baptist has been recognized as a Baby-Friendly designated birth facility by Baby-Friendly, USA, Inc., the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital initiative. The “Baby-Friendly” designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey also are Baby Friendly designated birth facilities.  

2017

  • Palmetto Health has been awarded The Advisory Board Company’s 2017 Workplace of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes hospitals and health care systems nationwide that have outstanding levels of employee engagement. Palmetto Health is one of 20 organizations nationwide to receive the award.
 
  • Palmetto Health has been recognized by readers of The State as best in health care for the eighth year in a row, winning two of the four health care categories: Best Hospital System and, for the fourth consecutive year, Best Hospital for Heart Health.
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® program for heart failure and stroke care. Palmetto Health Richland received the Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus.
 
  • IDG’s Computerworld has again recognized Palmetto Health as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in IT, selected as one of 100 top organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits, career opportunities and an enjoyable work environment. Palmetto Health ranked 20th among large organizations on the Best Places to Work in IT list.
 
  • Palmetto Health Tuomey has been awarded the 2017 I SEE YOU CARE Award by Advanced ICU (AICU). The award recognizes outstanding collaboration between hospital staff and AICU’s remote critical care team.
 
  • Palmetto Health has been honored as one of four hospitals selected to receive an award for Best Overall Project by the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Palmetto Health was selected from among 16 U.S. health care organizations participating in the Disparities Leadership Program’s 2016-2017 class. Palmetto Health’s project was chosen for its work with African-American patients diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
 
  • Palmetto Health has received the 2016 Employer of the Year Award from Virginia College. This award is presented to an organization that has the most impact on Virginia College students and graduates within one fiscal year through hands-on learning opportunities, relationship building and networking.
 

2016

  • Palmetto Health has been recognized by readers of The State as best in health care for the seventh year in a row. Palmetto Health won two of the four health care categories: Best Hospital System and, for the third consecutive year, Best Hospital for Heart Health.
 
  • For the ninth time, Palmetto Health was recognized as one of the “Most Wired” organizations by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Palmetto Health is one of only seven “Most Wired” health care provider organizations in South Carolina to meet the magazine’s strict criteria. Palmetto Health previously won the award in 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
 
  • IDG’s Computerworld recognized Palmetto Health among the 2016 Best Places to Work in IT, one of 100 top organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits, career opportunities and an enjoyable work environment. Palmetto Health ranked 10th among large organizations on the Best Places to Work in IT list.
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland, Palmetto Health Baptist and Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge were recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® program for heart failure. Richland received the Gold Plus Achievement Award for heart failure, Baptist received the Silver Plus Achievement Award for heart failure and Baptist Parkridge received the Silver Achievement Award for heart failure.
 
  • February 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of Palmetto Health Heart Hospital – South Carolina’s only freestanding hospital dedicated solely to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Dedicated to being on the leading edge of advanced medical therapies and technologies, the Heart Hospital cares for more cardiac patients than any other hospital in the Midlands in a comfortable, healing environment.
 
  • Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey were designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ for maternity care by BlueCross® Blue Shield® of South Carolina and BlueChoice® Health Plan of South Carolina. In addition, Palmetto Health Baptist was designated a Blue Distinction Center for bariatric surgery; Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge was designated a Blue Distinction Center for spine surgery; and Palmetto Health Richland was designated a Blue Distinction Center for spine surgery, cardiac care and knee and hip replacement. The national Blue Distinction® Specialty Care program recognizes hospitals for delivering quality, affordable specialty care safely and effectively, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community.
 
  • Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital’s Children’s Emergency Center celebrated its 20th anniversary in April. The only facility in the Midlands that is a designated Level I Trauma Center with a specific focus on pediatric emergencies, the Center has more than 30,000 visits per year, 13 exam rooms, a pediatric resuscitation room and two trauma bays featuring customized child-sized technology and equipment. 
 
  • Palmetto Health’s Weight Management Center received the three-year “Comprehensive Center” designation after a series of extensive evaluations from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), in partnership with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
 
  • Palmetto Health Tuomey-based obstetrics practice Sumter OB/GYN received certification for its continued dedication to the Centering Pregnancy model and improving the health of moms and babies.
 
  • Palmetto Health was awarded Full Accreditation for three years, effective March 2016, by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). As one of eight newly accredited research organizations, Palmetto Health joins 227 accredited organizations worldwide. To earn AAHRPP accreditation, organizations must demonstrate that they have built extensive safeguards into every level of their research operation and that they adhere to high standards for research. In today’s global, collaborative research enterprise, organizations increasingly rely on AAHRPP accreditation status to help identify trusted research partners.
 

2015

  • For the sixth year in a row, Palmetto Health was recognized by readers of The State as best in health care. Readers picked Palmetto Health as the Best Hospital System and Palmetto Health Heart Hospital as Best Hospital for Heart Health.  
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. 
 
  • IDG’s Computerworld recognized Palmetto Health among the 2015 Best Places to Work in IT, one of 100 top organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits, career opportunities and an enjoyable work environment. Palmetto Health ranked 39th among the top 100 in the nation. Palmetto Health is the only organization recognized in South Carolina.  
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Baptist were recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® program. Richland received the Gold Plus Achievement Award for heart failure, while Baptist received the Gold Achievement Award for heart failure.
 
  • For the eighth time, Palmetto Health was recognized as one of the “Most Wired” organizations by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Palmetto Health is one of only eight “Most Wired” health care provider organizations in South Carolina to meet the magazine’s strict criteria. Palmetto Health previously won the award in 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
 
  • In honor of its broad-based efforts to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of its community, Palmetto Health received the Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service. One of the most esteemed community service honors in health care, the prize is sponsored by The Baxter International Foundation, the American Hospital Association and Health Research & Educational Trust.
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland has received “Exemplar” status for its NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health system Elders) program. NICHE is the premier designation indicating a hospital’s commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65-years-and-older. The “Exemplar” status recognizes Palmetto Health Richland’s ongoing, high-level dedication to geriatric care and pre-eminence in the implementation and quality of system-wide interventions and initiatives that demonstrate organizational commitment to the care of older adults.

 

2014

  • For the fifth year in a row, Palmetto Health was recognized by readers of The State as best in health care. Readers picked Palmetto Health as the Best Hospital System and Best Hospital for Heart Health.
 
  • For the seventh time, Palmetto Health was recognized as one of the “Most Wired” organizations by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Palmetto Health is the only Midlands health care provider to meet the magazine’s strict criteria and one of only six “Most Wired” organizations in South Carolina. Palmetto Health previously won the award in 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland’s NICHE (Nurses Improving Care of Healthsystem Elders) Program has achieved “Senior Friendly” status for the second year. NICHE is a designation indicating a hospital’s dedication to improving the care of hospitalized patients over the age of 65. The “Senior Friendly” status is given to NICHE hospitals that have implemented the NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) model and evidence-based protocols on multiple units, including specialty units; implemented systemic aging-sensitive policies, and included the input of patient, families, and community-based providers in planning and implementation of NICHE initiatives. 
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland’s willow oaks were recently recognized by the City of Columbia Forestry and Beautification division as a part of their Treasured Trees Program. As part of a joint project by the Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission and the Columbia Garden Club, the program is designed to document and preserve trees with significant value to the Midlands area. Trees are selected based on their superior size, historical background, sentimental value and scarcity of species. The award was presented by the Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission, the Columbia Garden Club, The State newspaper and the City of Columbia.
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Baptist have been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® program. Richland received the Gold Plus Achievement Award for stroke and heart failure and achieved the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. Baptist received the Silver Performance Award for resuscitation outcomes, the Bronze Achievement Award for stroke and the Silver and Bronze Quality Achievement Awards for heart failure.

 

2013

  • Palmetto Health has been recognized as best in health care for the fourth year in a row by readers of The State newspaper in its annual Readers’ Choice awards. Palmetto Health was voted the Best Hospital System and the Best Place to have a Baby.
 
  • For the sixth time, Palmetto Health was recognized as one of the “Most Wired” organizations by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Palmetto Health is the only Midlands health care provider to meet the magazine’s strict criteria and is one of only six “Most Wired” organizations in South Carolina. Palmetto Health previously won the award in 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
 
  • IDG’s Computerworld recognized Palmetto Health among the 2013 Best Places to Work in IT, one of 100 top organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits, career opportunities and an enjoyable work environment. Palmetto Health ranked 46th among the top 100 in the nation and ninth in the South Atlantic region. Palmetto Health is the only organization recognized in South Carolina.
 
  • Palmetto Health has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for making the health and wellness of our team members a top priority. From Weight Watchers and smoking cessation classes to Pinckney’s Produce deliveries and stress management help, Palmetto Health offers a variety of health programs and wellness initiatives to fit the needs of our more than 9,000 employees.
 
  • The Total Joint Center at Palmetto Health Richland has again been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by BlueCross BlueShield.
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Stroke Honor Roll. The award recognizes Richland’s commitment and success in providing excellent care to stroke patients.
 
  • Palmetto Health Baptist has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Silver Quality Achievement Award for Resuscitation Outcomes. The silver award recognizes hospitals who demonstrate at least 85 percent compliance in each of the four Get With The Guidelines® Resuscitation Recognition Measures.
 
  • Palmetto Health's Stroke program received reaccreditation from The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission representative said it was an honor to survey the program and noted that the commitment and engagement of our staff was very evident.
 
  • Palmetto Health Richland's Heart Failure program was reaccredited by The Joint Commission.
 
  • Palmetto Health Heart Hospital's Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program received accreditation by The Joint Commission. A VAD is used to prolong the lives of patients with severe heart failure. With the only VAD program in the Midlands and one of only two in the state, Palmetto Health is able to offer this life-saving technology to people in our community and surrounding areas.
 
  • Palmetto Health received national recognition for its Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) video submitted for the national NICHE Video Contest. Palmetto Health and Suburban Hospital, part of Johns Hopkins Medicine, were the only two winners. The video depicts the process redesign that Palmetto Health underwent to improve outcomes for the older adult patients they serve.
 
  • Palmetto Health is the only health care system in the Midlands that received national recognition for improving care to elderly patients. Both Richland and Baptist have adopted national best practices, tools and re-educated staff on caring for older adult patients.

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Palmetto Health is the official health care provider for the USC Gamecocks.We're proud to partner with the University of South Carolina and serve as the official health care provider for the USC Gamecocks.

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