Palmetto Health Richland
|Palmetto Health Richland|
|Location||Columbia,, South Carolina, United States|
|Hospital type||General and Teaching Hospital|
|Affiliated university||University of South Carolina|
|Emergency department||Level I|
|Beds||649 Licensed Beds|
|Founded||1892 as Columbia Hospital
1972 as Richland Memorial Hospital
1998 as Palmetto Health Richland
|Website||http://www.palmettohealth.org/ Palmetto Health|
|Lists||Hospitals in the United States|
Palmetto Health System is composed of two separate hospital systems which formed in the late 1990s when the Richland Memorial and Baptist systems joined to form Palmetto Health.
Palmetto Richland hospital was originally established in 1892 as Columbia Hospital and was one of the first hospitals in the city. Over the years, with the growth of Columbia and the arrival of Fort Jackson, the hospital expanded. It outgrew its original location on Harden St. by the 1960s. Later renamed Richland Memorial Hospital it moved in 1972 to its present location near the intersection of Bull St. and Harden St. Extension.
Today, Palmetto Health Richland is one of the largest hospitals in the state with over 20 specialties. It is affiliated with the University of South Carolina, training future doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. It is the regional referral center for the Midlands of South Carolina and is the site of the Carolinas' first Gamma Knife Center. The hospital also has a Total Joint Center for hip and knee replacements and, since 2007, a Robotic Surgery Center specializing in minimally invasive surgery.
Baptist Hospital was founded in 1914 as South Carolina Hospital, located in a downtown Columbia facility on Marion Street. Today it operates at a capacity of 489 acute care beds with some 2,300 full- and part-time employees, nearly 750 physicians and 500 volunteers.
Palmetto Health Heart Hospital
In January 2006, the 124 inpatient bed Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, located on the Richland campus, opened its doors. The $80 million, 200,000-square-foot (19,000 m2) hospital is the state’s only freestanding facility specializing only in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
LifeNet South Carolina
The Palmetto Richland was home to CareForce, an emergency and critical-care-transport air ambulance service, founded in 1998. It had two helicopter in its fleet, a Bell 230 owned by Palmetto Health and a Bell 206 shared by Bamberg Memorial Hospital in Bamberg and Clarendon County Memorial Hospital in Manning.
On May 1, 2007, CareForce merged with Life Reach, which provided services to the Providence Heart Institute, a hospital of the Sisters of Charity Ministry. The combined company was named LiftNet South Carolina, and is owned and operated by the Air Methods Corporation.