Palmetto Health Baptist Columbia

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Palmetto Health Baptist Columbia
Palmetto Health
Geography
Location Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Coordinates 34°00′25″N 81°01′59″W / 34.0069°N 81.033°W / 34.0069; -81.033Coordinates: 34°00′25″N 81°01′59″W / 34.0069°N 81.033°W / 34.0069; -81.033
Organisation
Hospital type General
Services
Emergency department Yes
Beds 489 Licensed Beds
History
Founded 1914 as South Carolina Baptist Hospital
1980 as Baptist Medical Center
1998 as Palmetto Health Baptist Columbia
Links
Website http://www.palmettohealth.org/body.cfm?id=187
Other links List of hospitals in South Carolina

Palmetto Health Baptist Columbia (Formerly Baptist Medical Center) is a 489-bed acute-care facility located at the intersection of Taylor and Marion Streets in Downtown Columbia, South Carolina. The hospital was established in 1914 as South Carolina Baptist Hospital by the South Carolina Baptist Convention after the widow of Dr. Augustus B. Knowlton, a prominent Columbia physician, asked the church to purchase the hospital, at that time a 70-bed facility on Marion St., that she and her husband started. Over the years, the hospital expanded and grew as additional services were offered. In 1998, Baptist Medical Center merged with Richland Memorial Hospital to form Palmetto Health. It is owned and operated by Palmetto Health, the largest not-for profit hospital operator in South Carolina.[citation needed]

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