MEDIA ALERT: Palmetto Health Richland celebrates 125th Anniversary

Posted on 9/14/2017

Photo: Columbia Hospital, 1893, and Palmetto Health Richland, today.

EVENT:                  In April 1892, at a meeting of the King’s Daughters, Mrs. David Flenniken proposed that the organization “undertake the building of a hospital in Columbia.” With less than $20 in their treasury, there was little enthusiasm for the suggestion. Nonetheless, the idea persisted and in May, the Columbia Hospital Association was organized to raise funds to build the hospital. On Sept. 17, 1892, the state issued a charter to Columbia Hospital.

The location is a little different, and there have been many versions since then, but Palmetto Health Richland, a 72-acre hospital campus, came from that day and that idea.

Come celebrate with Palmetto Health Richland team members and community members as they reflect on the hospital’s contribution to the community for 125 years. A museum of artifacts has been created and items from the time capsule will be on display.

Things to note about Palmetto Health Richland:

  • Palmetto Health Richland is a 649-bed regional community teaching hospital that cares for patients from every county in the state.
  • Areas of specialty include behavioral care, cardiology, neonatology, neurosciences, obstetrics, oncology, orthopedics, robotic-assisted surgery and trauma.
  • The hospital trains the next generation of physicians through its 24 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
  • Each year, the hospital welcomes more than 2,300 babies into the world, performs more than 19,000 surgeries and accommodates more than 91,000 emergency department visits and nearly 700,000 outpatient visits.
  • Palmetto Health Richland team members, physicians and volunteers, along with the entire Palmetto Health system, are dedicated to working together to fulfill our Vision: To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves.

WHEN:                  Friday, Sept. 15

TIME:                    10 a.m.

WHERE:                Front lawn, Palmetto Health Richland, 5 Richland Medical Park Dr.

WHY:                     125 years of providing care to this community is a reason to celebrate.


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