Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital tops out with palmetto tree


Oct. 3, 2012 – Workers from Rodgers lifted both a palmetto tree and the traditional evergreen tree to top out Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital in a ceremony held on Tuesday, October 3.
A crowd of nearly 500 gathered to celebrate this significant milestone, including officials from the hospital, Rodgers, JHS Architecture, HKS Architects, and the local community, along with more than 200 craftworkers who are employed by the project.

According to Columbia Regional Business Report, “The 76-bed hospital is the first full-service medical facility built since Palmetto Health was founded in 1998 by the merger of Richland and Baptist hospitals. The 224,590-square-foot hospital, located on a 77-acre site near Lake Murray Boulevard and Interstate 26, will serve a growing residential and commercial corridor northwest of Columbia.”

Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital will have 60 general acute care surgical beds, eight LDRPs and a nursery, eight ICU beds, a post-anesthesia care unit, six operating rooms, an emergency department, and a freestanding central energy plant. Rodgers will complete the building by the end of 2013.

“This project is an example of collaboration at its finest, and I am excited to celebrate the results of the hard work,” said Charles Beaman, CEO of Palmetto Health.