Step inside Palmetto Health Children's Hospital and you'll immediately know you are surrounded by people who have dedicated their lives to caring for children. You'll find kid friendly features everywhere and a skilled team of pediatric professionals all located under one roof and sharing one goal — to provide coordinated, compassionate care to South Carolina's children and their families.
Every detail has been carefully considered so that you can focus on your child's well-being while a team of pediatric experts takes care of your child's medical needs. The state's first freestanding Children's Hospital offers family-centered patient rooms, playrooms. Family spaces make it easy for parents to stay close to their children throughout hospital stays and during outpatient treatments.
This hospital, through the eyes of children, was designed as a bright, happy place that feels like home.
7 Richland Medical Park
Columbia, SC 29203
Experts Concerned About Rise in Heat Stroke Dealths in Children
Pediatric critical care physician Elizabeth Mack, M.D., director of quality at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, has seen the tragic results of children being inadvertently left in hot cars. With high temperatures across much of the South, Mack reminds people that children have died from heat stroke in a vehicle with outside temperatures as low as 57 degrees Fahrenheit. “A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s body. The temperature inside a vehicle can reach life-threatening temperatures rapidly,” said Mack.
In the United States, approximately 38 children die every year from heat stroke as a result of being left unattended in vehicles. Since recordkeeping began in 1998, Safe Kids USA reports that there have been more than 550 of these avoidable tragedies.