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About Children's Hospital

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Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, in Columbia, is South Carolina’s first children's hospital and has more than 150,000 children’s visits each year. We offer more than 30 subspecialties to meet the unique health care needs of children and have central South Carolina's only Children’s Emergency Center.

With more than 350 professionals who work exclusively with children, Palmetto Health Children's Hospital has a team of highly skilled and trained experts unmatched by any hospital in the Midlands. Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is the place to go for children's medical care, because the best care matters.

Our freestanding hospital combines compassionate medical care with comfortable family-centered spaces, age-appropriate play areas and therapeutic diversions to help reduce stress and encourage healing. Our mascot, Richie Raccoon, has been here to welcome children from birth through adolescence since our founding in 1983, when Palmetto Health Children's Hospital was created through the efforts of a group of 35 pediatricians, hospital leaders and community volunteers. 

Here, you'll find 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. 

Because children go through many stages of growth and development, their health care needs are very different from those of adults. We have kid-friendly features on every floor and we are dedicated to providing world-class care in an environment designed with children's unique needs in mind.