William A. Boyce first served South Carolina Baptist Hospital beginning in 1947 as assistant administrator and an instructor in the School of Nursing. In addition, he taught classes in religion and coached the hospital’s basketball team. Upon the retirement of Rev. William M. Whiteside in 1958, Boyce assumed the roll of hospital administrator. A Williamston,… Read More »
The “Golden Girls” are a gregarious group of women who each started their journey with Palmetto Health Baptist more than 40 years ago. With winning smiles and constant laughter, Phyllis Moorer, Shirley Frick and Susan Sipes are the epitome of “Golden Girls.” They are the only team members remaining who were hired by Dr. Thomas… Read More »
When Dr. John Rawl was an undergraduate at the University of South Carolina (USC), he planned to go to law school, but the misfortune of having a kidney stone changed the course of his life. After receiving care for the painful condition from Dr. Philip Fairey, a urologist with Columbia Urological Associates and a physician… Read More »
The School of Practical Nursing Class of 1961 was comprised of 93 new nursing students. It represented one of the largest and best-qualified new classes in the institution’s history, according to Baptist Hospital officials at that time. Palmetto Health is featuring facts about our people, places and experiences drawn from the past 100 years as… Read More »
Rev. J. Edward Long helped successfully lead South Carolina Baptist Hospital during some of its most difficult financial times, including during the Depression. The hospital’s Long Building is named for him. Born in Union County, NC, in 1878, Rev. Long was a graduate of Wake Forest College and earned a bachelor’s degree of divinity from… Read More »
“In November 1980, when I was 20 years old, I began working at Baptist as a nursing tech in the Newborn Nursery (NBN) while a USC nursing student. I had candy striped at Richland at the age of 15 and learned then I wanted to work with the babies after trying out several areas. While… Read More »
Did you ever wonder what it takes to run Palmetto Health Baptist for a day? We thought so. We don’t even want to think about how many pounds of laundry have been done in 100 years.
Nearly two million people worked at hospitals in the United States in 1967. About 800 were employed at Baptist, including the hospital’s first male student in Practical Nursing. The hospital was described as a “City of Care” because it provided services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Palmetto Health is featuring facts about… Read More »
Elijah “Doc” Ruff came to work for Baptist in 1920. He was a popular person with employees at all levels. The State newspaper told Doc’s story in 1984: When a visitor came to meet Elijah “Doc” Ruff at Baptist Medical Center recently and they made their way around the hospital, it was as though he… Read More »
The Emergency Room at Baptist was equipped with the most current technology and treatment protocols in 1972. A team of 18 physicians cared for approximately 24,000 patients per year. Palmetto Health is featuring facts about our people, places and experiences drawn from the past 100 years as we celebrate the Baptist Centennial.