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It Happens Once in a Hundred Years!

To mark the Baptist Centennial, hundreds of people gathered on Thursday, Sept. 4, at different events to share reflections, thank yous, stories and cake. A morning celebration hosted by Palmetto Health CEO Chuck Beaman and Palmetto Health Baptist Acute Care Executive Greg Gattman featured historical video footage telling the story of Baptist’s 100 years. Throughout… Read More »

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Thank You Baptist Team Members!

For 100 years, thousands of unique individuals have dedicated their careers to the patients of Palmetto Health Baptist – team members, nurses, physicians and volunteers. Today, more than 2,900 full-time and part-time team members, including 889 registered nurses, make Baptist go every day, along with 786 physicians on the medical staff and 234 volunteers. These… Read More »


Volunteers are Committed to Serving

In the past 54 years, many people from the Columbia area and surrounding communities have volunteered their service at Palmetto Health Baptist in some way. Today, more than 230 volunteers continue to serve Baptist by contributing more than 35,000 hours of service each year by supporting, and promoting Palmetto Health’s mission, vision and values in… Read More »


A Look Ahead at Baptist’s Bright Future

Gregory Gattman joined Palmetto Health in 1998 as vice president on the Baptist campus with responsibility for Behavioral Care, Quality, Medical Staff Affairs and Health Information Management.  Following the merger of Baptist Healthcare System of South Carolina and Richland Memorial Hospital to form Palmetto Health, Behavioral Care was one of the first service lines to… Read More »

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Baptist is Known for Babies

Throughout its 100 year-history, Palmetto Health Baptist has been known as the place to have a baby in Columbia, SC. In fact, 169,952 babies have been born here since 1925*. While the hospital opened 11 years earlier, birth records were not maintained until 1925. In the more recent decades, Baptist introduced a Level III Neonatal… Read More »

August 31, 20144
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Dr Huggins

Phillip Kenneth Huggins, MD

As Palmetto Health Baptist’s longest servicing physician, psychiatrist P. Kenneth Huggins, MD, has seen many changes throughout his long tenure of 52 years. Dr. Huggins earned an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina, followed by a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He began his private practice in Columbia in… Read More »

August 30, 20145
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So You Want To Be A Nurse

School of Nursing Alumnae Gather for Reunion

Since 1960, the members of the South Carolina Baptist Hospital (SCBH) School of Nursing Alumnae Association gather for an annual reunion. This Centennial year of Baptist Hospital – 2014 – was no different. Amid decorations and memorabilia on display, more than 100 Alumnae Association members met in the Baptist Auditorium on Saturday, July 19. As… Read More »

August 29, 20146
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Dr Ben Tribble

J. Benjamin Tribble, M.D.—Second Generation Baptist Physician

J. Benjamin Tribble, MD, was just seven years old when his father, David Tribble, MD, began practicing in Columbia 50 years ago. Dr. David Tribble practiced at three hospitals in Columbia, including Baptist, which afforded his six sons a lot of exposure to medicine. It’s no surprise that three of his sons chose to follow… Read More »

August 28, 20147
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Gail Suber

What Baptist Means to Me

Palmetto Health team members were invited to join the Baptist Centennial celebrations by writing 100 words about “What Baptist Means to Me.” All entries were entered into a contest to win a $100 Visa gift card. The winning entry will be included in a time capsule placed into the building’s wall that will be cracked… Read More »

August 27, 20148
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Dr Alden Sweatman

A Career of Caring

Surgeon Dr. C. Alden Sweatman has a long list of credentials – from receiving medals for his U.S. Army service, to being a charter member of the American Society of General Surgeons, to being a clinical professor at the USC School of Medicine. But when asked what he was most proud of related to his… Read More »