Columbia, South Carolina
Population: 133,358 :: Service Area: 800,495
Affectionately called the Midlands, Columbia, South Carolina is located in the middle of the state and is comprised of a diverse variety of neighborhoods, heritages, and historical districts. The city is the capitol of South Carolina and many statewide government functions are located in the municipality.
Providence Health has two campus locations. Providence Health's main campus is located in the heart of downtown Columbia on the corner of Forest Drive. The 258-bed hospital was founded in 1938 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine to minister to the community, in body, mind and spirit. The facility is best known for its expertise in cardiac care and serves as a nationally-recognized referral center for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. For 17 consecutive reporting periods, the facility has been recognized with the top rating by the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons.
Located near Highway 77 in Northeast Columbia, Providence Health Northeast, is a 74-bed full-service hospital with special focus on neurosurgery, orthopedic care, and emergency services. Identified as an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for total joint replacement surgery, Providence's orthopedic services have been ranked as one of the nation's best. Providence Health Northeast is also recognized as a Blue Distinction honoree by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
Founded in 1786, Columbia is known for the three rivers that converge in the city - the Saluda, the Broad and the Congaree. The Columbia metropolitan area includes both Lexington and Richland counties, and is also home to Fort Jackson, the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the United States Army. There are multiple colleges and universities in the city including the University of South Carolina, Columbia College and Benedict College. These institutions provide a robust environment of learning and culture.
Centrally located in the state, Columbia also offers residents and visitors a number of day trip activities from beach excursions to the mountain retreats. The vibrant city has a number of parks including Finlay Park, Memorial Park, Granby Park, Sesquentennial State Park, Three Rivers Greenway, Riverfront Park near the Columbia Canal and the Congaree National Park. Many residents enjoy hiking, kayaking, swimming, running and bike riding in these areas. Home to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, residents enjoy football games at Williams Brice Stadium, basketball games at Colonial Life Arena and Carolina Coliseum, and watch the national championship baseball team play in Carolina Stadium. The city recently broke ground on Spirit Communications Park which will be home to a minor league baseball team. Finally, for those who want to engage in cultural events, the Koger Center for the Arts offers a number of shows and activities throughout the year.