Palmetto Health

A New Partnership

Palmetto Health and the YMCA of Columbia are starting a new journey together, focused on improving the health and wellness of residents across the Midlands region. One of the first joint projects is a $6.8 million, 19,925 square-foot facility, located at 1089 Dutch Fork Road, which will feature a family medicine physician practice and a YMCA with a shared atrium and classroom space. Construction is underway and is slated for completion in Spring 2015.

Bryan Madden, YMCA of Columbia CEO said, “For over 160 years, the Y has been dedicated to changing lives. Working with Palmetto Health, the Midlands’ leader in health care, is an incredible opportunity to positively impact the health and wellness of our communities.”

The new facility is just one example of the partnership between Palmetto Health and the YMCA. Both organizations look forward to offering enhanced opportunities for community members to improve their health, including new patient and community wellness programs as well as expanded existing programs. Stay tuned for more information.

About Palmetto Health

Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the Midlands and third largest non-governmental employer in South Carolina, is composed of more than 10,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s vision: to be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes four acute-care hospitals—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital and Palmetto Health Richland—as well as an expansive physician practice network, dozens of affiliated clinics and specialty care practices and a 501(c)(3) foundation. Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, the region’s newest hospital located in northwest Columbia, is scheduled to open spring 2014. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, Palmetto Health also trains the next generation of physicians through its 23 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit


Fresh Start Medical Referral Program

A Life Changing Opportunity

The Fresh Start program is for Palmetto Health patients and team members in need of support to make healthy lifestyle changes. The program includes six meetings with a Healthy Living Coach for physical activity guidance and healthy eating support. Participants will be using MobileFit software to log and find new workouts, plan meals and track overall nutrition. The program is available at all six YMCA of Columbia locations.

Benefits include:

  • 3-month membership to the YMCA
  • Health Coaching & Guidance
  • Free exercise classes such as Zumba, Bodypump, Barre, Cycle & more!
  • Use of software for health tracking
  • Waived joining fee at the end of the three months


Palmetto Health team members and YMCA members: $150
Other referred patients: $200
*Payment plans are available.

Please note: participation requires physician referral. Talk to a physician at participating Palmetto Health offices (the program is currently referred through Markowitz and Associates, University Family Medicine and Lakeview Family Practice).

Ready to sign up or have questions? Contact us.