On Tuesday, Oct. 2, Palmetto Health gathered to celebrate the topping out of its new hospital, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge . The highlight of the ceremony was the placement of the last steel beam at the top of the hospital, which is scheduled to open in December 2013. While there remains a great deal of work to be done to complete the project, the trees hoisted by the crane along with the final beam represent the safe and successful attainment of the highest point as we establish our roots in Columbia’s northwest area.

Palmetto Health representatives were joined by employees of Rodgers Builders, JHS Architecture and HKS Architects for the topping out. “Building a brand new hospital like Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge is really a dream come true, one that healthcare organizations rarely are able to undertake,” President John Singerling told the assembled group.

Baptist Parkridge will provide high-quality, state-of-the-art inpatient, medical, surgical and emergency care to residents of Irmo, Harbison, Chapin, Dutch Fork and surrounding areas.