Partner Profile: Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
Location: Columbia, SC
Mission: More than 80,000 children are treated each year at the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. Step in the doors and you’ll immediately know you are surrounded by people who have dedicated their lives to caring for children. You’ll find kid friendly features everywhere and a skilled team of pediatric professionals all located under one roof and sharing one goal — to provide coordinated, compassionate care to South Carolina’s children and their families.
Every detail has been carefully considered so that families can focus on their child’s well-being while a team of pediatric experts takes care of their child’s medical needs. The state’s first freestanding Children’s Hospital offers family-centered patient rooms, playrooms. Family spaces make it easy for parents to stay close to their children throughout hospital stays and during outpatient treatments.
How Colonial Life supports the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital: Since 2002, the B106.7 Radiothon has raised money for the hospital – bringing in nearly $164,000 in donations in two short days in February 2016. Colonial Life has partnered with the children’s hospital and the radio station by sponsoring the phone bank since 2013. Nearly 20 Colonial Life employees volunteer in shifts to take pledge calls and perform other tasks during the Radiothon this year. Colonial Life President/ CEO Tim Arnold presented a check for $10,000 to Tony Clyburn at B106.7 to wrap up the Radiothon (photo at right).
Why? “In 2014, some dear friends of mine had a very sick baby who ended up having surgery at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. I’m pleased to say that sick baby is now a healthy and thriving toddler. That is the main reason I support this organization,” said Jessica Reece, a senior product specialist with Colonial Life who has been involved with the Radiothon for two years. “Volunteering at the Radiothon is truly rewarding. Last year while volunteering, I had the opportunity to meet a boy who wanted to give a donation to ‘his hospital.’ He was also a former patient. His mother shared that he divides his money in three equal buckets: savings, his church and ‘his hospital.’ Meeting this child made such an impression on me. I will be forever touched by his spirit.”