South Carolina hospital systems get new name after merger
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two hospital systems in South Carolina are getting a new name after their merger.
Palmetto Health in Columbia and Greenville Health say their combined operation will be known as Prisma.
The two systems agreed to merge in November.
Hospitals will keep their names, like Baptist and Richland in Columbia, Tuomey in Sumter, Greenville Memorial and Laurens County.
The Palmetto Health-Greenville Health System merger forms the largest health system in South Carolina with 13 hospitals and 1.2 million patients annually.
The companies are expected to generate nearly $4 billion in annual net revenue. The system is the largest private employer in South Carolina with more than 28,000 health care workers and 2,800 physicians.
Columbia health consultant Lynn Bailey says using non-regional names has become a trend among growing hospital systems.