Case Study

Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital A Community-Focused Facility Where Mind, Body and Spirit Drives Customer-Focused Design

Irmo, South Carolina, USA

The Challenge

Prisma Health is committed to improving the physical, emotional and spiritual health of all individuals and communities they serve. The project’s primary objective called for the creation of a unique hospital experience that reflects local culture and provides needed regional access to high-quality health care.

The Design Solution

Located on 70 acres in northwest Columbia, the 76-bed, full-service community hospital serves the residents of Irmo, Harbison, Chapin, Dutch Fork and surrounding areas. At its core, the design of the new Parkridge facility is intrinsically tied to the unique characteristics of its location. Stemming from the desire to be a special place that is unique and memorable, the hospital’s design and landscape drew inspiration from the health system’s namesake, the palmetto tree. Indicative of strength, fortitude and nurturing, these characteristics inspired the form, function and material palette used to create a five-star experience.

The Design Impact

Efficient planning and lean operations enable caregivers to spend more quality time with patients and family members to create a guest-centered experience. Quality indoor and outdoor spaces offer moments of respite for patients, families and staff. “The Back Porch” is designed as a place of relaxation and reflection. The area includes picnic tables, a water feature, a prayer garden and a labyrinth, reflecting Palmetto’s Health goal to care for the entire person: mind, body and spirit.

The comprehensive health care facility is planned for incremental growth of up to 300 beds. It carries the Energy Star certification.

Project Features

  • 224,000 square feet (20,810 sm)
  • Five stories
  • 75 acres
  • 76 beds (with capacity up to 300)
  • ICU
  • Newborn nursery
  • Four operating rooms
  • Healing gardens
  • Energy Star certified


  • 2016 Design Award Citation, AIA South Carolina