Palmetto Health and Providence Hospitals announced Monday that they plan to work together to develop a community health needs assessment for the Columbia area.
Nonprofit hospitals are required under the Affordable Care Act to put together community needs assessments every three years. Palmetto Health and Providence decided to work together on their plans. Hospital leaders will meet with state and local elected officials, major employers and community health organizations to develop the plan.
The goal is to determine gaps in services in the community and decide what the hospital systems might be able to do to meet those needs.