Tom Bates Day Hospital
Each year, the Tom Bates Day Hospital provides family-friendly care for more than 2,500 children.
Simple IV hydration, antibiotic therapy and other selected interventions are provided at the Tom Bates Day Hospital, located on the second floor of Palmetto Health Children's Hospital. Open Monday through Friday, the day hospital is staffed by registered nurses with extensive pediatric experience, who can make children as comfortable as possible during treatment.
The Tom Bates Day Hospital offers shorter wait times and the care team has experience in assisting children with special health care needs.
7 Richland Medical Park Dr.
Columbia, SC 29203
803-434-7149 or 803-434-7954
In 2005, Palmetto Health Foundation launched a capital campaign to renovate and expand Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital to create an all-inclusive, freestanding pediatric hospital. During the campaign, Mary D. Dailey, a longtime Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital supporter, reached out to her friend, Tom Bates, a retired financial consultant, auditor and local philanthropist, to ask for his help. Bates was inspired by what he heard and gave a $1 million gift, the largest individual donation to the campaign. At Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, he saw the passion and commitment the staff had for patients. Their dedication affirmed his decision to help provide a place where children and families would receive family-focused care. His gift was used to name the Tom Bates Day Hospital.
“It gives you a natural high to be able to leave a legacy. It feels great to give a gift that will impact the lives of so many children and families.” Tom Bates, 2007.