Practice Overview and History

Dr. Thomas A. PittsPitts Radiology was founded in 1923 by Dr. Thomas A. Pitts, who was the first radiologist to practice at Baptist and Providence Hospitals in Columbia. He was a very influential physician in statewide medical affairs and in national radiology societies. Dr. Pitts died in 1991 at the age of 97. Over the years, the professional association has grown to over 27 radiologists who provide broad-based imaging services for the greater Columbia metropolitan and surrounding areas.

A long standing association has been maintained with Palmetto Health Baptist and Providence Hospital. The practice began serving Newberry County Memorial Hospital in 1993 and Palmetto Health Richland in 2005.

Due to close alliance with hospitals, population growth and leadership, Pitts Radiology has enjoyed continued growth and expansion of diagnostic services. There is now a well-balanced imaging workload consisting of routine radiography, fluoroscopy, CT, ultrasound, MRI, angiography, interventional procedures, mammography Palmetto Health Baptistand nuclear medicine including PET and PET/CT. In recent years, the group, along with the hospital departments, has been integrating digital imaging and PACS into clinical practice. Our largest sites, Palmetto Health Baptist and Richland have been virtually filmless since 1998, and introduced full field digital mammography to the region in 2004. Providence Hospital and Providence Northeast went live with PACS in 2004.

Palmetto Health Baptist is a 489-bed regional referral facility which is one of the primary centers for health care in central South Carolina. It has a strong referral base in oncology as well as general surgery, medical, pediatric, orthopedic, Ob/Gyn, and psychiatric services. Pitts staffs four radiologists at Baptist each day. In March 1998, after two years of planning, Baptist Medical Center merged with their largest local competitor, Richland Memorial Hospital. This created the Palmetto Health Alliance, the largest healthcare system in the state.

Palmetto Health RichlandIn September 2005, Pitts began serving Palmetto Health Richland, a 649-bed level 1 trauma center, tertiary care facility and regional community teaching medical center. Six Pitts radiologists staff Richland daily. The state’s first free-standing heart hospital opened in 2006 on the Richland campus, and the Children's Hospital opened in 2008.

Palmetto Health Parkridge
Palmetto Health opened Parkridge, a satellite facility in March, 2004 in the rapidly growing Northwestern corridor of the area. It includes an imaging center, outpatient surgery and physician offices. Pitts Radiology staffs this facility with one radiologist each day. Future plans call for an urgent care center and a 100 to 250 bed hospital on this site.

Providence Hospital is a 240-bed private Catholic facility which serves as a major statewide referral center for cardiology and cardiovascular surgery services. It also provides general medical, surgical, ENT, orthopedic, and ophthalmology services. Pitts Radiology staffs the department with two radiologists.

Providence Hospital Providence Hospital Northeast

In April 1999, Providence opened a new satellite 46-bed community hospital in Northeast Richland County approximately ten miles from the downtown hospital. This is in a rapidly growing region and the hospital is expected to do well. The new hospital offers pediatric and Ob/Gyn services which are not currently being provided at the downtown hospital. The department is staffed with one radiologist daily. The hospital is constructed such that additional floors can be added for future expansion.



Newberry County Memorial HospitalNewberry County Memorial Hospital is a 100-bed facility located approximately 40 minutes from downtown Columbia. It serves as a rural primary care hospital for the residents of Newberry County. Coverage is provided by one radiologist daily. In April 2009, Newberry County Memorial Hospital came online with PACS utilizing Pitts Radiology's Amicas PACS.

A large private practice oncology center opened in January, 2004 (100,000+ square feet). It is equipped with two 16-slice CT scanners and PET/CT. Pitts Radiology staffs this facility with 1 ½ radiologists daily.

In addition to the above, Pitts Radiology also covers a freestanding imaging center and interprets plain films, CTs, and MRIs from several physician groups within the area.In August 2006, Pitts Radiology went live with its own PACS, allowing for more efficient service to physician groups in the area. Currently, two hospitals are utilizing our PACS and eight physician groups are fully utilizing our PACS and RIS solution, with additional growth expected in the coming years.