Wellness and Fitness

Wellness and Fitness Opportunities at Palmetto Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine



All Palmetto Health employees receive special rates on all YMCA of Columbia membership levels, and a special discount of $7 per pay period is available for employees to access either of the Y-Express sites on the Richland and Baptist campuses. Taking advantage of both Y-Express sites and a downtown YMCA membership is only $12.50 per pay period.

Strom Thurmond Wellness Center

The new Strom Thurmond Wellness Center on the USC campus requires a USC ID and offers a discounted membership fee. Full-time residents and physicians are welcome to the facility. A faculty/staff membership application can be obtained through the GME office and should be completed. Membership fees for faculty and staff are $20 per month.  Residents can visit the business desk Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Cash or credit cards are accepted, and a valid USC School of Medicine ID badge must be presented.

Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center

There is no charge to use the USC Blatt PE Center unless you bring a guest, in which case a small fee is requested. Call 803-777-5261 for more information about fees. A USC ID is required.


Sometimes life can be a bit overwhelming both at home and at work, and reaching out to friends or family may not always provide you with all the help you need. This is the reason Palmetto Health Counseling offers the E-CARE Program. E-CARE provides counseling, assessment, referral and education services for Palmetto Health employees. Learn more about E-CARE programs for Palmetto Health employees here, or contact Palmetto Health Counseling at 803-296-5879 for more information.