ADDRESSING THE ISSUES OF TODAY, FOR TOMORROW.

In support of its mission to improve the health, safety and well being of children, South Carolina Children’s Hospital Collaborative is working on numerous initiatives with the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children’s Trust, the South Carolina Children’s Advocacy Medical Response System, the Alliance for a Healthier SC, the state legislature, state agencies and other advocacy organizations to address a variety of issues impacting children. Below you will find the main initiatives that our team is dedicated to addressing. If there is an initiative you would like us to be aware of, please contact us today.
The Collaborative is participating in statewide efforts led by SC DHEC Emergency Medical Services for Children to develop a statewide pediatric disaster plan. Additionally, Collaborative member hospitals are updating the state’s mutual aid agreement for the children’s hospitals. This agreement outlines how the other children’s hospitals will assist in taking patients in the event of a disaster. Member hospitals and the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics will also share information and protocols to assist each other in disaster preparedness. Learn more about the importance of pediatric disaster planning.

The SC Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care Collaborative was formed in 2016 as a joint effort between providers throughout South Carolina. The collaborative’s goal is to focus on educational and advocacy issues that will improve the care of children with serious illnesses. Through educational, advocacy and clinical care efforts, the members of the SC Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care Collaborative enhance access to palliative care resources and support for patients, families and healthcare professionals. Members of the collaborative include MUSC Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health, Palmetto Children’s Hospital and Hands of Hope.

Telemedicine and Telehealth show great promise in providing services to underserved and rural areas. With funding from the Duke Endowment, the Collaborative is working to build a statewide pediatric network of Telehealth services. For the initial phase of development, each member hospital will be working on the following services:

  • Tele-consultation with pediatric critical care physicians. Each children’s hospital will initially work with two of their high-volume referring emergency departments.
  • Tele-consultation services with neonatologists at a children’s hospital for referring newborns or infants. Each children’s hospital will initially work with two high-volume referring nurseries.
  • Telemedicine equipment to equip each children’s hospital specialized ambulance transport vehicle(s).
  • Collaborative partners for the Telehealth network include:

The Collaborative is committed to improving the quality of services provided by our member hospitals and related providers. Collaborative member hospitals also participate in the nation’s only health engagement network exclusively for children’s hospitals: Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS). More than 100 children’s hospitals across the nation participate in SPS, collaborating continuously on quality improvement. This collaboration has been extremely effective in reducing harm, with SPS estimating a savings of more than $109 million and saving 5,897 from serious harm since 2012. The Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health and Advocacy at Greenville Health focuses on quality improvement through research and the development of pediatric outcome measures. MUSC operates the Charles P. Darby Children’s Research Institute, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to basic and translational research in children’s health.