YOUR COLLABORATION ASSOCIATION No individual hospital, agency or government body can solve the critical healthcare issues facing South Carolina single-handedly. It takes coordinated efforts and the best thinking of a wide range of medical experts, researchers and policymakers. SCHA frequently serves as the convener for wide-ranging, transformative and life-saving healthcare collaborations. From 2010 to 2013, SCHA led efforts to coordinate a wide range of fragmented healthcare initiatives and help build a healthier South Carolina. Those efforts resulted in the official formation of the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina, a broad coalition of state leaders working together to improve population health and advance health equity. In November, the Alliance released South Carolina’s first State Health Improvement Plan, establishing a blueprint for population health that will be a national model for other states to emulate. SCHA’s expertise in emergency preparedness helped give hospitals a seat at the table. We were stationed with the Emergency Management Division and SC DHEC when plans were being made to evacuate the coast in preparation for Hurricane Florence. That close
connection ensured South Carolina’s hospitals worked jointly with state emergency officials as we aided in transferring 225 patients to 27 facilities with zero harm events reported. In partnership with DHEC, we wrote and published Standard Operating Procedures for the 2018 hurricane season, which laid the foundation for Hurricane Florence preparedness and how we ensured value to hospitals throughout the event. We’ll make adjustments and use the framework for future hurricane seasons. Thanks to the Birth Outcomes Initiative, fewer babies are being born prematurely, and in 2017 South Carolina matched the lowest infant mortality rate ever recorded in our state. We united with the SC Medical Association and BlueCross BlueShield to advance the conversation on opioid abuse between patients and clinicians. SCHA is the backbone of the Behavioral Health Coalition, an unprecedented public-private coalition dedicated to improving mental health and well-being, and we have been the sponsoring organization for SC CARES, a collaboration to improve cardiac arrest survival, since 2015.
SCHA 2018 Annual Report