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March 17, 2020

SCHA: We’re Still Here

South Carolina’s hospitals and health systems are on the frontlines of a public health emergency we have not seen before. As state and federal leaders urge us to be safe and practice social distancing, we want you to know that SCHA is still here.

SCHA is following the recommended guidance of the CDC and therefore we will be working remotely until further notice. However, you will not see any interruption in our mission to serve as your chief advocate and provide you with the answers you need to respond to COVID-19.

In order to comply with recent directives from the President, Governor McMaster and public health officials, we will also be canceling all in-person SCHA meetings through the end of May. The SCHA team is working to reschedule those meetings or convert some of them to video conference so please stay tuned to our events calendar. We will continue to update events on our website and send you the latest information as we reschedule meetings.

SCHA is working through its own Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) as we continue to assist the state’s hospitals and health systems with their response to COVID-19. Employees have been issued the proper equipment to work from home and all SCHA staff will remain available to meet member needs and advance organizational priorities. And just like during hurricanes and other emergency events, the SCHA Disaster Team is on standby to answer your questions and advocate on your behalf.

As the state’s hospitals and health systems continue to battle COVID-19, SCHA will coordinate the latest guidance from state and federal officials and provide you the most recent updates from the field on things like visitor policies and drive-through testing sites. For the latest on these initiatives and more, please visit the SCHA COVID-19 page.