November 2020
Happy Anniversary, PCC!
Join Palmetto Care Connections in celebrating 10 years of dedication assisting health care providers in connecting rural and underserved South Carolinians to quality services through broadband, technology and telehealth programs.

Video Credit: SCETV
Virtual Telehealth Summit
PCC hosted the 8th Annual Telehealth Summit of SC virtually on Oct. 9, 16, and 23. Sessions are still available on the platform! If you did not register, contact Davia Smith.

Congratulations to the 2020 Award Winners:

National Telehealth Champion
Congressman James Clyburn
US House of Representatives

State Telehealth Champion
James McElligott, MD
Medical University of South Carolina

Telehealth Advocate
Rick Foster, MD
Alliance for a Healthier SC (retired)

Telehealth Pioneer
Brenda Ratliff, MD
SC Department of Mental Health

Telehealth Innovator
McLeod Telehealth Team
McLeod Health

Telehealth Program of Excellence
MUSC TeleICU and ICU Innovations Program
Medical University of South Carolina
Congratulations to the Poster Award Winners:

Scientific Award Winner: “Comparison of Diagnostic Yield for Telegenetics versus In-Person Genetics Evaluations,” Author: Michael Lyons, Greenwood Genetic Center

Programmatic Award Winner: “Telenutrition Decreases Barriers to Surgery for Adolescents with Severe Obesity,” Authors: Molly Mills, RDN., LD; Sarah B. Hales, PhD; Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD; James McElligott, MD; Aaron Lesher, MD, MSCR, Medical University of South Carolina

People’s Choice Award Winner: “Serving Up Wellness Telehealth Education in S.C. Schools,” Author: Kimberly South, Prisma Health
New! Broadband Bytes and Telehealth Tidbits
Don't miss Broadband Bytes and Telehealth Tidbits (brief updates and announcements)
in our newsletter and on social media.
Don't Miss Up to 65% Savings!
Palmetto Care Connections can eligible entities save up to 65% on broadband and telecom circuits along with supporting infrastructure.

Filing Deadline: April 1, 2021
Contact Matt Hiatt for more information.
SCTA COVID-19 Resources
Would you like to offer telehealth to your patients? The SC Telehealth Alliance is offering its premium membership statewide at no cost to facilitate the use of telehealth services during this COVID-19 crisis.

In the News
Filing Window Open for Connected Care Pilot Program
The Connected Care Pilot Program will provide funding to cover 85% of the eligible costs of broadband connectivity, network equipment, and information services necessary to provide connected care services to the intended patient population.

Application Deadline: December 7, 2020.
McLeod Health Expanding Their Telehealth Services to Florence School District 2
-Carlos Flores

"McLeod Health has been working tirelessly to provide quality medical care to students in need through their school-based telehealth program."

MUSC Health Licenses Virtual Care Implementation Model to Telehealth Program Monitoring Program
-Jackie Drees

"Ignis Health, an analytics platform that measures virtual care program efficiency, recently licensed a telehealth implementation model roadmap from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston."

SCDMH Receives Grant Funding for Mobile Response Program
-SC Dept. of Mental Health

"The South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) has been awarded a federal grant in the amount of $6,403,686 to provide support to South Carolinians in rural areas who are experiencing mental health and substance use crises or have unmet treatment needs."

Upcoming Events
Diabetes Awareness Month
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina awarded $11.6 million in grants to Diabetes Free S.C. earlier this year.

Happy Nurse Practitioner Week
Happy Nurse Practitioner Week from PCC!
November 8-14, 2020

SC COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds
The Infectious Diseases Division of Prisma Health Medical Group is hosting the COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds Series on November 17, at 1pm-2pm. Registration is free. CEUs are available.

Celebrate the Power of Rural
The National State Offices of Rural Health (NSORH) celebrates the "power of rural" the third Thursday of November each year.