In 1994, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) obtained federal grant funding to integrate the special treatment needs of pediatric patients into the state's EMS and hospital systems. This program became the South Carolina EMS for Children (SC EMSC) program.
The program is housed under the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). These national health agencies created specific Performance Measures to ensure optimal pediatric care is addressed and evaluated.
Currently, the program focuses on the required performance measures with an emphasis in education for pre-hospital and hospital providers on the care of the pediatric patient, pediatric medical equipment, and guidelines to promote better health care outcomes for children.
The EMSC program is advised by a committee of pediatric care experts from around the state. Each member provides insight and expertise to the program initiatives and helps to complete goals and performance measures. The advisory committee meets quarterly and is open to any interested stakeholders.