Center for Health Professional Training and Emergency Response (CHPTER)

Mission & Goals

Mission Statement

CHPTER is a ground-breaking community project, serving as South Carolina’s first collaborative emergency preparedness training center for patient care providers.  Unlike most disaster training courses, CHPTER has developed training for all providers of patient care during a disaster -- including clinicians, hospital workers, mental health providers, public safety, community volunteers and local business owners and employees.  Through inter-professional collaboration with our community coalition, we will directly train hundreds of care providers each year and-via our Train the Trainer modules-hundreds to thousands more.  We believe our training will help enhance surge capability in our region by giving disaster care providers hands-on lessons that will protect and save patient lives.


  • Consolidate and improve existing emergency preparedness training (EPT) resources around the region, reducing training costs. 
  • Develop regional coalition of hospital, public health, private, governmental and NGO emergency preparedness stakeholders.
  • Utilize existing community resources - to ensure that patient care providers receive state-of-the-art training
  • Develop clinically-relevant and customizable EPT scenarios that measure trainee performance to save lives during a disaster.
  • Foster regional Homeland Security by training hundreds of patient care providers each year and—via web-based ‘Train the Trainer’ modules—hundreds to thousands more.