Division of Emergency medicine

Center for Health Professional Training and Emergency Response(CHPTER)

Disaster: A way of Life- In 1886, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the Southeast destroyed communities in Charleston, leaving thousands of residents injured or homeless.  One hundred years later, in 1989, Hurricane Hugo forced evacuations across the region and caused over $7 Billion in damages. During the course of these events, the Medical University of South Carolina, Roper, St. Francis and other regional health care facilities provided timely, needed medical assistance to thousands of patients, particularly the underserved.

Health Security=Homeland Security-The next major disaster in our region—including but not limited to natural (e.g., hurricane), man-made (e.g., dirty bomb) and infectious (e.g., pandemic influenza) calamities will significantly impact hospitals and healthcare facilities faced with hundreds to thousands of patients who simultaneously require care. Unfortunately, health professionals are often unprepared and poorly trained to handle such disasters, posing grave risks to both patients and providers. As Hurricane Katrina showed, hospitals are key to disaster response, yet often overlooked when it comes to state/federal funding for emergency preparedness training.

 THE CENTER FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE (CHPTER) -CHPTER is a ground breaking community project, serving as South Carolina's first collaborative emergency preparedness training center for healthcare workers. CHPTER will fill a critical healthcare worker training gap and enhance surge capability in our region by giving health professionals hands on lessons that will protect and save patient lives.

 Through our community network, we will consolidate existing EPT resources and reduce training redundancy around the state, reducing training costs.  We will also utilize existing public resources -- such as our human patient simulators and an 11,000 ft2 technology center – to ensure that health care workers receive state-of-the-art training.  Once fully developed, CHPTER will directly train hundreds of health professionals each year and—via web-based ‘Train the Trainer’ modules—hundreds to thousands more.

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              Dr. Lancer A. Scott                                   

Founded by Dr. Scott in 2009, the Center for Health Professional Training for Emergency Response (CHPTER) is a ground-breaking community project, serving as South Carolina’s first collaborative EPT center for health professionals. CHPTER has the potential to deliver advanced, timely and cost-effective preparedness training to every health worker in the region. 

With a goal to improve health professional preparedness and readiness around the state, CHPTER is attracting a long list of regional experts including the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA), the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) and six Charleston hospitals.   Interested public institutions, non profit organizations, governmental entities, individuals or private ventures (CHPTER’s growing community coalition is partially listed below) should contact Dr. Scott at scottlan@musc.edu.  


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