Rural Emergency Services Consultation

Over 30 EMS providers received their education and training through SCORH’s Rural EMT Tuition Assistance Program in 2017.

Residents in South Carolina’s rural communities rely heavily on their local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers to physically access emergency care when they need it. The American College of Emergency Physicians defines EMS as “a system of care for victims of sudden and serious illness or injury”. This pre-hospital resource serves the public in their greatest moment of weakness and need by treating and transporting patients to appropriate level of care facilities. As a result, rural EMS calls often mean longer transport times and transfers of complex patients to urban health care centers. SCORH provides assistance to these essential safety net providers with the specific goal of having well-trained EMS personnel in our rural communities. SCORH is home to the SC Rural EMT Tuition Assistance Program, a competitive scholarship award which provides subsidized funding for all levels of EMT training and education to those working in rural EMS. SCORH also serves as the state leader of the SC Community Paramedic Advisory Committee and participates in advising the state’s Community Paramedic Extended Pilot Program sponsored by the SC DHEC Bureau of EMS and Trauma.

Services provided:
We believe that rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are essential to a community’s well-being and are a major participant in the delivery of health care locally. In 1996, the EMS Agenda for the Future stated that “…Emergency Medical Services of the future will be community-based health management that is fully integrated with the overall health care system. It will improve community health and result in more appropriate use of acute health care resources”. In addition to our efforts to ensure a well-trained rural EMS workforce, we design our services to help prepare rural EMS agencies for the future.

  • SC Rural EMT Tuition Assistance Program
  • SC Community Paramedic Technical Assistance
  • Rural EMS Agency Technical Assistance
  • EMS Operational Assessments
  • Community Partner Development
  • Education and Training Support
  • Targeted Statewide and Local Training

Program Contact


Sarah Craig, MHA, CRCA