WellSpent, the first conference in a much larger statewide initiative to bring together business and healthcare leaders, will be held this February as a major step toward solving many of the issues facing the economic impact of healthcare and wellness.
WellSpent’s goal is to educate, influence and persuade key stakeholders on the importance of healthcare for new or existing economic development efforts in order to improve and increase opportunities for business and the community of South Carolina as a whole, said Dr. Randy Vogenberg, board chairman of Employer Provider Interface Council (EPIC) of the Hospital Quality Foundation, which is the agency leading this effort.
“This is a start of something that we want to become much bigger and stronger,” Vogenberg said. “The main impetus is to get the right people at the table to start talking.”
There are five main goals of the conference: establish the need for private-public sector collaborations around the health of South Carolinians; address the current and future employees needed to support business development in the state; plug the healthcare gap to improve the well-being of the state’s population; build upon how employers and others have been trying to improve the well-being of their employees and family members; and explore partnership opportunities in specific areas of health needs that support both the current and future employees necessary for successful economic development.
WellSpent will be a half-day conference on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Poinsett Club in Greenville. More information on speakers and topics for breakout sessions during the conference will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
Developed by the EPIC in collaboration with Rotary District 7750, the Institute for Integrated Healthcare, and hosted by the South Carolina Business Coalition of Health, WellSpent’s steering committee includes representatives from a diverse group of organizations including the SC Business Coalition on Health, Michelin USA, USC Upstate, Greenville County, The Governor’s Office, Senator Tim Scott’s Office, SC Launch, LiveWell Greenville, the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina and more.
“The concept for this program focuses on the state’s economic development and healthcare towards a healthier business environment for new or existing companies primarily located in and service South Carolinians,” Vogenberg said.
The goal of WellSpent is to educate, influence and persuade key stakeholders on the importance of healthcare for new or existing economic development efforts to improve or increase opportunities for business and the community of South Carolina as a whole.