Kathy Schwarting



Palmetto Care Connections

Nonprofit Member

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Professional Bio

Kathy G. Schwarting, MHA serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Palmetto Care Connections, a non-profit telehealth network for SC that was founded in 2010. PCC works with existing telemedicine/telehealth providers to promote/expand their services as well as with new up and coming applications. PCC primarily focuses on improving access to care for rural/underserved populations. PCC serves as the administrator for South Carolina’s Broadband Consortium called the Palmetto State Providers Network (PSPN) which is used to ensure appropriate bandwidth for health care providers for telehealth services. Kathy also serves as the Co-Chair of the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) along with the Medical Director for MUSC Health which is responsible for building a statewide open-access telehealth network for SC and allocating funding for telehealth equipment, services and support as directed by the SC General Assembly. Kathy has more than 25 years of experience in rural health care.
Kathy received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and holds a Master of Health Administration degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She serves on numerous advisory boards throughout the state including: the South Carolina Health Information Exchange (SCHIEx), the Low Country Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC), the South Carolina Behavioral Health Coalition (SCBHC) Core Leadership and Policy & Advocacy Team, the Alliance for a Healthier SC Leadership and Policy & Advocacy Team, as well as the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance Advisory Board (SCTA). She also serves on the Advisory Board on a national level for The Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTel). She lives in the rural community of Bamberg, South Carolina.


Parent: Palmetto Care Connections

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Medical University of South Carolina 1995



2021 2021 NRHA Community Star

2021 2021 Rural Health Network of the Year

Areas of Expertise

Executive Management (ED/CEO)