The PGA of America has announced MUSC Health, South Carolina’s only comprehensive academic medical center and the No. 1 ranked hospital in the state by U.S. News & World Report, as the Official Medical Services Provider of the 2021 PGA Championship, to be held May 17 – 23 at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. MUSC Health offers advanced care across South Carolina through hospitals, an extensive network of doctors’ offices and telehealth.
For the past six months, MUSC Health has assisted the PGA Championship team in developing its extensive medical, health and hygiene plans for the upcoming event. MUSC Health will help promote a responsible environment at the 2021 PGA Championship by providing on-site medical services for spectators, players, caddies, volunteers, vendors and staff.
In 2020, MUSC Health launched Back2Business, a program designed to help business owners and organizations reopen during COVID-19 smoothly and seamlessly, and follow the latest evidence-based guidelines for maintaining a safe environment.
“As we prepare to welcome spectators back to the PGA Championship, public health continues to be our top priority, which is why we are proud to partner with MUSC Health to responsibly host this world-class event in Charleston,” said Ryan Ogle, PGA Championship Director. “We are incredibly thankful for the expertise and guidance that MUSC Health has provided our team throughout the planning process and look forward to having their knowledgeable medical experts on-site at the event.”
MUSC Health will provide medical supplies, EMS services and a team of medical professionals to staff the event’s first-aid stations, which will be located near the Main Spectator Entrance and Hole 11 Green. It will also offer on-call specialists and general services for all players and caddies throughout Championship Week, as well as COVID-19 testing for up to 250 PGA staff and vendors.
“Supporting this major golf championship event with medical services signals a return to more normal activities post-pandemic,” said Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., MUSC Health system CEO and vice president of Health Affairs, University. “Public health is the number one priority and our team continues to work diligently to deliver health care services for our community.”
The PGA of America announced in February that the PGA Championship would be played with a limited number of spectators on-site, a decision made in coordination with the state of South Carolina, MUSC Health and CDC guidelines.
Under the guidance of MUSC Health and public health officials, the PGA Championship will implement COVID-19 protocols that align with national, state and local guidelines. All stakeholders are encouraged to review the PGA Championship’s Commitment to Health before arriving on-site to learn more about the event’s health and wellness measures. The following COVID-19 procedures, among others, will be in place for the 2021 PGA Championship:
Face coverings will be required for all spectators, staff and volunteers, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, and should be worn at all times (indoors, outdoors or when riding any PGA-operated shuttle).
All spectators, staff and volunteers are expected to maintain appropriate social distancing at the Championship.
Sanitation stations will be available throughout the grounds and regular handwashing is encouraged. Spectators will be permitted to bring their own hand sanitizers and facial coverings.
The PGA Championship features 156 players competing annually for the Wanamaker Trophy, one of golf’s most prized possessions. To stay updated on the latest PGA Championship news, visit PGAChampionship.com, follow @PGAChampionship on Twitter and Instagram or go to facebook.com/pgachampionship.
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