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The four major U.S. professional and scientific societies with an interest critical care the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) continue to work together to address issues common to members of all four organizations and the patients they serve. The Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) leverages its collective and multi-professional expertise to optimize the care of the critically ill and injured through communication, education, research, and advocacy.

Specifically, the CCSC:

Works in collaboration with clinicians, their patients and families, as well as with administrators, investigators, payers, and government agencies, to advocate for and advance the field of critical care; Facilitates communication and collaboration among its member societies to enhance the activities and accomplishments of each individual society; and identifies and accomplishes specific joint CCSC projects where advantage is gained through joint action.

The CCSC leadership meets in person each quarter and by conference calls as necessary to carry out the business of the Collaborative.  Additionally, to keep the critical care community informed of CCSC activities, the presidents of the four societies participate in a joint session at each Society’s annual clinical meeting.

History
Over the years the AACN, ATS, CHEST and SCCM had worked together on various projects sometimes including all four of the societies and at other times smaller combinations.  It wasn’t until workforce issues became a concern that the group began to coalesce.  In 1995 the first joint workforce committee was formed (COMPACCS) made up of the ATS, CHEST and SCCM.  In 2001 the group called itself the “Critical Care Workforce Partnership” which had expanded to include the AACN.  When the four societies began addressing issues in addition to workforce, the group referred to itself as the “Quad Societies”, “The Critical Care Partnership” and ultimately settled on the “Critical Care Societies Collaborative” in 2009.  This website demonstrates the wide variety of projects the group has addressed.  The CCSC is recognized by numerous U.S. government agencies and has a close working relationship with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   And with more than 150,000 dues paying members who care for the majority of critically ill and injured patients in the USA , no other entity better represents critical care providers or the patients they serve.

The four sponsoring societies of the CCSC are non-profit organizations under sections 501(C)(3) and 501(C)(6) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service code.  The activities of the CCSC all further the charitable mission of the parent organizations.  The CCSC is supported by the nearly 250 staff of the four sponsoring societies. Click here to contact the CCSC.

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