April 22, 2020
Dear Summer Camp Families,
It is with much regret and sadness that Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency (PHSSCA) must cancel our 2020 Sickle Cell Summer Enrichment Camp. With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors of Camp Carefree, the site where our camp is held, has decided not to host any camps this year. PHSSCA’s Board of Directors, our Executive Director, Kathy Norcott, and I, Monica Summers, Camp Director, respect their decision. The health of our campers, counselors, medical and support staff is our ultimate priority. There is currently no vaccine and no treatment for COVID-19, and we cannot risk any of our campers or staff being exposed.
For 36 years, PHSSCA has provided a summer enrichment camp for children living with sickle cell disease. This summer session would have been our 37th camp! Our camp is designed to encourage self-confidence and independence, improve social skills, and to foster peer relationships.
We understand some previous campers will be upset about our decision to close this year. However, the safety of our campers comes first. Campers that would have aged out this year will be able to come back next year for a wonderful camping experience! If you have already submitted a completed camp application, you will have a spot reserved for next year. However, an updated medical form will be required.
We will plan for a bigger and better camp for 2021! Please continue to follow the CDC COVID-19 recommended guidelines to help decrease the spread of the virus and practice social distancing.
Monica Summers, MPH
Modified Office Hours
Due to the coronavirus situation, we will be modifying our office hours.
Effective March 19, 2020, our staff will be working remotely from home. For the safety of our clients and staff, our offices will be closed to the general public. We made this decision based on the recommendations of Gov. Roy Cooper and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Please be aware that we did not make this decision lightly and we remain fully committed to serving our clients’ needs.
If you have an immediate need, please call your area office listed below. If you have an emergency call 911
Main Office (Greensboro): 1-800-733-8297
Charlotte (704) 910-2002
Fayetteville (910) 229-2393
Goldsboro (919) 288-2323
Jacksonville (910) 333-8713
Winston-Salem (336) 725-9181
Thank you for allowing us to serve you. Please stay safe and adhere to the restrictions that have been recommended.
Kathy M. Norcott
Sickle Cell Services, HIV Education & Outreach, Wellness and More!
Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency (PHSSCA) has served North Carolina communities since 1970. Our mission is to provide outreach, education, screening and case management for people with high-risk health problems. Our vision is to be a leading community-based preventive health and outreach agency for all people.
PHSSCA provides comprehensive sickle cell services in the following North Carolina counties: Alamance, Carteret, Caswell, Craven, Cumberland, Forsyth, Greene, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Mecklenburg, Pamlico, Randolph, Robeson, Rockingham and Wayne counties.
In addition to sickle cell services, we also provide many other vital services such as HIV/AIDS education and outreach, child development programs and free wellness clinics. Call us toll free at (800) 733-8297 to find out more about our services and how we can help you!