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Currents Oct. 7
To Medical Center Employees:
In the weeks ahead we will hold a series of medical center town hall
meetings. The town hall meeting schedule is below and additional
sessions may be added as needed. Topics will include an update on our
goals, with a particular focus on efforts to improve our financial
In recent months we have worked diligently to reduce costs and increase
patient volume while ensuring for compassionate high quality care.
Although we have made good progress in identifying cost savings, it has
become clear that the medical center will be unable to fund merit pay
adjustments this year. We expect to fund some market equity adjustments
in January for highly competitive jobs. Additional details will be
disseminated to the directors and managers in the weeks ahead.
MUHA is not immune from the current economic situation and like other
businesses, we are experiencing some tough times. We are making good
progress in controlling our costs and this work will continue.
Everyone’s understanding and support is needed. MUHA has weathered
financial difficulty in the past, and in the long run we will be a
Thank you very much.
President for Clinical Operations
Executive Director, MUSC Medical Center
Oct.13, 11 a.m., IOP; Oct. 14, 2 p.m., SEI Auditorium; Oct. 17, 10:30
a.m., ART; Oct. 21, 11 a.m., 2 W Amphitheater; Oct. 22, 7:30 a.m., 2 W
Amphitheater; Oct. 27, 3 p.m., ART; Oct. 28, 3:30 p.m., IOP; and Oct.
29, 1 p.m., SEI Auditorium
People—Fostering employee pride
Herbert, IOP administrator and
hospital chair for the 2008 Trident United Way (TUW) campaign at MUSC,
addressed managers and introduced TUW guest Tom Walker.
Walker spoke about the TUW organization and how the program has
continually brought together people, businesses, government and
agencies to help identify service problems and find solutions to assist
Walker specifically spoke of the success at the Children’s Medical Home
in North Charleston, and of Andre and his mother. The home is a model
for providing primary care services to the Lowcountry’s
Medicaid-eligible and uninsured children. The program is a partnership
between MUSC and TUW.
Walker urged employees to consider partnering with TUW and assist
others like Andre seeking short-term medical care, plus other needs in
the community. TUW donations fund this and similar programs that can
help make a difference in the lives of children in South Carolina.
According to Walker, about 86 cents out of every dollar pledged to TUW
stays locally to help fund various programs. Donors can submit their
gift via pledge card or give electronically through payroll deduction
starting in January. MUSC’s 2008 campaign goal is $215,000, which
continues until Dec. 15.
“The TUW is a great way to remind MUSC employees to take a moment and
look beyond ourselves and needs and pay attention to the needs of
others in our community,” said Herbert.
- Tuition Assistance Policy (#17, Section A)—Modifications
were made for eligible employees, who are working in a regular,
permanent position and must have successfully completed the one-year
- Tuition Assistance Policy (Section B) – Maximum tuition
assistance is $5,250 per fiscal year. This modification goes into
affect with prior tuition assistance course work approval after Oct. 6.
q Certification Incentive—Effective Jan. 1, certification
incentive one-time lump-sum bonus will be $750.
- Recertification incentive is up to $500 and requires
supporting documentation. q Hiring bonus—Effective immediately,
no new hiring bonus(es) will be offered. Exceptions will be addressed
on a case-by-case basis and requires the approval of the vice president
for clinical operations and executive director.
- 2008 Employee Service Awards Ceremony— Rescheduled for 3
p.m., Nov. 5, Room 100, Basic Science Building.
- Benefit Enrollment—Briefings will take place at 2W
Amphitheater—4:15 p.m., Oct. 10; 3:15 p.m., Oct. 14; 10 p.m., Oct. 15;
1:15 p.m., Oct. 16; 12:15 p.m., Oct. 21; 12:15 p.m., Oct. 22; 8:15
a.m., Oct. 24; 10 p.m., Oct. 29; and 1:15 p.m., Oct. 30. ART
Auditorium—12:15 p.m., Oct. 6; 12:15 p.m., Oct. 17 and 8:15 a.m., Oct.
- Benefits Fair—9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 15, Children’s
- University Employees working at MUHA weekly time
record—Effective Sept. 28 to Oct. 11, the pay period for MUHA employees
who also are university employees (primary employer) will utilize the
new time record form and should be faxed directly to Ron Straub,
Payroll, 792-8591 (fax). Forms may be accessed on the MUHA HR Web site
under forms. For information, contact Patty Burn, 792-7544.
Benefit for the
- Separation Notice Forms—Original notice forms should be
sent to MUHA HR with supporting documentation; a copy of the notice is
sent to Payroll. To access a copy of the notice, visit the HR forms Web
Linda Formby, R.N., Infection Control and Prevention manager, announced
that this month’s benefit is the availability of the flu vaccine, free
of charge, for all MUSC employees from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 15 and
16, at the tents in front of the Library/Education Center and Ashley
MUSC, MUHA, UMA, MUSC volunteers, Dietary/Sodexho and Crothall staff
are eligible. Students can receive the vaccine at the tent at the
Library location. Volunteers, especially nurses, are needed for both
days and locations.
Flu vaccine also will be available for MUSC employees at adult ED
locations from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m., everyday beginning Oct. 17. Flu
vaccines also will be offered during Wellness Wednesdays, from Oct. 22
through Nov. 26 in the Children’s Hospital lobby and possibly at ART.
Bring a completed flu consent form to take advantage of the “express
lane” at distribution locations. Volunteers for both Wellness Wednesday
locations are still needed.
Last year, managers requested flu vaccine and supplies to help
vaccinate their own staff.
Managers are encouraged to participate again in 2008. To locate the
form to request vaccine for your staff, visit http://mcintranet.musc.edu/ehs/flu_2008.htm
The deadline is Oct. 10. For information, contact Formby at 792-4308 or
Department educators should provide influenza vaccination education
using the PowerPoint presentation and bulleted info sheet available on
the Education Rollout Committee Web site.
Education roll out update
Laurie Zone-Smith, Ph.D., R.N., manager for the Center for Professional
Development and Clinical Education Resources and interim manager,
Dialysis and Hemapheresis, reviewed the minutes from the Sept. 18 and
Oct. 2 meetings. She reviewed details about the revised chart
audit/pain reassessment documentation; MAR discrepancy process; NDNQI
data collection process (suspended Sept. 8); quality indicators in
nursing intensity database; cardiac monitoring; Get it Done patient
influenza vaccine program; blood borne pathogen protocol; UTI
prevention bundle and syringe/needle disposal safety.
- Kathy Wanstall, R.N., was named 10E interim nurse manager.
- Sharon DeGrace, R.N., Medicine Acute and Critical
Care Service Line administrator, reviewed changes to support the
medical center’s new standardized models for ICU. DeGrace announced
that the operations coordinator position within Medicine Acute and
Critical Care was changed to a joint director position for both areas.
- Seasons, IOP’s partial hospitalization program that offers
intensive outpatient services, completed the partial Joint Commission
survey on Oct. 2. There were no recommendations.
- The next communications meeting is Oct. 21.
Friday, Oct. 10, 2008
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