To Medical Center Employees:
nation celebrated Veterans’ Day on Nov. 11. Veterans’ Day is a special
day to honor the men and women who fought for our country during
wartime and those who dedicated their lives during peacetime. Many MUSC
employees are veterans, and we owe them deep appreciation for their
sacrifices to preserve our freedom and way of life.
This week the medical center management team will take part in our 12th
MUSC Excellence Leadership Development Institute (LDI). The LDIs serve
to make our management team better leaders. This week’s mini- LDI will
be held on campus. In order to accommodate all attendees we will have
two repeat half day sessions.
LDI topics will include: goals update with particular focus on the
financial goal; sustaining MUSC Excellence during challenging times; key MUST
HAVES including rounding and discharge phone calls; employee
perspectives survey organization-wide action plan; update on the new
compensation structure and evaluation system planned for next fiscal
year; and physician satisfaction survey results.
past six months the medical center has faced significant financial
challenges. The MUSC Excellence tools and practices have served us well
during this tough time. We are beginning to see some positive results
from our efforts and I remain optimistic that we will meet our goals
I want to thank everyone for your hard work in providing compassionate
and high quality care and service during these challenging times.
W. Stuart Smith
Vice President for Clinical Operations
and Executive Director, MUSC Medical Center
People—Fostering employee pride and loyalty
Gadsden, OCIO, Information Security Office, spoke to managers about the
institution’s need to be vigilant about maintaining different types of
sensitive data to the MUSC community. Any loss or breach of sensitive
data can have long-term and costly consequences for MUSC. Since laptops
and other mobile devices are high risk of being stolen or lost, Gadsden
alerted managers that confidentiality of that data is placed in serious
jeopardy. MUSC is required by law to notify, in writing, any individual
whose person-ally-identifiable information has been lost or exposed.
Any breach affecting more than 1,000 individuals must be reported to
the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs. Unfortunately, lost and stolen
laptops are one of the most common ways that organizations suffer data
losses. Fortunately, a technology known as full-disk encryption is
available, will encrypt the entire contents of the laptop’s hard
drive. It is considered an effective defense against data loss
and protects the confidentiality of information stored on the hard
drive during loss or theft of a laptop. OCIO acquired a site license
for McAfee Endpoint Encryption (formerly SafeBoot Encryption), a full
disk encryption product. Gadsden encour-ages this software be
installed on any computer where sensitive information is stored on the
hard drive. A team is ready to assist with software installation of the
encryption product. Call 792-9700.
Employee Benefit of the Month—November
Annie Lovering, R.N., Health 1st wellness coordinator, reminded
managers of the Nov. 20 worksite screening at Hollings Cancer Center.
The event, from 7 to 11 a.m., is open to employees who are
subscribers of the State Health Plan (Blue Choice/Companion, Cigna and
MUSC Options) interested in receiving a preventive health screening.
The screening, estimated to be a $200 value, is available for a $15
co-payment. The screening provides chemistry/lipid profiles, hemogram
and participants will receive a report within two to four weeks
of the screening. Employees without insurance or dependents pay $38 for
Preregistration and prepayment is required. For information, e-mail or call Beka Hardin by Nov. 18. at http://www.musc.edu/medcenter/health1st or call 792-9959.
- Deadline for the completion of CATTS lessons is Dec. 1.
- Position/Employee Action Request (PEARS) for New Hires must be submitted to MUHA HR the Wednesday prior to orientation.
- Terminating MUHA
employees should be instructed to meet with an HR representative prior
to leaving to complete necessary paperwork.
- Standardization of
unit files—this project will be forthcoming with a guide to utilize in
order to standardize filing within the unit personnel files.
- MUHA HR director Helena Bastian thanked all managers and staff for their work with the recent CMH transition.
Facilities/capital planning project update
Dennis Frazier, administrator for facilities and capital planning,
reviewed details of the CMH transfer of services to MUHA. Frazier has
been working with a 24-member CMH Transfer of Services Planning
Committee regarding this.
Care—Emergency Depart-ment and Transitional Care Unit;
Ancillary—Pharmacy, Laboratory Services and Radiology, etc.; Support—
Security, Environmental and Food Services, Maintenance, will continue
with modified operations in CMH/ McClennan Banks. CMH and McClennan
Banks will remain open and Kindred Hospital will remain at CMH.
- Other moves—7W to 10W; 2C to 7W.
- Current facilities
timeline includes: Peds ED (on Nov. 14, will undergo DHEC
certification), CMH ED to vacated Peds ED/Adult ED and TCU to 2C; Nov.
17-21-DHEC licensing for Peds ED, 10W and 9W. Nov. 18—7E to 9W and
February 2009, 9E construction completed.
also showed managers, via PowerPoint photos and plans, regarding
progress with other hospitalwide renovation projects throughout MUHA.
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, spoke to managers about topics from the Nov.
6 meeting. The team reviewed details with the Medical Emergency Team
Watch, antiocoagulation management/treat-ment and other projects.
Finance—Providing the highest value to patients while ensuring financial stability
Montgomery, vice president for finance and administration, reviewed the
university’s current financial situation. The state cuts are a response
of the current general economy, tax revenue, and downturn in personal
She reminded managers that the university receives its funds from three
resources—tuition, grant money (restricted funds) and state
appropriations. MUSC took a 30.92 percent cut or almost $30
million reduction from FY2001 to FY 2008.
Montgomery cautioned staff that the Board of Economic Advisors also has
indicated that additional cuts may be necessary given their projections
for the remainder of the year.
Other state institutions are handling budget cuts in various ways. On
Nov. 10, Clemson University imposed five unpaid days off for staff
during the next several months to help pay down $25 million in state
cuts from their FY budget.
MUSC continues to adjust after three rounds of state cuts imposed since
the start of the fiscal year, July 1, cutting almost $17 million or
17.58 percent from its overall budget.
Starting July 1, MUSC’s budget was cut by 2.68 percent; in August by 3
percent and in October, by 11.90 percent for a total of 17.58
percent or $16,834,529. As of early November, MUSC's college deans and
department heads have worked diligently to review information and make
recommendations to university leadership about budget reductions in
each of their areas. Currently, the university's projected total budget
reduction allocation is $15,443,934.
Montgomery also announced that MUSC will charge for patient parking
effective Nov. 17. Outpatient parking will be 75 cents per half-hour,
not to exceed $3; overnight, $6, and valet parking, $5.
The next meeting is Nov. 18.
Friday, Nov. 14, 2008