MUSC goes private
I heard that due to the budget restraints and overwhelming amount of
paper work that there is a behind the door consideration for the rest
of the university to break away as Medical University Hospital
Authority did. True or false?
False. There are no such discussions going on either behind or in front
of any doors. There is some discussion about whether the legislature
may be willing to grant some regulatory relief, especially in these
challenging financial times in order to make operations more efficient
and save money.
MUH has been giving an increased amount of parking tickets on night and
weekend shifts in the Courtenay Street garage and in front of
Charleston Memorial Hospital recently. Some employees have been parking
in the same spot since ART opened in February. Is this an attempt to
recoup some of the money MUSC lost, a new Public Safety officer or just
a crackdown on parking?
If an employee feels he or she was cited in error, an appeal can be
made during one of the regularly-scheduled hearing hours at the Office
of Parking Management or by special appointment with the hearing
officer. For questions about after hours and weekend parking locations
for employees, call 792-6770 or 478-7022.
UMA employees and budget cuts
No rumor, just looking for some clarification. Some UMA employees are
wondering how the budget cuts are going to effect them? There are so
many discrepancies between information given in writing and verbally,
regarding differences from college, hospital, state, private, etc.,
employees. We are expected to perform as one...one big supportive
family in crisis. I’m all for that, and for the patients, but there
needs to be better clarification as to how we are being affected as
separate departments and entities as we are obviously not
funded/operated the same.
On Nov. 24 MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., issued a
Broadcast Message to university faculty, staff and students explaining
measures being taken to address the reduction in state appropriations.
Greenberg also held a press conference explaining the university’s plan
which includes four days of furlough for 1,200 employees and the
elimination of some positions, most of which are occupied by temporary
employees. Understandably, Greenberg’s announce-ment will create some
confusion and a lot of questions among UMA employees. The furlough
announcement by Greenberg does not include UMA staff. UMA staff are
paid with funds generated by patient care services and not state
Who is responsible for deciding which areas of the hospital are cleaned
and the timing of the cleaning? The reason I ask is because I’m sick of
the main entrance and public and handicapped restrooms beside the
entrance being blocked off at 7:30 p.m. during peak time of staff
leaving and visitors coming. Although I’m an employee, I feel this is
very unwelcoming to the public and will not encourage potential
customers to utilize our services in the future, especially as the
housekeeping staff can be very rude if you have to cross the clean area
to get to the restrooms.
Currently daily cleaning of the public rest rooms for the main lobby is
provided on first and second shift with policing throughout the day and
evening. Floor care for the lobby is typically provided late second,
early third shift. It is possible the project work is being
performed at an inconvenient time. The cleaning staff will try to
push that to later hours in the future. With the volume of activity in
that area, multiple policing and routine cleaning of the rest rooms is
necessary and will continue.
Flu shot solicitation
Isn’t it a HIPAA violation for the nurses to camp out in the hallway
and yell, “Have you had your flu shot?” to all the employees walking
by? The answer to their question is my business. I feel like I’m being
rude if I don’t answer. I appreciate them being there and offering, but
I don’t like being questioned like that in public.
single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated. The
vaccine can help you from getting sick but just as important the flu
vaccine decreases the exposure our patients who are at high risk for
complications. It is not a HIPAA violation to be reminded whether you
have had your flu shot and you are not required to respond. I am sorry
you are offended by the approach to ensure health care providers are
Christmas tree lights
Why are we lighting a tree for a month when the university’s budget keeps getting cut.
While MUSC wants to preserve the spirit of the holiday season, the
staff also wants to conserve energy and save money. Accordingly, staff
will explore lighting the tree for a shorter period of time each night
and for a shorter number of days.
Movie at Ashley River Tower
I heard that the movie “Dear John” is being filmed at ART. How much money does that generate and where does that money go?
Some scenes from “Dear John” were filmed at the university and ART. The
expenses associated with filming, such as increased security and
cleaning, were paid for by the production company. Staff that
volunteered to be extras in the movie took paid time off and earned a
fee of $56 for eight hours from the production company. As part of the
location agreement, MUHA received a check for $6,000 that was donated
to the MUSC Stroke program to support patient education as it
correlates with one of the conditions featured in the film. While not a
lucrative venture, MUSC’s agreement to participate helped bring the
production to South Carolina, including a crew of hundreds to live and
work in the local and state economies for almost three months.
I am a new MUSC Wellness Center member. A coworker told me that there
are plans to demolish the Wellness Center in order to build a different
university building in its footprint, and that the athletic facilities
would not be replaced. Can you provide any further information
regarding this rumor?
Promoting the health and fitness of MUSC staff is a high priority. The
MUSC Wellness Center is on one of two sites that may be used for phase
two, next to ART. The other site is the present location of McClennan
Banks/CMH on the Calhoun side of ART.
I heard in an effort to increase employee moral in the setting of
financial cutbacks, the deli at ART has cut back portions yet kept the
price the same.
Answer: This rumor is unfounded. Portions are the same while prices continue to correspond with offerings.
Are the poinsettias in the cafeteria real?
Answer: The poinsettias in the cafeteria are artificial.
Working in other departments
I’ve been working here for six months and have been told that I
would have to wait a year if I want to work in a different department.
Answer: This is not accurate. Contact Lynn Campbell, employment and compensation manager, 792-1684 or your manager for clarification.
This is not a rumor, but I feel it needs to be addressed. Where has
AIDET gone? While walking through the hospital I passed at least 30
MUSC employees. Two spoke to me after I said ‘hello.’ The rest kept
racing through the halls. I had two employees not stick around two
extra seconds to hold the doors open for me. Employees need to realize
that AIDET not only applies to employee/patient contact but
Answer: AIDET should be used everywhere in the organization in all interactions with patients, families and peers/colleagues.
Reproduced from http://www.carc.musc.edu/rumormill
Friday, Dec. 19, 2008