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I heard that the sign in front of Charleston Memorial Hospital is going
to be changed to Courtenay Street Annex. Is that true?
Memorial Hospital will continue to operate under that name. A few staff
members of Ashley River Tower do have offices in McClennan-Banks and
Charleston Memorial Hospital, and that may be the source of this
I have known for a long time that when I use the copy machine , my
group or department has to pay a fee per copy. Many of the newer large
copy machines are networked and can scan to servers or computer
desktops and can e-mail documents directly from the Xerox machine. Is
it true that my group or department has to pay a fee for each scan just
as if I made a copy?
Answer: Xerox copiers
acquired through the state fixed price (cost per copy) should not
assign a cost directly for scanned images. The scan function is an
option, which is calculated and added into the overall cost per copy
for each paper copy from a device. Some Xerox devices do track scanned
images separately; however, these scans are not added directly to
calculate copier volumes. The Support and Contract Service Office
administrates the cost per copy contract and monitors copier volumes
for accuracy. For information, contact Roy Dingle, Support/Contract
Service manager, at 792-9787 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employees, family members
I have heard that when an employee is a patient that they are allowed
to use the patient parking facilities for the duration of the time of
their appointment/procedure. Is this correct? If a family member is
using a car with a parking decal and has an appointment/procedure, are
they allowed to use patient parking facilities as well? Answer: When an MUSC employee is at
MUSC as a patient he is authorized to park in patient facilities during
the time of the appointment. If an MUSC employee or family member as a
patient drives a vehicle on which an MUSC parking decal is displayed,
it would be helpful if the employee would give the parking office a
call (792-3665) prior to the appointment.
I heard that if someone has a death in the family that you can not
collect money for them. I believe that this is a very weird policy. I
believe that if you work with someone everyday, that you bond with
people and they become like family to you. How can you work with
someone and they have a death in the family and do nothing for them?
Answer: It is likely
there is some overinterpretation of the solicitation policy in this
case. Collection of voluntary personal (private) contributions in an
undisruptive and discreet manner to purchase flowers (or similar items)
for the purpose of expressing condolences for a colleague and friend is
not a violation of policy. However, it should be voluntary and
employees should not be pressured to make contributions.
Are smoking areas being
I have seen people smoking in the Horseshoe area who are not in the
designated smoking section. It might help to have No Smoking signs
Answer: Public Safety has
been asked to increase its patrol of the area. The need for additional
signage will be reviewed.
Prices in ART Cafe
Why are the prices in the ART Cafe so high? Paying $1.52 for a 20-ounce
soft drink, $5 for a ham sandwich, and $2 for a single breadstick seems
more than a little bit pricey.
Answer: The prices are
the same as the main hospital for similar items. In fact, the same cash
register program was copied to that system. Any new items are priced
with the same mark up as the main hospital.
ART motorcycle parking
I was informed that it would be at least six to 12 months before any
consideration to parking motorcycles in the ART garage would be
addressed. Is this true?
Answer: The parking area
under ART is restricted to handicapped parking for ART patients and
visitors, valet- parked patient vehicles and MUSC and other service and
delivery vehicles. Parking for motorcycles is provided in the Courtenay
Drive parking garage, which is adjacent to ART. The Courtenay Drive
garage includes space for two to three motorcycles on floors two
through five. These spaces are located on the south side of the garage
next to the southeast stairwell.
Hagood parking overflow
There are countless employees who are unable to find parking during the
morning hours at Hagood. Some employees who are scheduled to be here at
8:30 a.m. arrive before 7:30 a.m. to find a parking spot. There should
be more spaces available for the employees to park. I have heard rumors
that this may be turned into a parking garage. What are the plans, if
Answer: The City of
Charleston owns all but 175 spaces that make up the Hagood parking
system. (MUSC owns 175 spaces just south of Line Street). City planners
have noted that a garage could be build on the Hagood parking site;
however, alternative uses are also possible, to include office space,
retail areas, etc. To date, no final determination has been made by the
city regarding this area. The 1,500 space Bee Street garage is
scheduled for completion in the fall and will provide much needed
relief to the MUSC parking system.
I'm still trying to find out if anyone knows anything about the CARTA
Express extending into the Summerville area? I keep hearing rumors
about it but can't get a reply from anyone. As someone who lives in
Summerville the Express would be a great thing.
Answer: During its
January meeting, the Dorchester County Council indicated that it would
not support CARTA Express to Summerville. Instead, Dorchester County
will support a RTMA connection from Summerville to the North Charleston
Kmart on Rivers where riders can change buses and pick up the express.
Without county support, CARTA can’t afford to come to Summerville.
CARTA is developing an alternative plan to bring CARTA Express up
Dorchester Road to the Oakbrook area. CARTA leadership is seeking
support from the state government to fund this route independent of
county support. An announcement will be made if the route is
established and operating.
Starbucks in ART
I have heard the rumor that a Starbucks will open in ART. Any
idea when this will occur?
Answer: Management is in
the design phase now with Starbucks and construction will begin once
that is finalized, hopefully within the next two months.
Leaving work sick
I have been told by team members and my team leader that if you
come to work and start feeling ill and need to leave work, that if you
do not work at least five hours of the eight hour shift you will be
written up. Is this true?
Answer: Refer to Human
Resources Policy 10, Absenteeism for details regarding unscheduled
absences. Contact your manager or Eric Frisch, Employee Relations
manager, at 792-7908.
Smoking area by the main
This is not a rumor but a concern about the smoking area by the
Horseshoe. This area is littered with hundreds of cigarette butts now
and discarded empty cigarette packs. The butts are on the grass and in
the shrubbery. There are receptacles for the cigarette butts, but
evidently it’s too much trouble for some smokers to dispose of them
Answer: This has been
reported to the appropriate department.
Reproduced from http://www.musc.edu/rumor/.
Friday, March 7, 2008
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