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Institute main elevators
Rumor has it that the main elevators are structurally unsafe and that
there is some confusion as to who is fiscally responsible. And until
that can be resolved, which could be months or more, the only elevator
for the eight floor building is the well hidden one at the back
entrance. Is any of this true?
Answer: The elevators in
Storm Eye Institute are inspected regularly for operation and safety,
as are all MUSC elevators. The two elevators you mention were found to
have a stabilizing support in need of repair. This support provides
horizontal stability. It was repaired and the elevator was put back in
service. Many of MUSC facilities have costs shared by university
entities. When a need is identified, management assigns financial
responsibility so the repairs can be made.
Is it true that the service lines are just an excuse to give current
directors a raise? Since no outside applicants were hired, it sure
looks that way.
Answer: It is not true
that service lines are just an excuse to give directors a raise. In
previous Currents newsletters the purpose of service lines has been
explained. For additional information, contact Pat Cawley, M.D., or
Stuart Smith. The service line administrator and medical director's
positions were posted. To the extent possible, it is in the medical
center’s best interest to first consider internal candidates.
First, I want to thank you for your timely response to my question
regarding parking motorcycles under ART. However, when I attempted to
park in the Courtenay Garage, as you recommended, I was unable to get a
ticket or open (trip) the gate. The attendant kindly directed me to the
proper gate, but stated that motorcycle parking was not free. Is this
parking is free in the Courtenay Garage as long as you park in the
motorcycle parking areas on floors three and four. The gate sensor will
not consistently detect motorcycles. Call Brenda Marcelais, Parking
Management, at 478-7022 for garage entry and exit procedures for
I owe a great deal of money on a helicopter ride that I did not approve
from a car accident that I did not expect. I was wondering why the
state health plan does not provide coverage on emergency transportation
from an accident 70 miles from MUSC to the state capital.
Answer: This is an issue
that should be discussed with the billing department of the hospital
that treated you following your accident. Additional information since
original response was posted: The MUHA benefits manager has been in
touch with the State Employee Insurance Program (EIP). Based on his
discussion with EIP, he suggests that you appeal this denial since this
transport was medically necessary rather than simply a convenience.
There is a possibility that the cost of the transport may be covered
through an appeal. The appeal process is typically detailed on the
bottom of the Explanation of Benefits that is received by the patients.
If you have other related questions, contact Mark Stimpson, medical
center manager of Human Resources Benefits and Records.
Last Thursday night I was waiting for the 8:38 p.m. bus outside the
Wellness Center, where I always have, and at 8:45 p.m. there was still
no bus. At this time a bus came up along ART, where they drop us off in
the mornings, turned right and proceeded on to the main hospital. I
walked to the main hospital to catch it there. Did the bus schedule
change and are we supposed to be waiting somewhere else now?
Answer: The ART bus stop
was permanently moved to the Ralph Johnson side of ART for all times,
morning, evening and mid-day. This was done in conjunction with
expanding the CARTA Medical Shuttle to include ART. The only time buses
will stop on Courtenay to serve ART is if flooding or other traffic
concerns cut off access to Ralph Johnson via Bee Street. In these
cases, a sign will be placed at the Ralph Johnson stop to let people
know the stop is temporarily moved.
I am asking for clarification to a response I saw to a question
regarding employer match to the 401K. It was stated there is no
employer match to an employee’s 401K contributions. Each time employees
contribute 6.5 percent of their pay to either the state pension plan or
the optional retirement plan, the medical center is required to send
the retirement system 12.63 percent of each employee's pay. I thought
employees contribute 6.5 percent of their pay, and MUSC contributes 6
percent toward the retirement plan. (varies from 6 percent to 6.5
percent depending on plan) Your response makes it seem that MUSC take
12 percent of an employee's pay out of the employee’s paycheck. Please
Answer: When an employee
has 6.5 percent of pay deducted and sent to the retirement system, MUHA
is required to send them 12.63 percent of each employee's pay—these
dollars are paid by MUHA, not employees.
I heard that in Ashley River Tower (ART) there is an elevator (E11)
that will stop in between floors, and that a response time is one to
two hours before someone can get you out. Since there have been several
mishaps with ART elevators why we don't have an emergency response team
with experience for this type of event?
Answer: Ashley River
Tower has 16 elevators for patient, the public and staff use. The
elevators, installed by Thyssen Krupp, are under warranty. Several
outages have been experienced using the elevators since opening. Most
of the outages have been related to computerized controls for starting,
stopping and floor selection. Thyssen Krupp has acknowledged the
problem and has been making repairs and replacing parts as needed. MUSC
standard elevator maintenance contracts call for elevator response time
of two hours campuswide after hours. Until ART elevators’ problems are
resolved and service is reliable service, a 30 minute response time
between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and a 60 minute response time after
hours will be required. (ART only).
I have heard that Easter is not considered a holiday because it falls
on a Sunday, as opposed to it falling during the week. Why are
employees who are required to work on the weekends not receiving
holiday pay for this holiday?
Answer: The medical
center’s Human Resources policy 18, Paid Time Off, outlines the seven
designated holidays. Holiday differential is authorized for eligible
hourly-paid employees whose work shift begins during the designated
holiday. Please refer to the Human Resources policy 15, Compensation
for additional details or contact your manager. Visit http://mcintranet.musc.edu/hr/documents/POLICY15-COMPENSATION.pdf.
Reproduced from http://www.musc.edu/rumor/.
Friday, April 4, 2008
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