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Is there any way to have more buses come by the Hagood lot for people
who come into work at 3 p.m? Can anything be done to help the evening
Management is working with Clinical Services Management to develop a
parking plan to help this group.
Is it true that employee parking locations are at times provided based
on who the employee is? It has been observed that while some wait years
for parking, it is odd that new department heads and some other staff
find their way into choice garages immediately.
Answer: MUSC parking
policy, approved by the university administration, provides that
individuals who are no more than two reports away from a vice president
or college dean are eligible for a parking assignment. A limited number
of parking assignments are made on the basis of this policy.
Is it true we will finally have the ability soon to use our badge to
pay for pharmacy purchases? It was so great to hear this!
Answer: Our goal is to
make this available as soon as practical in fiscal year 2009.
I have heard that when you are hired as a patient care technician
everyone gets paid at the same rate even if you are a certified nursing
assistant. Why are some patient care technicians who are new
employees getting paid more that others?
Answer: Applicable work
experience and education are considered when determining hourly rate of
pay. If additional information or clarification is needed, see your
manager or contact Rosie V. Smith or Lynn Campbell of the Medical
Center Human Resources Office.
for gastric bypass
Is there any chance that one of our health care plans here at MUSC will
cover gastric bypass or LAPBAND surgery anytime in the near future?
Answer: There are no
plans to add this benefit and it is unlikely that the state will add
this benefit in the near future given current State budget constraints.
patient seating in cafeteria
Is there a policy for giving patients and visitors priority seating in
the cafeteria? On a rainy day last week two employees were reluctant to
let a patient family with a sick baby have the booth they were planning
to sit at.
Answer: It’s difficult to
have policies that list in detail every behavior that would be
expected. Our Standards of Behavior policy does not explicitly cover
“giving up a booth in the cafeteria for patients and guests” but it
would be expected that common courtesy and good judgment would be used
by our employees.
Whatever happened to MUSC’s plans for having daycare services on campus
Answer: In April 2007,
MUSC initiated a pilot employer provided daycare at the Church of Holy
Communion. The center is named the MUSC Child Development Preschool and
is operated under contract with TodayCare Children’s Center LLC. See http://www.musc.edu/businessservices/childdevelopmentpreschool/
for details regarding enrollment, waitlist procedures, and contact
information. The director, Kim Hovren, will be glad to give tours on
request. Contact her at 805-8133.
Although our unit is part of the medical center, we are in another
building a couple of blocks away. There is no cafeteria or snack bar in
our building and our microwave is not working. When we asked about
purchasing another one, we were told that medical center funds could
not be used and we would have to take up a collection to purchase one.
Is this true?
Answer: It would appear
that the circumstances you describe would allow the staff in your area,
as an exception to the general policy, to be able to purchase a
microwave oven. Call the manager of purchasing services at 792-2002 to
get clarification as it pertains to your particular work site.
The parking situation has gotten to be ridiculous, and I hear many
people are considering working at other hospitals because of this.
Instead of only needing 10-15 minutes extra to get into Hagood and take
the bus, it is now taking 20-30 minutes. Are there any plans to fix the
situation? Why is there not a parking garage on the G lot?
administration and the Office of Parking Management are aware of the
parking challenges that employees are facing and are working
collaboratively to find potential relief. Please note that after
graduation, when MUSC students leave for the summer, more spaces will
be available in the Hagood system, which will help through the summer
months. Additionally, the opening of the Bee Street garage is scheduled
for the fall. Once opened, this 1,500 space garage will provide much
needed relief throughout the MUSC parking system. Building a garage on
G-lot is not an option.
I was told that there is no way to know what my merit raise will be for
an evaluation that was done in March. I have heard other rumors that
the 'merit' raises will be based on the outcome of patient satisfaction
Answer: Funds for merit
increases to be paid in January 2009 are determined during the budget
preparation process for the next business year that begins July 1 2008.
The budget for next year is being worked on and should be finalized in
late May or early June. For this reason there is no way to know exactly
what the percent increase will be in January. However, this information
will be available and shared with staff as soon as the budget is
approved. The other rumor sounds incomplete or distorted. The planning
for a revised employee evaluation process is ongoing and not yet
ride CARTA Express
I have heard a rumor, that as of July, we will be able to ride Carta
Express for free with our employee badge, and will not have to buy a
Answer: An official
announcement will be made to the campus soon outlining the details of
this change, but the answer to your inquiry is yes. Effective July 1
the MUSC ID badge will serve as your pass to ride CARTA Express.
Employees will not have to pay any additional fee or administrative
charge. The entire cost will be subsidized by the university and
Rumor has it that because MUSC only receives 6.5 percent of its overall
budget from the state, the idea that we can only afford a 1
percent (up to 3 percent with the match) annual increase is
Answer: The General
Assembly of South Carolina is responsible for establishing cost of
living adjustments (COLA) for state employees, if any, in any given
year. Regardless the amount of money it receives from the state, MUSC
is a state supported institution and cannot set COLA increases beyond
what the General Assembly authorizes. The latest information from
Columbia is that state employees will receive a 1 percent COLA
this year. This is subject to change until the final appropriations
bill is signed into law. Separate from the COLA, the executive
leadership of MUSC has committed to providing performance increases
this year and is working on the specifics through which these awards
can be made. Additional information regarding these pay increases will
be distributed to the campus community within the next few weeks.
Friday, May 9, 2008
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