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I have heard that the Medical University Hospital Authority is under a
“de facto” hiring freeze. Is there any truth to this?
Answer: This is not
true. For employment opportunities, visit http://www.muscjobs.com. The
medical center is in a hiring slow-down period. During the past six to
eight months, the medical center work force has grown by more than 500
employees. The intent now is to balance staffing with patient care
needs and to get the costs under control. During this hiring slow down,
strong justification is needed to post and fill positions. Patient care
will not be compromised.
What about the people who work 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. parking?
Answer: Employees who
work outside the regular shifts should contact Parking Management to
discuss their particular circumstances.
Overtime—a thing of the
Is it true that MUSC is frowning upon overtime? I heard that because of
ART opening, managers are limiting the amount, if any, employees work.
should be monitored at all times. It should only be approved to cover
legitimate staffing needs. For additional information, refer to HR
Policy #15-Compensation, or contact Lynn Campbell, employment and
compensation manager at 792-1684.
Why is it so hard to find information about the cafeteria online? I am
trying to find out the fat and calorie content of one of their items,
but there is no information online. Answer: The site http://www.nutrition.musc.edu/nutrition.htm
lists all retail operations and its operating hours. It lists the
nutritional analysis of the majority of the food sold at the individual
serving stations. In addition, Mary Basel, the clinical nutrition
manager’s name and phone is listed. The retail manager’s contact
information is listed under the comment section.
I heard that managers receive bonuses if they meet or are below budget.
Is this true?
Answer: This is not
true. However, managers’ merit/performance pay is directly aligned with
achievement of MUSC's pillar-based goals including the financial goals.
Are you allowed to walk on campus and smoke?
Answer: The MUSC
smoking policy limits smoking to designated areas only. Smokers walking
to or from work are not exempted from the policy. Managers and
supervisors should remind employees of the smoking limitations. MUSC
public safety officers are charged with assisting in the enforcement of
the policy. When these officers see individuals smoking in violation of
the policy, they will direct individuals to the nearest designated
This is more of a question than a rumor. Roper made its entire facility
smoke-free effective February 2007. Will MUSC ever try to do the same
campuswide? The smoking booths that are installed on campus are a
disgrace. The area around these booths is covered in cigarette butts.
Answer: MUSC has been
designated as a smoke-free campus. However, there is no state or local
law that allows MUSC to ban people from smoking out of doors. Until
such a law is passed that would provide MUSC with the ability to
enforce a campuswide ban on smoking, the best MUSC can do is to
establish the policy that is in effect which limits the areas where
individuals smoke on campus to the designated smoking shelters. The
MUSC Facilities and Engineering Grounds keeping crew will be asked to
increase efforts to keep these smoking areas as clean as possible.
It seems as if all the parking spots, both metered and non-metered in
the vicinity of MUSC, are constantly filled with cars with handicapped
tags. I have heard that many MUSC employees get these tags from their
doctors and are able to avoid the parking fees here at MUSC. This seems
unethical and I am not sure these are the kind of people we want
working at MUSC. Why can’t there be more done to prevent this abuse of
Answer: The on-street
metered and non-metered parking spaces found in the vicinity of MUSC
are the responsibility of the City of Charleston’s Parking Enforcement
unit. Recently, a new director of this unit was hired, and perhaps in
response to the Post and Courier publicity about the illegal parking,
the city is taking a more aggressive enforcement response to on- street
parking. Specifically, tickets are being issued to all those who park
for extended periods of time in these spaces. If the individual parking
in the space has a valid handicap hang tag or can justify parking in
the space for other acceptable reasons, then the ticket will be
forgiven. If no valid reason exists, the ticket will remain in force.
If an individual appeals a ticket and is not the individual to whom the
handicap hang tag was issued, then the hang tag will be confiscated and
additional fines will be levied. This more aggressive ticketing
approach should help resolve the illegal parking that is occurring
I’ve heard the retirement program will be eliminated for all new hires
effective Jan. 1, 2009.
Answer: MUHA has not
been informed officially or unofficially that the “retirement program”
will be going away for new employees hired after Jan. 1, 2009.
Recent legislative changes to the pension plan have already been
implemented to ensure its continued long-term good health.
New graphic on MUSC home
I observed a green bar at the top of the MUSC home page, “No news
is good news.” What is this about? A new hurricane message site or an
Excellence message bar?
Answer: Thank you for
bringing this to our attention. You are referring to a message where
MUSC emergency alerts will show if there are any. Absent any alerts
there is a default message. As a result of your question and comments,
the message has been changed to: “No MUSC Alerts,” which more
appropriately reflects the message MUSC wants to communicate.
I have heard that Chick-fil-A might be extending its hours to 9 p.m. so
the night shift staff can get food after change of shift.
Answer: There are no
plans to extend Chick-fil-A hours beyond 7 p.m. Both A la Carte Pizza
and Subway offer later dining hours.
Is it true that only MUHA employees will get the advantage of having
their parking fees cut in half in October?
Answer: It is true
the medical center has made funding arrangements to enable a lower
parking fee for medical center employees. The decision to fund the fee
adjustment for medical center employees was to a great degree based on
the highly competitive nature of the local health care market and our
need to strike a good balance on benefits provided. While the medical
center does not offer the generous state leave plan, it is believed
that a parking rate adjustment for medical center employees can help
with progress toward our goal to decrease turnover, improve quality of
care by maintaining experienced staff, and control costs associated
with recruitment and training of new hires.
More a comment, rather than a rumor. I actually read the broadcast
messages when they come out. Why then, on July 19, is there something
listed that happened July 18.
Answer: The broadcast
e-mail was submitted on July 16 at 4:23 p.m. The broadcast system is
programmed with a 4 p.m. deadline for next day broadcast. Anything
received after 4 p.m. will be broadcast after two working days (refer
to the policy link on the broadcast page which states, “Messages must
be received by 4 p.m. to be included in the next day’s broadcast e-mail
message; that is, any message received after 4 p.m. will be broadcast
after two working days. The sooner the messages are submitted, the
sooner they will be on the web site.” ).
I have heard that employees that are not in the MUSC parking system go
to the Hagood parking lot before 8 a.m. or after pretending to park
just to get a pass to park in the Ashley-Rutledge Parking Garage for
free. I don’t think this is fair especially for the employees who are
in the parking system. Most of those employees are the same ones
parking in the garage daily because they refuse to ride the MUSC bus.
Is they a way that parking management to issue the passes out at
Answer: When the
Hagood parking system reaches capacity, individuals receiving day
passes for alternate locations on campus must be registered to park in
the Hagood system have a Hagood hang tag. MUSC public safety officers
stationed at the Hagood lot confirm that the Hagood system has reached
capacity, and the individual to whom a day pass is being offered has a
legitimate Hagood hang tag.
Please answer the question about the operating room closing for two
weeks and the employees having to use their paid time off.
Answer: Options have
been discussed with all of the staff. The final details will be
communicated once the surgical services leaders know the final count of
operating rooms that will be able to remain open.
I am amazed at the amount of security guards on staff at ART. I always
see two or three at a time in a group at ART, but at the main hospital
I just do not see them much at all. Why do we have so many at ART?
Answer: There are
generally five officers assigned to each shift working at ART. An
officer is assigned to the entrance, parking garage security desk,
shift leader/patrol, and hospital patrol officer. The main hospital is
comparably staffed, but covers clinical sciences, Rutledge Tower,
Institute of Psychiatry, 135 Cannon, north tower, Children’s Hospital,
emergency departments and main hospital. You might have observed
officers in training and this does increase visibility of staffing.
Most urgent security responses require at least two officers, yet
security must be maintained at all areas.
No deductions on last pay check?
Is it true that there is no
insurance deductions on the last and third check for July?
Answer: Yes, this is correct.
The insurance deductions are taken from the first two paychecks of the
month. So, if there are three paychecks in a month the third check will
not have any insurance deductions.
Cafe at Hollings Cancer
The new cafe at Hollings Cancer Center will be here soon. It will be
the same owner who runs Blend across the street from the main hospital.
If it is true will they do payroll deduction for food purchases?
Answer: This is
operated by an outside vendor; therefore payroll deductions will not be
Cafeteria renovation in
the main hospital
I heard from one of the cafeteria employees in the main hospital that
renovations were to take place in July there. I know the carpets were
replaced, but isn’t it going to be reconfigured somehow?
renovation plans for the cafeteria have been designed and are now being
evaluated from a financial standpoint. More details will follow once
this process is completed.
I heard that if you clock out before 7:23, you do not get shift
must work at least four hours into the shift to receive the shift
differential. Exclusions to this apply when an employee is on-call and
required to return to work during an off shift. Refer to the Human
Resources Compensation Policy 15. For additional information, contact
Lynn Campbell, manager of employment and compensation, 792-1684 or
Friday, Aug. 1, 2008
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