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MUSC Rumor Mill separates fact from fiction
I heard the university has plans for a women’s hospital, or at least a
new labor and delivery suite? Is it true?
Answer: At this time
there is not a plan to build a women’s hospital, but there is work
being done by NBBJ (architectural planning) to evaluate current space
in the perinatal areas as well as the Children’s Hospital to develop a
plan for the future. This would include renovating existing areas and
bringing them to a standard that would enable the space to be effective
through the next 15 to 20 years.
Rutledge parking garage
There needs to be some type of speeding enforcement. When employees are
driving into and exiting the garage, they tend to speed. I almost got
hit the other evening. Answer:
During the past two years, the Department of Public Safety has randomly
placed a radar cart in various garages on campus. This was done as an
enforcement measure in conjunction with the Office of Parking
Management’s public campaign to inform those using the garages of the
posted speed limits. The intent is to have those using the garages to
drive with caution, especially when entering and leaving the garages.
The speed limit in the garages is seven miles an hour. The Department
of Public Safety will continue to randomly deploy the radar cart in
order to keep vehicles from exceeding posted limits.
I heard there are many programs for students if they are having
financial problems, but no help if employees have financial trouble. Is
Answer: MUSC has an
Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which is a confidential counseling
service for its employees. While this office does not have access to
funding to assist employees, it has a qualified counselor who will
assist with behavioral counseling—for example: overspending as a result
This office also is able to make referrals to various agencies that may
be of assistance to employees who are in crisis (consumer credit
agencies, Trident United Way, etc). Employee Assistance Program may be
reached at 792-2848.
Simon Web Paging System
Is there a tracking system for Simon Web pages?
Simon-paged messages can be reviewed on Simonweb under personal profile
with secured login and password. Paged messages are stored for
seven days. All paged messages can be reviewed via the database.
They are reviewed randomly and upon request for quality management.
Patients have told me valet parking for handicapped patients is free at
Roper Hospital, but they are charged at ART for this service despite
the fact both hospitals use the same valet parking service. Is this
parking at ART is free if a mobility- impaired person is in the
vehicle. This is the same policy followed at Roper Hospital.
Do you think it might be possible for golf carts to pick up employees
from Ashley River Tower and take them to the bus stop? If you are not
out of ART on time, you must walk two blocks and then you've missed the
given the safety concerns that would result in putting golf carts into
such a congested area, it is not feasible to provide this service.
I am an employee, and I have heard that MUSC Excellence is going to be
implemented in clinical areas outside of the hospital and College of
Medicine. I hope that this is true, because the service mindset in some
of the non-MUHA, non-College of Medicine clinic areas is sub-optimal.
Answer: This rumor
is true. MUSC Excellence has already been implemented in MUHA, the
College of Medicine, the reporting lines of the Vice President for
Finance and Administration, and the Office of the CIO. Beginning in
July, all of MUSC’s colleges, the library and the reporting lines for
the Office of Academic Affairs/Provost began participating in the
Excellence program. Roll-out will include all non-medicine clinic
What is the new eyeball icon with the red circle with a negative line
(-) in the bottom right hand corner of some pages you see on the
Internet? Is this a real time way of monitoring staff Internet usage?
Answer: First, the
eyeball does not indicate someone else is watching you. Instead, it’s
your browser watching out for-you (with credit to Wikipedia). Cookies
are pieces of data sent by a server (the server hosting the Web site
you’re accessing) to your computer and then back. They can be used for
authentication and for maintaining information, such as the contents of
a form you’ve filled out. Because they can be used for tracking the
sites you visit, they are a privacy concern. This is where your browser
comes in. You can set your browser to accept cookies from everywhere,
accept no cookies from anyone, or some cookies from trusted sites. Most
people use the third kind of setting, “some cookies from trusted
sites.” When the eyeball or “universal ‘No’ sign” comes up in the
bottom right of your browser, it means the site you are visiting is
trying to send cookies your browser has been told to deny. When you
click on that icon, you can decide if you want the cookies delivered or
just leave them alone. Unless the blocking is causing you problems,
such as you’re trying to order a book but cannot enter the data, you
should leave them alone.
Why aren’t unit secretaries able to wear scrubs? Shouldn’t they at
least have the option of wearing scrubs if they want to? Most
secretaries come in contact with patients and other hazards. They also
get to wear scrubs at pretty much all doctors’ offices and such. Can’t
they just get assigned a specific color like all of the other groups?
Answer: Scrubs are
designated for clinical staff that provide hands-on patient care. The
unit secretaries dress code is ceil blue lab coat/warm-up jacket with
business attire to designate their role as a non-care giver.
Four 10-hour days
I’ve heard some people talk about four, 10-hour days a week work
schedules instead of five eight-hour days. Is this true? Is this going
to happen to people who work for the university?
departments have the ability to set schedules that result in employees
working four-day, 10-hour shifts. Generally, these departments must
ensure adequate coverage for the normal operating hours of the
university. There is no current plan to adopt a four-day, 10-hour shift
working schedule for the university as a whole.
New ICU beds
With a financial situation now arising, why was so much money allotted
for the expensive ICU beds in the MICU area? It might be nice for some
patients but to pay approximately $30,000 for each bed that chirps like
crickets or plays Mozart seems hefty.
purchased new beds to deliver optimal care to their critically ill
patients. Multiple studies have shown that music therapy is beneficial
to patients in that it reduces anxiety, delirium, and length of stay.
The beds are motorized to make transporting easier. Staff transporting
patients have expressed ease of use as they become more familiar with
The new location of the condiments in the cafeteria is awful. It causes
a lot of congestion. Also, are we so low on budget that we can’t afford
the single packets anymore? The mass dispensers are tacky.
Answer: Management of
the cafeteria changed to the bulk condiment dispensers because it is a
cost-saver to the hospital over the individual packets, which are more
expensive and have a high degree of waste. In addition, the bulk units
are more environmentally friendly. The new location actually causes
less congestion than having condiments in the busy servery.
Curtains for ART
I understand that curtains are being installed in ART's atrium for the
west facing glass wall. The gentleman installing the computer routing
said a program was being written for the different seasons/sun path. I
am curious if this will be a program based on the arc of the sun or
will it include temperature demands that vary at different times of the
year. Also what are the shades made of and how will it be controlled?
Answer: Shades are
being installed in the ART Conservatory. The entire west wall of
the conservatory is glass, which means a lot of sunlight throughout the
day. At various times of the day, the sun can be both blinding and hot
to visitors and staff in the conservatory and in adjacent rooms with
windows on the conservatory. The shades will help reduce the glare and
reduce the heat gain inside that the rays introduce. You may be
surprised to learn that the floor absorbs heat from the sun’s rays and
can be 10-20 degrees warmer than the surrounding areas. That sometimes
translates into a warm environment in some parts of the conservatory.
The shades are just like the other shades throughout ART. Woven from
vinyl coated polyester yarns, the shades have a density to match our
needs. The amount of light that can pass through them is managed by
perforations in the shade. When you look up, you’ll see some light and
it should be pleasing to the eye both inside and outside the
conservatory. How will they be controlled? The shades are very high up
and will need to be mechanized and controllable. Pulling cords won’t
work in this area. In simple terms, a computerized control will predict
the path of the sun in the sky each day of the year and help decide
when the shades need to be lowered. The program is essentially a simple
almanac database that knows the path of the sun. The data is used to
predict where the sun will be in the sky throughout the day when
looking out ART's Conservatory West wall windows. It considers sunny,
cloudy, and overcast skies during the day. It raises shades on summer
nights to help with cooling and lowers them in winter to reduce heat
loss in the conservatory.
Could you please clear up the rumors I keep hearing about the aquarium
parking for those that are involved. I have heard a lot of stories
about how the pay is going to be broken down for the time spent in the
aquarium garage. I have heard that $2 per day will be deducted for each
day missed. I have heard you get a base pay and every day you park
there increases your pay up to $300. Could you put the rumors to rest?
Answer: The aquarium
parking bonus will be paid out as follows: five-day times, eight hour
employees: $10 net per day parked; four-day times, 10-hour employees:
$12.50 per day parked. Usage will be verified through each individual’s
aquarium parking facility entry and exit record. The Office of Parking
Management will provide MUHA Human Resources a parking verification
report at the end of the program for final payout calculation. Payout
will be in the second pay period in October.
Every night I look at Harborview Office Tower and every single room is
lit up. Why doesn't MUSC try to conserve some energy by turning off
hallways and rooms have a minimum amount of emergency lighting for
safety reasons, and at night even these emergency lights will
illuminate enough to light up the windows. It is also necessary to have
lighting in the building at night in order for environmental services
to maintain the building.
Friday, Sept. 5, 2008
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