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MUSC Rumor Mill separates fact from fiction

Transplant Service
Is it true that Transplant Service has special permission to order all their patient testing as a stat priority, while the other services use routine to prioritize their patient’s testing needs?
Answer: This is not true.

Tuition reimbursement
I heard that tuition reimbursement for MUHA employees was dropped from $7,500 a year to $5,250. Then I was told it was dropped to $1,750. When looking in the human resources section of the intranet everything still says $7,500 a year. So which is right?
Answer: MUHA’s Human Resources Policy #17, Tuition Assistance, was modified in October 2008. The cap for tuition assistance did change from $7,500 per calendar year to $5,250 per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). The modification to the cap amount applied to request for tuition assistance for course work to be taken after the Oct.  6, 2008 effective date. Contact human resources at 792-9320 or your manager for additional information.

Where  is the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) rating sticker for the cafeteria posted? It is a legal requirement that it be posted in a prominent place; yet, after walking through the cafeteria recently I could not find it. I have heard that the latest DHEC rating is a C.
Answer: On Nov. 19, 2008, DHEC conducted an annual inspection on all food service operations in the main university hospital. All seven retail outlets maintained their A grade. The main kitchen was cited for several non-serious deficiencies and received a B grade, which is posted on the door leading into the kitchen as required by DHEC. All violations were corrected within 48 hours of the inspection and are waiting re-inspection. An A grade, again, is expected.

Sizzlin’ salads
Once again, I wasted 20 minutes of my 30 minute lunch break in line for a sizzlin' salad, only to find out that  there was one person working behind the counter during peak cafeteria lunch time and they were out of chicken. Why don’t they put up a sign or something to alert customers if an item has been sold out?
Answer: The goal is to not ever run out of food during the busy lunch period but unfortunately sometimes the cafeteria staff underestimate the quantity to prepare. In this case, the other Theme Cuisine employee had gone back to the kitchen to get more of the other offerings. In the future,  customers in line will be notified if an item has sold out.

Concerned about logging into the intranet
It’s more of a concern. I have been on several  computers lately and logged into the intranet to use them, “x’d” out when done, then when going back into the intranet expecting to log in, it pops right up. My thought is that it technically didn’t log me out. So then when I hit the icon to use it again, I am still logged in. It concerns me because what if someone goes to the computer after me and uses it for improper reasons, and I am blamed because it was under my log on? If I have to log in, someone should make the option for me to log out to assure I am fully logged out.
Answer: Officials in the computer center need more information in order to answer this question. Contact Ken Bowman at or call 792-1812.

Pharmacy discount
I heard the pharmacy offers a discount to employees. Is this true?
Answer: The MUSC pharmacies offer a $3 per prescription discount for employees and their family members who are insured with SHP Standard medical plan (most people refer to it as the Blue Cross Blue Shield State plan), e.g., a one-month supply of a generic drug would cost $7 instead of the customary $10.  The MUSC Ambulatory Pharmacy Services are able to offer a discount to employees with the State Health Plan but accept all MUSC insurances, as well as hundreds of others. Employees with the State Health Plan are only able to obtain 90-day supply prescriptions from any of the MUSC pharmacies or through mail order but pay a higher price for mail order. MUSC Ambulatory Pharmacies also offer more than 300 generic medications at $4 for a typical 30-day supply or $10 for a typical 90-day supply and a number of contraceptives at a discounted price. For a listing of commonly used over the counter medications, visit There are four locations on campus: Ashley River Tower Pharmacy— 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 876-5585; Hollings Cancer Center—9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 792-6440; Rutledge Tower Pharmacy—8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, 876-0259; University Hospital Pharmacy—8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday,  792-5220.

Salad options
This is more of a suggestion. I work in Ashley River Tower and my co-workers and I often go to the cafeteria. I love the build your own salad bar. One suggestion I have though is to offer a smaller size salad for a lower price. A lot of people can’t finish the salad that is purchased for $5 and, therefore, food and money are wasted. If we could get a salad that is half the size for half the price it would be great. Also some regulation on the portion size would be appreciated. I was in line behind someone the other day who got a salad twice the size of mine for the same price.
Answer: A smaller salad with a reduced price will be available after the first of the year.

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Friday, Jan. 9, 2009

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