Physician of the Month
Ron Teufel, M.D.
nominate Ron Teufel, medical director of 7A in the Children’s Hospital.
Ron collaborates with nursing and Children’s Hospital leadership to
ensure that high patient care standards are upheld and that physicians
and nursing staff have a cohesive environment in which to work. As
medical director, Ron really gets involved. He co-chairs our asthma
subgroup, helping implement order sets and education plans, and
ensuring that compliance is met. Ron also did a poster presentation
with me at the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related
Institutions conference on asthma work at MUSC. Additionally, Ron
co-chairs an inter-disciplinary group to look at improving discharges
with general/pediatric patients. With resident involvement, Ron has
changed the resident check out sheet and developed a new patient flow
for discharges. Rounds were also changed. Recognizing the importance of
education, Ron has done educational Power Point sessions. He is always
concerned about staff having what they need. These are only a few of
the wonderful things that Ron has been involved with. As you can see,
he exhibits many qualities that really go above and beyond as a role
model at MUSC.”
—Nominated by Sonja Muckenfuss
Joanne Naylor, CCU
“JoAnne has served as the coordinator for MUSC’s ECCO (Essentials of
Critical Care Orientation) program since its inception years ago. This
program, sponsored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses,
serves all newly hired MUSC critical care nurses as the foundation for
the progression from novice to expert. JoAnne has seen this program
from its infancy, through software upgrades, and many other challenges.
She has taken the ECCO program to a new level, in the MUSC Simulation
Lab, where she has spent hours researching simulation training for
critical care nurses. She also determined how we could write our own
scenarios to use in the simulation lab. This is a very novel concept,
not widely utilized across the country. She has put MUSC at the
forefront of this arena. JoAnne collaborated with the Simulation Lab
staff to train the critical care educators and RN III’s on the use of
the mannequins and helped us gain the knowledge we need to lead
students through scenarios. All of this training occurred during
multiple days and required complex orchestration to occur during the
roll out of ClinDoc, Admin Rx and Computerized Provider Order Entry.
JoAnne has outstanding clinical capabilities and touches lives at the
bedside every day. By taking a risk and venturing into uncharted
territories, JoAnne has given many critical care nurses the opportunity
to learn in a dynamic, complex environment. Through her efforts, nurses
are better equipped to be at the bedside, functioning to their highest
potential, attacking diseases and caring for patients and their
—Nominated by a co-worker
October Standard of the Month: Adaptability
- Offer suggestions for resolutions to problems
- Respect and listen to your co-workers' ideas
Get Well Network
The following comments were sent directly from patients or family
members in the hospital through the Get Well Network, the interactive
in-room television system located in most inpatient rooms.
“Excellent facility and very pleased with all aspects of care that I received while in the hospital.”
“The physical as
well as psychological welfare of patients is clearly a high priority
here, as it is not in some hospitals. The contrast between our
experience and that of friends who have gone elsewhere is night and
day. Dr. Costa and Dr. Stuart are exemplary in every way. Their
expertise and their humanity also seem to set the tone for the rest of
the staff who are, without exception, efficient, capable, kind,
sensitive—everything a patient could ask for. I won’t list specific
names because in our experience there have been no exceptions. I am
sharing our impressions with everyone we know who is following my
—Wife of a patient
“Lucille, Mira, Angela and all the other nurses and CA’s [clinical associate] have been wonderful!”
Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond?
You have the power to make sure employees who get the recognition
and respect they deserve by nominating that person as an Employee or
Physician of the Month on the MUHA intranet. Just click on the EOM or
POM icon and complete the short nomination form. It only takes a few
minutes—but just think how meaningful your nomination will be.
October Benefit of the Month
Medical Spending Accounts
- This big cost-saver allows eligible employees to pay for many out-of-pocket medical expenses with pre-tax dollars.
- Eligible expenses include dental, vision,
medical insurance and prescription drug co-pays and deductibles, and
experimental treatments that are medically necessary.
- Simply estimate your 2010 expenses and have that amount deducted from your paycheck throughout the year.
- Sign up online during the October open enrollment period. New enrollees must use the paper form.
Friday, Oct. 16, 2009