by Cindy Abole
Anesthesiologist Susan C. Harvey, M.D., was recently named the medical
center’s associate executive medical director for perioperative
services. Harvey will work closely with physicians, nurses, service
line leadership and surgical services staff to continually improve
health services and clinical outcomes while providing the highest
quality care for MUSC patients in the medical center’s perioperative
Dr. Susan Harvey
Harvey is an associate
professor and vice-chair of clinical operations for the Department of
Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine. She’s also a 1988 graduate of
MUSC’s College of Medicine. She previously worked as a medical director
in the operating room (OR).
“Dr. Harvey has proven herself as a very effective medical director and
I look forward to working with her in this enhanced role,” said Patrick
Cawley, M.D., MUSC executive medical director.
Harvey’s position couldn’t have been better timed, especially as the
medical center’s OR volume has increased by as much as 10 percent since
2008. With more patient procedures comes the responsibility for added
efficiency, safety and accountability among nursing, surgery and the
anesthesia teams, according to Karen Weaver, R.N., Surgical Services
Described as a dynamic, intelligent team player, Harvey works regularly
with Weaver to collaborate and communicate together to address and
resolve OR issues including staffing challenges, schedules and other
The everyday challenge of managing OR procedure start and end times can
be compared to the precision performed by staff in an airport’s air
traffic control tower. It’s an effort that’s successful when the
support team comes together and is accountable, said Weaver.
“Our goals are to make changes that improve OR efficiency and teamwork
among surgery, anesthesia and nursing staffs,” said Weaver. “All of us
learn to work together to help meet the needs of our patients and the
Aside from improving clinical outcomes, Harvey also will be responsible
for quality improvements and addressing financial issues.
Harvey’s role will emphasize how managers and leaders can meet the
medical director’s MUSC Excellence and quality goals using MUHA’s
Leader Evaluation Manager application, a Web-based program that
promotes goal setting and performance reviews and tracks performances
and progress in meeting with organizational goals.
Additionally, Harvey will work with Cawley and all members of the OR
Executive Committee for guidance on quality, safety, staff and surgeon
satisfaction and efficiency measures. David Cole, M.D., professor and
chairman, Department of Surgery, is the committee’s current chairman.
Friday, Nov. 20, 2009