To Medical Center Employees:
management team, including nearly all medical center supervisors with
responsibility for hiring and performance evaluation, will take part in
our 15th Leadership Development Institute (LDI) on Thursday, Nov. 19.
LDIs are intended to make our management team better leaders. We have
full confidence in those who are managing the medical center during the
LDI and greatly appreciate their work.
The theme for this LDI is “Building the Future on Firm Ground.” During
the first half of the day, we’ll hear from two key speakers including
Natasha Godurbun, vice president of SG2, and Don Dean, our lead Studer
SG2 is a forward-thinking health care intelligence company. Gordurbun
will speak to the “climate change” expected in our industry and health
care reform options.
Don, assisted by our own Joan Herbert, will review the results of a
leadership assessment survey conducted recently. Dean will give us a
MUSC Excellence report card that will highlight our areas of progress
as well as our continued opportunities.
Our afternoon will include a variety of break-out sessions conducted by
medical center managers and directors. Topics include: patient
satisfaction best practices; methods to maximize employee partnership
action plans; the soon-to-be introduced new interdepartmental customer
service survey; methods for improved communication; enhancing
understanding of the mortality goal; dealing with inappropriate
behaviors in the workplace; and other topics.
We will be sharing the content of the LDI in the weeks ahead through newsletters, meetings and other forums.
Thank you very much.
W. Stuart Smith
Vice President for Clinical Operations
and Executive Director, MUSC Medical Center
People—Fostering employee pride and loyalty
Nista, MUSC Angel Tree board member, spoke about the annual Angel Tree
campaign as a win for the hospital and institution. Last year,
employees supported more than 1,400 angels throughout the holiday
season. With a new Angel Tree board in place to help guide efforts,
support and expectations are already high. Nista reported that as of
Nov. 17, a total of 1,840 angels were distributed around campus.
Employees can bring their tagged, unwrapped toy to the Drop-Off event
at 11:30 a.m., Dec. 11 at the MUSC Horseshoe. Visit http://www.lowcountryangels.com.
Trident United Way
Tom Walker, campaign division director for Trident United Way (TUW),
thanked MUSC employees for their continued support, volunteering and
commitment in this fall’s campaign. He spoke about literacy programs
and 70 other support programs available to people for assistance
through the TUW.
Donations go directly to these and other programs benefiting the
Tri-county community. Donors also can designate their gift to any
501(c)(3) charity of their choice including the MUSC Foundation. To
give online, visit https://donor.united-e-way.org/?campaign=2009MUSC.
Employees of the Month—November
Buckley, R.N., a hospital service coordinator, is selected as Employee
of the Month for her example of family-centered care. Nominated by
Sonja Muckenfuss, Children’s Services director at the Children’s
Hospital, Buckley was tapped for assisting a PCICU patient family. She
assisted a patient’s mother when she could no longer breast feed her
child. Using her travel nursing experience and resources, Buckley found
a way to allow the mother to continue breastfeeding her child who was
recovering from surgery. Since then, she has collaborated with the
nursery educators, lactation consultants, and physicians to establish
new protocols for breastfeeding at MUSC. (by Elizabeth Perry)
Wilder, an ART Patient Ambassador, readily helps patients in requests
and food service needs. On occasion, she has arranged for patients to
recognize special days such as birthdays and anniversaries while in the
hospital. Recently, she helped an elderly couple (the husband was
hospitalized) celebrate an anniversary during his stay. On occasion,
Wilder organizes fundraisers and other creative ideas to continue these
services. (by Brad Masteller)
“Freddie” Wright, has been with Environmental Services (HCC) for seven
years. She was recently praised for her generosity and compassion for
assisting a stranded patient following a clinical visit. She lent the
patient her cellphone to make a phone call, gave her money for a meal
and coordinated transportation that allowed the patient to safely
arrive home. (by Bob Hood)
Strehle, chairperson, MUHA Excellence’s Awards & Recognition Team,
announced a transition of MUHA’s Applause Program to Children’s
Administration. All forms, stickers and cards can be found in Room
1002, North Tower (Ali Baraniak McAbee, 792-4677 or Strehle, 792-5111).
Helena Bastian, MUHA HR director, reviewed the following wins and information:
- PTO Cash
in-Conversion deadline is Nov. 20. Request forms can be accessed on the
HR Web site under “forms.” To be eligible, employees must have a
balance of 120 hours of PTO after cash in or conversion. PTO cash in
payout is scheduled for Dec. 9 and will be paid via direct deposit.
- CATTS lessons are due Dec. 1. For information, contact Latonia Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tish Hyland, email@example.com.
- People Admin
Enhancement—A new field in PeopleAdmin has been added so that
departments may distinguish between internal/external postings. An
external posting is listed as a “general posting” in the system and
will be the default. Departments will need to change to “internal
posting” as appropriate.
- Work Hours—
Non-exempt (hourly) employees must be paid for all worked hours.
Employees should not clock out and return to work (they must be paid if
work is performed); meal breaks are not considered worked hours
provided they are uninterrupted; other breaks are not guaranteed,
however if staffing permits, they are considered work hours.
notice form—When processing separations, managers must ensure that the
separation notice form, located on the HR Web site under forms, is
utilized and fully completed.
MUHA Joint Commission HR Standards Plans Action Follow Up
- HR.01.02.05—The organization verifies staff qualifications.
findings—Documenta-tion is not consistent in unit files. Tracking of
expiration dates is currently a very manual and cumbersome process
throughout the organization.
Plan of action—Develop standardized process to track qualifications and
requirements (background checks, certification, education, licensure
and expiration dates). Develop a standardized form and reviewed by MUHA
Education and Steering group; Initiate implementation of new online
system to enhance tracking capabilities. Tracking information—LDI
tracking database will be utilized to track information. Due date for
loading data is Dec. 1.
- HR.01.06.01: Staff are competent to perform their responsibilities.
findings—Docu-mentation of required orientation is not consistent in
unit/department files. Forms are not standardized throughout
Plan of action—HR Education and Training staff is collaborating with
Clinical Education staff and educators and revising orientation tools
to use hospitalwide for assessment.
orientation forms—Orientation forms for clinical/non-clinical staff are
located on MUHA HR Web site under forms and orientation. New forms
should be used staff hired/transferred by Nov. 8 pay period.
Quality—Providing quality patient care in a safe environment
Sheakley, PharmD, Department of Pharmacy Services, spoke about
medication security issues. Her talk was part of the hospital’s ongoing
action plan for staff re-education and monitoring in conjunction with
the twice-weekly Joint Commission (JC) survey readiness rounds.
Sheakley used the analogy of safeguarding medications much like the
valuing of a diamond ring or cash. Would anyone leave a $100 bill at a
location and walk away? Sheakley believes that same attention should be
given to medications throughout the hospital.
JC defines medications as any product designed by the FDA as a drug,
prescriptive drugs, samples, vaccines and other definitions and
categories—this makes it challenging.
The policy “Medication Security in Non-pharmacy Areas” (MUSC Policy
C134 [MM-20]) is currently online. The policy states that medications
will be secured so that unauthorized persons cannot obtain unmonitored
access to them. In summary, the policy focuses on proper access and who
can have access to medications.
It is important for staff to follow medication
security for several reasons, including patient safety, emergency
access and prevention of diversion/theft. Finally when medications are
not secured, MUSC may lose money through theft and waste (expired
Medication security is audited twice weekly on the Patient First
rounds. Terri Ellis, JC accreditation coordinator, coordinates the
Patient First rounds throughout the medical center. Areas are reviewed
for medication room access, medication carts, medication at the bedside
(with/without the patient), medications in empty exam rooms, orange
tackle boxes (non-code cart) and other mobile carts.
The presentation included three posters that can be used by the
managers to remind staff of how to assess if a medication is secure,
situational security issues (patient acuity ), and self-assessment
- Bobbi Marks,
R.N., was named the new Oncology Service Line administrator. Marks,
originally from Milwaukee, came to MUSC on Nov. 9 and has worked in
oncology nursing and business for about 40 years.
- The next meeting is Dec. 15.
Friday, Nov. 20, 2009