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‘Making a difference every day’

Physician of the Month
Dr. David White, M.D., ENT
“Dr. David White is always available to help nursing and anesthesia staff in the OR, although his primary role is as an ENT (ear, nose and throat)  surgeon. He is calm in all situations, offers assistance, is timely and efficient. The anesthesia team had a 3-year-old patient to put to sleep for a procedure, and Dr. White was a ‘right-hand’ man with all aspects of the induction. This is highly unusual for the surgeon to assist, know how to help in the best way, or to be available. He is a terrific teacher for the residents, and his example is just what we need at MUSC.
Nominated by Theresa Morgan


Kissia Randolph, R.N., CCU
“Kissia is a dedicated and caring nurse. She always makes the patient's needs a priority. She anticipates his or her needs and makes sure those needs are met. Kissia has become a patient and staff advocate, working to see that quality care is delivered and that the staff has what they need to make it happen. She is passionate to a fault sometimes and neglects herself to make sure her patient is properly cared for. She will discuss with the physicians plans to make sure those needs are met. She sits on the intra-unit council and acts as a liaison between staff and management to insure the units ability to provide quality care.”

Employees of the Month
Dora McCutcheon, 7A
“If Dora is working when I make patient rounds, she is going to be mentioned by several patients as the individual who stands out for the care and service she provides. She has great rapport with her patients and is seen as a clinical strength by her peers. A few recent accomplish-ments include becoming a very capable charge registered nurse and preceptor. Here’s what a parent had to say about her recently: ‘Our gold award would have to go to Ms. Dora. She really impressed my daughter—as her favorite nurse—and always made her smile. She made a wonderful connection with my daughter in our short stay.”
Nominated by Carla Pascoe

Clarice Brown, PACU
“I would like to nominate Clarice Brown for Employee of the Year, because she consistently displays the pillars of service, people and quality every day she works.  Clarice often goes above and beyond her call of duty. She always makes sure to know the patient that she is dealing with on a personal level, and she builds lasting bonds that keep people coming back for care at MUSC. In one instance, a family member called back to say how much he appreciated everything. He was unable to remember the nurse’s name but could remember that she was the person who made him feel at ease. He said she made him feel like a person instead of a number.”
Nominated by Tracie Porter

Toni Mullins, Neurovascular
“Toni Mullins is the epitome of MUSC Excellence and should be recognized for all of the work she has done to impact every pillar in the Excellence structure. Toni performed more than 80 percent of the neurovascular exams in our lab this past fiscal year, which had a 41 percent increase in exams from the prior year. She was responsible for obtaining accreditation from The Intersocietal Commission For The Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) in May, recognizing MUSC’s Clinical Neurophysiology Services Depart-ment as the first accredited vascular laboratory in Intracranial Cerebro-vascular Testing in Charleston. This requires endless hours of high quality vascular examinations, written protocols, documentation, quality assurance, etc. to uphold ICAVL standards for accreditation. Toni continually upholds MUSC Excellence standards of behavior. You can always find her with a smile and something nice to say, making MUSC a brighter place for patients and employees. She always treats MUSC patients, their families, and guests with respect, making a visit to our department a good experience.”
Nominated by Shannon Pack

October Standard of the Month: PTO Cash In/PTO Conversio

  • Eligible employees may request up to 40 hours of paid time off (PTO) to cash in or convert to extended sick leave (ESL)
  • The PTO Cash In/PTO Conversion form may be accessed on the HR Web site and must be submitted to payroll by Nov. 20.
  • Effective pay date is Dec. 9.
  • For questions, contact Patty Burn at 792-7544.

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.

“Thank you so much for the great care. Everyone was outstanding. I would recommend MUSC to everyone.”
—Patient in Unit A6EX

“Thank you for the excellent care given to my mother in ART during her pre-op, recovery and post-op care. The staff was very caring and helpful during my mother’s post-op issues. I want to thank Dr. Adams and his associates and Kristin Williams. I want to thank the charge nurses, Linda and Susan, for their caring and nursing expertise, and Rebecca for the excellent IV stick and wonderful attitude.”
—Family member in Ashley River Tower

“Thank you Dr. Costa and all the nurses for the awesome and positive comments. They inspired me and made me feel more comfortable. Dr. Costa and his team are great.”
—Patient in Unit A5WA

“My visit started with a pleasant and professional nurse named Allison, along with her teammates. They were very compassionate and tended to my needs before I asked for them. After their shift was over, I had another excellent team of nurses that made sure my pain was taken care of and that the IV meds were given on time.”
—Patient in Unit 10W0


Friday, Nov. 6, 2009

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