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Excellence effort continues with LDI#2

by Cindy Abole
Public Relations
More than 130 university faculty and managers gathered March 20 to reflect on the progress made by the colleges and support departments committed to MUSC Excellence. The leadership training event in the Harper Wellness Center gymnasium allowed participants to network, discuss ideas and share examples of Excellence in action. They also reinforced best practices and introduced new initiatives.
MUSC Provost John Raymond, M.D., served as event host. MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., began the meeting by recognizing institutional successes among faculty, staff and researchers.
Greenberg emphasized MUSC’s commitment to Excellence as the foundation for establishing a better workplace that focuses on overall faculty/staff, student and patient satisfaction. The initiative officially began with university employees and students in January. The meeting was organized by members of the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) planning team with guidance from the University Excellence Steering Committee. This was the second leadership training event since December.
“Especially during these challenging fiscal times, we have a great need to develop and sustain leadership throughout the university,” said Greenberg. “By bringing together representatives from across campus, we can learn from each other and recognize best practices. I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the group and their desire to work as a team for the good of the MUSC community.”
MUSC is the first academic health center in the country to embrace the Excellence plan from the beginning and founded by Quint Studer and the Studer Group. The concept,  which was originally developed for  hospitals and patient care settings, provides structure, promotes best practices and builds accountability throughout the entire organization.
“Coaching has been the most valuable tool introduced so far to university leadership,” said Lisa Saladin, Ph.D. “Organizations can’t provide enough training on this topic. This session provided administrators with the right tools and guidance as they work through challenging situations. It’s great.”

Friday, April 3, 2009

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