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Currents May 5

To Medical Center Employees:
National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week are celebrated May 6 – 12 and May 10 – 16, respectively. Numerous activities have been scheduled to recognize accomplishments and to express appreciation for exceptional service. A summary of activities is posted on the medical center intranet at
At the May 5 communication meeting Wayne Brannan, Director of University Risk Management, announced two exceptional achievements in workplace safety. First, the University and Medical Center won the Chamber of Commerce “Commendation of Excellence Award” for the tenth year in a row. This award is presented to companies with top safety records in the state of South Carolina. The medical center also won the South Carolina Occupational Safety Council “Palmetto Safety Excellence Award.” This award is presented to companies with the lowest OSHA Recordable Incidence Rate in South Carolina.
Brannan credited the medical center’s success to our comprehensive injury prevention program led by the Environment of Care Committee, Injuries Committee and Bloodborne Pathogen Committee. Congratulations to all involved for a job well done.
Finally, on April 27 we kicked off our two-week Employee Partnership Survey. The survey period runs through midnight on Friday, May 8. Press Ganey, a national survey firm, is conducting the survey. Completed surveys will be anonymous. The results will be used to measure our progress and develop action plans for next year.
If you have already completed the survey, thank you very much. If you have not completed the survey then please make every reasonable effort to do so prior to midnight May 8. As of May 6, our participation rate was 47 percent and our hope is to have much higher participation from employees. If anyone needs survey instructions please contact your manager right away or Helena Bastian at 792-5098 or
Thank you very much.

W. Stuart Smith
Vice President for Clinical Operations
and Executive Director, MUSC Medical Center

People—Fostering employee pride and loyalty

Alex Sargeant, Business Development & Market-ing Services advertising director and co-chair of the MUHA Excellence Communications Team for, gave an update on recent successes with internal communications.  Since February, the team has worked with The Catalyst to produce and publish a bi-monthly, dedicated section with MUHA Excellence news. The team focused on redesigning the Excellence page giving it an updated, consistent look. It  includes employee rewards and recognition news, patient satisfaction banner awards, patient letters, Get Well Network comments, standards of behavior, etc.
The team began sending e-mail reminders to all MUHA employees, linking them to The Catalyst’s online version of the MUHA Excellence page. Sargeant, who works with co-chair Pat Votava, meets regularly with the MUSC Excellence Team Leader group to discuss and confirm topics and news.
Sargeant asked managers to send their wins, appreciation letters and related info to them at or Any awards information should be submitted to Meredith Strehle at

HR update
Helena Bastian, MUHA HR director, encouraged staff to participate in the MUHA Employee Partnership Survey, which is ongoing until May 8. Individual survey responses will be confidential and anonymous. Everyone’s partici-pation will be  appreciated. We anticipate receiving the final survey reports from Press Ganey in June. The results will be widely disseminated and action plans developed.

Implementation of Online Posting
Final Online Posting training will be from 10-11:30 a.m., Friday, May 8, Room 437, Colbert Education Center and Library. Registration is not required.
The online posting process is effective May 11. As a result, quarterly postings will be eliminated starting July 1 and the current approval to hire process will be discontinued effective July 1.

TB reports

  • EHS is working to update the IWR reports.
  • Departments are encouraged to place and read TB and send completed forms to EHS.

For information, visit

National Hospital Week, May 10-16
A schedule of events for hospital week  is posted on the intranet. Employees are encouraged to register to participate in the Annual Bake off and Photo Contest.

  • Bake off is May 14. Entries should be submitted between 1:30 to 2 p.m., university hospital or ART cafeterias. Judging will take place at 2:30 p.m. (Registration required).
  • Annual Photography Contest — May 15 (Children’s Hospital lobby) – Entries should be submitted to MUHA HR by May 6. Judging is at 2:30 p.m. (Registration required).

Quality—Providing quality patient care in a safe environment
Wayne Brannan, University Risk Management director, presented two safety excellence awards.
Brannan recognized various hospital safety committees for their work related to these awards: environment of care, injuries, blood bourne pathogen, various safety initiative committees: double-gloving, use of blunt sutures, use of safe zones when passing sharpes, developing needle formulary to encourage use of safe needles, departmental injury, investigations, ergonomic investigations, walk-in services, assessments, patient lift teams, environmental tourism and risk assessments.

  • Charleston Chamber of Commerce Commendation of Excellence Award— It is presented to hospitals and general industries within South Carolina with a loss day incident/injury rate of <1. MUSC hospital’s rate is .26. MUSC is the only hospital presented with this award in 2009 and only one to win it for the 10th consecutive year.
  • Occupational Safety Council’s Palmetto Safety Excellence Award— presented to the medical center for the lowest OSHA recordable incident rate in the state for hospitals.

Joint Commission survey visit
Lois Kerr, accreditation manager, reviewed details from the April 29 Joint Commission survey visit. Two physician-surveyors were included in this daylong visit. Preliminary results from the survey addressed several issues addressed in the mock survey and other training. Medical center leaders plan to follow-up on these recommendations with additional training and information for employees.   

Joint Commission survey readiness—medical records
Christine Lewis, Health Information Services/Medical Records manager of coding and incomplete records, spoke to managers about issues with medical record documentation. A member of the Joint Commission Survey Readiness team, Lewis works specifically with Pat Cawley, M.D., MUSC medical director, regarding documentation issues. She reviewed specific documentation problems from the April 29 Joint Commission survey visit.


  • Dana Dunn, R.N., is the new nurse manager of Ambulatory Surgery. Dunn, who just relocated from Tucson, Ariz., began in her role April 27. She worked previously as a certified surgical tech for 15 years prior to obtaining her BSN in 1998 and MBA in 2007. Since 1999, Dunn has achieved her certified nurse operating room board certification and also is board certified in ambulatory surgery administration.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Catalyst Online is published weekly by the MUSC Office of Public Relations for the faculty, employees and students of the Medical University of South Carolina. The Catalyst Online editor, Kim Draughn, can be reached at 792-4107 or by email, Editorial copy can be submitted to The Catalyst Online and to The Catalyst in print by fax, 792-6723, or by email to To place an ad in The Catalyst hardcopy, call Island Publications at 849-1778, ext. 201.