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‘Making a difference every day’

Employee of the Month

Mike Norris, Emergency Department
“This employee saved the life of a patient. The patient was admitted and in room 9 waiting to go upstairs. The upstairs team had seen her and written orders. He went to transport her to the floor and didn’t like the way she looked. He called Chip Tinley and they came to me. The patient looked a little worse than previously, not much, but because of their concern I got an arterial blood gas (test) which showed a severe non-anion gap metabolic acidosis. The patient was exhausted and would certainly have experienced worsening fatigue, acidosis, and cardiac arrest on the floor. She did not appear toxic, just very tired so this was an excellent call. We intubated the patient and admitted her to the MICU. Without this employee 1) having the clinical sense to notice she didn’t look right and 2) acting on that clinical sense, this patient would have arrested and died. This is an example of stepping up, making a difference and preventing a tragedy.”
—Nominated by Steve Saef, M.D.

Excellence is caring for the whole family

Dear Dr. Stenbit,
I would like to express my gratitude for your kindness, compassion and professionalism in treating my sister, Amy Cardoza, and in caring for our family.
Amy died on Feb. 28 after suffering a massive stroke, as well as cardiac arrest. Despite the irreversible damage and coma, you treated her with dignity and respect. You helped our family recognize and accept what was inevitable. You made us feel that we were your one concern—despite the many you were caring for. Even as your students gathered with you, the sense of caring and love remained.
I am still overwhelmed that my vital, talented, loving sister is gone. The dignity that you provided has given comfort to her daughter and son, our parents, my sister and her family and my brother. I wish I had the words to explain my deep appreciation and admiration for what you did for us—and for what you do each day.
Kathleen A. Wheaton

Employee of Year nominations
Who: MUHA employees
What: Nominate colleagues and coworkers for going above and beyond the call of duty
When: June 26 through 7 a.m., July 7
Why: To provide an employee the recognition he or she deserves for their dedication to providing the best possible experience for our patients, their commitment to MUSC Excellence and their willingness to go above and beyond
Where: MUSC intranet homepage (

2nd Quarter Standards
Maintain a safe and secure work environment
  • Clean up litter, debris and spills promptly
  • Always wash hands before patient contact
  • Put patients and families at ease by managing up coworkers

Friday, June 12, 2009

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