Elevator use by employees
Are there certain elevators that are designated for patient and
visitors? I was told that ART was designed to allow visitors to ride
elevators with out having to ride with patients and staff.
was designed with dedicated areas for patient care in the Patient
Tower, for diagnostics in the Diagnostics and Treatment Tower
(D&T), and for public gathering and support in the Conservatory.
Elevator support is also designed in that same way with MUSC staff
caring for patients using the patient and support elevators in the
Patient Tower and D&T. The conservatory has five elevators which
are primarily used for patients and visitors. Employees with equipment,
carts or other large movable items are directed to use the employee
support elevators in the patient tower and D&T.
Why is it that the Charleston Market at Ashley River Tower is open on Saturdays and the one at Rutledge Tower is closed?
the University Hospital has a Chick-fil-A, that is the venue that is
open on Saturdays and offers the hot line on Sundays. Sales do not
warrant both entities being open on the weekends.
What is the policy regarding staff evaluations?
The medical center’s HR policy #16 Performance Management outlines the
process for completing employee evaluations. While it is not required
for an employee to complete a self-evaluation in order to be eligible
to receive a merit increase, it is a common practice throughout the
College of Medicine admitting more out-of- state students
I heard that the College of Medicine elected to increase the number of
out-of-state students in order to receive their higher tuition
expenses, thereby softening the increase in tuition instate students
will have to pay next year. I have heard that the goal was to get 30
out of state students in the class. I don’t know if you can give away
this information, but I was just curious to hear how many out-of-state
students had indicated that they plan to attend MUSC in the fall.
The College of Medicine has broadened its pool of students for
acceptance in an effort to mitigate the extraordinary state budget cuts
to the college. The precise number is not known at this time since
final acceptance is not yet determined.
Talking in public
With the Charleston tea party and other events of a political nature
going on around Charleston, what are the rules governing MUSC/MUH/UMA
employees' right to speak out? Should they not say they work at MUSC?
Should they not put political materials in their work space?
MUSC, MUHA and UMA employees are encouraged to participate on a
personal basis in any community events that they deem appropriate. In
doing so, they should make clear that they are participating as private
citizens, not as representatives of the university or its affiliates.
Also, employees should not use state property, including offices,
supplies, and computers for political activities.
Subway at ART
Is it true that Subway or some food cafe is coming here or is this just wishful thinking?
Answer: The possibility of late night delivery to ART from A la Carte Pizza once a night is being explored.
Why are the prices in the ART cafe so high? A small dish of cobbler is
$2.50. If there was an employee discount, I know more people would buy
their lunch there.
ART is serving a larger size bowl of the cobbler and the food cost of
that item is very high. The $2.50 price is accurate given the portion
Where do we go to log complaints about the cafeteria? At 11 a.m., I
bought a hotdog and fries. The fries were cold and the hotdog was
Answer: Complaints should be directed to Brad Masteller, manager of dietary services.
Is it true that registered nurses at MUSC do not get any paid maternity leave?
MUHA employees who are benefits-eligible may utilize their Supplemental
Medical Leave (SML), Extended Sick Leave (ESL) and Paid Time Off (PTO)
during maternity leave as indicated in Human Resources Policy #18, Paid
ART food and Starbucks
Why is it that Starbucks at ART is closing at 5:30 p.m.? The main
hospital has two food choices open for night shift while ART has none,
except for the vending machines. Not having any options for food at
night at ART does not promote a healthy lifestyle for employees.
ART Starbucks is closing at 5:30 to reduce on going losses in that
operation. Sales do not cover the labor and food expense staying
open until 7 p.m. The store is doing very poorly and will be forced to
close if more customers do not support it during the day.
Bee Street garage
I have noticed while parking at the Bee Street garage that random
people will walk into the garage and use the steps as their exercise
routine. My concern is that these random people are getting into the
garage that could have access to all of the cars parked there. Many
times there is no one in the booth monitoring the entrances of the
Public safety officers routinely patrol MUSC garages, including Bee
Street garage. Since its opening, there have been no reports of break
-ins or thefts reported in Bee Street garage.
More of a question than a rumor. Is it true that you receive a pay increase when you get certified in a department?
Answer: There are various incentives built into the career development program. Contact Lynn Campbell at 792-1684 for details.
I heard that the Institute of Psychiatry (IOP) is closing due to financial problems and low census. Any truth to this?
MUSC's psychiatric outpatient services are being evaluated very
closely. This review includes financial viability as well as
significance of clinical linkages to other psychiatric services at
Medical center mission statement
This is not a rumor, but I was wondering where the mission statement
was for the adult and children’s hospital and where it was located? I
think it should be prominently displayed on the hospital intranet, and
easy to locate for all employees.
Answer: Thank you for your suggestion. The mission statement has been placed on the MUHA intranet.
I have heard that the July 4th holiday is being celebrated on July 3.
Those of us who work WOW weekends on July 4, the real holiday, will not
be paid holiday pay. This doesn’t appear to make any sense can you
The medical center’s HR Policy #18, PTO states that the following:
Section I. Holidays—(5) Holidays that fall on a Saturday will be
observed on the preceding Friday; (6) holidays that fall on a Sunday
will be observed on the following Monday; (7) holiday differential pay
will be authorized for eligible hourly-paid employees who are required
to work on the actual designated Medical University Hospital Authority
holiday in accordance with Human Resources Compensation Policy 15.
Holiday differential rates will be announced as a component of the
compensation plan and apply to the 24-hour designated holiday(s)
Friday, June 5, 2009