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MUSC Rumor Mill separates fact from fiction

Bereavement pay
Per the Human Resource  policy, bereavement pay does not include the death of a relative that is an in-law. Why would this policy not include, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother or sister-in-law?
Answer: The policy states that bereavement leave is available “in the event of death of a relative of the employee or spouse.” This would allow leave in the case of the death of a mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother or sister-in-law.

Not a rumor, but a clarification. I was wondering how clean laundry was obtained. Many pieces of laundry are stained or ripped and staff either throw it away or in the dirty laundry bin. If laundry is being rented by the weight I feel that this is a huge discrepancy in what the hospital is paying and could be costing a lot of money. If this is the case, staff need to be notified how to handle stained or worn laundry.
Answer: Torn, lost and stained linen products are replaced on a cost-per-piece basis, not by weight. The payment process for lost, stained or damaged linen is based on losses accrued during  a six-month period. This accounting is accomplished through a semiannual wall-to-wall inventory. The medical center’s annual linen replacement costs are consistent with the national average of 12 percent of the linen processing costs.

Ambulances on Jonathan Lucas
Why do the ambulances, when arriving to the hospital, blare their sirens over and over again. There were no cars or vehicles in front of them either. This is really noisy, not just  for the patients who need peace and quiet, but for the employees in the Clinical Sciences Building.
Answer: S.C. state law requires ambulance sirens to be on when their lights are on. Lights are on at the EMS crew’s discretion based on patient acuity and urgency for definitive treatment. Given MUHA’s status as the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the Lowcountry, it would stand to reason the number of critical patients arriving at MUSC's emergency department is somewhat frequent.

Rutledge Tower parking/night shift
In response to several postings regarding night shift parking in the Rutledge Tower Parking Garage.
Answer: The decision was made some time ago to allow night shift personnel to park in garages that are not in heavy demand at night. This decision was made for several reasons:
  • This provides a safe location to park and does not require as much security since the majority of the night staff is located in one facility close to the University Hospital
  • The parking option is an incentive to obtain staff to work the less desirable night shift schedule.
  • Night shift staff pay $20 per year for a hangtag, which allows them limited access to the garage. They cannot enter the garage before 4:30 p.m. each day. This is different for those who pay on a monthly basis. Those employees can enter or exit the garage at any time.
  • CARTA service is not available for those who work night shift.
  • Many of the services provided to day shift personnel are not  available at night. They have fewer food options and less access to services provided to day shift employees.
Employees who park in the MUSC garages are not designated a specific parking spot or floor within the garage.

Blankets on beds
Why doesn't Environmental Services put blankets on beds after they clean a room when 99.9 percent of patients need blankets. Is there a logical reason for this?
Answer: Thank you for your suggestion. It is being pursued.

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Friday, Aug. 14, 2009

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