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‘Making a difference every day’

The MUSC DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award for Nurses is a monthly award and is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the efforts nurses perform every day. The foundation was formed in January 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).
All DAISY Award winners received an African Shona Tribe sculpture entitled, “A Healer’s Touch,” a framed certificate, and a DAISY Award pin. The DAISY Foundation also delivered cinnamon rolls to all the nurses in each winner’s unit.
MUSC is among 400 medical facilities honoring nurses with The DAISY Award. This is one initiative of the foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system.

June: Emily Wright, 7W Main Hospital
“Emily was everything a nurse should be. She was caring, prompt, smart and one of the best health care providers I have ever had. This is saying a lot being that my wife and I are also nurses. MUSC is very lucky to have such a great nurse as Emily. Thanks for everything and keep it up.”
Nominated by a patient

July: Sabrina Magistrado, NNICU
Sabrina is the kind of nurse that you can only dream about. She goes above and beyond with her teaching to make sure parents not only get the information they need, but also understand it. She goes the extra mile to help families through a tough time. For example, the other day she stayed three hours after work to help a family that used to be on her floor become situated after they were readmitted to another floor. She could tell their anxiety level was high and felt they needed some support. She doesn’t just come to work to do her job; she believes in her job. She is a role model for many nurses, not just to those on her floor, but for all.”
Nominated by a patient via The Get Well Network

August: Connie Barbour, MICU
“Connie  is a very compassionate and caring individual with her patients and families. Her patients are always crisp, clean and well taken care of. She is also excellent with patient families in all aspects. She is consistently our charge nurse, and the staff knows we will have a good day when she is our leader. Connie has been a nurse for many years and is always eager to pass on her exceptional knowledge and skill when needed to make MICU a wonderful place to work.”
Nominated by Deidre Huckabee

Employees of the Month
Jason Santanna, Ashley River Tower Pre-Op Surgery
“From the moment my family and I entered the pre-op area of Ashley River Tower, Jason Santanna put our minds at rest regarding my surgery and being at MUSC. He took that unknown and the sterilization of a hospital and made us feel like we were part of the MUSC family. He was kind, attentive and responsive to all our needs. My son, who is 13 years old, was hungry and tired from our drive from Fayetteville and the anxiety of his father having surgery. Jason gave him peanut butter, crackers and jelly to tide him over.”
Nominated by a patient

Julie Blair, Therapeutic Services
“Julie has worked at MUSC for 15 years and demonstrates MUSC Excellence each day. She provides exceptional care for patients with head and neck cancer. She coordinated the Yul Brynner Head & Neck Cancer Awareness week and has participated in numerous research endeavors. She teaches at the MUSC College of Health Professions and mentors residents, medical students, and fellow colleagues. Her personal productivity consistently exceeds 100 percent. The patients and families treated by Julie describe her as exceptional, caring, unbelievably helpful, and compassionate and an outstanding clinician.
Nominated by fellow employees

Cynthia Plutro, Psychiatry
“Cynthia exemplifies MUSC Excellence by going above and beyond her job duties to provide the highest quality care and service. For example, one of her patients was diagnosed as selectively mute and psychotic and was admitted to the hospital. In order to help allay the patient’s fear and lower her level of paranoia, Cynthia went to visit her every evening after putting in a full day at work. The patient’s mother and the hospital staff said that it was Cynthia’s visits that helped accelerate the patient’s progress while in the hospital and continued success upon her return to our program. She was identified on the Patient Satisfaction Survey for 10 out of 12 months and received four Applause awards. I believe that STAR-Ladson, MUSC and the communities we serve are extremely fortunate to have her as an employee.”
Nominated by a fellow employee

Kathleen Kuhn, Quality and Outcomes Management
“Kathleen has been working as the nurse abstractor for the NSQIP (National Surgical Quality Improvement Program) program for two and one-half years and has implemented several opportunities for growth and customer service. She has initiated three alternative methods for patients to return the 30-day follow-up information. This alternate method has been at no cost to MUSC to establish, and furthermore, is an innovated approach for customer service. Kathleen works evening hours, although not required, in order to accomplish well above the 80 percent follow-up rate required for NSQIP.
Nominated by a fellow employee

Benefit of the Month
Have a health question? Access MUSC's specially trained registered nurses  by e-mailing a health-related question to or by calling 792-1414, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
MUSC nurses tap a variety of resources—including MUSC physicians—to answer questions and help determine the need to seek medical attention.


Friday, Aug. 28, 2009

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