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Medical Center

‘Making a difference every day’

Physician of the Month
Mark W. Wagner, M.D., Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
“Dr. Wagner has been willing to assist the staff in developing clear and concise treatment planning for the children and teens that he works with. He helps develop inter-ventions that the counselors can utilize and is pro-active in his approach with problematic behaviors. He helps staff view each patient as someone who came in to our Star services with many behavioral issues and engages each team that he interfaces with to reinforce the positive behaviors and “Catch Them Being Good.” He also praises staff when they are providing Very Good Care to patients and families. Dr. Wagner is  a team player with all staff and faculty who work in the partial programs, and we are very fortunate to have his clinical skills and leadership in our service.”
—Nominated by Meredith Lyons-Crew

Employees of the Month
Heidi Grund, Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
“Heidi went beyond the call of duty as a nurse when she voluntarily spent the night in a hospital room with a 13-year-old patient. The patient’s parents were not able to stay. Heidi saw the patient was visibly upset, tearful and frightened.”
—Nominated by Amie Gitter

Brian Libby, EMT, Meducare
“Brian Libby is a part-time employee at Meducare, and has been for several years. He was working as a pediatric team driver when the team had gone to Orangeburg to pick up a patient for transport back to MUSC. On the way back, he saw a vehicle accident that had just occurred at mile marker 187 northbound. He stopped and notified dispatch and informed them that the car was beginning to catch fire. He then called back (via radio) and asked that they notify Berkeley County EMS and Rescue because the driver was entrapped in the vehicle and the car was almost fully engulfed in flames. Miraculously, Brian was able to remove the patient from the vehicle just as the fire was reaching the driver’s side.”
—Nominated by Melissa Feather

Robert Kippes, Flight Respiratory Therapist, Meducare Pediatric Flight Team
“Robert help saved a man’s life and exemplified MUSC Excellence in many ways. He was on a mission transporting a child via ambulance to MUSC, when he and his partners noticed a motor vehicle had just flipped over on the interstate. Without hesitation they went to the trapped man's aid. The man was trapped in his turned over van, which was on fire, and beginning to burn. Unable to open the door, or kick in the window, he grabbed a tree limb and broke through the glass of the passenger side window. They pulled the man out of the vehicle through the passenger side window. Within minutes of the rescue the entire car burst into flames.”
—Nominated by Craig Duncan

Mark Daniell, Flight Nurse, Meducare Pediatric Flight Team
“Mark was on a mission transporting an ill child to MUSC, when his crew noticed a car had flipped over on the interstate. Mark volunteered to stay with the child and his mother and provide medical care in the ambulance, so that the other two crew members could go to the man's aid trapped in a burning vehicle. They worked as a team, and the man in the burning vehicle was rescued by the Meducare team just before the van burst into flames.”
—Nominated by Craig Duncan

Patient Satisfaction Banner Award Winners
Most Improved Overall: Art 6East (improved 73 points)

CH, Perinatal Services, Pediatric ER
Winner: 5West
Support Banner: Labor and Delivery

Adult Hospital, ED
Winner: MH 9East
Support Banner: Therapeutic Services—PT/OT

Winner: RT 4 Pediatric Pulmonary
Support Banner: Maintenance/Facilities

Winner: RT 10 Maxillofacial
Support Banner: Financial Counselors (at RT10 Maxillofacial)

Winner: ART CT Surgery;
Support Banner: CT Surgery Administrative Support Team

Winners: Mount Pleasant Cardiology and Specialty Care North Dermatology

Winner:  Art Radiology

IOP Inpatient Services
Winner: 1North; Support Banner: Referral & Access Center

Outpatient Services
Winner: West Ashley


Friday, Feb. 26, 2010

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