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MUSC Rumor Mill separates fact from fiction

Child care
I heard that MUSC has been trying to implement a child care program for employees and their children. Is this true? Who would be the correct person or department to contact about this?
Answer: Thank you for your comment regarding child care at MUSC. In fact, MUSC/MUHA did implement a pilot child care program but for a variety of reasons, it had to be discontinued. For information, contact the vice president for finance and support services.

Flu shots
Is MUSC going to have more seasonal and H1N1 flu shots for employees?
Answer: Contact Employee Health to get the H1N1 influenza vaccine.

Is it legal for someone in the workplace to take your picture and put it on Facebook?
Answer: Pictures taken in public places may include individuals who do not consent to be in them. It would not be likely that a picture taken in public would be actionable. However, if a picture is taken without your permission and is publicly posted, it may be actionable depending on the specific circumstances involved.

Is there a policy concerning the wearing of light jackets into patient rooms?
Answer: Wearing a lab jacket and lab coat are in the policy. When the temperatures warrant, layers such as a long sleeve shirt under the scrub top and lab jacket may be worn.

Is it true that the Digestive Disease Intermediate Care Unit will soon be closing and re-opening as Digestive Disease ICU beds?
Answer: No.

New positions
I have heard of two separate occasions where main operating room staff members have come to management discussing job opportunities at other hospitals and consequently being offered positions with significant pay increases within the hospital and/or unit. These positions were not posted through Human Resources and were not openly offered to other employees of the unit. Is this true?
Answer: This is not true. Human Resources contacted the nurse manager of the main OR and the director. Both stated that promotional opportunities for staff have been posted. For information, contact Lynn Campbell, manager of employment and compensation, at 792-1684 or

Outside lighting
Who is responsible for the outside lighting on buildings?
Answer: University Facilities Department and Parking Management. For information, 792-4119.

Eye care insurance
Rumor has it that the new EyeMed vision care state plan offered to employees does not include MUSC doctors as providers. If true, it is a shame not to allow employees to benefit from the staff at MUSC. Is this true?
Answer: The Storm Eye Institute’s purpose does not include routine optical examinations, prescriptions for glasses or sales of glasses. SEI’s purpose is to treat more complex issues, often involving surgery. There are many local eye care providers who are included in the network such as LensCrafters, Pearle Vision and Sears Optical. For a complete list, visit or call 877-735-9314.

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Friday, Feb. 5, 2010

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