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‘Making a difference every day’

Employees of the Month
Anna Roberts, Psychiatry—Star Leeds
Anna Roberts
“As the coordinator at Star Leeds, Anna spearheaded an effort to pull together holiday gifts for the 18 children in her program so that they would have the fun of getting a toy or game. Anna’s program works with many families who have limited funds so this was a help to the families as well. She also coordinated a holiday craft activity to bring the children and their families together on a shared activity, and to build holiday memories of positive and enjoyable moments between the patients and their caregivers. Because Star Leeds serves children with emotional and behavioral difficulties, positive times between families and their children can be a struggle. This was a very therapeutic gift from the program to them.”
Nominated by Meredith Lyons-Crew

Helen Needham, Psychiatry—Star Ladson
Helen Needham
“Helen knew that one of the Star Ladson families was a single mother of six who was struggling financially just to put food on the table and had no money for holiday gifts. Helen recruited a family through her church and they supplied a Christmas surprise of gifts for all of the children. The mother was so happy that her children were not going to be left out due to financial issues.”
Nominated by Meredith Lyons-Crew

Jaime Nettles, Rutledge Tower 1 Children’s Services
Jaime Nettles
“I’d like to nominate Jaime Nettles, registered nurse from RT1. We have had an unusually hard six months on our unit (two car accidents, an H1N1 outbreak, two nurses with emergency hospitali-zations, another with a child in the hospital). That is on top of routine illnesses and absences. Jaime has not had an absence since she began working here in May. Her consistency has literally held our unit together. She has never complained about being the only one showing up every day. In fact, in trying to get her to use some much-earned paid time off, she hesitated and really didn’t want to. She was concerned about having enough coverage for the clinic. Jaime has a background from Medically Fragile and 7A. Her level of experience is appreciated by all of us, especially one of our young patients, Margo. She always requests that Jaime do her procedures because “it doesn’t hurt when Miss Jaime does it.” Jaime was also instrumental in us getting a wheelchair scale. Our patient satisfaction scores have risen, with “sensitivity to needs” dropping from number 1 on our Priority Index to number 8. In addition, Jaime has a spirit of teamwork and friendship that has galvanized all of us. She has modeled teamwork and respect at a level higher than we were using before. She has taught and molded all of us, making our unit an even better place to work!
Nominated by Johnna Jackson

Reggie Haney, Echo Lab 6th Floor Main
Reggie Haney
“Reggie is always a pleasure to work with. His department is next door to 6 East and he transports many of our patients to his department for cardiac echo. He always demonstrates MUSC standards of behavior in his interactions with staff and patients. Recently, one of our patients attempted to leave AMA. The patient was very loud, tearful, and distraught. While our staff was negotiating with the patient to prevent his leaving, Reggie heard the commotion and immediately came over to offer assistance. He grabbed a wheelchair and persuaded the patient to have a seat while he began to talk to the patient. The patient responded well to his caring and concerned manner, and Reggie was able to talk the patient into allowing him to be wheeled back to this room.  Reggie stayed in the room with the patient until the patient’s anxiety was more under control while the staff was able to get the physician to the room to address the patient’s concerns. Reggie went above and beyond his duty on that day to help a person in distress and help support our staff, and I have no doubt that he wouldn’t hesitate to do so again if needed. Reggie is a fine example of an excellent MUSC employee.
Nominated by Cindy Hough

Physician of the Month
Gerald Shealy, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Gerald Shealy
“The nurses of Ambulatory Surgery PACU nominate Dr. Gerald Shealy for Physician of the Month. We have worked alongside Dr. Shealy caring for his post-operative patients and have found him to be one of the most nurturing, attentive and professional physicians we have ever worked with. He always has a smile and a kind word for all he encounters. From the front desk personnel to housekeeping, ancillary staff, and the nurses who care for his patients, he always addresses each of us by name and follows with a hearty, ‘How are you doing today?’ He never lets a patient leave the facility without personally seeing them post-op and ensuring that they have all questions and concerns answered. His patients adore him and often times remark, ‘He’s a great guy.’ Recently while caring for a patient in PACU, all efforts to control his pain had not been successful, despite anesthesia and nursing interventions. Dr. Shealy personally came to the bedside and would not leave until his patient was comfortable. Another instance of what sets him above and beyond is a staff member of ours had suffered a fractured wrist that was placed in a temporary splint. Dr. Shealy assisted her in getting into his clinic to receive further care for her injury. He often places a gentle hand on his patients and family members and addresses all of them. We, the nurses of the Ambulatory Surgery PACU, take great pride and honor in nominating a most deserving physician for this award.”
Nominated by Lori Langston
Spotlight on the Standards
Maintain a positive, willing and flexible attitude, be a team player and remove the phrase, “It’s not my job” from my vocabulary.

Friday, March 26, 2010

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