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Currents  June 15

To Medical Center Employees:
At the June 15 management communications meeting, Rob Fowler, chief meteorologist for WCBD-TV Channel 2, updated the management team on the outlook for the hurricane season. Mr. Fowler reported the outlook is for a very active hurricane season. Experts are predicting 18 named storms including 10 hurricanes, five of which are predicted to be major hurricanes. Mr. Fowler stated now is the time to get ready.
The management team should ensure everyone is familiar with department-based weather emergency plans and relevant medical center policies. Also, everyone should be aware of the Medical Center Employees’ General/Emergency Information line (aka Green Card) and how it is used. (Managers are now being notified to pick up hard copies of the Green Card and it is also posted on the medical center intranet).
Through the years, Mr. Fowler and his Channel 2 associates have provided our Incident Command Team with the most up-to-date weather details as storms have developed. We are deeply appreciative for this valuable service that he and others at Channel 2 have provided.
On another matter, we are kicking off a series of medical center town hall meetings to be held over a two week period beginning June 17 at the times and locations indicated below.There will also be several town hall meetings conducted for large departments in place of their regularly scheduled departmental meetings.
The town hall agenda will include a review of our fiscal year 2009/2010 organizational goals and progress; recognition of outstanding employees and departments with exceptional patient satisfaction results; highlights of the 2010 Employee Partnership Survey; discussion on the performance evaluation and pay plan; and a review of the FY 2010/2011 organizational goals. The town hall presentation is expected to be completed in 45 minutes including time at the end for questions and answers.
Attendance at the town hall meetings is strongly encouraged. A video will be posted on the intranet for those who are unable to attend.

W. Stuart Smith
Vice President for Clinical Operations
and Executive Director, MUSC Medical Center

Town hall meetings
June 18, 11 a.m., IOP Auditorium; June 21, 11 a.m., ART Auditorium; June 22, 2 p.m., Gazes Auditorium; June 23, 7:30 a.m., SEI Auditorium; June 24, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., 2 West Amphitheater; June 25, 10 a.m., SEI Auditorium and 2 p.m., 2 West Amphitheater; June 28, 11 a.m., Room 120 Hollings Cancer Center; June 29, 11 a.m., 2 West Amphitheater. Additional department-based sessions are scheduled but not listed above.

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2010 Hurricane Season Update
Rob  Fowler, WCBD-TV 2 chief meteorologist, gave a preview of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season for the Lowcountry. Fowler predicts an active period and compared hurricane forecasts from weather experts at Colorado State University (Drs. William Gray and Phil Klotzbach), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and long-term average reports.

Gray and Klotzbach’s predictions report: 18 tropical storms, 10 hurricanes and five major hurricanes. NOAA’s forecast 14-23 tropical storms, eight to 14 hurricanes and three to seven major hurricanes; and long-term average data reports 11 tropical storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

According to Fowler, this season’s anticipated activity can be attributed to the changing effects of La Nina from El Nino in 2009. La Nina is a cooling of the ocean surface temperatures occurring off the west coast of South America and resulting in reduced upper level winds. The condition, which occurs every four to 12 years, increases the formation of tropical systems off the coast of Africa and Atlantic Ocean.

2010 hurricane names are: Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Igor, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tomas, Virginie and Walter.

Fowler reviewed hurricane strikes from 1900 to 2007 in coastal South Carolina and surrounding areas. He reminded managers that the National Weather Service have changed the time period for hurricane watches and warnings. A hurricane/tropical storm watch (potential of a storm) will be issued 48-hours in advance (formerly 36 hours). A hurricane/tropical storm warnings (storm is eminent; evacuation may occur) will be issued 36-hours in advance (formerly 24 hours). He cited reasons for this change may be attributed to population growth in coastal areas and improved weather forecasting.

Finally, Fowler reminded managers and employees to be prepared both at home and at work.  Employees should review evacuation plans; fill gas tank, bring in/anchor outdoor objects such as lawn furniture; secure buildings by closing/boarding up windows; turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings; and stay tuned for local weather updates using a weather alert radio.

  • Yulia Milli is the new accounting manager in hospital fiscal services. Milli has worked in the department since 2007.
  • Kellyanne Caraviello, R.N., Nursing Quality and Patient & Family Education Program Coordinator announced that the hospitalwide contamination rate for May was 2.0 (up from 1.8 in April); nursing contamination rate for May was 1.9 (down from 2.0); line draw contamination rate was 1.3 (down from 1.5) and nursing peripheral contamination rate was 2.2 (down from 2.3). 
  • Action O-I reports for the first quarter of 2010 (January to March) are now available in HBI. June Action O-I training (occurring every 30 minutes on the hour): 1-4 p.m., June 24 and 8 a.m. to noon,  June 30, Room 271 University Hospital
  • MUHA’s employee general and emergency information “green” cards are available for hospital employees. Contact Angela Ladson, 792-6902.
  • The next meeting is July 6.

Friday, June 18, 2010

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