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MUSC Family Fund awards campaign grants

The following departments have received grants from the MUSC Family Fund through the YES Campaign. For information, call Whitney McLuen, Office of Development, at 792-1973. To donate to the YES Campaign, visit

CARES Clinic—$2,500
The CARES (Community Aid, Relief, Education, and Support) Clinic in Mount Pleasant is a student-run free medical clinic designed by a group of MUSC students to meet their educational needs, as well as the health care needs of uninsured patients in the greater Charleston metropolitan area. It is the clinic’s goal to increase the number of services offered to its patients.  One possibility is opening the clinic another night.  

Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Project—$2,500
Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Prevention Project  will be a continuation of the project funded by the MUSC Family Fund last year. It includes a coordinated, hospital-based, parent-education program, targeting parents of all newborn infants. Preliminary data from the MUSC SBS Prevention Project indicates a significant reduction in the number of SBS injuries for children whose parents received this education.

Sickle Cell Sisters (Child Life Department)—$2,500
The Child Life Department runs a support group, Sickle Cell Sisters, for African-American girls who are age 13 to 18 and living with sickle cell disease. Sickle Cell Sisters helps teenage girls in many ways, including learning more about their disease, encouraging compliance, reducing feelings of isolation, offering a sense of belonging, and providing a safe place to share feelings and frustrations.

Diabetes Discharge Project (Pediatrics)—$2,500
The Diabetes Discharge Project  provides access to one month’s diabetes supplies for newly diagnosed patients who are uninsured and/or underfunded. The project would cover the time gap between application for CRS and Medicaid assistance and the start of coverage by those programs, which is usually one month.  This would enable patients to have a timely discharge with all supplies needed to manage diabetes at home and at school.  

Passages (Children’s Hospital Bereavement Committee)—$2,500
Passages (Parent and Sibling Support Affecting Grief Experiences) Program provides bereavement support to families at the initial time of loss and through letters, poetry and resource guides for 15 months following the death of a child.  

Can-Teen (Pediatric Hematology/Oncology)—$2,500
Can-Teen is a support group for teenagers with cancer, ages 12 to 18. The group provides coping support for teens by providing opportunities for building positive relationships with one another. Can-Teen members participate in projects, meetings and retreats, which are designed to facilitate communication, therapeutic expression of emotions, and a sense of community within an intimidating medical world. This year Can-Teen was given the opportunity to utilize a private house on Sullivan’s Island for retreats. Grant support from YES Family Fund would allow Can-Teen to have retreats here on a regular basis.

Autism Centered Clinic Project (RT1 Children’s Specialty Clinic)—$1,042.80
RT1 Children’s Specialty Clinic has worked hard during the past year to improve the facility for pediatric patients by repainting, adding toys and installing a television in the waiting room. The patient response has been very positive, except for one special group of patients. Inadvertently, clinic conditions were made unbearable for the autistic patients. To aid these families who have multiple medical and therapy appointments, one Friday afternoon a month will be designated the Autistic Friendly Clinic. There are no simultaneous clinics at that time. The television will be off and lights dimmed. There will be a reduced schedule to keep wait time at a minimum.  Funding is sought to tailor the three exam rooms with rugs, soft classical music, and appropriate therapeutic toys.

Child Abuse Patient Assistance (Pediatrics)—$2,500
MUSC has a child-abuse, medical assessment team trained to provide acute sexual assault exams and evidence collection for children ages birth to 17. The medical team works in close collaboration with two child advocacy centers to provide comprehensive  outpatient assessments to children in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties, as well as surrounding counties. For caregivers, the cost for medical assessment is prohibitive. The Department of Social Services has no capacity to pay for evaluations for children who are not foster children. A patient assistance fund is needed for families without other financial assistance to obtain assessments in suspected child abuse or threat of harm of child abuse. It is anticipated that a patient assistance fund of $2,500 could help 25 -30 patients obtain needed child abuse medical assessment services.

Ozzie’s Project (Child Life)—$2,500
Ozzie's Project is designed to provide resources and services to alleviate the inherent psychosocial stressors generated by physical isolation during hospitalization. As the project moves into its second year, it intends to continue current services and expand the patient population served with the inclusion of the Infant and Toddler Medical/Surgical Unit (7A).  

Bears for Kids (Craniofacial Anomalies and Cleft Lip Palate Clinic)—$1,500
Bears and Books for Kids is a program to make the clinic visit less stressful for patients by providing educational materials, including a cleft lip bear to empower parents to become partners in the care and management of children with cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial disorders, and to provide the affected child with a unique form of emotional support in the shape of a bear with a cleft lip repair. The objective is to engage the parents as partners in the treatment of their child. Feeding and weight gain are two potential crucial issues that occur when a child is born with cleft lip and palate. The instructional booklets discuss the issues and provide insights and tips to the parents to overcome this initial difficulty.

Child Life Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT)—$2,500
The BMT program serves children, birth to 18, to help them navigate their hospitalization with empowerment and the appropriate coping tools and education, so that it may be a positive life experience. The main focus of Child Life intervention with BMT patients is to provide education, preparation, therapeutic intervention, empowerment and companionship. Common activities include planning and implementing a celebration with the patient and family for transplant day, specialized cooking projects, unique art and scrapbooking activities for expression of feelings, safe materials for release of anger and anxiety and personalized items that increase feelings of normalcy.

BRAVO Breastfeeding (MUSC Perinatal Services)—$2,499.80
The Neonatal Services Team provides life-saving care for preterm infants and sick newborns. The team continuously works to optimize infant care, including providing support for mothers who wish to breastfeed. Funds are being requested to purchase two additional breast pumps for postpartum, hospitalized mothers who are pumping for infants who cannot breastfeed due to their need for medical care.

Friday, June 18, 2010

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