pride and loyalty
We have very recently kicked off a statewide communications campaign to
educate South Carolinians on the amazing things going on at MUSC. Dr.
Ray Greenberg, MUSC president, recently issued a letter to all
employees to explain the purpose of the campaign and to point out as an
academic medical center we are “changing what’s possible” in heath
Aside from educating the citizens of our state, the campaign includes a
video designed primarily for internal use. This video, which features
faculty and staff, is intended to generate enthusiasm and promote
awareness of the range of exceptional care and services at MUSC.
The entire video can be viewed at http://www.musc.edu/ourmusc.
I want to express my deep appreciation to the faculty and staff who
were willing to contribute to the campaign. I want to thank Public
Relations, Center for Academic and Research Computing, the Development
Office and other departments throughout the campus for all of their
support to make the campaign happen. I want to commend the Business
Development & Marketing Department for their tireless and ongoing
efforts to develop and roll out the campaign.
Finally, I want to thank everyone for your work to create a great story
W. Stuart Smith
Vice President for Clinical Operations
and Executive Director, MUSC Medical Center
- June Darby,
Neurosciences Service Line administrator, read a letter posted by a
patient with meningiomas (small tumors that develop in the brain and
spinal cord) who praised MUSC medical center employees for his care.
Darby recognized physicians and staff in radiation oncology,
neurosciences and neurosurgery.
Ingram, Peds Subspecialty/7B nurse manager, related a story involving
the transplant service and a 19-year old Chester area patient that
needed a bone marrow transplant. In initiating the prep work for her
match donor, the patient’s 22-year old sister, they discovered that the
sister also was diagnosed with leukemia and received treatment at MUSC.
Meanwhile, the transplant team was able to coordinate hospital and
medical services for the sister who was preparing to return to school.
Another matching donor was found and the patient underwent a successful
bone marrow transplant in late July.
Helena Bastian, Medical University Hospital Authority HR director,
presented the following topics:
Evaluations and planning acknowledgement forms are due Aug. 31. As of
Aug. 17, only 21 percent have been completed. As a reminder, employees
hired after April 1 will not receive an evaluation during this review
- The new
leader orientation program has been restructured. New leaders will
receive an informational packet on the first day of the Organizational
Orientation. Orientation sessions have been revised.
leader orientation schedule
Session 2 (60 days) Sept. 16
Session 3 (90 days) Oct. 28
Registration via CATTS
Benefit of the
Month—Medical Spending Accounts
eligible employees to pay for many out-of-pocket medical expenses with
pre-tax dollars—federal, state and FICA-bigger tax breaks than a 401K.
- In October,
employees estimate their 2011 anticipated expenses and sign up to have
that amount deducted from their paycheck throughout the year. Claims
are submitted for reimbursement through a state-contracted vendor, i.e.
- Beware of
the use it or lose it provision.
expenses include dental, vision, medical insurance and prescription
drug co pays and deductibles, experimental treatments that are
- Option to
take the EZ reimburse MasterCard which avoids the need to pay for these
expenses up front.
enrollees must complete an enrollment form (paper). Renewals may be
of the Month—Labor & Delivery
Employees who are mothers-to-be and their spouses are encouraged to
deliver their baby at MUSC’s Labor & Delivery Unit. Under the
Standard State Health Plan (BCBS) at MUSC, covered employees and their
spouses can save as much as $1,000 in out-of-pocket hospital expenses.
This does not apply to BCBS’s high deductible plan.
Karen Stephenson, R.N., Labor & Delivery nurse manager, gave a
comparison breakdown showing an employee’s discount applying to
childbirth at MUSC. Total out-of-pocket expenses for a single birth
delivery at MUSC is $400 versus a different location which is estimated
at $1,400. That’s a savings of $1,000.
MUSC Women & Infant Services feature new birthing suite that
provide privacy and flat screen TVs; rooms for both mom and baby;
online birth plans; convenient campus location for appointments;
childbirth education classes with certified instructors who are labor
and delivery registered nurses; Daddy Boot Camp classes for fathers;
complete prenatal care, screenings and diagnostics; features female
providers; Women’s Speak blog and a U.S. News & World Report
ranking as “One of America’s Best Hospitals” for Gynecology.
- The hospital
considers deductibles and co-insurance for covered hospital services as
part of the benefit and they are waived
- For hospital
services that are not covered and no BCBS State Plan adjustment is
taken, the hospital gives the employee the 50 percent self-pay discount
On Sept. 7 from 2 to 3 p.m., Labor &
Delivery will host an open house on 5W University Hospital for
employees showcasing their renovations and new features.
Kelly Shaw, MUHA compliance manager, addressed privacy audits of access
to patient medical records. Due to a number of recent medical
cases in the news (TV newspaper, etc.), the Compliance Office has
performed audits of employee access to the medical records of these
individuals. Shaw reminded managers to review policies with employees
related to authorized access, patient privacy and medical records.
Ongoing audits of cases in the news will continue. Any unit or
department that would like training on this topic can contact Reece
quality patient care in a safe environment
R.N., physical therapist, clinical nurse leader in Therapeutic Services
and Project FIRM Ground resource nurse, introduced details about a new
program aimed at promoting patient safety and reducing the incidence of
The With Out One Fall (WOOF) award was established by MUHA’s Patient
Safety and Mobility Committee. The team wanted to recognize hospital
units who did not have any patient falls from April to June. Recognized
were ART/Chest Pain Clinic, May to June; 2JRU, May and June;
Neuroservices (NSI), May and June; PACU, June; 6East, June; 2North,
April to June; 7C/CH, April to June; 8F, CH, May and June; A3EI-6W, May
and June; A3EX-SCCU, April to June; A4WX-CCU, April to June and
A4WY-CTICU, May and June.
Medical-Surgical ICU Interim nurse manager Chris Zensen, R.N.,
announced the renaming of her area due to a service line realignment.
Her area was renamed as the Medical-Surgical ICU AEBI and AEBS.
- Kelly Anne
Caraviello, R.N., was named nurse manager of the Digestive Disease
Service Line as of Aug. 1. Caraviello, who has been at MUSC since 2006,
will be responsible for GI Surgery and GI Medicine Outpatient Clinics,
DDSL scheduling and nurse coordinators, Bariatric Surgery and Islet
Cell Transplantation programs.
- MUSC’s new
campaign, “MUSC. Changing what’s possible,” was launched Aug. 12. Chris
Murray, Business Development & Marketing Services director,
reminded employees to watch for MUSC television commercials scheduled
in prime time slots and other statewide markets and radio spots
scheduled on National Public Radio.
- The next
meeting is Sept. 7.
Friday, Aug. 20,