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To Medical Center Employees

Congratulations to all MUSC graduates, including a number of MUSC employees. Commencement is a time to reflect upon MUSC's rich heritage, our mission and the vital role we play in our state and beyond. We wish all graduates the best as you move on to your professional careers and service to our communities. Thank you for making MUSC a great place for patient care, for physicians and other health care professionals to practice medicine and teach and for employees to work.

We are kicking off a series of medical center town hall meetings over a two week period from May 18 – 31 at the times and locations listed 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 the medical center's fiscal year 2010-2011 organizational goals and progress; an update on our "5 and 5" plans to reduce costs and improve quality of care; an examination of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' value-based purchasing including HCAHPS (consumer assessment survey) and core clinical measures; and preliminary information on results of the employee partnership survey.

Town hall meetings conducted last quarter were limited to 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for questions and answers, and this format was well received. We will again limit the sessions to 30 minutes. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

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

Town Hall Meetings
Thursday, May 19, 11 am, ART Auditorium; Thursday, May 19, 4 pm, 2 West Amphitheater; Friday, May 20, 10 am, Storm Eye Auditorium; Monday, May 23, 10 am, Storm Eye Auditorium; Tuesday, May 24, 10 am, ART Auditorium; Tuesday, May 24, 11 am, IOP Auditorium; Wednesday, May 25, 7:30 am, Storm Eye Auditorium; Thursday, May 26, 10 am, 2 West Amphitheater; Thursday, May 26, 2 pm, Storm Eye Auditorium; Friday, May 27, 10 am, 2 West Amphitheater; Tuesday, May 31, 7 am, ART Auditorium

People–Fostering employee pride and loyalty

Kim Phillips, Transplant Center Service Line administrator, spoke about recent renovations to 6 East inpatient unit. The unit temporarily located to 10 East and returned to its location in early May and formally re-opened May 11. The new transplant, nephrology and urology unit has 22 beds, a recovery room and infusion suite. Phillips recognized Cindy Hough, 6 E nurse manger, and Joey Black, project manager, and their staff for their commitment throughout the renovations.

AHA Heart Walk
MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D. and 2011 chair of the Lowcountry Heart Walk spoke to hospital employees about the event scheduled for 9 a.m., Sept. 17 at Liberty Square near the South Carolina Aquarium. Last year, more than 4,000 residents participated, including many from MUSC. The event raises funds and awareness for cardiovascular disease and stroke research--much of it going back to MUSC. The three-mile walk circles Charleston's Battery. MUSC's goal is to establish 40 teams of walkers representing five fundraising areas of campus–Heart & Vascular, Children's Hospital, university colleges, UMA and MUHA. MUSC's goal is to raise $36,000. The overall campaign goal is $600,000. Greenberg encourages all employees to participate by joining or sponsoring a team.

Employee of the Month–May
Sarah Hendricks, ART cardiology dietitian, helped a dying patient celebrate her wedding. Hendricks called ART's dining services chef to arrange for a small cake to be prepared and delivered to the patient and her family (by Mary Basil).

Erica Gordon, University Hospital main cafeteria, was praised for her quick response and help as a child was choking on some food. She quickly reacted by patting the child on the back and removing the food item from his/her throat (by Mary Basil).



Friday, May 20, 2011

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