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Employees of the Month

Wesley Smith, 8E
Wesley Smith"Wesley Smith, R.N., should be wearing a halo, or a red cape. I was sitting in a chair next to my wife, Debra, and witnessed him save her life. We were three days into our six-day stay at MUSC when she asked me to call for the nurse. Her eyes were rolling back in to her head, she was moving her mouth but the words were not coming out correctly. I ran from the room into the hall and called for Wesley. The shock of the event had me speechless watching as my wife rolled deeper into her allergic reaction. Wesley took immediate action and called a medical emergency team. His quick response to my call and immediate action with the Benadryl to counter the reaction kept everything under control. We could not have ordered a better nurse with the same highly valued qualities and attributes.
Nominated by Brian Carroll (patients' wife)

Kara Faletto, Child Life
Kara FalettoA note was sent to the manger of Child Life from a pediatric nurse in radiology. "I had just got off the phone with a parent of a four-year-old girl, and she expressed how impressed she was with Kara's abilities to talk to her daughter and make her feel so comfortable. She stated how professional Kara's behavior was, and she just couldn't believe how MUSC has provided such wonderful service to their family and Child Life Services made that difference. As a pediatric nurse, it is very important to have the support of a child life specialist. I cannot do my job as well without all of you."
Nominated by Sonja Muckenfuss

Mary McLendon Hodge, Hollings Clinics

Mary McLendon"I came upon an unattended patient in the Rutledge Tower connector who had been discharged from the Neurosurgery unit. She had been hospitalized and had surgery for an aneurysm; was discharged for several days and then readmitted because of further complications. I offered to get her a wheelchair and just after retrieving the wheelchair, her husband walked up with Mary by his side. He was upset because they were having difficulty obtaining the prescription drugs that she was to be taking after discharge. Mary had recognized his distress while seeing him in another part of the medical center and was attempting to help address his issues and concerns regarding discharge instructions and how to obtain the prescription drugs for his wife."
Nominated by Dave Neff

Kevin Satterfield, Clinical Neurophysiology
Kevin Satterfield"I want to nominate Kevin Satterfield for saving the life of a fellow employee who began to choke. While fear and nervousness filled the office, Kevin without hesitation remained calm and fearless, began to perform the Heimlich maneuver, therefore giving life back to this individual."
Nominated by Greg Talley

Standard of the Month


Friday, July 29, 2011

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