To Medical Center
An electrical outage is scheduled Sunday, Sept. 25 to repair an emergency power panel in the Children's Hospital (CH). All medical center clinical staff and concerned support staff need to be familiar with the impact of the outage and the action plan.
The outage is planned for 8 to 10 a.m. on Sunday but times could change if needed. Certain services (particularly lab services) as explained in this newsletter will be impacted from 7 until 11 a.m. Following is a general summary.
Portions of CH emergency power will be unavailable for up two hours. The tube system will be affected throughout the medical center. The third floor lab in the CH will be affected, resulting in down times for specific labs from 7 until 11 a.m. CH clinical information systems should not be affected, but devices such as printers, PCs, faxes and other devices could be affected. The CH's NICU patients will be moved in advance on Sept. 24 to Interventional Radiology.
All concerned managers and staff should read and be familiar with the following more specific details including:
- Major Electrical Outage Affecting medical center
- Fast Flow Lab Downtime/Laboratory Testing Availability
- Electrical Outage Primary Contact List
The documents above can be printed individually at http://mcintranet.musc.edu/muscexcellence/communications/comm_mtgs/CHElecOutage.html
This information is also located on the medical center intranet at: https://www.musc.edu/medcenter/news/CHPowerOutage.htm
An incident command center will be set up beginning 6:30 a.m. in Room 204 CH on Sept. 25 to ensure for constant communication and coordination.
On another matter, medical center town hall meetings are scheduled to take place from Sept. 21 to 30 at the times and locations listed below. Some large departments will also be scheduling department-based town hall meetings not indicated on the schedule below. The agenda will include a summary of our fiscal year (FY) 2011 goal accomplishments, an update on our FY 2012 goals, review of our employee partnership and culture of safety action plans and other topics. Our town hall meetings are intended to promote good communication. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Town Hall Meeting Schedule
Sept. 23, 11 a.m., Ashley River Tower Auditorium; Sept. 26, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Storm Eye Auditorium; Sept. 27, 7 a.m., Ashley River Tower Auditorium, and 3 p.m., 2 West Amphitheater; Sept. 28, 7 a.m., 2 West Amphitheater, and 12 p.m. Ashley River Tower Auditorium; Sept. 29, 10 a.m., 2 West Amphitheater, and 2 p.m. Storm Eye Auditorium; Sept. 30, 10 a.m., 2 West Amphitheater
W. Stuart Smith
Vice President for Clinical Operations
and Executive Director, MUSC Medical Center
People–Fostering employee pride and loyalty
Mark Stimpson, MUHA benefits manager, presented the following topics:
- Fiscal Year 2012 Pay Plan: Pay increases are effective Oct. 9; Increases will be automatically adjusted and reflected in Nov. 2 payroll check (providing available funding); HR has been receiving PEARS for Oct. 9. Other than for new hires, no PEARS for other transactions with an effective date of Oct. 9 can be accepted
- 2011 Annual Benefits Fair (held jointly with university HR) will occur from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sept. 23, outside the Colbert Education Center & Library Building
- 2011 Open Enrollment (Insurance Benefits)-Enrollment period runs through October; changes made in October are effective Jan. 1; changes may be made online or on paper. Employees can increase employee optional term life coverage by up to $50,000 (employee) without answering medical questions; exchange health plans; add or drop health, dental or vision coverage; add or delete dependents from health, dental and vision plans; upgrade or downgrade dental plan which is then locked in for two years other than during a special eligibility situation; qualifying employees may enroll or re-enroll in a medical spending account; apply or drop for long term disability (SLTD) or increase optional term life insurance on employee spouses with medical evidence of good health; drop term life insurance coverage on employees, spouses or children; employees who add new dependents to health, dental or vision coverage must submit supporting documentation (long form of birth certificates, marriage licenses or tax returns); enrollees in all four medical plans should receive new medical cards by the end of December; beneficiaries of a deceased member insured through MUSC's group term life insurance programs have access to MetLife services maximum contributions to health savings accounts increased to $3,100 (individuals) and to $6,250 (families)
- Premium changes: For both state health plans, employee premium increases range from 1 to 6.6 percent depending on who is ensured; employer subsidies increase by 4 percent overall; BlueChoice HMO premium increase in range from 5.1 to 13 percent; Cigna premium increases range from 14 to 19 percent; dental plus premium increases range from 1.4 to 14.3 percent; no premium increases to basic state dental, long term disability, vision care or optional term life insurance.
For information, contact Stimpson at email@example.com or call 792-9320.
- An electrical outage is scheduled for Sept. 25 to repair an emergency power panel in the Children's Hospital. All medical center clinical staff and support staff need to be familiar with the impact of the outage and action plan. The outage will affect the tube system for the campus and lab services (Fast Flow Lab) in the medical center from 7:45 to 11 a.m. Review link for labs that will be unavailable and how to access labs for an emergent situation. A portion of emergency power (red plugs) will be unavailable for up to two hours in the Children's Hospital. The outage will also require the relocation of the NICU to 5th floor Interventional Radiology beginning Sept. 24 through Sept. 25. For information, visit https://www.musc.edu/medcenter/news/CHPowerOutage.htm.
- Beginning Oct. 3, the new Service Hub system will be used by hospital employees to request staff interpreters. The hub, which replaces the Simon Paging system, allows for two-way communications between the requestor and staff interpreter. Refer to the Quick Links box under the Interpreter Servicehub link, MUHA intranet.
- MUSC influenza vaccine will be available from Sept. 27 to Nov. 30 at various locations on MUSC's campus. Visit http://mcintranet.musc.edu/ehs/flu_2011.htm.
- Fight for Air Run/Walk will take place Oct. 29 at the Folly Beach Pier.Call 556-8451.