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'Making a difference every day'

Employees of the Month

Todd Ham, Clinical Neurophysiology
Todd Ham"The other week, Todd made a suggestion on getting inexpensive toys that are found in dental clinics, etc. The electronencephalography (EEG) lab has a treasure box with free inexpensive toys for the outpatients and he suggested that Neurophysiology do the same for the inpatient side. He went to the store and purchased toys with his own money from a dollar store to make some inpatients happy. Todd is great with patients, both adults and pediatrics. Sometimes when doing EEGs on pediatric patients, the fear of the unknown kicks in and they start to panic. It's nice to be able to reward the patients by giving them a toy for their good behavior or for at least enduring the procedure."
Nominated by Michael Townsend

Susan Rivers, Ashley River Tower Endoscopy
"Susan planned, designed and manufactured nine stainless steel holders to secure varied containers for specimens obtained during gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures. Each system is self contained, easily cleaned and properly shaped for specimen containers of various sizes. She made them all and donated them to the department at no charge."
Nominated by Phyllis Malpas

Lori Stivers, Ambulatory Care, Clinical Services
Lori Stivers"The Angel Tree committee received an email on Dec. 7 with a story of a patient who was unable to take her 4-year-old daughter to Disney World as planned. The email inspired Lori to make the patient and her little girl's Disney dream come true. She called the Disney World's corporate office and was able to have a complete princess package sent to the Disney store in Myrtle Beach. Lori drove to the store after work to pick up the outfit and selected a few extra accessories to go with it. Her call to the corporation for help and driving to Myrtle Beach showed us the true spirit of giving. Lori not only paid for the accessories, but she also paid for the princess outfit. It is employees such as Lori that make MUSC such a great place to work."
Nominated by Paula Sutton and Louise Rogers

Natalie Joyner, Meducare
Natalie Joyner"When Natalie found out that Lori Stivers was going to Myrtle Beach to get the Cinderella costume, she called the Hokus Pokus costume store in West Ashley and asked the owner to donate an adult costume so there could be an adult Cinderella to ride in the Angel Tree parade with the 4-year-old. Natalie contacted Angel Tree's Liz Nista and together they found someone to play the part of Cinderella (employee Cindy Kramer). Natalie is a real asset to MUSC. Having Cinderella in the parade helped make it one of the best parades MUSC has held so far."
Nominated by Louise Rogers



Friday, Jan. 27, 2012

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