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'Making a difference every day'


September Employees of the Month

Amy Sion, Pharmacy Services
                                  Sion"I received a letter from a nursing colleague who needed help getting a patient some antiemetic medication that had been overlooked, and was not given to a patient. Amy not only found a pharmacy that would fill the prescription, but also picked it up, and delivered it to the patient's home. The amount of energy and patience it took for her to help this patient, instead of hurrying home to her family, is to be commended. I am so proud to work with people who step in to aid not only the patient but their coworkers. People like Amy make Hollings Cancer Center the special place that it is."
Nominated by Carolyn Smith

Carolyn Simmons, 9E
Carolyn Simmons"Carolyn Simmons has been an employee of MUSC for more than 30 years. She has exhibited the characteristic of MUSC Excellence throughout her career. This is evident through her dedication in providing excellent quality care in her role as a unit secretary. One example of her dedication occurred last week as I was trying to assist a lost patient to his appointment. The patient, who is from Ravenel, had a 2 p.m. appointment at the specialty clinic in North Charleston. It was 2 p.m., and he thought the appointment was downtown. I met the patient and his family at the Clinical Sciences Building ramp as they were struggling to carry the patient, a paraplegic, back to the car. I told them to wait in the car, and I will try my best to get them directions to the clinic and reschedule their appointment the same day as needed. I called the scheduling office and was informed that they were unable to accommodate the patient that day because it was already past 2 p.m. I called Ms. Simmons to help. She came down to the ramp and started working her magic. She had one phone on one ear to call central scheduling and had another phone on her other ear to call the specialty clinic. When she hung up both phones, she was able to get directions to the specialty clinic and schedule the appointment on that same day. She also spoke with the patient and his family herself so I could go to my next scheduled meeting. Because of her dedication to patient service, the patient was able to go to his follow-up appointment and did not need to re-schedule or travel again on another day."
Nominated by Leah Ramos

Kevin Freeman, Environmental Services
Kevin Simmons"Besides being very friendly, Kevin went above and beyond on Friday morning. The toilet next door was emptying into our shower and left human waste behind. I called for help around 9:30 a.m. When Kevin came in to clean, he called maintenance again and the problem was fixed in about 15 minutes. He was very concerned about my husband (a transplant patient) being near the waste in the bathroom, and I felt that he understood me completely and cared for my husband's well-being. He even came by about an hour later to see how we were doing. It is very clear he values his job and patient care. Very uplifting to see his smiling face."
Nominated by Wendy Weesner (the patient's wife)

Physician of the Month

Jessica Hoying, M.D., Family Medicine
"Dr. Hoying went above and beyond her duty the other night with a Family Medicine patient. She returned my page in record time and came to evaluate the patient within the time-frame she gave me. She also fed beef broth to the patient and provided support during placement of a foley catheter. She was very calm and comforting towards the patient and the patient's mother. I appreciate the time she took with the patient as well as her respectful attitude towards me as the registered nurse. She even had time to obtain a blanket for another Family Medicine patient, rather that just passing it along. Thank you Dr. Hoying for your commitment to your patients and your colleagues."
Nominated by Ava Jones


Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

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