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Currents Oct. 2

To Medical Center Employees:

MUSC has partnered with Trident United Way (TUW) throughout the years to improve lives in our community. TUW is the area's largest non-governmental supporter of health and human services. Locally, TUW funds 70 programs that nurture children and youth, increase self-sufficiency and promote health and healing, including those programs sponsored by the MUSC Foundation.

When you make a gift to the TUW Campaign, you can earmark it for the MUSC program or any other program of your choice on the pledge form. Campaign material including pledge forms have been disseminated throughout MUSC.

For your convenience you can make your gift online at

The campaign runs until Nov. 30. MUSC's goal is $190,000. As MUSC chair for the 2012 TUW Campaign I want to thank you for your support.

As recently communicated, we will have an unannounced comprehensive survey by the Joint Commission between now and the end of October. The survey team will consist of a nurse, physician, administrator, and generalist surveyor for five days, and an additional ambulatory and behavioral health surveyor for two days each. A life safety specialist will be on campus that week for four days of the survey.

Our Accreditation manager, Lois Kerr, has emphasized the following basic reminders to everyone for survey preparation: know and implement all 2012 National Patient Safety Goals (; keep corridors and exits clear; complete Safety Wednesday activities; conduct daily chart reviews; review plans of care, verify assessments are completed in a timely manner, ensure nutritional and functional screens are properly conducted, verify advance directives, confirm medication reconciliation and restraint documentation; review pain assessment and reassessment; maintain 18-inch clearing for ceiling; verify HR files are complete (verified, current license, current evidence – certifications, evaluations, current competency including change of position). For all surgical and invasive procedures requiring informed consent and/or moderate sedation/anesthesia, always conduct a time out to prevent wrong person, wrong procedure, or wrong site surgery (for details refer to MUHA policy

Finally, Karen Weaver, director of surgical services, and Sarah Bates, public information coordinator, presented a preview of MUSC's video entry into the 2012 Pink Glove Dance Competition. This competition is sponsored by Medline, the manufacturer of the pink gloves used in the video. The top three winners will receive donations in their name to a breast cancer charity of their choice. The amounts of the donations are $10,000 for 1st place, $5,000 for 2nd place and $2,000 for 3rd place. The voting begins on Oct. 12 and ends on Oct. 26. (Currently, the 2011 entries are available for viewing, but the 2012 entries will not be available for viewing until the voting begins on Oct. 12). The winners will be announced Nov. 2. Please visit to vote for your favorite video.

Thank you.

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

People – Fostering employee pride and loyalty

Pink glove video
Karen Weaver, director of surgical services, Clinical Services Administration, reviewed details of MUHA's 2012 entry in Medline Industries Inc.'s Second Annual National Pink Glove Dance Video Competition. The video featured a cast of MUSC employees and community members dancing with Medline pink gloves to Katy Perry's song, "Part of Me." The 3:30-minute video was created by MUSC Public Relations' Sarah Bates, Dawn Brazell and James Monk, a freelance videographer. The competition, sponsored by Medline, was created to promote breast cancer awareness and is open to individuals or organizations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Prizes ($10,000, first place; $5,000, second; and $2,000, third) will be awarded in the form of a donation to the winners' favorite breast cancer charity.
Winners are determined by which video gets the most votes. Voting begins Oct. 12 and ends Oct. 26. Winners will be announced Nov. 2. Vote for MUSC's video at

Trident United Way

Whitney McLuen, Office of Development, and Mo Fullah of the Trident United Way (TUW), addressed managers with details of the 2012 campaign which kicked-off Sept. 7 with employees participating in Tri-county Day of Caring activities.

This year's goal is $190,000 led by campaign chair Stuart Smith and leadership chair Phil Costello, M.D. As the Lowcountry's largest non-government supporter of health and human services, the TUW funds more than 70 programs that supports children, increases self-sufficiency with individuals and families and promotes health and healing.

Gifts can be designated to the TUW or any 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, as well as funds within the MUSC Foundation. Gifts can be made via payroll deduction, check or credit card. To donate, visit and click Give to the Trident United Way. For information, call McLuen at 792-1973.

Wellness update

Susan Johnson, Ph.D., Office of Health Promotion director, shared the following information:

  • Flu vaccine events: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Children's Hospital lobby; 8 –11 a.m., Oct. 4, Room 803, Harborview Office Tower; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Oct. 17, Ashley River Tower (outside cafeteria); 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Oct. 17, Children's Hospital lobby
  • Employees may get a flu shot weekdays from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (rapid service from 1 ­– 3 p.m.), at Employee Health Services, 57 Bee St.
  • Worksite screening: 7 –11 a.m., Oct. 24, university hospital, 2West classroom
  • MUSC Urban Farm: Early bird maintenance, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Lunch & Learns, Noon – 1 p.m., Thursdays; Work & Learns, Noon to 1 p.m., Tuesdays, 4 – 5:45 p.m., Thursdays, 9 – 11 a.m., first and third Saturdays
  • Heart Healthy Harvest: MUSC farmers market/Community Supported Agriculture program joins the Ambrose Family Farms from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. every Thursday
  • Carolina Green Fair: MUSC Health & Wellness tent, Oct. 13 and 14, Marion Square
  • Porcher Medicinal Garden dedication and talk featuring Michael A. Flannery at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 18, Drug Discovery Building Auditorium. Flannery will speak on "Healing the South: The Life and Work of Francis Peyre Porcher (1825-1895)." Email
  • Food Day is Oct. 24 at the Urban Farm. To help kick off this event, the MUSC family is invited to donate canned goods for National Food Day. Collection barrels will be set up at the Colbert Education Center & Library, Ashley River Tower, university hospital, Office of Health Promotion, the Urban Farm and Wellness Center lobby.

Quality – Providing quality patient care in a safe environment

Dan Furlong, OCIO Project Management officer, offered managers some tech tips using Microsoft Outlook 2010.
Furlong reviewed a calendar feature in Outlook that is helpful and efficient in meeting organization. Users can go into "new meeting" and add the names of attendees in the "to" box. As a date is selected, a calendar under "room finder" will indicate which attendees are available for that specific day and other days that compare availability. Conflicts will be color coded differently. Once sent, the calendar is automatically updated.

Service – Serving the public with compassion, respect and excellence

Melissa Forinash, Epic program administrator, gave an update on recent Epic Enterprise implementation activities. Epic is the software program that MUSC has chosen to manage the medical center's electronic medical record system and is integral to achieving MUSC's Health Strategic Plan. On Sept. 19, the program officially kicked off. During the same week, Epic and MUSC project teams conducted site visits and walkthroughs to collect information from departments that will be used for planning. During the week of Sept. 24 "Celebration" tables and give-a-ways were available to employees. Physician-champions from various service lines and other subject matter experts (SMEs) are being identified to assist in the project, particularly with documentation and order entry.

Forinash reviewed plans for Epic's first validation session, Oct. 16 – 18, at the Marriott Hotel. Invitations are being sent to employees who have been tapped to serve as SMEs. Most importantly, these sessions will provide a comprehensive demonstration and overview of the validation process from 9 a.m. to noon on the first day. Forinash reminded managers that not all application teams will meet for all three days or all sessions in October and November. Teams will spend time together in the morning's comprehensive overview and break off to specialized sessions.

As this training will be on campus, coordination and discussions are being held with Payroll in relation to time allocation and logging worked hours. November sessions are Nov. 6 – 8, Embassy Suites, and Nov. 27 – 29, Marriott Hotel.

Nursing Professional Practice Model – Gate
Kathleen White, R.N., neonatal ICU nurse educator and member of the Magnet Exemplary Professional Practice Work Group, shared details about MUSC's new nursing professional practice model.

The Gate model is a collective image of how MUSC nurses define their profession--caring within a framework of Excellence. To create the model, a survey was given to nurses for their input.This was a key step in MUSC's Magnet journey. The Gate image features a central sunrise suggesting new beginnings, optimism and forward-thinking and decorative gate commemorating strength, beauty and purpose, inspired by the artistry of Phillip Simmons, a Charleston craftsman and blacksmith. Excellence provides the strong framework and caring is the core concept that touches patients, their families and communities. The points at the top represent inverted hearts, pointing upward to higher goals and aspirations. The spokes in the gate represent how nurses demonstrate caring for their patients -- collaboration, expertise, advocacy, integrity, innovtion and accountability.

Sandra Belton, R.N., was named senior care-geriatric psychiatric nurse manager in the Institute of Psychiatry.

The next meeting is Oct. 16




Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

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