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Currents Nov. 5


Medical Center Employees:

Medical center town hall meetings are scheduled from Nov. 7 through Nov. 20 at the times and locations listed below. There will be a number of department-based town hall meetings that are not included in the schedule below. You can access the schedule on the intranet at

Town hall agenda topics include: Wins; Joint Commission survey results; HIPAA Privacy update; overview of employee engagement survey action plans; and a discussion concerning our challenging health care environment, including Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement reductions and MUSC's strategies to respond to the challenges. Everyone is encouraged to attend a town hall meeting.

On another matter, at the Nov. 5 communications meeting, Pamela Smith, nurse manager of chest pain center and adult emergency department, asked for everyone's cooperation to discontinue any inappropriate use of the Patient Transport Elevator (elevator 6) on MUH West. This elevator, referred to as the "trauma elevator," should be used only for transport of critical patients, patients from the ED to the OR/ICU/inpatient areas, or to transport stroke patients to NIR. Staff members are asked to refrain from overriding the emergency call system when activated. Security has been asked to provide badge access reports. Everyone's cooperation will ensure for the best and safe care of our patients.

Thank you.

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

Town Hall Meetings: Nov. 9, 9 a.m., Ashley River Tower Auditorium (ART); Nov. 12, 11 a.m., 2West Amphitheater, and noon, ART Auditorium; Nov. 13, 10 a.m., 2West Amphitheater; Nov. 14, 11 a.m., Institute of Psychiatry Auditorium; Nov. 15, noon and 6:30 p.m., ART Auditorium; Nov. 16, 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., 2West Amphitheater; and Nov. 20, 7:30 a.m., ART Auditorium

People – Fostering employee pride and loyalty

Employee of the Month—September

  • Kevin Freeman, 6E Environmental Services, was recognized for helping a transplant patient and his family clean up a dysfunctional toilet that was emptying human waste in the patient's shower. Freeman cleaned the area and called maintenance to fix the problem. (Nominated by Wendy Weesner, patient's wife)
  • Carolyn Simmons, 9E, was praised for her dedication to provide quality patient care as the unit secretary. Simmons helped an out-of-town patient confirm his appointment at the North Charleston specialty clinic. The nurse manager asked Simmons for her help in rescheduling the patient's appointment and confirm directions. Simmons met with the patient to communicate details. (Nominated by Leah Ramos)
  • Belinda Christy, Volunteer & Guest Services, assisted a Heart & Vascular patient and his wife who received care at MUSC last July. The husband had just completed a cardiac ablation procedure and was having dinner in the North Area and had passed out. The patient was transported back to MUSC for care. Christy volunteered to shuttle the patient's wife back to North Charleston to pick up the couple's car and guided the wife back downtown so she would arrive safely. (Nominated by Kenneth and Susan Daniels, patient and wife)

2012 MUSC Angel Tree
Liz Nista, Transplant Center, was joined by members of the MUSC Angel Tree board. Members are employees from around MUSC's campus invited to plan for this campaign. Last year, employees adopted more than 1,500 angel tree gift tags to provide tbikes and other items to celebrate the holidays. This year's angel tree tag distribution will take place at noon, Nov. 9 in the Horseshoe. The collection and parade is Dec. 7 and will honor MUSC and Tri-county veterans. Other parade participants include the Patriot Guard Riders, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, and floats featuring veterans and Santa.


Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

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