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2012 Year in Review

Expanding Services: Changing What's Possible


Commitment to Patients

Magnet journey
Nurses and staff kicked off events promoting the hospital's commitment to the Magnet designation journey. Jan. 27

Mechanical heart
The Berlin Heart helped 6-year-old Morgan Porter wait almost six months for a new heart. Feb. 3

Forensic program
MUSC's Forensic Psychiatry Program and Sexual Behaviors Clinic and Lab, located in West Ashley, is one of a few on the East Coast with the capacity to conduct clinical, psychological and physiological assessments of sexual behaviors for use by the criminal justice system. Feb. 24

Smoke-free campus
MUSC implemented a tobacco-free campus policy March 1. Feb. 24

Level 1 trauma center
MUSC's trauma program was the first in South Carolina to receive national trauma verification at any level. The verification was confirmed by the American College of Surgeons. March 2

Grants support research
The March of Dimes of South Carolina Chapter awarded grants to two scientists to advance the treatment of premature babies and those born with birth defects, as well as to seek new ways to prevent these health problems. April 20

Cancer detection
Women at high risk for developing invasive breast cancer now have a more definitive answer for appropriate screening methods. May 11

Special-needs clinic
Pamela Kaminski, DMD, an alumna of the College of Dental Medicine gave a $1.5 million gift to name a special-needs dental clinic in the school's new clinical building. May 25

Telescopic lens
MUSC's Storm Eye Institute offers an implantable telescopic lens procedure. The first procedure was performed July 13. Aug. 3

25 years of service

Dr. Rita Ryan checks on newborn Ella Nora Evans in the fifth-floor special care nursery.
When the Children's Hospital was completed in 1987, it focused primarily on children with very difficult illnesses or injuries. It still offers expert service, but its reputation has grown to encompass a comprehensive level of pediatric care. Aug. 10

Pediatric endoscopy suite
The new $1 million pediatric therapeutic endoscopy suite expanded services provided by the Children's Hospital's Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition team to diagnose young patients with liver and pancreatic diseases and disorders. Sept. 7

After-hours care clinic
MUSC's Children's Hospital after-hours care and specialty clinic in Mount Pleasant opened for business Nov. 5. The clinic is geared toward children who need non-urgent care. Nov. 16

Women's care services
The women's care service line renovated its postpartum nursing unit. Nov. 30

Dedication to staff
Wellness Cener renovation
The renovated MUSC Wellness Center lobby has updated decor and a single point of entry. The center has new flooring, wall covering, lighting, expanded program space, new
equipment and a redesigned
membership desk. Feb. 3

Arboretum planted
Urban forest areas improve the environment in a wide range of ways, from the improvement of air quality to encouraging people to be outdoors and exercise more. April 20

Lighten Up Charleston
Employees have a new way to get and stay healthy as several local campaigns and organizations work to improve the health of the community through weight loss and healthy lifestyles. June 8

Women in leadership
Elizabeth Pilcher, DMD, was the newest graduate of The Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. ELAM's mission is to expand the national pool of qualified women candidiates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry and public health. June 22

Clinical Connections
A new publication, Clinical Connections, serves as a central source for internal communication to educate MUSC Health medical staff with information, news, announcements, initiatives and postive outcomes. June 29

CARTA goes to Summerville
The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority expanded its bus route to Summerville. The new stop is located at the Park & Ride lot at Dorchester Village Shopping Center. July 6

Vitamin D project
A $3 million grant provides funding for MUSC physician researchers to learn more about vitamin D's effect on maternal health and fetal development during pregnancy. July 20

Expanded image
The Department of Radiology and Radiology Science acquired a new scanner giving radiology specialists a more expanded image to view while allowing patients a more comfortable scan experience. July 27

COBRE grant
MUSC is now home to four National Institutes of Health Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). COBRE is a component of the Institutional Development Award program, which encourages health-related research, and supports faculty development and research infrastructure. Sept. 28

Improving access to care
MUSC's Stacy Renouf found an easier way to cut the 82 miles between her job as a Sodexo registered dietetian in Charleston and her patient in Bamberg. Oct. 5

Employee Wellness
An innovative new program called the Children's Hospital Wellness Initiative targets the health of employees through nutrition and fitness activities. Oct. 12

Emergency medicine
Emergency medicine personnel can provide a higher level of patient care thanks to a new seamless and efficient documentation system. Dec. 14

Urban Farm
MUSC Urban Farm was recognized as a Charleston Friendly Yard by the Keep Charleston Beautiful Committee for creating and maintaining an environmentally sound garden. Dec. 14

Devotion to students
Pitch the Pack classes
In support of the tobacco-free campus policy, students who want to quit smoking were offered smoking cessation classes free of charge. Jan. 20

Executive level of education
The College of Health Professions created the Department of Healthcare Leadership and Management to prepare leaders for the future. March 9.

Joining Forces
The College of Medicine has committed to enhance its mission in a nationwide intitiative to support veterans when they return home from duty. March 23

Study of smokeless tobacco
Studying the use of smokeless tobacco among men and evaluating their risk for oral cancer were the goals of third-year dental students Laura Tulga and Jennie Odom. March 23

Residency program
The Health Resources and Services Administration awarded MUSC a grant to initiate a primary care track in the pediatric residency program. The Georgetown Pediatric Center was named as one of the two community training sites in South Carolina. May 4

HealthLinks, a new MUSC program that promotes family-centered care, started its pilot program in the Pediatric Primary Care clinic. The program uses student volunteers to connect MUSC patients and their families to non-medical resources in the community. July 13

Wellness Works
Wellness Works is the new student communication hub of all wellness and well-being programs. It is dedicated to helping students increase their awareness of every aspect of wellness. Aug. 24

Pirraglia nursing scholarship
The Tony Pirraglia Nursing Scholarship was awarded in October, more than 10 years after Pirraglia was killed. The scholarship was awarded to an employee who is a student in the graduate program at the College of Nursing. Nov. 30



Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

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