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heaRT lung Bypass Perfusion simulations train students in real-life scenarios By dawn Brazell Public Relations


hen he hears stifled laughter in the background, John Hollifield knows trouble is coming. The College of Health Professions (CHP) student has learned the sound probably is coming from behind the control board, where Joseph J. Sistino, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Perfusion, sits during simulations. “When you’re in the simulation, you’re sweating,” he said of his experiences in the college’s Cardiovascular Perfusion Simulation Lab. “There’s going to be a power failure requiring a hand crank or an oxygenator failure or air in the venous line.” Sistino agreed. “We can make everything go really wrong from back here.” That’s the point. The simulation lab, which opened in July 2009, lets students learn how to handle a wide array of emergency conditions under pressure so that it becomes second nature before they might face it in real life. Hollifield said he has enjoyed it because Students run through a perfusion simulation in the laboratory in the College of they get more experience in a shorter amount Health Professions. Top photo: Joseph J. Sistino mans the control panel. of time, and can practice the more challenging skills they need to learn. the operating room versus 40 percent the simulator, such as having Sistino said it’s been a great asset for the caused because of a mechanical students work in the middle of Watch college. problem. The simulation lab allows the night to measure the effects a Video “Students are not just better prepared, they’re of fatigue. They also plan to the students to see how easily those http://www. more confident in themselves. They become miscommunications can happen and add more cameras to facilitate technically more proficient, and it also gives how to handle that or a mechanical evaluations, which will make it them the confidence that when they get into a the best simulation lab in the issue. serious situation, they are going to be able to There are only 18 perfusion schools nation, he said. They spend handle it. An operating room is a very stressful as much time “debriefing” after sessions to in the country, with MUSC being the second environment. It’s like an airplane that flies college-based program to be started. MUSC evaluate themselves as they do practicing in perfectly 99 percent of the time, but when is one of only three perfusion schools in the the lab. something goes wrong, it can be very serious.” nation to have such a simulator, and CHP just Sistino said miscommunication contributes The goal is to do educational research on to 70 percent of adverse events that happen in See PerfusIon on page 9

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By Kelly Taylor, Pa Endocrinology, Diabetes, Med Genetics

Find out your risk for diabetes with a free screening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 in the university hospital by Starbucks. Certified educators will be available to answer questions and provide educational materials, log books, diet information and menus for the upcoming holidays. Diabetes affects more than one in 10 adults in the nation and approximately 30 percent of the population has prediabetes. Those who are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes include: a person with a family history of diabetes; a diagnosis of impaired fasting glucose or pre-diabetes (fasting blood sugar between 100-125); someone who is overweight, especially carrying excess abdominal fat; being sedentary; having high blood pressure; having high cholesterol; having a prior history of gestational diabetes or large-for-gestational age baby; and being of a certain ethnic background - Native American, African American, Hispanic, Asian-American and Pacific Islanders. Lifestyle changes are the first line for prevention and treatment of diabetes. Maintaining a healthy body weight and ensuring a waist circumference of less than 35 cm in women and less than 40 cm in men can help prevent the onset of diabetes and associated conditions, such as heart disease. Studies have shown that lifestyle changes can lower the incidence of diabetes up to 60 percent

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and are more effective than medication at increasing lifespan in patients with diabetes.

Steps to making healthier food choice q Eat at regular intervals. Eating smaller portions four to five times a day keeps our blood sugars more stable throughout the day. q Don’t drink your calories. q Eat foods that encourage satiety. High fiber, high protein foods and those with increased water volume, such as fruits and vegetables, provide a sense of fullness and will help reduce your total caloric intake. q Monitor portion sizes. q Plan ahead. It’s hard to make good choices if you don’t have the right food readily available.

Health 1st events

q Massages: Free massages are offered to employees on Tuesday nights and midday Wednesdays. Look for broadcast messages for locations and times. q Flu shot clinic: Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the university hospital. q Worksite screening: A screening will be held Nov. 18. Register at http://www. q Healthy holiday cooking demonstration: Join executive chef Fred Bennett as he prepares a healthy entrée featuring produce available from local farmers——Nov. 19, 12:30 p.m. at the farmer’s market in front of the library. For information, contact Susan Johnson at

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Gifts from teddy bear tags help children at youth center Between Nov. 19 and Dec. 2, employees may pick up teddy bear gift tags off trees in the lobbies of the Colbert Education & Library Building, the Basic Science Building, the College of Health Professions and the Harper Student Center. Sponsored by the College of Pharmacy, the Teddy Bear Gift Tag program features gift requests of children who could use a little holiday cheer. The requests are provided through the Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC), an umbrella organization that

supervises shelters for children. The center also included some basic needs for its shelters, such as socks, pillows and school supplies. To participate, simply pick a gift tag from one of the trees, purchase the gift request and return it, in gift bags only, by noon on Friday, Dec. 3, to the MUSC Gives Back office, Room 213 Harper Student Center. An MUSC “Santa” will deliver the gifts to CYDC. For more information on the program, call MUSC Gives Back at 792-4094.

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Program recognizes employees

Nicole Cool, 9W; Jackie Haydl, 9W; Casey Maddox, 9W; Karen Driggers, Department of Family Medicine; Lisa Foster, Business Operations Administration; Olivia Titus, Pediatrics Emergency Medicine; Joshua Farrar, Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery; Wendy Ketchum, Radiology; Shannon Kestner, Therapeutic Services; Tara Blizard, PCICU; Shay Limehouse, STNICU; Erin Miller, PCICU; Hanna Gardner, PCICU; Ann Tompkins, PCICU; Tara Carroll, PCICU; Sonia Torres, PCICU; Joy Badiuk, PCICU; Elizabeth Betz, Respiratory Therapy; Charlotte Siau, Respiratory Therapy; Marc Cuenca, 9W; Marlene O’Leary, HVC; Jenny Hazel, ART 3W; Juli Hamilton, Women’s Services; Keith Willan, Women’s Services; Robert Morrison, Office of the OCIO; Jon Nelson, Office of the OCIO; Elise Hardee, ART OR; Valeria Collins, Medical Records; Sadie Jefferson, Environmental Services; Monica Wigfall, 5W; Lisa Clay-

ton, CHS Volunteer Services; Christine Patton, PICU; Juliet Deseo, Hollings Clinics; Tamia McPherson, 8E; Ashley Charlebois, 7A; Alison Duffy, Oncology & Medical/Surgical Services; Demetre Taylor, 8E; Elise Rampey, 8E; Laronda Boddie, Oncology & Medical/Surgical Services; Kendall Simmons, 8E; Brittany Poling, 8W; Altrameze Horry, 2 Center Med Surg Unit; Jill Fortune, 8W; Hosea Sandstrom, 8W; Elise Way, 8W; Stella Seels, Department of Family Medicine; Deborah Cepeda, Women’s Services; Kelli Bryant, Ambulatory Care; Juliette O’Donnell, PACU; Cassandra Poinsett, Venipuncture; Alice Gadsden, 7A; Jessica Row, 7A; Amy Jordan, 7A; Stacie Stone, ART 2 CCV; Stephanie Green, 2E SSU; Adam Miller, ART 6E; Paula Frese, ART 6E; Sarah Moye, ART 6E; Mary Washington, Cardiology; Renotia Fludd, Safety & Security/Volunteer & Guest Services; Mindy Vick, PCICU; Jeanmarie Kanegan, PCICU; Jessica Kennedy, PCICU; Elizabeth Boyle, PCICU; Rene Mallari, MICU; Chris Hairfield, Transplant; and Brooke Austin, ART 2CCV.

MUSC Specialty Care-West Ashley employees were showered with breakfast sweet treats as weekly winners of WCSC-TV Live 5 News and Bojangles restaurant’s Bojangles Breakfast Club Contest Oct. 15. MUSC employees Rosilyn England and Vemessa Cooper submitted the winning entry writing that the team was more than co-workers and that they were friends and all dedicated to providing excellent patient care. Live 5 News cameras filmed the surprise delivery and celebration and aired the segment on their morning news show.

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The following medical center employees received recognition through the Applause Program for going the extra mile:

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sTuDenT ReseaRch Day 2010 First place winners for poster presentations Undergraduate I: Aaron Blackshaw Clinical Prof/Masters I: Kelly R. Anderson Clinical Prof/Masters II: Stefanie M. Robinson Clinical Prof/Masters III: Mo Wei Yang PhD I: Kathryn Cribben PhD II: Keely L. Morris PhD III: Haley B. Lindner PhD IV: Fabio Casu – Kinard/Gadsden Award Postdocs/Residents/Fellows I: Yuvaraj Sambandam Postdocs/Residents/Fellows II: Carmela Reichel First place winners for oral presentations Undergraduates II: Jashalynn German Clinical Prof/Masters IV: Brent Hoffecker PhD V: Amber Bradley PhD VI: Tiffany Baker PhD VII: Marisa Meyers – Eric James Award PhD VIII: Kyle Strickland – Willard & Betty Peterson Award Postdocs/Residents/Fellows III: Souzan A. Abdel-Samie Interprofessional Awards First prize: Kristina Andrijauskaite Second prize: Jeannette Wingate

Students gather in the gym at MUSC’s Wellness Center for the College of Graduate Studies’ Perry V. Halushka MUSC Student Research Day Nov. 5. The event offers a chance for researchers to showcase their work. Health Disparities Awards First Prize Poster: Brent Boyer Second Prize Poster: Seth Palesch First Prize Oral: Amy Painter Second Prize Poster: Caitlyn Ellerbe Sigma Xi Award Oral First: Molly T. Townsend For a complete list of the Student Research Day 2010 winners visit catalyst/archive/2010/co11-12winners.html.

Congratulations Perry V. Halushka MUSC Student Research Day winners.

Above, graduate student Michael Stefanik exhibits his poster presentation: “Shining the light on relapse neurocircuitry.” He said he enjoys the day because it’s a good way to find out what everyone else is doing. Below, graduate student Kathryn Cribben explains her research.

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Meet Ruthel

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Family Husband, John Sr., and sons, John Jr., Bruce and Jermaine, plus grandchildren First job Working as a volunteer at the Sea Island Health Clinic, John’s Island Biggest challenge at work Keeping up with the latest technology and changes [She just returned to MUSC after having been deployed since 2007] Most rewarding work in the Navy Helping countless soldiers and sailors as a processing site manager

Compliment you have received lately I’m proud of you (my grandchildren told me that).


Fun fact I was one of six siblings who served in the military. Between us, we have more than 131 years of military service.


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Students shine ‘gold’ in respect, empathy, service By CIndy aBole Public Relations

Compassion, integrity, respect and service are just some of the humanistic qualities that patients seek when looking for a physician. These qualities and more also describe the 20 senior medical students who were recently inducted in MUSC’s Paul B. Underwood Jr. Chapter of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). The students, as well as several role model physicianeducators and medical school leaders, gathered to honor their humanistic character and commitment to medicine at a Sept. 30 induction ceremony and luncheon at the Wickliffe House. New inductees were recognized by Jeff Wong, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education and GHHS Chapter faculty advisor. As the students were called forward and recognized, they were presented with an award certificate and GHHS lapel pin, which they pinned on each other. Each year, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation sponsors the GHHS awards to promote excellence in medicine by emphasizing the relationship between practitioner and patient. The foundation strives to guide physiciansin-training by combining the skills and knowledge they learn in medical science with the attitudes and interpersonal skills of communication, empathy and compassion. The society recognizes the following attributes in a humanistic physician——integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy and service. Students are nominated by their peers based on personal observations, standardized questions and other criteria. A nomination committee narrowed down the list of nominees based on who were the best communicators with their patients. “These students deserve tremendous congratulations on this achievement,” said College of Medicine Dean Etta Pisano, M.D. “We honor each of them for their demonstrated excellence and highest values on

Paul B. Underwood Jr. Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society Class of 2011 Christopher Ayers, Stewart Benton, David Bowen, Brandon Brown, Naylor Brownell, Kara Davis, Stephen Finley, Payton Foust, Kristina Johnson, Thomas Kandl, Kathryn Koval, Adonteng Kwakye, Megan Lee, Gabriella Maris, Stephen Martin, Katherine Mitchum, Wade Reardon, Robert Sweeney, Elizabeth White and William Wright.

Medical students Payton Foust, right, pins Megan Lee during the Sept. 30 Gold Humanism Awards luncheon. They were among 20 inductees to MUSC's chapter. humanism, professionalism and compassion to others. It’s my hope that they can continue to carry forth these attributes throughout their medical education and their respective careers. “ The event also recognized the chapter’s newest faculty inductee, Robert P. Turner, M.D., a pediatric neurologist and associate professor in the departments of neurosciences, pediatrics and Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. In 2008, Turner was honored by medical students and peer faculty with the American Association of Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award. Since joining MUSC in 1997, Turner has been recognized with a variety of clinical and teaching awards including the Golden Apple, Faculty Excellence, MUSC Excellence’s Physician of the Month and area awards. He joined other GHHS faculty

colleagues Patricia McBurney, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, Matt McEvoy, M.D., associate professor of anesthesia and perioperative medicine and assistant dean for patient safety and simulation, and Rachel L. Sturdivant, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, Division of Nephrology. “Being recognized by MUSC medical students for exemplifying what I love to do daily——teach, patient care, working with families encountering sometimes unimaginable difficulties——gives a wonderful boost when one is often tempted to grow tired in today’s medical environment. However, my faculty and student colleagues in our MUSC chapter are so often the ones that I am emulating and learning from,” said Turner. MUSC’s GHHS chapter was established in 2004 and named after College of Medicine educator and physician Paul B. Underwood Jr., M.D., associate dean for student admissions and professor in the Department of OB/GYN. Underwood has been honored for his humanistic values in medical education and practice. MUSC joins 91 medical schools in the country that host a GHHS chapter. Recognizing humanism in medicine and medical education has been expanded for students in both elective reflective writing courses, ceremonies and other activities, according to Wong. Since 2006, medical students have participated in creative writing and humanities electives.

Educators offered free training in interactive science program

The Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs (CDAP) is hosting a free conference, “Training in how to deliver a science-based substance abuse prevention program,” from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, in the Institute of Psychiatry Auditorium, 67 President St. The conference will provide educators, guidance counselors and therapists the materials and training to deliver the Just Say Know program, an interactive science-based alcohol and drug prevention program designed by MUSC scientists for

students in grades eight through 12. The program is a hands-on learning experience designed to teach students the science behind drug and alcohol abuse. It is based on research findings in neuroscience and developed in a way to be entertaining and engaging. The program teaches how the brain works, and how drugs and alcohol can alter brain structure and function to produce problems including risky behaviors and addiction. Suzanne Thomas, Ph.D., director of research and assessment in the Division of

Education and Student Life, said teachers do not need to have a science background. “We expect relatively few of them will have a background in neuroscience, and so we have come up with a creative solution to this challenge. MUSC students have volunteered through MUSC Gives Back and their participation in student interest groups to serve as brain buddies.” If teachers are asked questions that they don’t know, then they’ll be able to send the questions online to MUSC students and faculty. The conference represents a

collaboration between CDAP, the MUSC Division of Education and Student Life and MUSC students. “In short, this program promotes providing scientifically-accurate information to youth across the state to help them appreciate the value of their brain and how drugs and alcohol adversely affect it,” Thomas said. For information, e-mail riverssy@musc. edu. Registration online is required by Nov. 19. Visit http://www.muschealth. com/psychevents.

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Town hall meeting focuses on preparation, feedback

Stuart Smith, vice president for operations and executive director of MUSC medical center, and organizational managers discussed the following agenda topics: review of fiscal year (FY) 2010-11 goals and year-to-date organizational goal results; recognition of exceptional employees (Employee, Physician and Nurse of the Month winners); Heart & Vascular Service Line and Pediatric Emergency Department spotlight; patient survey vendor transition; hand hygiene initiative; organizationwide employee partnership action plan; health care reform preparation and employee ideas. The meeting began with Smith reviewing the medical center’s FY201011 organizational goals and results with employees.

Service—Serving the public with compassion, respect and excellence

Smith explained the standardized survey tool Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) which compares MUSC to other hospitals on the Internet. MUSC’s results for adult in-patient percentage (9 to 10 rating scale) showed that the hospital achieved a 77 percent (about the 90th percentile range) rating. The goal is 78 percent. Meanwhile, outpatient clinics percentage continues to do well in rankings by meeting the 88th percentile (goal: 85).

People—Fostering employee pride and loyalty The goal is to increase the Employee Partnership survey mean score (goal: 73.6 percent, FY10 actual: 72.6), Physician Satisfaction survey (goal: 74.3 percent, FY10 actual: 73.3) and encouraged continued employee

participation in spring 2011.

Quality—Providing quality patient care in a safe environment

Smith outlined the hospital’s mortality percentile rankings (goal: 80th, FY10 actual: 70th) and feels with more effort, this can be improved. He also spoke about needed improvements with hand hygiene compliance (stretch goal: 90 percent). More details about this are outlined later in this report.

Finance—Providing the highest value to patients while ensuring financial stability The organization continues to work in building its days cash on hand or emergency fund (goal: 25 days, current 14.6). The hospital is on track to meet the net income goal (goal: 25.5 million, current [through September]: 7.4 M) .

Growth—Growing to meet the needs of those we serve

At the time, outpatient volume in visits is down (goal: 5 percent, current: -2.6). we believe it is due partly to a nationwide downward trend in physician office visits because of the economy and patients delaying hospital visits unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Employee, physician, nurse awards Smith recognized 16 MUHA employee of the month winners (May to September); four physician of the month winners (May to August) and five Nurse of the Month (DAISY) award winners. Exceptional performances

At the Studer Group’s 2010 What’s Right in Health Care Conference, MUSC Heart & Vascular Center’s mortality ranking with Universal Health System Consortium’s Mortality Index (fourth quarter, 2009) placed first among 107 academic medical centers and second out of 108 facilities for the past 12 months. Also recognized was the Pediatric Emergency Department, which ranked in the 97th percentile for patient satisfaction and winning the Service Excellence Award. The group has surpassed its goal of reaching the 80th percentile for nearly the past three years. The Peds ED started in the 60th percentile in 2007. Patient survey vendor transition MUHA has used Press Ganey to measure patient satisfaction. Recently, hospital leadership decided to change using Avatar International, a tool that’s used to measure customer satisfaction in health care. Since October, Avatar has been used to survey all MUSC patients, with the exception of the Children’s Hospital and Peds ED areas, which will remain with Press Ganey due to their specific patient population. Leadership led the change based on customizable surveys based on the patient services received and flexibility allowing the system to ask patients about surgery, physical therapy, CT scans, ICU, etc.——activities that can be used during a patient’s stay and customizable questions and health education information based on diagnosis and patient diseases, etc. Rating scale between Avatar and Press Ganey also is different and more user friendly. Smith emphasized that employees need to continue providing the best patient care and service to all patients. Hand hygiene Since January, the medical center has moved forward in its ongoing hand hygiene campaign to reduce the spread of infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year there are more than 1.7 million health care-

associated infections. And those people who are infected develop it during the course of receiving health care. Of the 1.7 million, about 99,000 will result in death for that patient. As a result, potentially more than 90 people could die from infections each year. June Darby, Neurosciences Service Line manager, reminded all employees to clean their hands using soap and water (15 seconds) or use hand sanitizer. Employees should wash hands after using the restroom; before and after eating; after sneezing or coughing; when entering or leaving a patient’s room and putting on or disposing of gloves. Darby recognized Digestive Disease Center/6East’s Rhonda Flynn, R.N., for establishing hand hygiene best practices and education ideas with ART employees. Health care reform In March, Congress passed the country’s Health Care Reform bill designed to provide medical coverage to 32 million Americans who are currently uninsured. Darby spoke about challenges that MUSC as both a provider and employer will experience on both state and national levels. On a statewide level, South Carolina is already experiencing budget shortages for 2011 and 2012, which may mean there could be monetary shortages in the budget to fully fund the state’s Medicaid program. It is difficult to predict the overall outcome in this area. Darby explained that in a worst case scenario, Medicaid payment could decrease for FY 2011 by about $50 million. Nationally, Americans continue to age, which includes the baby boom generation and increases the number of Americans enrolled in Medicaid. Analysts predict that Medicare will change the way it pays for care. For example, Medicare is already withholding payments for care associated with “never” events——hospital falls, hospital-acquired infections, etc. Hospitals and physicians will continue to be challenged to find new ways of caring for patients while reducing costs. Other

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expected changes relate to adjusted payments based on how a hospital’s performance measures. To help prepare for change and potential payment reductions, hospital leaders want to identify ways that the organization can reduce costs by 10 percent while preserving quality and safety (i.e. MUHA’s 5 & 5 Plans (5 percent reduction in costs each year for two years). This plan focuses on reducing errors and avoidable events, creating efficient workflows and improving efficiency while managing expenses. Pharmacy and interventional radiology employees shared one idea to reduce waste involving the clotbusting drug tPA, used mostly with stroke patients. The team suggested that they cut the use down to 2mg vials ($87) versus 50 mg vials ($1,961), which results in a savings of $66,000 per year. Only 2-22 mg. is needed and the remainder is discarded.

2011 Employee Partnership Action Plan Dave Neff, Ambulatory Cares service line administrator, reviewed the top opportunities in the 2010 Employee Partnership Plan Survey. Employees listed “My work group is asked for opinions before decisions are made” (62.5 percent and up 2 percent since 2009) and “Leaders really listen to employees” (57 percent and up 3.2 percent) showing the largest increases to date. Neff explained that leadership is developing a plan focusing on three areas – communications, involvement and follow up. Neff stressed it is important that every employee take responsibility to be well informed and participate in identifying solutions in the challenges that lie ahead. Stop Light reports (green-completed; yellow-in process; red-not happening at this time), which are used to color code the status of activities, will continue to be the primary tracking and communications mechanism. Leaders will continue to use the town hall meetings as well as the MUHA intranet, e-mails, and The Catalyst (Currents) as tools of communications.

The CaTalysT, November 12, 2010 9 Involvement innovation Hospital leaders will continue to prepare a plan for increasing employee involvement in problem solving and innovation. Using the Stop Light method to provide updates and communicate follow up; the green items indicates actions are completed; yellow, ideas being investigated or under consideration for being implemented; red, actions are not possible at this time. To submit suggestions, contact Joan Herbert, organizational performance director, 792-0726 or Looking ahead During November and December, employees will be asked an additional question to the set of core questions as asked by supervisors: What ideas do you have for how we can reduce waste? Employees are encouraged to share their ideas with their supervisor during the next rounding session. Connect to purpose Neff referred to the “MUSC: Changing What’s Possible” communications campaign and a patient family response after viewing the commercial, “Independence: Epilepsy.” Neff read a letter written by a patient’s mother. The mother, who has a son with epilepsy, is a patient of Jonathan Edwards, M.D., director of MUSC’s Epilepsy Program. The mother noticed that the commercial featured the voiceover of Edwards. “As I watch my son make progress and the seizures lessen in frequency and severity, my heart fills with joy and hope for him…We couldn’t do this without all of his devoted medical team. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing together such skilled and caring nurses and doctors,” she wrote. Final town hall meeting MUHA employees can attend the final meeting at 11 a.m. Nov. 12, 2 West Amphitheater.

PerfusIon Continued from Page One hosted the 11th Annual Update on Perfusion Devices Workshop, the only conference of its kind nationally. The simulation lab is used during conferences to demonstrate devices. This year’s conference was attended by 100 perfusionists, 27 students and 33 vendors. “It’s a way to let professionals learn about new equipment and what the future of the field is as far as new technology. The students attend, and they get to meet perfusionists from all over the country. It’s a good showcase for our students too because they make contacts all over the country. It’s a win-win situation,” Sistino said.

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SEI-Lions event communicates vision care progress By CIndy aBole Public Relations More than 100 South Carolina Lions Club members attended the MUSC – South Carolina Lions Vision Symposium to learn about the latest trends in vision care and sight-saving research being done at MUSC Storm Eye Institute (SEI). The event was organized by SEI development director Toni McHugh and SEI staff and members of the S.C. Lions Eye Research Committee. “We were delighted to have the South Carolina Lions here at Storm Eye to learn how our vision scientists and physicians appreciate the support the Lions have given over the years and to provide information about eye care and research that the Lions can take back to their clubs,” said McHugh, who also is a Lions member. The daylong program caught the attention of Richard “Grover” Cleaveland, who is president of the Hilton Head Island Noon Lions Club. Cleaveland made the 120-mile round trip and was pleased with what he heard at MUSC. “Not everyone has the opportunity to visit Charleston and hear what I’ve heard today from eye specialists and researchers about the good work and advances being made in vision care and research at MUSC,” he said. “The program was well presented and provided a good overview of ongoing vision care and activities. It’s my goal to take this information and share it with the people of southern Beaufort County.” The event opened with a welcome by M. Edward Wilson, M.D., SEI director and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D. It featured brief presentations from SEI clinicians, clinical researchers and vision scientists who spoke about their work and expertise. The program also allowed time for questions and answers with the audience. “It is important for the Storm Eye Institute and MUSC to communicate that we are of service to the entire state of South Carolina. Through the vision

Surfside/ South Strand Lions Club members Bernie Bone, right, and Frank Losasso, check in with Storm Eye Institute's Jerald Brown as part of the SEILions Vision Symposium.

symposium, we were able to reach out to over 40 Lions clubs and 100 Lions from all parts of the state to share the significant advances that Storm Eye is making in vision research and patient care,” said Wilson, who also is a Lions member. The morning session featured talks on clinical topics such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataract and cornea transplants and recommendations for vision screenings and rehabilitation. After a midday lunch break, participants got an overview of vision research activities, including the training and preparation of doctoral-level vision scientists as described by Craig E. Crosson, Ph.D., vice chairman of SEI research. SEI researchers shared details about their current research in eye diseases including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and other retinal degenerative diseases. They also shared progress with new drug techniques and therapies to improve vision health.

The S.C. Lions have provided long-standing support to SEI and its mission to meet the eye care needs of South Carolinians. The organization continues to assist financially-challenged individuals who need eye surgeries and treatments, as it has done for more than 35 years. Through the years, S.C. Lions Clubs have supported pilot research projects at Storm Eye, raising more than $500,000 that was matched by the state to establish the Center for Economic Excellence’s Endowed Chairs Program. Crosson, who holds the Pawek-Valloton Chair in Ophthalmic Bioengineering, said it was essential to convey to Lions members how important their contributions have been to the success of the vision research at Storm Eye. “Inviting them to hear about the projects that our vision scientists are investigating was a perfect way to share that information with them,” Crosson said.

Employees using all parking garages have new access system

The Office of Parking Management is implementing a new parking access system for all employee parking garages and gated parking lots. The new system employs proximity technology, which means the card can be read when placed in close proximity to the reader without actually having to touch the reader, and the system will use employee ID badges for entry and exit. Installation of this new access system

in the President Street parking garage (E Lot) has begun. The anticipated completion date and activation of employee ID badge for entry and exit is Dec.1. Should this date change, employees will be notified immediately. Employees are being asked to e-mail their ID badge number no later than Friday, Nov. 19, for entry into the new database. In addition to providing improved management tools for the employee

parking system, the new access system eliminates the need for employees to have a separate card for parking access. When the new card readers have been installed and activated for use, employees’ MUSC ID badges will become their access card for entry and exit to the garage. Employees may e-mail their badge ID numbers to Jamika Stevenson at Employees who get a new badge between

the time of their first response to this request and the date of the ID badge activation will need to send in the new badge number so it may be activated and ready for use. Employees will be notified when the new access system has been installed and told the exact date when they will begin using their ID badges for entry and exit to the garage. For more information, call 792-6760.

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Items for Sale

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Garage Sale @ The Islands 1081 Barbados Way - Saturday November 13, 8am until noon

MU Women's Club Jewelry Sale for scholarships Wed. Nov.17 2-8 @ 1 Johnson Rd. Crescent 571-1281 Ledlie Bell



Dansko Shoes Size 39 Brown with leaf design only worn once $60.00 817-0609

Solid cherry double bed for sale. 883-9521

506 CECILIA COVE DR CHARLESTON 4 BR 2 Full & 1 Half Bath 2,233 SqFt $265,000

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Home of the Month: $149,990

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