Page 1

October 5, 2012

Vol. 31, No. 8


Inside Hospital of tHe Year


The Institute of Psychiatry was recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Health as being the best in South Carolina.




First-year students are now required to participate in diversity training workshops. 2



Meet Phillip



tHe C ata lY s t online http:// www.musc. edu/ catalyst

MUSC Sodexo dietitian Stacy Renouf, right, simulates a telehealth call with a colleague.

Telemedicine improves access to care MUSC’s Stacy Renouf found an easier way to cut the 82 miles distance between her job as a Sodexo registered dietitian in Charleston and her patient in Bamberg. On Sept. 21, Renouf became MUSC’s first dietitian in the state to provide medical nutrition therapy to a patient using telehealth video teleconferencing. Renouf’s patient was hosted by a family practice physician’s office in Bamberg using equipment supplied by MUSC as part of the Virtual Telemedicine Consult Clinic (VTCC) project, which is supported by a Duke Endowment Grant. The grant was

awarded to Samir M. Fakhry, M.D., professor of surgery. Planning for the visit has been a yearlong process. MUSC’s registered dietitians worked with VTCC, Telemed Operations and Development Council to establish protocols allowing a host site and a dietitian to complete this appointment. The patient was checked in and triaged by clinical staff at a participating family practice office. Next, a staff member called Renouf using a computer and special internet connection using the Movi/Jabber software

for desktop video conferencing. Together both patient and dietitian were able to discuss the patient’s nutritional concerns and needs in real-time. As followup, educational materials were faxed to the participating physician’s office for the patient. Renouf and other registered dietitians will continue to engage with rural primary care physicians in South Carolina to expand these services to all patients. For information on VTCC, contact Laura Langston, project coordinator, at langstl@

2 The CaTalysT, October 5, 2012

Applause Program The following employees received recognition through the Applause Program for going the extra mile: Medical Center

Karen Goff, Volunteer & Guest Services; Kate Miccichi, Revenue Cycle Operations; Lorry Anderson, Radiology; Joshua Dakin, 10W; Trey Williams, Meduflex Team; Gwen Franklin, 2JRU; Michelle Moore, 2JRU; Shania Broughton, 2JRU; Christine Walker, 2JRU; Bret Johnson, Meduflex Team; Pamela Scarborough, 2JRU; Shane Pais, 2JRU; Estelle Asby, PAS; Crystal Conrad, MedSurg Registration; Tiffany Carter, Meduflex Team; Alaina Heyward, 10W; Eleanor Shepard, Meduflex Team; Melissa Pascarella, 10W; Fred Scruggs, 10W; Senaca Shefton, 10W; Jessica Johnson, 10W; Tracy Floyd, Ambulatory Care; Joel Cook, Dermatology; Sharon Hilliard, Radiation Oncology; Melanie Slan, HCC; Kimberly Bennett, ART PACU; Wilhelmina Thompson, ART Pre-Op Surgery; Lawrence Afrin, Hematology/Oncology; Angelena Perkins, ART PACU; Tiffani Simmons, HCC; Moya McFadden, Radiology; Cindy Kramer, Transplant Center; Cherise Pelzer, Medical Records; Connie Whitmire, CCU; Laurie Woods, Ashley Avenue PT/OT; Lora Sedgwick, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy & Sleep Medicine; Alanese Champaigne, Revenue Cycle Operations; Alex LaMond, 8W; Tolanda Henderson, 8W; Tammy Kindt, Respiratory Therapy; Juliet Deseo, Hollings Clinics; Tamika Stephens, Environmental Services; Steve Walker, OCIO; Carolyn Anderson, Environmental Services; Beverly Richardson, 9W; Angie Smalls, Support Services; Chandra Johnson,

Editorial of fice MUSC Office of Public Relations 135 Cannon Street, Suite 403C, Charleston, SC 29425. 843-792-4107 Fax: 843-792-6723 Editor: Kim Draughn Catalyst staff: Cindy Abole, Dawn Brazell,

MICU; Suzette Gaines, MICU; Connie Barbour, MICU; Shari Smith, Women’s Services; Gean Johnson, Transplant Center; Jessica Edwards, Peri-Anesthesia Unit; Bernard Ferrette, Facilities Management; Saundra Griffin, Central Supply; Barbara Walker, Environmental Services; Linda McPherson, Environmental Services; Corrine Dolan, MedSurg ICU; Melissa Mitchell, Meduflex Team; Julie Hanover, Care Management; Jayne Quinn, Therapeutic & Professional Support Services; Becky Hank, ART 6W; Tavia Talley, ART 6E; Margarita Konikova, ART 6E; Misty Kahmke, ART 6W; Mona Murdaugh, ART 6W; Melissa Parker, ART 6W; Cynthia Brown, ART 6E; Elaine Sola, ART 6E; Laura Taylor, ART OR; Wilson Ham, ART OR; Starr Washington, RT UIM; Alim Powers, Dietetic Services; Sally Shield, Women’s Services; Libby Woodward, Women’s Services; Patrice Williams, 7A; Melissa Leslie, GI Clinic; Angelia Whitmire, MedSurg Registration; Christine Strange, Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery; Melvena Nelson, Environmental Services; Laura Droege, Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery; Christina Mundo, 9W; Christina Thompson, Transplant Center; Laverne Frasier, Revenue Cycle Operations/Precertification; and Jessica Metz, Social Workers. University

Jennifer Burton, Neurology; Ted Clark, Occupational Safety & Health; Sarah Denham, Neurology; Shirley Maxwell, College of Medicine/Dean’s Office; Delores Mitchell, Controller’s Office/Accounting Services; and Rob Nance, Parking Management. The Catalyst is published once a week. Paid adver tisements, which do not represent an endorsement by MUSC or the State of South Carolina, are handled by Island Publications Inc., Moultrie News, 134 Columbus St., Charleston, S.C., 843-849-1778 or 843-958-7490. E-mail:

A letter from MUSC’s president I would like to share with you a report that I believe offers tremendous value and important insights into the economic health and vitality of our community. The 2012 Regional Economic Scorecard is an annual assessment of the three-county Charleston region’s economic progress compared to six similar metro areas and two leading economies. It can be viewed by following The scorecard is produced for the community by the Charleston Regional Development Alliance with research and analysis conducted by Clemson University’s Center for Economic Development and by the Charleston Metro Chamber’s Center for Business Research. This is the third year they have issued this data report, which shows that Charleston is moving in the right direction. It is also clear that there is more to be done in building a globally competitive economy for the Charleston region. Discoveries made at MUSC are becoming a key part of the regional economy as spinoff companies develop intellectual property that arises from our research. With the recent addition of the new Bioengineering and Drug Discovery research facilities on campus and the planned development with the City of Charleston of the neighboring Horizon research park, we will attract even more talented scientists and engineers to the area. These researchers will help to drive the knowledge-based economy of our region, while helping to improve the health of our citizens. Charleston is fast becoming a world-class economy and that means doing business at a different level. We got here by everyone working together, having the broad support of public and private partnerships, and a shared vision for the future. I encourage you to spend time with the report and share the information with your colleagues and contacts. Sincerely

Raymond S. Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D. MUSC President

The CaTalysT, October 5, 2012 3

Alliance on mental health honors IOP with award


USC’s Institute of Psychiatry (IOP) was named Hospital of the Year by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) South Carolina chapter. In addition, Elliott Levy, M.D., associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was named Mental Health Professional of the Year and Mary Ann Gallagher was named Volunteer of the Year. Awards were presented at the annual mental health conference Sept. 28. IOP was selected based on advancements in brain stimulation treatment, recognition as a comprehensive depression center by the National Network of Depression Centers and its active role in public health and advocacy for persons with mental illness. The hospital was also recognized in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Levy, in addition to his position with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, serves as the medical director of the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center and

The Institute of Psychiatry received Hospital of the Year from the National Alliance on Mental Health South Carolina Chapter Sept. 28. associate director for residency training and mental health section chief at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is active in patient and family education events, speaking on the stages of depression, medications and prognosis

for the future. Gallagher, a retired teacher, spends her time volunteering twice a week at the Seasons program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Seasons is a group-based day treatment

program for adults 40 years old and older. She also facilitates the NAMI Connections Support group in Summerville, is part of the Parents and Teachers as Allies program and is a Provider Education presenter. In addition, she serves on the Institute of Psychiatry Patient Family Partnership Council. NAMI also recognized Jim Mueller, another person from Charleston as the Solid Gold Member of the Year, the individual recognized for long-term commitment to NAMI South Carolina. He recently renewed his family NAMI membership for the 35th year. He and his wife Jessie, along with four other families, formed a support group in the 1960s that became NAMI Charleston Area. In June, he accepted the treasurer position for the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health board. He has been an advocate for mentally ill individuals and is still attending family support meetings and educational meetings at the age of 90.

4 The CaTalysT, October 5, 2012

Currents Oct. 2 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 home/. 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 selfsufficiency with individuals and families and promotes health and healing. Gifts can be designated to the TUW or any 501© (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: q 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 q 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. q Worksite screening: 7 –11 a.m., Oct. 24, university hospital, 2West classroom q 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 q Heart Healthy Harvest: MUSC farmers market/Community Supported Agriculture program joins the Ambrose Family Farms from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. every Thursday q Carolina Green Fair: MUSC Health & Wellness tent, Oct. 13 and 14, Marion Square q 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 (18251895).” Email q 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.

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 Smith 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 ( NSPG%207); 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 Med/C025.pdf). 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 http://pinkglovedance. com/home/ to vote for your favorite video. Thank you. W. Stuart Smith Vice President for Clinical Operations and Executive Director, MUSC Medical Center

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

See CurrenTs on page 9

The CaTalysT, October 5, 2012 5

Meet PhilliP

Phillip Sewell Department Ambulatory Care — Patient Transport How long at MUSC 6 months How are you changing what’s possible at MUSC Communication. With better communication between all parties we can achieve our goals. Unique talent I have an artistic eye. Most embarrassing moment As a teenager, I was riding a moped and saw a cute girl walking down the street and lost control of the moped. I ran into a brick mailbox. Needless to say I had to help repair the neighbor’s mailbox, and yes, I did receive a lot of road rash. Last book read “Hardwiring Excellence-Purpose, Worthwhile Work & Making a Difference” Who in history would you like to meet Elvis Presley. He was too cool for his time. Family My wife, Janine, son, Trevor and our Australian shepherd, Harley. Dream vacation Sipping on Mai Tais while cruising the Carribean on a yacht with my wife and dog.

6 The CaTalysT, October 5, 2012

Dogs steal the show in pet therapy program By daWn Brazell Public Relations


he name of the dog and the breed differ from room to room, though the stories of healing remain the same. As Wofford college sophomore Natalie Hahn waits to get discharged after six days in the hospital, she chats with volunteer Sally Jacob, Ph.D., and her pet therapy dog, Buttercup. Hahn absentmindedly strokes Buttercup’s head and talks about Hattie, her Boston terrier, who’s at home. When Hahn got her tumor removed, both of her dogs knew. They came over and rested their heads over her incision. “Hattie knew she couldn’t be rough with me,” said Hahn, who adds WaTCh that she no longer a Video makes any plans, but takes life one visit day at a time. MUSCPetTherapy “Having therapy dogs in a hospital is an awesome idea. When these guys come around, it’s like a little taste of home.” In a room a couple of floors away, James Bass feels the same. Having just had a massive stroke, he can’t say much but he’s perfectly able to stroke Buttercup as the family makes jokes about her Yoda ears. “I’m a rock star, too,” he said, as he allows a photo to be taken of him and Buttercup. His daughter, Vicky Bass Coker, who insisted on the visit, gets tears in her eyes. She tells the story of how his dog stayed with him after his stroke when he was home alone and how the faithful pet refused to leave his side. A nurturing sort, she asks Jacob to take Buttercup down the hallway to visit a young patient who has a broken neck from an accident. “I just love seeing the smiles on the patients’ faces. It’s like a light bulb that goes off. It’s a glimpse of hope and happiness. It’s a connection.” It’s a healing connection for many patients, staff, employees and the dog handlers who volunteer the two to three hours a week to bring in their dogs.

Patients enjoy Scamp showing off her tricks with her handler Sharon Field. MUSC has two pet therapy programs, one in adult volunteer services and the other in the Children’s Hospital. Both report high patient satisfaction and a desire to grow the programs so that patients and staff can have more access to the services. Jacob, who is a retired psychologist, started volunteering in November. “She sat for her badge, and I sat for mine,” she said of the identification badges they both wear to be able to make the rounds in the hospital. “I like that it’s something we can do together. As soon as she puts on this collar, she knows it’s a work day.” Jacob said she remembers one patient who looked as if every bone in her body was broken. “She started crying when she saw her. Buttercup kissed her. When she saw her later, she told her ‘Buttercup, you came when I needed you most and you kissed me.’ It seems hard to believe that something this small would make

See Therapy on page 7

Children receive cards from the dogs who visit them. Want to Volunteer?

Patient Natalie Hahn pets Buttercup, being held by owner, Sally Jacob.

For more information, to make a donation or find out about volunteering, contact Katy Kuder in volunteer and guest services at 792-0858 or For information on the pet therapy program in the Children’s Hospital, contact Emily Wallace in volunteer and guest services at 792-8190 or

The Catalyst, October 5, 2012 7

Therapy Continued from Page Six such a difference, but it does.” Volunteer Jane Farkas agrees. She tours around with Sophie, a Portuguese water dog, at Ashley River Tower, where the employees know the pair. The retired nurse said Sophie loves getting pets for two hours. “Who wouldn’t like that? You can see the patients’ blood pressure lower on the monitors as they pet the dog. It is just so great to see people smile and laugh. Patients like it. Sophie loves it.” Farkas said she’s seen patients respond to the dogs when they haven’t responded to anything else. Sophie knows when people aren’t feeling well or when they are in a bad mood. She recalls a young depressed patient who refused to talk to anyone. She brought Sophie in to see if it would help. “It was the first time she smiled or laughed.” Other handlers report the same. Helen Schroer, R.N., who works part time at MUSC, said she loves volunteering. It helps her do her job better. Her dog, Nutmeg, is a mixed lab, a gentle soul with warm, brown eyes. “She’s just a big lover. She’s been a blessing to me, and it’s great to share her with other people. This is such a joy,” she said of doing pet therapy. “It’s what I wish my everyday job could be. It’s great to put smiles on people’s faces. I can just spend time with the patients without worrying about a time schedule. It gets their minds off their illness or their surgery coming up.” Schroer said she hopes more MUSC employees and staff will become involved with the program. It helps her to be more in touch with ways to make connections with patients and avoid getting too caught up in the bureaucracy and busyness of the job. She said she loves how it helps the nursing staff as well. Katy Kuder, manager of volunteer and guest services, said she sees how much impact pet therapy has on patients and employees and wants to expand the program. She plans to get cards printed, similar to what the handlers give out in the Children’s Hospital, and has set up a way people can virtually adopt a dog online with proceeds funding the cards. She also wants staff as well as patients to be able to request visits with the dogs. “It calms staff if they’re having a very stressful day. The staff come running every time there is dog on the floor. It’s a really good thing for them. Everyone needs a little therapy every now and then.” The dogs have extensive training and have to be registered to be in the pet therapy program. They have six dogs with a wide range of sizes and breeds. Dog request forms are on every clinical unit and should be faxed to her office by 9 a.m. “We are the ones who assist the staff in doing those things that make us a hospital of choice. Our volunteers are trained to go out and be focused on that we want to be recommended as a hospital. Everything you do and every one of your encounters needs to be geared toward

Nutmeg greets employee Larry Lighthall. Jane Farkas tours Ashley River Tower with Sophie.

Charlie’s whole body wags when he makes his visits. that complete satisfaction that not only did we meet their expectations, but that we far exceeded them.” Kuder said they always are looking for new volunteers, who are asked to give 100 hours in a calendar year, and dogs who have good temperaments and enjoy being around people. “I would love to have the most elite pet therapy program we can have. Our pet therapy lends to a better patient experience.” Emily Wallace, program specialist with the Children’s Hospital Volunteer Services, said children respond well to pet therapy. Many children have always wanted a dog, but their parents haven’t allowed it, so it’s a treat. They have three dog parades a year that always are hits. They have 12 teams who serve the Children’s Hospital, nine on a regular schedule. There are seven teams that go to the Institute of Psychiatry, six to the STAR

(Stabilization, Treatment, Assesssment, Reintegration) Ladson program and one to Rutledge Tower. Wallace, who recently became a volunteer herself, said they would love to have dogs there seven days a week, multiple times daily if they could. Sometimes medical procedures keep children from being able to visit with the dogs, who do two-hour shifts and may be gone by the time a child returns from a procedure. That’s one reason volunteer Sharon Field, a retired hospice nurse, loves to go into the atrium. It’s a way she can visit with many children at once and her Schoodle, Scamp, can show off her tricks. Scamp rolls around on the floor making a little growling noise. “That’s what I call her trash talking.” Field gets her to settle down and then take a bow and perform other tricks. Patients Claire Conner and Fallyn Hendrix smile as they watch every move. “She’s sassy, isn’t she?” Field asks, and they nod vigorously. Field knows that sassiness can get children to do things, such as physical therapy, that they otherwise might not have the motivation to perform. It also can get responses out of children with special needs whom therapists have been unable to reach through traditional means. She and Scamp assess each case and see how they best can help. She loves the calming effects of the dogs on children at STAR Ladson and the Institute of Psychiatry. Field said she’d recommend the volunteer job to others. One reason is that she enjoys spending the time with Scamp. But, it goes deeper than that. “It’s sort of like a mission for me to bring some kind of support and comfort to the families and children here. I pray on the way here that I can say the right thing. I just love doing it. Sometimes I think I get more out of it than they do.”

8 The CaTalysT, October 5, 2012

Diversity training encourages teamwork, acceptance By Cindy aBole Public Relations As incoming students were finding their way across campus, 26 South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) students were settling in as first-time participants in a diversity workshop. The event was one of three workshops held for first-year pharmacy students on campus. Instead of hearing about schedules in an introduction on classroom technologies, the group participated in a discussion about themselves, fellow students and the need to understand the similarities and differences between them in an effort to build an inclusive campus environment. Students Ashley Chandler, a native of Anderson, and Reham Al-Horaibi, a student from Saudi Arabia, listened and participated in the discussion led by diversity leadership team members B. DaNine Fleming, Ed.D., Laurie Charles, Ph.D., of the Department of Education and Student Life, and David Howell-Keith of the College of Health Professions. This type of conversation and training goes beyond anything that's taught in the classroom, said Chandler. “It’s effective, personal and honest.” The Appreciating Diversity Exposure workshop is part of a scheduled diversity training offered to all first-year students from MUSC’s six colleges. Diversity and cultural competency training was introduced by Willette Burnham, Ph.D., executive director of student programs and director of the Office of Student Diversity, to MUSC in 2007 under the National Coalition Building Institute, of which the institution became a campus affiliate. The non-profit institute offers training programs and workshops to prepare organizations in welcoming diversity, reduce prejudice and manage controversial issues. MUSC is a member of the Carolina Coalition, composed of a number of core institutions in South and North Carolina committed to providing diversity training for faculty, staff and students to help maintain a diverse student body within an educational environment. The program is managed by Fleming, who is an assistant professor and director

Dr. DaNine Fleming addresses first-year pharmacy students during one of the school’s diversity workshops.

“Providing diversity training ensures that all students are recognized, valued, respected and included.” Dr. DaNine Fleming of training and intercultural education in the Department of Education and Student Life. According to Fleming, providing this level of understanding and knowledge can create meaningful relationships among the students. These benefits also expand to the patients and communities that MUSC serves. “The goal of the training and workshops is for students to get to know themselves and each other in order to work within interprofessional teams and learn how to provide medical care for a diverse patient population. What we ask is that participants be open to this process so that they can be more accepting to people as individuals. Understanding this is the first step in how health care professionals can provide quality patient-centered care.”

Building cultural competence within health care organizations and educational programs is a priority in training and preparing today’s health care workforce. MUSC’s fall diversity workshops were scheduled for medicine and pharmacy students. Because of year-round classes, health professions students received their training in the summer, while nursing and graduate studies students conduct their training this fall. Dental school students will complete the workshop training in spring. The late August-September sessions marked the first time MUSC-based pharmacy students participated in formal training of this kind. It was designed to introduce students to various aspects of diversity, defining social identities and understanding cross cultural issues. SCCP has been committed to the interprofessional education of its students and working with diverse patient populations for several years. Student participation in the multidisciplinary Community Aid, Relief, Education and Support Clinic (CARES) and training with the Kerr Drug’s Enhanced Pharmaceutical Care Center, are just a few examples of the college’s effort to promote diversity among its students, faculty and staff, according to Cathy Worrall, PharmD, assistant dean for student affairs and

experimental education, SCCP. “Our goal is to provide a diverse college environment that’s welcoming and supportive to diversity and that can create new ideas and perspectives that can inspire pharmacy faculty, students and practitioners to serve their communities well,” said Worrall. With three SCCP campuses in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, the need for this type of training is timely and invaluable, according to Worrall. Working with a Diversity Committee, the SCCP-MUSC Campus leaders were able to redefine its five-year diversity plan to focus on developing an inclusive environment that looks beyond race and ethnicity, but also addresses gender, religion, age and other factors. According to Worrall, the type of training provided by Fleming and her team is likely to improve relationships between pharmacy students and other students, faculty and staff within the campus as a whole and bring connections to the communities where students work and practice. At academic health centers, educators are changing curriculum and training to prepare a better health care workforce that works in teams and is sensitive to various aspects of diversity and cross cultural education. At the pharmacy school and most of MUSC’s colleges, students are encouraged to join in on the dialogue and interaction with their peers on issues of diversity through facilitated discussions, workshops and guest speakers in an effort to create an inclusive community. “Providing diversity training ensures that all students are recognized, valued, respected and included. This effort provides an opportunity to increase awareness and understanding through dialogue and achieving a level of cultural competence. We want to create a campus where students can build meaningful relationships and prepares them for academic and social adjustment on a diverse campus environment,” Fleming said. For information about training and intercultural education or to register for the next welcoming diversity workshop, visit http://academicdepartments.musc. edu/trainingedu/.

The CaTalysT, October 5, 2012 9

CurrenTs Continued from Page Four 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. Physicianchampions 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 themselves. The journey was designated as the first step in MUSC’s Magnet effort. To create the model, a survey was given to nurses for their input. The image features a central sunrise suggesting new beginnings, optimism and forwardthinking and decorative gate in the artistry of Phillip Simmons, a Charleston craftsman and blacksmith. The model’s theme is caring within a tradition of excellence, where excellence provides a strong framework and caring is the core concept that touches the patient, their families and the communities. Announcement q Sandra Belton, R.N., was named senior care-geriatric psychiatric nurse manager in the Institute of Psychiatry.

10 The CaTalysT, October 5, 2012

New farmers market to debut at Urban Farm


n order to support local agriculture and provide fresh produce for sale, Ambrose Farm is partnering with MUSC’s Urban Farm. Ambrose Family Farm is a 140-acre certified naturally grown fruit and vegetable farm on Susan Johnson Wadmalaw Island. The farm supports a U-pick berry operation, provides a Community Supported Agriculture membership, supplies produce to more than 40 restaurants including the Ambrose’s own restaurant, and Tomato Shed Cafe on Johns Island and offers vegetables at the downtown Charleston farmers market every Saturday. As a Center of Excellence and Gold Apple Hospital through the South Carolina Working Well Program, MUSC has been nationally recognized as a leader in providing a healthy food environment. An important component of the Working Well program is to make healthy food choices accessible, convenient and affordable. The goal of the farmers market is to provide as many opportunities as possible to purchase fresh, local and healthy produce. On Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., MUSC Urban Farm celebrated Heart Healthy Harvest and launched the latest addition to the MUSC farmers market program. Ambrose Family Farms will open a weekly market stand featuring produce near the Urban Farm behind the Drug Discovery Building. At noon, the MUSC Urban Farm hosted educational sessions which focused on heart healthy foods and how to grow, harvest and prepare them, including a heart health lunch and learn.

Health at work

MUSC Employee Wellness events q National Food Day: Donate nonperishable to the community and help kick off National Food Day. Collection barrels will be at the following locations until Oct. 24: university hospital

cafeteria, Ashley River Tower cafeteria, Colbert Education Center & Library lobby, MUSC Urban Farm, Wellness Center lobby and Office of Health Promotion (17 Ehrhardt St., Suite 5). q Zumba on the Roof: Zumba will held from 4:30 – 6 p.m., Oct. 10, on the fourth floor of the Harborview Office Tower parking garage. A $5 donation is requested for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Email or call 822-6136 for more information. q Healthy Happy Hour: Are you looking for a weight loss program on campus? If so, enroll in MUSC Weight Management Center’s Happy Healthy Hour program. Although this weight loss class is open to anyone, priority will be given to Children’s Hospital employees, as this program is being partially supported by the Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness. See the program details below, including the $50 incentive for Children’s Hospital employees. The first class starts Oct. 8. To sign up, email q Dreams with Hope Sleep Awareness: The Dreams with Hope Sleep Awareness Clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 9 at the Horseshoe. Bring family and friends, receive a free CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask fitting, give-aways, snacks, sleep tools and meet the developer of RemZzzs. RemZzzs developed liners for the masks. q Mobile mammograms: Digital mammograms for MUSC employees will be held from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Oct. 10. The mobile van will be parked behind the Clyburn Research Building. Call 7920878 for appointment scheduling. q Flu shot satellite clinic: A flu shot clinic will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Oct. 17 at Ashley River Tower. Contact Johnson at johnsusa@musc. edu for information on the Office of Health Promotion, and Suzan Benenson Whelan at for information about Employee Wellness.

The CaTalysT, October 5, 2012 11

CLASSIFIED P AGE • Household Personal Items for MUSC employees are free.

All other classifieds are charged at rate below. Ads considered venture-making ads (puppy breeder, coffee business, home for sale, etc.) will be charged as PAID ADS •• PROOF OF ELIGIBILITY REQUIRED * NO MORE THAN 3 LINES * FREE ADS RUN 2 WEEKS ONLY!

PAID ADS are $3 per line ( 1 line = 35 characters) DEADLINE: TUESDAY – 10:00 AM * CLASSIFIED ADS CAN BE E-MAILED TO, OR MAILED (134 Columbus St., Charleston SC 29403) Please call 849-1778 with questions. *Must provide Badge No. and Department of Employment for employees and Student I.D. Number for MUSC Students. IP01-681634


Items for Sale

Sofa, Loveseat and Ottoman Great cond.-Neutral colorsIndiv. or as a set- $400- Call 843-406-3116

BABY/TODDLER ITEMS Swing, Car Seat, Bottle Warmer, more. s.pdf or 518-0281

Items for Sale Landau white maternity scrub pants for sale, size XL, like new cond. $15 for both. 425-9924


12 The CaTalysT, October 5, 2012

MUSC Catalyst  
MUSC Catalyst  

MUSC Catalyst