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Vol. 29, No. 44

Transplant ‘heroes’ honored at banquet

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Patient Laura Phillipps shares a special moment with Dr. Prabhakar Baliga at the banquet.

Patient thanks efforts of transplant team

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a speech by patient Laura Phillipps made at the June 9 banquet.

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irst, I want to tell you how honored and excited I am to have been invited to speak tonight. Dr. Baliga and the rest of the transplant team are my heroes, my earthly angels. They are medical geniuses and together form an amazing transplant team that has given me a new lease on life—twice. Thirteen years ago, I was a junior in high school, studying hard and playing harder. In December of 1998, my life changed forever. I was diagnosed with end stage renal failure and told I would need a kidney transplant. To a 16-year-old who was playing basketball just days before, this news should have been extremely overwhelming. However, I can remember thinking to myself, “Oh, a transplant, I can totally handle one of those!” Then, when I learned the details of dialysis and realized I would be married to a See paTIenT on page 8

rabhakar Baliga, M.D., became the first person to be named to the Fitts-Raja Endowed Chair in Transplant Surgery June 9 during a banquet at Marion’s in the French Quarter. The Fitts-Raja Endowed Chair in Transplant Surgery was created in 2007 to honor both Drs. P.R. Rajagopalan and Charles Thomas Fitts, who had worked together for nearly 30 years developing what is the state’s only transplant program. The Transplant

Program completed its 1,000th liver transplant in March and has performed more than 4,000 kidney transplants since 1968,

when Fitts performed the first one at MUSC. More than 100 people attended the banquet where patient Laura Phillipps praised the work of Baliga and other “heroes” who have made the lives of those in dire need of kidney transplants, such as herself, so much better. (See her story left.) President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., said the event represented an appropriate tribute to two surgeons who

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MUSC President Dr. Ray Greenberg (left) at the banquet with Drs. P.R. Rajagopalan, Prabhakar Baliga and David Cole, chair of the Department of Surgery.

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David Adams, M.D, has been appointed co-medical director of the Digestive Disease Center service line. Adams will assume strategic leadership and planning roles for the Digestive Disease Center, working closely with MUSC, MUHA and UMA leadership. Adams is chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic Surgery, professor of surgery and is currently course director of the MUSC Annual Postgraduate Course in Surgery.

The Second Annual Special Olympics 5K Run will begin at 8 a.m. July 9 on Folly Beach. The entry fee, with all funds raised going toward Special Olympics South Carolina, is $30 for adults and $15 for children under 11. For information, email Meaghan McNamara at mcnamarm@musc. edu. To register, visit http://www. active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_ id=1967369.

K. Mark Payne Mark Payne, M.D., has been appointed co-medical director of the Digestive Disease Center service line. Payne will assume strategic leadership and planning roles for the Digestive Disease Center, working closely with MUSC, MUHA and UMA leadership. Payne is chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, director of the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Service and professor of gastroenterology at MUSC.

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Diversity Workshop S.C. College of Pharmacy MUSC campus staff and faculty review feedback from the MUSC Employee Satisfaction Survey Results. The review was part of the university's Leadership Development Institute.

Elizabeth Pilcher Elizabeth S. Pilcher, DMD, assistant dean for institutional effectiveness, and professor, Department of Oral Rehabilitation, College of Dental Medicine, was accepted into the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine. ELAM is the only national program dedicated

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to preparing senior women faculty for leadership at academic health centers. The ELAM curriculum adapts lessons in executive management and institutional leadership, such as strategic finance, organizational dynamics, and personal and professional effectiveness, to the academic health center environment.

K. Jackson Thomas K. Jackson Thomas, Ed.D., was presented the Dorothy E. BaethkeEleanor J. Carlin Award. The award was established in 1981 and is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to physical therapy education through teaching excellence as exemplified in the careers of Baethke and Carlin. Baethke was a pioneer in physical therapy and died in 1984. Carlin was known as a leader in quality physical therapy education and died in 1997. Thomas is a physical therapist and professor in the College of Health Professions and has been a faculty member since 1988.

The National Coalition Building Institute Welcoming Diversity Workshop will be held July 20 in the Harper Student Center Auditorium. The training session is designed to introduce participants to various aspects of diversity which include identifying information and misinformation about other groups, learning the personal impact of specific incidents of discrimination and how to interrupt remarks. Register at https:// academicdepartments.musc.edu/ncbi/ register/registration.html.

nomInaTIonsneeded Employees have until July 5 to make a nomination for the medical center’s Employee of the Year for 2011. The Employee of the Year award is designed to recognize an employee whose daily actions and contributions to staff, patients, and guests of MUSC are characteristics of "above and beyond" performance expectations. Visit https://www.musc.edu/ medcenter/eoy/nomination. html#form and fill out the form.

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University F&A

Employees recognized for performance The university’s Finance & Administration Division recognized staff from the Engineering & Facilities, Finance, and Operations departments who were nominated during the third quarter for their commitment to MUSC Excellence.

carrying her purse. They stayed with the patient until they were assured she would receive care.” Nominated by Mark Brown, Engineering & Facilities

Employees of the Quarter Kenneth Singleton and Richard Robinson, Carpenter Shop (Engineering & Facilities) “I happened upon Kenneth Singleton and Richard Robinson assisting a patient outside the College of Dental Medicine. The woman’s family had dropped her off and gone to park their Kenneth Singleton, left, car. She was unsure of and Richard Robinson where she was going and Mr. Singleton and Mr. Robinson escorted her to the dental school, each bracing one of her arms to assist her and Mr. Robinson

Andrea (Jenny) Johnson, Employee Health Services “During Jenny’s first week of work she wanted to start the process of new applicants completing online paperwork prior to their appointment. This is a time saver for candidates and decreases wait times in our office. The database we use is challenging to learn and Jenny embraced this project willingly and was excited about it. She is an asset to our department and a pleasure to have on our team.” Nominated by Cheryl Brian, Operations Rosalind Giddens, Purchasing and Accounts Payable “Rosalind is an outstanding example of MUSC Excellence. Most recently, she went far past what was required to make sure that the Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new e-Procurement System got through all the hurdles at the State Information Technology

Management Office. When the state buyer resigned from his position and we were assigned another buyer, she worked one-on-one with him to make sure everything moved forward. She single-handedly developed a detailed and very complicated set of specifications. Without Rosalind this would never have happened. We are all indebted to Rosalind for the outstanding job she did.” Nominated by Betty Sandifer, Finance PEER Milestone recipients David Baxley, Employee Health Services; Diane Campbell, University Postal Services; Arthur (Mason) Fayne, Engineering & Facilities; Jacquetta Gethers, Student Accounting; Miriam Gibson, Human Resources; Patrice Gordon, Human Resources; Terry Harmon, Controller’s Office; Tessie Lee, Controller’s Office; Emily Mills, Controller’s Office; Donna Rychwa, Controller’s Office; Ashley Rice, Human Resources; Kathleen Williams, Controller’s Office; and Tarsha Williams-Smalls, Human Resources.

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‘Making a difference every day’ Employees of the Month

Jeanne Barreira, Lactation Center “I’d like to nominate Jeanne Barreira for employee of the month. I feel all lactation consultants (LC) are the “unsung heroes” of the child birth experience. Breastfeeding is a natural but often difficult thing. In my experience, everything went well in the hospital, but after going home and to the pediatrician, my son wasn’t gaining weight. Jeanne really helped coach me through this difficult time. (The pediatrician was worried about his weight (jaundice /dehydration) and wanted me to supplement.) Jeanne was so supportive. She corresponded by email and phone to answer all my questions from cluster feeding to “is this normal?” She even met me for an “ad hoc” consultation one day with me and my son. One Friday we were corresponding, and I knew the weekend was coming up and she’d be off. I was a little anxious. She gave me her cell phone number. She mentioned she was going her son’s football game, but for me to call her for anything and that she didn’t mind. She also would email me just to check in and make sure we were doing OK periodically. When you are discharged from the hospital, you’re given a contact sheet for the LC group; however, I am still asking for support from Jeanne and emailing questions…nine months later (clearly she is going above and beyond). If it wasn’t for Jeanne’s encouragement and support, I know I would not be breastfeeding and especially for this long. She is a wonderful resource and support. I am truly grateful for everything she has done for us, as she has made it possible for me to provide my child the best nourishment in his first year!” Nominated by Meredith Strehle

Melissa Davis, Meduflex Team “Saturday, April 9 Missy was outside during her break and saw an elderly woman fall on her face on the Horseshoe sidewalk. When Missy saw her injuries, she knew the woman had to go to the emergency room. The women's sister is a patient so Missy used her cell phone to call the patient's room so the woman could let her sister know she would be delayed but was all right. Missy spoke with the sister and assured her that the woman was fine. Missy promised the woman she would visit the sister to add more reassurance. She then followed up and visited the patient without delay.” Nominated by Angel Orechovesky

William Nelson, Safety & Security “Willie overheard a man saying he couldn’t find a job. He told the man not to give up and asked him if he had tried any other places in the hospital other than housekeeping. The gentleman said no. Willie took the man to the cafeteria office where some dietary managers were inside. Willie told them that the gentleman was looking for a job. He then left the man in the cafeteria filling out an application. Thanks Willie, you are a shining star.” Nominated by Shinika Phillips

DAISY winners work as a team The MUSC DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award for Nurses is a monthly award and is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The foundation was formed in January 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died of complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. MUSC is among 400 medical facilities honoring nurses with The DAISY Award. One initiative of the foundation’s goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system. Jessica Bullington and Brittany Perry "This was truly a multidisciplinary coordinated effort on the part of Brittany and Jess. Our patient, "Smiles," has a long psychiatric history, an organic brain injury and no motor function on her left side because of a stroke. Her caretaker died suddenly and there was no one to care her. Smiles could not feed herself much less provide any basics of care. Jess and Brittany had to help this patient grieve, control her anger, be confidential from press, family and visitors. Jess spent the better part of an hour coordinating care from medicine and psychiatric services incorporating Institute of Psychiatry -level of care on 8E, that included developing a plan regarding telephone use. Jess consulted with the psychiatric liaison registered nurse. The next step was educating all staff on the issues so that a cohesive plan of care was established. Brittany met with the case manager and social worker with the directive to get the patient to the funeral. Brittany had the medical doctors write the order so that legally the patient could leave the grounds yet have the order opened-ended enough for the timing to be adjusted as needed.

8E nurses Jessica Bullington, left, and Brittany Perry are the May DAISY winners. Each winner received an African Shona Tribe sculpture titled, “A Healer’s Touch,” a framed certificate, and a DAISY Award pin. The DAISY Foundation also delivered cinnamon rolls to all the nurses in the unit. Their decisions were based on what was right for Smiles. The next day, Jess and Brittany found out that a wake for caregiver was being held and made arrangements to get Smiles to this wake. Her hair had to be fixed, clothes brought in, anti-anxiety and anti-psychotics medicines timed appropriately, and transportation, liability issues and the like had to be coordinated by Jess and Brittany. All the while Jess had three to four other acutely ill patients for whom to care and Brittany, as the charge nurse, had 26 patients and 10 to 11 staff to oversee. These nurses performed all these tasks, and oversaw the coordination of care and the integration of the needs of the patient and family and community with grace. Just what 8E nurses do every day." Nominated by Cindy Little and chosen as the DAISY winners through a blind vote by the Nurse Alliance Leadership Council. Nurses may be nominated online at http:// www.musc.edu/medcenter/formsToolbox/ DaisyAward/index.htm


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Chandler’s Law marks new safety rules for children on ATVs

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ffective July 1, Chandler’s Law regarding children and allterrain vehicle (ATV) riding will be implemented to decrease the rapidly rising number of ATV-related injuries and deaths in South Carolina. It’s an example of how MUSC employees involved in legislative advocacy work can end in a positive way, said Maggie Michael, executive director of the Children's Hospital Collaborative and director for the Center for Child Advocacy who helped push the legislation. “You have to be the squeaky wheel,” she said. “You have to build influence to affect public policy and create change.” Forty-four states have enacted ATV riding laws for children, and many of these states have seen reductions in the number of ATV deaths and accidents since those laws went on the books. The law becoming effective could not be timelier, with the death of 11-year-old Kershaw resident Kyle Kelly on June 25 from not wearing a helmet and riding the wrong size ATV. While the American Academy of Pediatrics promotes the idea that no child under 16 should operate an ATV,

the South Carolina legislature has initiated a different approach for this largely rural state. A full copy of the law can be found at http:// www.ChandlersATVlaw.com. Fred Tecklenburg, M.D., children’s hospital pediatric intensive care unit medical director, said the hospital has Pam and Steve Saylor worked for more than eight years to get Chandler’s Law treated numerous children with fatal or serious injuries as a result passed. They lost their 16-year-old son, Chandler, in an ATV accident in 2003. of riding ATVs that were not the around the state. SafeKids South They lost their 16-year-old son, Chandler, right size for their age or most often, Carolina, S.C. Department of Health in an ATV accident in 2003. “This law because they were unsupervised and not and Environmental Control and is not about trying to judge people or tell wearing safety gear when riding. the University of South Carolina’s them what to do for the sake of telling “We’re supporting this law at MUSC, Children’s Law Center were also them what to do,” said his mother. because it’s a step in the right direction. instrumental in helping the collaborative “This law is about making children in My hope is that this law will mean I see initiate and implement communication our state safer. ATVs are here, and they fewer children with life-altering injuries, efforts regarding the new law. aren’t going anywhere. Chandler’s Law or worse, children dying as a result of The focus of these educational efforts protects children by requiring that they riding on ATVs.” is to communicate to parents who choose are riding the right size ATV for their In an effort to make sure that all to let their children ride ATVs that they age, wearing the right safety gear and current and future riders and their are legally responsible for what their getting the proper training to operate an parents are familiar with the law, the child does or doesn’t do when riding. ATV. Parents have the power to create South Carolina Children’s Hospital In addition, the group wants parents better, safer riders. We hope that parents Collaborative, of which MUSC is to promote the idea of adventure and across the state will join us in reducing a founding member, has created a safety coexisting together to reduce ATV the number of ATV tragedies and lifewebsite, ChandlersATVlaw.com, to injuries and deaths. altering accidents involving the children educate the public on the law and No one knows this message better than of South Carolina.” provide information on training sites Pam Saylor, Chandler’s mother who has To see more of the Saylors’ story and worked for more than eight years with why they worked for an ATV law, go to her husband, Steve, to get the bill passed. http://www.ChandlersATVlaw.com.

“You have to be the squeaky wheel. You have to build influence to affect public policy and create change.” Maggie Michael

Rules of the road for all-terrain vehicles q Always wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves. q Never ride on paved roads except to cross when done safely and permitted by law. ATVs are designed to be operated off-highway. q Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people. q Ride an ATV that's right for your age. q Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed. q Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys. q Chandler’s Law requires that children complete a hands-on ATV safety training course approved by the ATV Safety Institute. q Visit http://www.ATVsafety.org or call 800-887-2887.


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TransplanT Continued from Page One epitomize the highest standards and values of the medical profession and was a fitting honor for Baliga. “He embodies the perfect blend of admirable qualities that made Drs. Fitts and Raja notable and he is an exemplary role model for future generations. Dr. Prabhakar Baliga has distinguished himself nationally and has contributed greatly to the Transplant Program, the MUSC community and the patients we serve from all over South Carolina and beyond.” Baliga graduated from Madras Medical College, Madras University, India, in December 1982, completed his general surgery residency at Tulane University, and then went to University of Michigan where he completed his training in Transplant Surgery and Critical Care. Offered a position in July 1992 at MUSC, he was tasked with building both a pediatric liver transplant program and an intestinal transplant program. Since he began his career at MUSC, he

Dr. James B. Edwards, left, presents Dr. Rajagopalan with the Order of Palmetto award. has been named Director of Transplant premier program by at least one national program and has built the program to consortium. conduct almost 80 liver transplants per David J. Cole, M.D., chair of the year. Department of Surgery, said that Baliga The kidney transplant program has has developed a transplant program of also grown steadily and conducts almost which the entire state and region can 200 transplants a year. The kidney be proud. “Holding this endowed chair transplant program has been ranked a will allow the team of scientists and

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machine until a kidney became available, the news did not seem so simple anymore. For the last six months of my junior year, I was on peritoneal dialysis. For eight to 10 hours a night, I was restricted to my machine, which kept me from spending the night with friends, a freedom every teenager—and parent—deserves. In June of 1999, my Aunt Laura donated a kidney to me. Her gift allowed me the chance to live a much more normal teenage and young adult life. You cannot believe the opportunities I now had because of what Laura sacrificed for me. I celebrated the new millennium just as one might expect any high school senior to do. After a great spring and fabulous summer in 2000, I went on to Wofford College, and trust me, I had the typical college experience. While in college, I also had the chance to study abroad in Florence, Italy, for one whole semester and travel all over Europe while I was there. Also, for my senior year, I traveled throughout Peru. Those experiences are ones I would never trade, and I would not have had those opportunities without a transplant. After college, I moved to Charlotte and lived the best three years any young adult could wish for. I had my first job out of college, a new apartment in a complex full of friends, and we went out all the time. But here is where my story changes again. While in Charlotte, just about three years ago, I lost my aunt’s kidney, and had to move back to Charleston and into my parent’s house.

While I love my parents and appreciate all of their support, trust me, this transition was definitely not easy. Not only was I living at home at 25, but I was also on dialysis, and this time, I opted for hemodialysis. When you have renal failure, there are two options—dialysis or transplantation, and I would not wish dialysis on my worst enemy, especially hemodialysis. It is physically draining, mentally taxing, and emotionally exhausting. That said, I accepted that dialysis would be my future. Since I had already had a transplant, the chances of finding a match were pretty slim. Luckily, I Laura Phillipps am blessed with an abnormal amount of positive energy, so I dealt with the news, and moved on as best I could, which only makes this next piece to my life’s puzzle that much more exciting. On April 26 of this year, I received a phone call from an unknown number at 10:30 p.m. So, as most of us do, I ignored it. Then one minute later, I received another

“He took this cadaver kidney and with his gifted hands transplanted it into me and simultaneously gave me my life back.”

physicians he has recruited to continue their research collaborations, attract knowledgeable and experienced faculty to the teams, build the appropriate infrastructure for further discovery, and promote more extensive collaborations within the university and in the nation.” Also at the June 9 event, Rajagopalan (Raja) received the Order of Palmetto presented by James B. Edwards, DMD, former S.C. Governor and President Emeritus of MUSC. Baliga in his nomination letter for Rajagopalan said that Rajagopalan has been a tireless champion working to improve the health of transplant patients. “He has a national reputation for the quality of care that he provides, which frequently results in his taking care of patients where other surgeons have failed. He is the patient’s strongest voice and advocate. Dr. Raja treats each individual with such loving care, compassion and dignity that they reach out for him from all over the state. He has received several Quality Awards for his level of care over the years.”

call from a 792 number. Since most of you are MUSC affiliated, you probably know what this means, but let me explain just because it was the best call of my life. I answered and it was one of your colleagues calling to let me know that, against all odds, there appeared to be a match. They wanted me at the hospital the next morning at 7 for more testing. I could not believe it. I was in shock because that was the last thing I ever expected. I always prayed for it, but never actually thought it could happen a second time. But guess what, on April 27, 2011, Dr. Baliga once again worked his magic on me. He took this cadaver kidney and with his gifted hands transplanted it into me and simultaneously gave me my life back. It has been almost seven weeks since the operation and every day gets better and better. When I sit back and reflect upon this organ a stranger has given me, I am overwhelmed with gratitude, not only for the ultimate gift the donor gave me, but also for the blessings that Dr. Baliga and the transplant team have been in my life. I have now known Dr. Baliga for more than half of my life. He is like family to me and my family. He has given me the best gift he could give me—the gift of being normal. Because he is who he is and he does what he does, I am finally able to be myself again. MUSC is lucky to have him. He is a blessing to me and every patient he encounters. I am forever indebted to him, and, depending on how much water I drink, think of him four to 12 times a day.


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This month, MUSC Employee Wellness is focused on helping employees who use tobacco find ways to quit, on increasing knowledge of lung heath, and on raising awareness about the importance of establishing a tobacco-free workplace. A variety of activities are planned throughout the month with the goal of making MUSC a healthy, smoke-free place to work. For more information on these events or to become involved in creating a tobacco free workplace, email musc-empwell@musc.edu. The capstone event of the month is the 2011 Fight for Air Climb, a special fundraising event for the American Lung Association. Sometimes called a "vertical road race," teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race or as a great way to be active and meet new friends. American Lung Association climbs also are a wonderful way to support someone who has lung disease or as a memorial to someone who has passed away. On July 30, hundreds of people will huff and puff their way up and down the stairs in the North Charleston Coliseum by participating in the Fight for Air Climb and Ultra Climb. This is more than your same old 5K. Whether climbing for a winning time or simply to cross the finish line in honor or in memory of someone with lung disease, this event is a great way to challenge yourself physically. Need to practice first? The next practice will be held at 8 a.m., July 9; 6 p.m., July 12; 8 a.m., July 23; and 6 p.m. July 26 at the North Charleston Coliseum.

General event information q The climber and firefighter climb consist of 1,544 total steps. The registration fee is $25 per person and the additional fundraising minimum is $100 per person. Registration fee and minimum fundraising goal are required per person in order to participate in the event, whether you are an individual or on a team. q The ultra climber will climb the

entire coliseum for a total of 5,064 steps. The registration fee is $25 per person and the additional fundraising minimum is $150 per person. Registration fee and minimum fundraising goal are required per person in order to participate in the event. Ultra climbers have a time limit of an hour and a half. q All participants are professionally timed and ranked by timing chips. q All climbers will receive an official Fight For Air Climb Charleston stair climb T-shirt, giveaways and refreshments (must be registered by July 15 to guarantee a T-shirt). q Fundraising incentives will be given to top fundraisers. q All participants are invited to the after-party at the North Charleston Coliseum. q Awards will be given to fastest climbers, fastest firefighters, top fundraisers and top teams. Visit http://www.lungusa.org/pledgeevents/sc/north-charleston-climb/ to register. If you are interested in forming a team, email musc-empwell@musc.edu. Employee Wellness events q Wellness Wednesday: Visit representatives from the American Lung Association from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on July 6 in the Children's Hospital lobby to learn about the Fight For Air Climb. q MUSC Smoking Cessation Class: MUSC's Smoking Cessation Program can help you kick the habit. The next class starts on July 6. Call 792-5200. q Employee fitness series: A free pilates class will be held at the MUSC Wellness Center from 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. July 12. Participants will receive a same-day free pass to the Wellness Center. E-mail musc-empwell@musc.edu. q Mobile mammograms: The Hollings Cancer Center mobile van will be conducting mammograms from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 20 next to the Basic Sciences Building loading dock. Call 792-0878 to schedule an appointment. Contact Susan Johnson at johnsusa@ musc.edu to become involved in employee wellness at MUSC. Events, speakers or any other ideas are welcome.

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