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First CIO tackles new challenge: retirement.

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Medical Center chief nursing officer Dr. Marilyn Schaffner with Magnet program manager Andrea Coyle, R.N., took a call from the American Nurses Credentialing Center Sept. 14 officially recognizing MUSC with the coveted Magnet status. “I am so proud of the hard work our nurses, and the entire MUSC team, have put in to achieve the Magnet designation,” Schaffner said. “This recognition is a testament that our nurses strive to provide the highest quality of care to our patients every day.” Read more about MUSC’s Magnet achievement in next week’s Sept. 25 edition of The Catalyst.



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‘More cops on beat reduce crime on street’ BY MIKIE HAYES Public Relations


he world today can be an unpredictable place, and naturally personal safety is on the minds of many. Recent acts of violence plastered all over newspapers, the Internet and evening news make it hard to ignore. Even places once thought to be sacrosanct, like churches and schools, are no longer immune. But what security experts like Chief Kevin Kerley, a 35–year police veteran and chief of the MUSC Department of Public Safety (DPS), know is that a visible police presence reduces crime rates and makes an environment safer. In fact, research confirms just that: The mere presence of police serves as a major deterrent to crime and violence — and not


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Hospital Patient Accounting’s Lori Pomposelli engages Public Safety Officer J.S. Padgett at a call box.

just a little — asserted Florida State University law professor Johnathan Klick, who studied the effects of police presence in Washington, D.C. His conclusion: “More cops on beat reduce crime on street.” What some may not realize is that MUSC has its own dedicated police department on campus with 60–plus law enforcement officers, six security specialists, nine telecommunications specialists and an entire array of security services and specialized equipment. The department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “It is important for everyone to understand that MUSC’s Department of Public Safety is made up of sworn police officers,” said Kerley. “Everybody who works here has been through the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy

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

Lisa Dooley, Radiology; Barbara Busby, Guest Services; Patrick Kelly, Public Safety; Jennifer Honeycutt, Radiology; Sheryl Bey, NICU; Gail Weatherbee, NICU; Catherine Carson, ART 6 West; Chantay Gathers, Dialysis Unit; Brandy Olson, Guest Services; Victoria Whalen, Occupational Therapy; Brandi Taylor, Meduflex Team; Vincent Pellegrini, Department of Orthopaedics; Michael Karges, Registration Admin; Sallie O’Brien, RT Endocrinology Clinic; Yolanda Contereras, Environmental Services; Brittany Pearson, Meduflex Team; Jayne Quinn, Nursing Specialties; Kim McCants, Physical Therapy; Julie Sharpton, Specialty Nursing; Rebecca Jordan, DDC; Kim Funk, Acute Directional Unit; Mary Washington, Cardiology; Eleanor Pineda, Radiology Nursing Services; Patrice Nock, PICU; Graylin Nelson, Hospital Maintenance; Casey Howett, Women’s Services; Gus Katsanevakis, Pharmacy; Julie Hayler, Med/Surg ICU; John Parler, Guest Services; Tibithia Jackson, ART 5 West; David Jones, NSICU; Katherine Schleich, STICU; Kelly Gilmore, MICU; Jonna Atha, Family Medicine; Dedra Bennett, Family Medicine; Nathaniel Mack, OCIO; Susan Brown, Magill Eye Center; Katherine Wamsley, HCC Clinic; Kim Sheppard, Environmental Services; Samantha Zito, Clinical Dieticians; Iris Rosemond, RT Children’s Endo/Dev/Gen; Priscilla Doiley,

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Venipuncture; Corey Cox, Public Safety; Angela Kelly, Bone Marrow Transplant; Judy Decker, ART 5 W; Kathy Daw, Pediatrics–Procedure Area; Melvenia Matthews, Environmental Services; Sean Wilson, Adult ED; Teavia Carter, Adult ED; and Mahadeo Dookie, Environmental Services University Jennifer Boyland, College of Dental Medicine/Periodontics; Aimee Brown, University Housekeeping; Penny Dawson, Parking Management; Nadia Mariutto, Education and Student Life; Mindi Martin, OB-GYN.

Annual parking renewal due Renewal of annually expiring employee parking decals and hang tags continues through Sept. 30. Renewals may be completed online (through Sept. 18) or in the Office of Parking Management, 91 President Street (through Sept. 30). Any renewals completed online after Sept. 18 will need to be picked up at the office. Renewal and re-registration applies to employees who park at the ungrated MUSC parking locations; after-hours employeeparking program and the Hagood commuter park–and–ride system. For information and instructions for renewing online, visit http://academicdepartments. Parking/2014%20Annual%20 Parking%20.Renewal.pdf. 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:

Mandatory 10-digit dialing begins Sept. 19 South Carolina’s new area code 854 will overlay the 843 area code region, including the coastal communities of Charleston, Hilton Head Island, Myrtle Beach and Florence. This will require 10–digit dialing within the region. Users won’t have to change their present telephone numbers. The new 854 area code will be assigned only for new telephone numbers within the area code region. The only change will be the way users dial local calls in the 843 area code region. Effective Sept. 19, local and expanded local calls that are currently dialed with 7 digits will need to be dialed using 10 digits: area code 843 + the 7–digit telephone number. The same dialing procedure will apply to telephone numbers assigned to the new 854 area code. q It will not be necessary to dial a “1” or a “0” when dialing your local and expanded local calls. q Local calling areas and rates will not be affected by this change. q Special services that use three–digit numbers, such as 911 and 411, as well as 1+ 10-digit “long distance,” will not change. q Other three–digit numbers that are currently available in your community or from your provider, such as 211, 311, 511, 611, 711 or 811, will not change. Beginning Oct. 19, new telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers with the new 854 area code.

What you should do to get ready for 10–digit dialing: q Make sure your websites, stationery, advertising materials and checks include your area code. Since your area code remains the same, there is no need to reprint if these items already contain your area code. q Update all stored local telephone numbers to include the area code for services such as call forwarding, call blocking and voicemail and for equipment, such as wireless phones. q You may need to reprogram or upgrade equipment such as fax machines, dial–up modems, Internet connections, multi-line key or PBX systems or any equipment with automatic dialing features. q Customers who have security systems, life safety systems or monitored medical devices need to contact their vendor to determine reprogramming needs for 10–digit local dialing. For information, visit areacode or call 1–800–288–2020.

Nomination currently being accepted for honorary degrees The Office of the President is accepting nominations for people to receive honorary degrees from MUSC, to be awarded at Commencement in May 2016. MUSC’s honoarary degrees are aimed at recognizing and honoring distinguished individuals who havemade an extraordinary and positive impact in education, science or health care on the state of South Carolina, MUSC or nationally. In general, honorary degrees go to individuals in the following broad

categories: Contribution(s) to the nation; Contribution(s) to science; and Contribution(s) to the state or MUSC. Consider submitting nominations of candidates along with supporting materials such as letters, articles, curriculum vitae, etc., in the above mentioned categories. The nominations should be forwarded to Marcia Higaki, Office of the President, Colcock Hall, 179 Ashley Ave., MSC 001, higakimc@, no later than Oct. 30. Nominations of MUSC alumni are generally discouraged.

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Former CIO leaves behind a legacy of success BY J. RYNE DANIELSON

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Public Relations Frank Clark, Ph.D., MUSC’s first chief information officer, has retired after more than a decade of service. Clark’s contributions, according to his colleagues, have put the Medical University at the forefront of health care innovation regionally and nationally. Lisa Montgomery, executive vice president for finance and operations, echoed those sentiments, saying that Clark set a clear example for professionalism and innovation, as MUSC faced the first decade of the 21st Century. “He’s left us much better prepared than he found us,” she said. “We will miss Dr. Clark and wish him the best as he embarks on a well–earned retirement,” said David Cole, M.D., FACS, president of the Medical University. Clark received a doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of Georgia and has held faculty positions at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee, having also served as vice chancellor for information systems at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He also served as the chief information officer and senior vice president for two large integrated health care delivery organizations — Baptist Healthcare of Kentucky and Covenant Health, Tennessee — before joining MUSC in 2003. During his 12 years in leadership at MUSC, Clark served as the vice president for information technology and chief information officer, as well as a professor of bioinformatics in the College of Medicine, until he retired this month. Among his many accomplishments, Clark established the Carolina eHeatlh Alliance to enable emergency room caregivers to easily access and share patient information across all Charleston–area ER departments. He was also instrumental in the development of the MUSC Health Telemedicine Care Dr. Frank Clark, fifth from left, joins Medical Center CEO Dr. Patrick Cawley and members of the MUSC-OCIO teams as they received the 2014 South Carolina Government Management Information Services’ Elite Achiever Award recognizing their efforts with the Mobile Device Management and 2– Factor Authentication projects.

COLLEAGUES WISH CLARK WELL I have worked closely with Frank Clark on numerous IT initiatives during his tenure here at MUSC. Repeatedly, through his creativity and resourcefulness, Frank’s initiatives have not only improved care for the patients at MUSC, but it has had a positive impact on health care for the citizens of the Tri–County area as well as people across the state of South Carolina. Leading by example, Frank has leveraged new and innovative health care IT to help MUSC continue on the path to “Changing what’s possible.” —Mark Daniels, Enterprise IT architecture, OCIO

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Former Chief Information Officer Frank Clark retired Aug. 30 after 12 years leadership.

and Training Center. Clark’s leadership and participation in numerous statewide initiates have contributed to many important projects, such as the South Carolina Light Rail initiative, an ultra–high-speed fiber optics research and health care network linking the state’s largest research universities and hospital systems, including MUSC. He also lobbied for and received an $8 million award from the Federal Communications Commission to create a statewide rural health care network to provide broadband connectivity to 86 hospitals and community clinics across South Carolina. This broadband network has dramatically increased the utility of telemedicine across the state and has paved the way for a wide–range

Since my arrival at MUSC in 2004, Dr. Frank Clark has encouraged and actually insisted that delivering excellence in Information Technology services requires in–depth skill levels and teamwork. Over the years when our service levels exceeded expectations, Frank’s philosophy was in place and when our service levels waned, most often, the teamwork was not properly executed, and Dr. Clark always made it clear that the development of successful teams create positive outcomes. This is only one of the service strategies instilled by Dr. Clark; others include vendor participation, test procedures, checklists, standards, communications and many more. Frank’s leadership has taken information technology at MUSC to a higher level. I have appreciated working for him and with him. —Kurt Nendorf, Infrastructure, OCIO I joined Frank Clark’s staff in 2005, and it was categorically the best professional move I have ever made. Frank is a visionary who has the confidence to bring initiatives like the South Carolina Light Rail, the Palmetto State Providers Network, the Carolina eHealth Alliance and advanced computational resources to reality. He built, as the HURON consultants said, the ‘Gold Standard’ for an IT department, and he has been instrumental in numerous collaborations with Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. —Roger Poston, Ed.D., COO, OCIO Dr. Clark established the Office of the CIO along with the IT Governance structure to ensure that OCIO- IT services were developed in support of MUSC missions. He was a leader and a “change agent” that helped transition MUSC to a ‘top tier’ automated organization As a visionary, he engaged in various MUSC initiatives to exchange clinical information throughout the State, setting up the foundation of MUSC’s TeleHealth network. I have worked for Dr. Clark for the past ten years. He has always been an inspiration to me with his character, creativity and commitment. —John Dell, financial and administrative systems, OCIO

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D-POH takes a ‘roadtrip’ to oral health success

Division of Population Oral Health seeks to transform dental care across the state with new grant BY J. RYNE DANIELSON Public Relations


he Division of Population Oral Health (D–POH) has been awarded two grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration, totaling almost $3 million, for use in improving oral health and access to dental care in rural communities across South Carolina. Amy Martin, DrPH, is the director of D–POH, and, along with Renata Leite, DDS, the division’s clinical director, is responsible for administering the grants. Both grants build upon existing programs, such as the Hollywood Smiles Clinic — a partnership between MUSC and the Hollywood, South Carolina mayor’s office — and the Rural Oral Health Advancement and Delivery Systems (ROADS) project — a partnership with the DentaQuest Institute and six rural health clinics across the state. These programs seek to bridge a dangerous gap between primary care and oral health care that leaves many patients at risk. Leite heads up the Hollywood Smiles initiative, which began as part of the College of Nursing’s Community Engaged Scholars Program under the auspices of the South Carolina Translational Research (SCTR) Institute. The initial pilot funding led to an R21 grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for $4.35 million and ongoing funding from the South Carolina legislature. “But it’s about more than just building a clinic in a rural area,” Leite cautioned. “It’s a much bigger issue than that. Just opening a clinic doesn’t mean people will come. There are oral health literacy issues that need to be addressed. There are cultural issues that need to be addressed. You have to engage and empower the community.” The initial model for accomplishing those goals involved reaching out

through churches and public schools, incorporating oral health education into curricula and getting school nurses on board to help educate children and their families. “It’s a matter of earning the community’s trust,” Leite explained.

“Just opening a clinic doesn’t mean people will come. There are oral health literacy and cultural issues that need to be addressed.” Renata Leite, DDS “One of the great success stories of Dr. Leite’s work,” Martin added, “is that the town of Hollywood worked closely with MUSC to get a legislative appropriation of about $100,000 to start the clinic. That’s really a rare occasion, when you do this type of community-based participatory research. That is a great exclamation point to the end of that sentence — that the community’s values around oral health changed such that they felt empowered to engage their legislative representatives to get these resources so that their children would not have the trajectory of oral health that they, as adults, have had. That’s a powerful testimony to the strength of that community.” Hollywood Smiles, Martin said, was an important seed from which to grow an oral health interprofessional training platform that is complementary to an existing rural health program, not only to build the necessary infrastructure, but to address gaps in

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Dental hygienist Lisa Summerlin treats a patient at the Hollywood Smiles Clinic — a partnership between MUSC and the Hollywood, S.C. mayor’s office. care between oral health providers and rarely conduct risk assessments and primary care providers — a project made provide their patients a referral network, possible through a partnership with the especially for high–risk adults. That’s the DentaQuest Institute. kind of practical solutions we’re looking DentaQuest, the country’s largest for.” manager of state Medicaid dental Those are the types of practical programs, is a key advocate for oral solutions ROADS seeks to provide. health advocacy and oral health literacy, “What we’re doing is creating an Martin said. With their technical innovative model with shared risk and assistance, D–POH started the ROADS shared reward,” Martin continued. program to train rural primary care “Because, when we interact as a true providers to perform oral health risk system — which means we’re not just assessments, preventative services and sharing patients, but sharing patient patient education as well as to establish information, as well as problem solving, definitive care partnerships with with dentists as part of a holistic care community dentists. approach —there is financial value, Helping primary care clinics quality of care value and population adopt interprofessional oral health health value we gain from that competencies, Martin said, is critical approach.” to bridging the gap between primary DentaQuest funds slightly more than and dental care that leaves many $1.1 million toward this initiative. A rural residents at a disadvantage. new HRSA grant for $1.2 million will “We’re helping primary care doctors allow dentists in rural communities to and community dentists create more enhance their capacity to serve safety innovative business and care partnership net patients, as well as to hire dental models so that the continuum of care is hygienists or dental assistants to serve as no longer breeched.” liaisons between primary care practices What happens now, she explained, and dentists’ offices. is that primary care providers might ROADS is actively recruiting recommend visiting the dentist community dentists to partner with rural and provide a list of dentists in the See Roadtrip on page 9 community. “That’s if you’re lucky. They

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and has all the training that officers with the Charleston Police Department (CPD) or Charleston County Sheriff’s Office have. Our people go through the exact same training that they do.” And that training, as well as focused drills and simulated-scenario exercises, continues throughout the year. His people work hard all year long to stay sharp and at the top of their game. EXPERIENCE, PREPARATION ARE KEY Kerley’s pride in the expertise of his officers is understandable. The majority of the force had significant experience in traditional law enforcement before they came to MUSC, and they bring myriad skills to their positions here. “We have folks from the New York Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, CPD and Charleston and Berkeley County sheriff’s offices. In that respect, we’re lucky that these guys know what to do in the case of something major, and they know what to do to problem solve on campus.” And like CPD officers, MUSC officers are armed and are empowered to make

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Public Safety officers cover MUSC’s campus, keeping it safe in myriad types of vehicles and by foot. Donald Newburn, from left, and Bridget Hinkebein by the bikes; Officer Scott Muetz by the T3 Patroller — a personal transport vehicle; and Officer Charles Forsythe by the Ford Expedition. possible.” (FLETC) to respond to events such official arrests. After 25 years of experience with as active shooter situations. MUSC Additionally, a number of DPS the NYPD, Kerley retired with the has specialized equipment that can be officers have been trained at the Federal rank of captain, having served as the deployed if necessary, and every officer Law Enforcement Training Center must also qualify once a year on this type commanding officer of the FBI Joint Installing the Notify Task Force when he left New York City of specialized weaponry and equipment. to move south. At MUSC nearly 10 app is simple: visit One particular type of training requires years now, his goal and that of his team officers to go through a scenario, with is to maintain a safe, orderly and secure special obstacles, that amps up the heart You will be prompted environment for students, employees, rate and mimics real–life situations that to enter your netID patients and visitors. address specific threats. and password. After In addition to its significant police All MUSC instructors are certified by authenticating, you can presence, and the officers’ fast response FLETC, the SCCJA or both agencies. install the MUSC app times, MUSC utilizes the very latest in Three officers have been certified store, which is called security and surveillance equipment. At through a SLED–sponsored program to MUSC App Center. present, the university maintains and be able to train for certain circumstances. Once installed, you The fact is, if you walk around any part monitors 163 emergency call boxes; 265 can then sign in and alarm accounts which include special of MUSC, you are likely to see MUSC download the MUSC security, panic and freezer alarms; public safety officers patrolling the Notify app from campus and off-campus areas in vehicles, approximately 650 video cameras — not the App Center. For including the ones located in the medical on bicycles and on foot — which is why, detailed instructions center — all of which record 24 hours a even though MUSC is located in an on installing the day; nearly 1,000 card–access doors; and urban setting, crime is extremely low. app, visit http:// a high–tech, fully–monitored dispatch “MUSC is a family,” said Lisa academicdepartments. center with real–time monitoring of Montgomery, executive vice president screens displaying areas all over campus. for finance and operations, “and we MUSCNotify.pdf. Kerley said, “The department do everything possible to keep our has added new equipment — we’ve family safe — it’s our priority and our dramatically upgraded our video commitment. Owing to Chief Kerley’s cameras, significantly improved extensive experience and outstanding leadership, his experienced team working technology on campus and thereby hard to protect us and our public spaces, our investigators’ ability to solve crime when it does happen. and the state–of–the–art safety and security measures positioned throughout See Clery on page 8 campus, MUSC is in the finest hands

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We get very clear detailed pictures with digital technology which helps immeasurably in identifying people. And the new storage capabilities allow us to preserve videos for a much longer timeframe, enabling us to assist with investigations long after they’ve taken place.” He added, “I’m also pleased about the increased security in non-public areas controlled by card–access doors. It allows us to control who goes in and who goes out, which is a very good thing.” NOTIFY One of the most important additions to campus safety, said Kerley, came by way of the introduction of MUSC’s own smartphone app, called Notify, that provides students and employees immediate contact with the Public Safety Dispatch Center should they see or encounter any type of emergency situation on or around campus. “I recommend everyone on campus — students, employees, faculty — download this app right away. It’s a great tool that allows Public Safety to continue to provide a safe environment — it’s almost like carrying around an instant contact to PS in your phone — you just push a button and you are immediately connected to the PS dispatcher. It can be a lifesaver, literally,” Kerley said. Additionally, Kerley recommends that everyone register his or her personal mobile phone in the MUSC Alert system. This will ensure that they receive all notifications of emergent situations on or around the campus community. The instructions to register mobile phones in the alert system are also included in the MUSC Notify information (see sidebox) or you can sign up at MUSC CRIME RATES During a year’s time, the biggest issue MUSC deals with centers around larceny — the theft of personal possessions such as bikes, cell phones, laptops and pocketbooks. Violence, on the other hand, is virtually unheard of with the rare exception of an occasional situation involving a patient. As a result, MUSC is considered an extremely safe place to work and study. “A lot of it has to do with the fact that we have public safety out patrolling,”

Kerley said. “We are out and about so people see us. If you see a police officer in uniform, you’re going to think twice. We also have an additional and very strong resource in hospital safety and security with the security personnel and leadership of Kevin Boyd, who was a police officer for 23 years with the CPD. That type of joint presence discourages people from coming here and causing problems.” Montgomery agreed, “MUSC is extremely fortunate to have seasoned police officers creating a visible presence on and around campus, as well as experienced security professionals visible in the hospital. This combined approach has proven to be very effective.” “Still,” Kerley added, “vigilance is key. You have to be aware of your property. MUSC is safe, but you still can’t leave your laptop lying around unattended or an iPhone 6 in a charger for three hours and expect it to be there when you get back. It is an urban campus after all — you have to make sure that the things you value, you take care of.” THE CLERY ACT MUSC logs and maintains meticulous records of every reported crime on campus and shares that information publicly. This practice is required by the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and stems from the murder of a 19–year–old student attending college in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1986. The Clery Act requires all U.S. colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to disclose and publicize their crime statistics and work to improve campus safety. MUSC, in compliance with the Clery Act, publishes, on an annual basis, a detailed listing of crimes committed on campus, which are posted online and broken down by type of offense and number of occurrences. CLERY WARNINGS The Clery Act requires that universities issue timely alerts and warnings via targeted delivery channels such as texts, emails and calls to the entire campus community. Messages will begin with “MUSC Alert” to signify that the following message is of critical importance. The warning system is one of the

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major elements of the Clery Act. The act requires institutions not only to have an appropriate warning system in place, but it requires two specific types of notifications. First, an emergency notification is to be immediately issued when there is a confirmed threat on or near campus that threatens the safety or health of its people. The emergency warning requirement extends beyond Clery Crimes and includes notifications for other dangerous situations such as an outbreak of a serious illness, an active shooter, extreme weather conditions, an earthquake, bomb threat, gas leak, terrorist threat, and civil unrest and rioting. Notifications are to be issued without delay upon confirmation of the emergency by responsible authorities preidentified by the institution. Kerley explained, “Following the 2007

shootings at Virginia Tech, Congress amended the Clery Act to add the emergency notification requirement. Universities must now immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff occurring on the campus,” he said. Clery Crimes include: q Homicide q Sex Offenses q Robbery q Aggravated Assault q Burglary q Motor Vehicle Theft q Arson q Hate Crimes (including any of the seven crimes listed above if motivated by hate) including threats to persons or property. Secondly, a timely warning is issued

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Dr. Renata Leite poses with Hollywood Mayor Jackie Heyward outside the Hollywood Smiles clinic. Within a year, the newly created D-POH has been awarded upward of $4.5 million to create a portfolio of projects, all with the goal of addressing unmet oral health needs in rural communities across the state.

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health clinics in six communities in South Carolina: Rock Hill, York, Swansea, Orangeburg, Fairfield, and Blythewood. MUSC has partnered with Tri–County Pediatrics in Rock Hill and York to expand service in two pediatric health clinics; with Lexington Medical Center in Swansea to serve adults with diabetes; with Singleton Family Practice in Orangeburg to serve children and families; and with sister organizations Fairfield Medical Associates, in Fairfield County, and Blythewood Medical Associates in Blythewood to offer family medicine to children and adults — especially adults with diabetes whose clinical indicators are outside the therapeutic range. “We know through Dr. Leite’s work, and the work of other clinical scientists, that oral health has important systemic effects,” Martin said. “By disrupting oral health pathology, we can improve overall health, especially with respect to diabetes.” “There is a link between oral health and systemic health,” Leite explained. “As part of this grant, we are developing an oral health risk assessment for adults, which doesn’t currently exist. Yet, we know that the relationship between oral health and systemic health is a two–way street. For example, uncontrolled diabetes makes gum disease worse, and gum disease makes diabetes harder to control. You need to address both to have a good result.” One important lesson Martin learned from the ROADS program is the importance of nurses to the overall health of patients: “The physician’s orientation is very clinical. But, the nursing team is more focused on making sure the patient understands what everything means and addressing behaviors that a patient needs to continue or modify at home to sustain good oral health.” “Communities listen to their nurses, even when they don’t listen to their physicians or their dentists,” Leite added. “So that’s another way of earning their trust.” The success of both ROADS and the Hollywood Smiles Clinic led Martin and Leite to what they call an “aha” moment. “With the work our team was doing with ROADS and the work Renata was doing with Hollywood Smiles, we felt this was a wonderful opportunity to address the pipeline. Taking the lessons learned from ROADS in transforming both business and clinical practices, we wondered, why can’t we leverage the strength of Hollywood smiles to transform oral health education? That’s what we did.” This new project, for which D–POH has been awarded an additional HRSA grant of $1.7 million, is called ROADTRIP, which stands for Rural Oral Health Advancements and Delivery Systems through Interprofessional Training. “ROADTRIP has several key goals,” Martin said. “The first is to create a quality improvement culture around oral health interprofessional training here at MUSC. One thing we’re doing to meet that goal

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is forming an oral health interprofessional advisory group with representatives from each college. We’re taking inventory of our programs of study, looking for opportunities to reinforce oral health training through all the health professions.” Sometimes that might mean launching new courses, she explained. Or, it might simply mean enhancing existing courses by improving students’ learning objectives and experiential learning opportunities. For example, one goal is to create experiential learning opportunities using the existing infrastructure of the Hollywood Smiles Clinic. The grant also funds a new graduate–level safety net dental practice certificate program, which will be delivered online for both MUSC students and students from other schools. This certificate program will focus on clinical skills, as well as on balancing rural, community–based care with good financial management to make rural care sustainable. It will also address the culture of poverty and how it shapes health practices and beliefs. “We often talk about health care through the lens of consumerism,” Martin said. “How that intersects with the culture of poverty is very important for our students to understand.” Within a year, the newly created D–POH has been awarded upward of $4.5 million to create a portfolio of projects, all with the goal of addressing unmet oral health needs in rural communities across the state. Martin said she is proud of all that she and her colleagues have accomplished in such a short period of time. “Dental care is primary care,” Martin said. “The mouth is part of the body. But, we still have a lot of education necessary in linking oral health to a range of systemic diseases, because this is fairly new science. We’ve known it for a while in the dental community, but it hasn’t exactly diffused into other branches of health care.” This is why ROADTRIP is so important, she explained. While ROADS involves shaping existing systems to address unmet dental needs, ROADTRIP is

about reshaping health education to deliver better care — especially preventative care — which is much cheaper in the long run. “We’re only going to improve the health of rural communities through cohesive dental–primary care partnerships,” Martin said. “To achieve that requires innovative systems transformation to address population health, quality improvement, and cost savings. “We have to think about the health of communities, not just individual patients — and hold the system accountable based on healthy communities. We have to stop throwing care at people and instead be thoughtful about what we’re doing — is it evidence–based? Is it providing the patient with a pathway to optimal care? And we’ve got to do all this without breaking the bank, because we cannot sustain the financial path we’re on.”

Hygienist Theresa Vanderhorst confers with her patient at the clinic.

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for Clery Act crimes that have occurred and pose a serious ongoing threat to the campus community. These warnings let the campus community know there is a continued threat on or near campus, with a perpetrator at large, so that community members can take steps to get to a safe location or prevent another crime. In order to enable people to protect themselves, an alert will be issued to the entire campus community as soon as pertinent information is available. If necessary, the alert will be updated as facts surrounding the incident become available. The DPS maintains continued communication with local law enforcement agencies during activities occurring in the area that may result in an emergency situation on campus. The language used in alerts and warnings is critically important and must include all necessary specific and detailed descriptors and information that would promote the safety and security of the campus, as the intent of the warning is to enable members of the campus community to protect themselves. The description that will be shared in a notification and an alert will include as much descriptive information as possible and the approximate number of people involved. Possible descriptions could include the perpetrator’s gender; status (armed, running, hiding); race; approximate age; demeanor (rowdy, agitated, etc.,); dress; and any other pertinent identifying features that would aid in either the capture or avoidance of the perpetrator. Equally important is language related to the location of the situation or perpetrator as it related to the position on or around campus. Both descriptors and

location aid in the warning being as accurate and up– to–date and the campus community being as informed as possible. MUSC Alert is a multi–model emergency notification system designed to provide warnings, notifications and updates as quickly and accurately as possible to the campus community. In the event of an emergency, university leadership must be able to contact to you immediately, therefore it is necessary to register your personal contact information with MUSC Alert in order to receive texts, emails and voice alerts in an emergency. Register for the MUSC Alert Emergency Notification System at: http://academicdepartments. emergency/muscalert/ or via the link in Notify. THE EXTRA MILE The Department of Public Safety makes presentations about campus safety to new students at orientation and provides continued opportunities for discussions about safety throughout the year for all. “We do a significant number of crime prevention talks during the year, and we also provide RAD (rape aggression defense) classes throughout the year. We have a lot of interaction with students. The students and employees should know if they need something — if they’re not feeling comfortable for any reason whatsoever, they should call Public Safety for an escort to their car or bus stop or wherever around campus they need to get to.” Kerley said that for a campus of this size, MUSC’s crime numbers are incredibly low. “This allows the officers to help people in other more personal ways. We want to be out and about. We want the people to see us. It allows us to be more of a resource and aid people if they are lost, have flat tires or need escorts. We have an opportunity to provide a more personal service which adds to how people feel about MUSC overall.” People regularly look to MUSC officers for help. For officers like Lesley Moore, who in August received the top departmental award “Employee of the Year,” dealing with the public is the best part of her day. “I love meeting all the people on campus and talking to them. You can make the difference in the lives of students, employees, even a stranger if you just take the time and have an interest.” PFC Mark Trauger agrees, even though he had quite a different type of experience this past spring. The evening shift officer, who’s been on the DPS force for 11 years this November, credits his sixth sense for saving a life. “I pay attention to how people are acting and reacting,” he said. “I was at the corner of President and Bee (streets), and a young guy walked by. I always try to ask people how they’re doing, and I asked him.” Trauger paused, clearly emotional about his experience that day, taking a moment to collect himself. “What it was,” he continued, “he had that stare. He didn’t even recognize me being there which signaled something wasn’t right. Something was going on. Something in the back of my mind said, ‘This isn’t

right, let’s go check it out.’ A lot of what we officers have is a sixth sense, when things aren’t right, we check it out and follow up. Everybody has it, we have it honed in more than most people.” Trauger followed the man to the garage, but lost sight of him. In his gut he knew that was not a good sign. “As I was going through the garage, I was hoping and praying he was in a car and leaving, but when I didn’t see him, I thought, ‘Oh great.’ As I came up to the top floor where the helicopter pad is, I saw him hop up on the ledge, and start inching toward the edge. He was right at the end, looking down over the side of the sixth floor. I thought, ‘Oh no.’ I rushed up behind him, but he was in the zone and didn’t even see me or acknowledge me. I thought to myself, ‘This is not going to happen in front of me,’ so I hollered, ‘Hey’ and just pulled him off.“ Trauger saved that young man’s life that day. “After he calmed down, he shared with me that he was having a rough day. He was having issues with his family and his girlfriend. He was 21 years old and almost gave up. He was that hopeless. At that point, I was concerned about getting him the help he needed and getting him to the trauma center — 1 West.” Kerley encourages his officers to reach out like that whether it’s to employees or patients. That’s the kind of special attention he hopes they are able to give to people. “‘Traug’ did a really nice job. That young man was sitting on the ledge about to jump, and he saved his life. I’m proud that he went the extra mile — he deserves a lot of credit.” But Trauger doesn’t see his actions as special. It was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time, he said. But the truth is, someone else might have just let that blank stare go. “I was just doing my job. That’s what I do. If I can put a smile on people’s faces and ask how their days are, that’s what makes me happy.” Public Safety will host Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes in room 125 of Thurmond Gaze. Classes are open to women and students, faculty, staff, and community members. For information or to register, visit Tuesday, 9/29/2015, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Thursday, 10/1/2015, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Tuesday, 10/6/2015, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Thursday, 10/8/2015, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Annual benefits fair to be held MUSC’s University and Medical Center Human Resources Department’s benefit offices will be holding the Annual Benefits Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept.25 in the Colbert Education Center & Library Building and surrounding area. Benefits staff and representatives will be available to answer questions.

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ESSIE MORGAN LECTURESHIP College of Health Professions associate dean for research Dr. James Krause, right, was the Essie Morgan Lectureship presenter at the 2015 Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals annual conference held in early September in New Orleans. The lectureship is awarded to persons who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of social services for people with spinal cord injuries. photo provided

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