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2013 Year in Review: Expanding Services and Changing What's Possible

Commitment to Patients
Health Info Exchange
In fall 2011, MUSC Health became one of 28 partners to connect nationally to the eHealthExchange. Jan. 11

Cawley set to lead hospital
On April 1, Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., was named to replace retiring medical center leader Stuart Smith as vice president for clinical operations and MUHA executive director. Feb. 15

World–changing research --
Pediatric anesthesiologist Dr. Frank McGowan is known for his compassionate care with patients. McGowan was recognized, along with colleagues, for developing new clinical applications.

Smoke-free medical district
Charleston City Council passed an ordinance Jan. 8 to create a smoke–free medical district around MUSC and Roper Hospital. March 1

First in state hearing implant
MUSC Otolaryngology chair Paul R. Lambert, M.D., performs the state’s first Sophono Alpha implant on a patient with inner ear hearing loss. March 8

New drug for breast cancer
A new drug, T–DM1, which has fewer side effects and is more effective than prior standard treatments for patients with metastatic breast cancer, was made available. Hollings Cancer Center was a clinical trial site researching the effectiveness of T–DM1. March 29

New treatment for emphysema
MUSC pulmonary professor Charlie Strange, M.D., treated the first patient in the U.S. under the RENEW study with a new lung volume reduction coil device. April 5

Copper surfaces
A study involving MUSC, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center found that the placement of copper surfaces in ICU hospital rooms reduced the amount of health care–acquired infections reducing patient deaths and health care costs. April 26

Hand, microsurgery program
When it comes to receiving specialized treatment of all urgent and non–urgent needs of the hand, wrist and elbow, patients can look to the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s hand and microsurgery program. April 26

Serving special–needs patients--
Residents in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry clinic use a lift to accommodate Centry Prince, 69, into position so he can receive care.

Infection prevention excellence
MUSC won national recognition for eliminating central–line associated bloodstream infections in four critical care areas: neurosurgical ICU, cardiothoracic ICU, pediatric ICU and pediatric cardiothoracic ICU. June 14

Hospital Prevention Excellence
MUSC was awarded a Hospital Prevention Excellence Award by NC Prevention Partners for making the institution a healthier place to live, work and learn. June 28

MUSC is No. 1 hospital
MUSC was named one of the country’s best hospitals in the treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders, nephrology and rheumatology by U.S. News &
World Report. July 19

Dedicated to Employees
Pavillion named for oncologist
Hollings Cancer Center dedicated its pavillion on Jan. 9 in memory of cardiothoracic surgeon, oncologist and former center director Carolyn E. Reed, M.D. Jan. 18

Medicine leader
Department of Medicine chair Don C. Rockey, M.D., has settled into the Department of Medicine leadership role and his research focus. Feb. 8

Best Doctors
MUSC physicians were among 279 Charleston area doctors named to the 2012-2013 Best Doctors list. March 8

Research Nexus launched

The SC Clinical and Translational Research Institute launched the SCTR Research Nexus, a comprehensive clinical research service line for MUSC investigators. May 3

Palmetto Gold
Eight MUSC nurses involved in clinical and acute care and nursing education were among 100 nurses in South Carolina to be recognized for their excellence and commitment. May 10

Teen gets HeartWare device --
Jake Paul, 16, was the first recipient of the FDA–approved HeartWare device. The device allows the Pelion teen to fish and enjoy outdoor activities and improve his quality of life

Employee, cancer survivor fights
Children’s Hospital administrator and lung cancer patient John Sanders advocated to statewide politicians for support of lung cancer research funding that can lead new discoveries. July 5

Excellence in action
Institute of Psychiatry nurses Stanisha Vick and Damian Millet used their quick response and skills to save a patient’s life. July 5

Security change for devices

MUSC is following the lead of other academic institutions by providing a higher level of security for managing health care data and accessing servers and networks. July 26

Global health research grant
MUSC Center for Global Health awarded five students and one resident with $2,000 each to support global health research and fieldwork projects in four countries. Aug. 9

Surgery nurse returns
Ambulatory Surgery and Navy Reserve nurse Dottie Aimar returned from an eight and a half month deployment in Afghanistan. Aug. 23

Weight Management is online
MUSC Weight Management Center unveiled a variety of Lunchtime Losers programs featuring a new virtual class option. Aug. 30

New Pilot Health Plan
Starting Jan. 1, MUHA and University employees will participate in the new state health plan which is based on the patient–centered medical home.
Oct. 25

Commitment to Professionalism --
Medical center nurses, employees and leaders sign a banner committing them to MUHA’s Professionalism initiative.

Nurse researcher honored
Lynne S, Nemmeth, Ph.D., R.N., was the only SC nurse named an American Academy of Nursing fellow. Nov. 8

A decade of Angel Tree joy
Hundreds of MUSC employees, patients and visitors came out to watch a parade and celebrate the arrival of Santa with gifts donated by students and staff. The effort marks MUSC’s 10th anniversary supporting the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Dec. 13

Devoted to Students
Nursing school earns Top 20
The College of Nursing’s online graduate program was ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News &World Report. Feb. 8

Claflin teams with SCCP

Claflin University has signed a memorandum of understanding with the South Carolina College of Pharmacy to establish a new degree program. Feb. 8

Medicine dean, student honored

The 2013 Earl B. Higgins Achievement in Diversity Awards were presented to College of Medicine Dean Etta Pisano, M.D., and student award to Brandon Hagan, a graduating James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine student. April 26

Teaching Excellence
Four MUSC faculty (Sara V. Kraft, DPT, Carrie Cormack, R.N., Shakaib Rehman and Dorothea Jenkins, M.D.) were honored for teaching excellence by the MUSC Foundation. May 17

Teaching Excellence faculty, along with 10 other faculty, were praised for highest achievements at the Aug. 20 Convocation ceremony. Aug. 30Pharmacy residency match
South Carolina College of Pharmacy students continue to excel in residency placements. Eighty–eight percent of the college’s residency candidates successfully matched as compared to the national average of 55 percent. May 24

Students devote to Global Health--
Medical student Caroline West is among many students who have joined the Center for Global Health’s Global Health and Tropical Medicine group.

Student leadership
MUSC’s best students were inducted into the MUSC Student Leadership Society April 17. Students were chosen for their character, service and commitment to MUSC and the Tri-county community. May 31

Dental students share research

Dental students demonstrated their research prowess with SC dentists and statewide practitioners at the SC Dental Association annual meeting. May 31

Miracles happen
Former patient and nursing student Leah Adkins is filled with thanksgiving. Adkins suffered a saddle pulmonary embolism that nearly claimed her life. She received a specialized team approach to care at MUSC. Nov. 29

In Memory
Durwood Bach, DMD, professor and chairman in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, died Jan. 1. Jan. 18

Lauren Elyse Baldwin Baccari, a fourth-year College of Medicine student, died in a multi-car accident on Interstate 526 on Jan. 28. Feb. 8

John E. Mahaffey, M.D., former professor and chairman of anesthesiology, died April 5. April 12

Gil Bradham, M.D., a surgeon, clinical leader, educator and sportsman, died at home May 21 following a long illness. May 31

Bobby Wilson, R.N., a Institute of Psychiatry nurse and long–serving nurse at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center died April 14. Aug. 23

Willette Gault Smith, an employee with the Department of Business Development & Marketing, died Sept. 1. Sept. 6

Keith Richard Bennis, a retired statistical analyst and researcher with the Transplant Center, died Oct. 17. Nov. 22

Olen Hardwick, a university–hospital maintenance worker, died Oct. 13 following a long illness. Nov. 29

December 23, 2013

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