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MUHA Employee and Physician of the Month Awards


Gopi Omraju
MUHA Facilities

“Gopi Omraju started in his position as Facility Manager responsible for Ashley River Tower, CMH and McClennan Banks, and maintenance services in the Psychiatric Hospital on July 15, 2012.  Since his arrival he has actively sought out ways to improve efficiency and cut costs. Rising electrical costs have been an area of interest based on previous work experiences. Recognizing that for most businesses, lighting accounts for 30 to 60 percent of annual electric costs he identified the lighting in the ART parking area under the building as an area for potential substantial cost savings. While this area is controlled by Parking Management, the lighting costs are included in the ART electrical costs. He researched the SCE&G Energy Wise for Business rebate program and initiated contact with SCE&G, assessed the numbers and types of fixtures in the garage, calculated the paybacks related to different options, coordinated with Parking Management who embraced the project, and was able to utilize his own staff for installation of high efficiency lighting in the ART parking garage rather than having to contract out the work.  As a result of Gopi’s effort, SCE&G presented MUHA a rebate check in the amount of $25,375 in April. In addition to this rebate check, the electricity savings are estimated to be $200,000 over the next 10 years. Gopi has made an effort to make others in the department aware of the Energy Wise for Business program opportunities by having SCE&G come and make a presentation to maintenance and construction staff to familiarize them with the different types of eligible projects, including retrofitting existing equipment with more energy efficient technologies, installing high efficiency equipment during new construction or major renovations, and purchasing new equipment or replacing equipment when it reaches the end of its useful life. He’s currently exploring additional lighting projects that could result in additional rebates estimated to be around $20-30,000 with cost savings for years to come. He’s also working with project managers for reducing upfront lighting related construction costs on the ART Pharmacy and ART 7 renovations.”
Nominated by David Dement

Physician of the Month

Murray Passo, M.D.
Pediatrics — Rheumatology

“Dr. Passo always goes above and beyond for his patients. He is very conscientious and takes time to conduct thorough clinic visits and listens to families’ concerns instead of rushing through the appointment. He naturally takes a family-centered approach to care and actively engages families in decisions involving their children’s treatment. He truly cares about the well-being of his patients. Recently, he sought out an expert to see a patient who had a complicated diagnosis.  While that may seem commonplace, Dr. Passo was given the wrong name for the doctor and then given what it may sound like as the description for the doctor’s name. Once he found the right doctor, Dr. Passo composed a 20-plus page historical summary for the consultation. Dr. Passo is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met, and he regularly and eagerly shares this knowledge with students, residents, fellows, and other healthcare professionals. He encourages the professional growth of all members of our healthcare team. He also works to improve our clinic process and care outcomes. Dr. Passo exemplifies everything that a physician at MUSC should strive to be.
Nominated by Catherine Mims



September 5, 2014



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