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MUSC Foundation Creates Furlough Relief Fund
December 9, 2008

The Medical University of South Carolina Foundation has established a new fund to provide financial assistance to those employees most severely affected by the recently announced furlough.

The Medical University announced in November that 1,200 of its employees would be furloughed for four days to help the institution cope with a 19 percent reduction in state funding and the possibility of additional cuts in the future.

Recognizing that many of these employees would likely face financial hardship, Medical University President Ray Greenberg spearheaded the creation of the MUSC Employee Furlough Relief Fund to help provide those adversely affected with some degree of relief.

The fund will consist entirely of private donations from staff, faculty, administrators, volunteer board members and others. The amount of relief available to each eligible employee will depend on the amount of money contributed to the fund. Dr. Greenberg and his wife, Leah, made the first donation, followed by employees at all levels.

“Many of us view the MUSC family as just that – a family. Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose financial well-being is threatened by the current situation,” said Jim Fisher, vice president for development.

“We’re encouraging people to make a gift before year-end so that we can help brighten the holidays for these folks and offer them some measure of financial relief during the months ahead,” he said.

To make a tax-deductible gift to the MUSC Employee Furlough Relief Fund, please mail your check to the MUSC Foundation at 18 Bee Street, MSC 180, Charleston, SC, 29425. Checks should be made payable to the MUSC Foundation. Or you may make your gift online.

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