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President's Values in Action Award

The Medical University of South Carolina’s values are the heart of the institution and each day these values are exhibited by employees who help to fulfill MUSC’s vision statement, Leading Health Innovation for the Lives We Touch. Each year, the President’s Values in Action award recognizes five deserving employees who demonstrate MUSC’s five values:

  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity

These five values also lay the framework for determining values at local levels of the organization (e.g. hospital entities, support services, colleges, etc.) with the goal that all values map back into these five institutional standards to provide the best care and services to the communities we serve.

2017 Values in Action Award Winners – Highlights Reel

Award Submission Process

  • Nominations need to be completed via the Values in Action nomination form below.
  • Nominations also require a written letter of recommendation from the sponsor explaining why the nominee is worthy of the reward.
  • Nominations are accepted between January and October for the current calendar year.
  • The nomination submission window will close the last day of October, and all five Values in Action award winners will be chosen in November.
  • Winners will be chosen by President Cole based on the award criteria outlined below.

Award Criteria

  • Nominations are submitted to recognize an individual who has demonstrated one of the five institutional values within the course of the current calendar year between January and October. Only five winners will be chosen during this time; one winner per MUSC value.
  • Nominees can be submitted from any department across the MUSC enterprise.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • Diversity and inclusion is a priority for the criteria of the Values in Action award, as the aim is to offer an award and recognition opportunity to all department and team members. This will provide an inclusive opportunity to recognize values that are demonstrated from a variety of backgrounds and skill sets.
  • With all of the positive and proactive efforts for employee recognition that are already in place, the Values in Action award is yet another opportunity to highlight the good work of an individual at an institutional level; it is not intended to take the place of existing employee recognition departmental awards. If you know of an individual who has applied for a departmental award that happens to align with the Values in Action award, it is acceptable to also submit a nomination for the Values in Action award to provide an alternative form of recognition.

Values in Action Nomination

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Please submit a Word document that is addressed to Dr. Cole expressing your reasons for nominating the employee for the Values in Action award. Personal examples are strongly encouraged. The letter of recommendation should be within the 500-1,000 word limit.


For specific questions regarding the Values in Action award, please contact Courtney Wagoner.

Award Distribution & Recognition

  • Once chosen, each award will be given in person by President Cole (when scheduling allows) at a designated culminating event.
  • An article will be placed in the Catalyst to recognize the five winners.
  • The winners will receive a momento, along with an invitation to a culminating event with all five winners and President Cole.
  • All nominees will receive a letter of appreciation from President Cole for the good work that is occurring across the institution.

Contact Information

President's Office:

Medical University of South Carolina
Colcock Hall
179 Ashley Ave., MSC 001
Charleston, SC 29425

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