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Clinical Connections
January 24, 2013

Dr. CawleyDr. Cawley Appointed Vice President for Clinical Operations and Executive Director for the Medical University Hospital Authority

Members of the MUSC Community:

          It is my pleasure to share with you the outcome of the search for the Vice President for Clinical Operations and Executive Director of the Medical University Hospital Authority. About six months ago, we began the process of selecting a successor for Stuart Smith. A search committee was appointed and Dean Etta Pisano served as its chair. Working with search consultants, a very strong field of candidates was identified from across the country. Three rounds of interviews were conducted ultimately leading to a unanimous selection by our Board of Trustees. The Board felt that the most outstanding candidate was right here at MUSC and Dr. Pat Cawley, our current Executive Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer, was offered the position.

          A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Cawley received his medical degree from Georgetown University and his MBA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He trained in internal medicine at Duke University and was named a Master in Hospital Medicine by the Society of Hospital Medicine. He is also certified by the American College of Physician Executives and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Cawley brings to his new position a deep understanding and appreciation for the Medical University. He has been a champion for MUSC Excellence, and under his guidance, we have made tremendous progress in measures of quality and patient safety. The University Healthsystem Consortium recently recognized these efforts by awarding the coveted Rising Star honor to the Medical University. We fully expect that Dr. Cawley will bring this same dedicated pursuit of excellence to his new responsibilities.

          In order to allow the smoothest possible transition in leadership, Dr. Cawley will serve as Executive Director Designate, working closely with Interim Executive Director Kester Freeman through the end of March. At the beginning of April, Dr. Cawley will assume the Executive Director position. In the interim, he and Mr. Freeman will focus on working with our senior leadership team and Huron Healthcare to implement a number of initiatives to improve our performance and increase our efficiency. Dr. Cawley will also work in the next few months to develop longer-term plans and appoint his successor as Executive Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer.

          I trust that you will join me in welcoming Dr. Cawley to his new role. Thank you for all that you do to advance the mission of the Medical University and to help us serve the citizens of South Carolina.


With best wishes,

Raymond S. Greenburg, MD, PhD

Progress Notes
dr. wallerThe January/February 2013 issue of Progress Notes, a bimonthly publication highlighting clinical and research innovations at MUSC, is now available online at: http://www.MUSChealth.com/progressnotes

Beginning with this issue, the digital edition of Progressnotes will include embedded videos, social networking tools (email a friend, facebook, twitter, etc), annotation and bookmarking tools, and the opportunity to receive an email alert when a new online edition is released.

In the January/February 2013 issue, read about:

• Immunotherapeutic approaches to cancer

• The new LINX device for medication-refractory GERD (Video)

• Bronchial thermoplasty for patients with severe asthma (Video)

• Stereoencephalography: a novel strategy for identifying the seizure onset zone in epilepsy

• Management of Lower Back Pain (CME credit available)

• MUSC's new Director of Phase 1 Clinical Trials

Write Kimberly McGhee, Managing Editor, with questions, comments or story ideas at
Risk Management Roundup
Falls are a significant risk to many of our patients. Our nursing staff assesses every inpatient for their risk of Falls, using a validated instrument, and then they implement Fall reduction interventions based on the patient's individualized risk. A full resource page dedicated to assessing and mitigating the risk of Falls is available here. Please familiarize yourself with our Fall reduction program, and support our nursing staff in their efforts/interventions to reduce Falls in all of our patients.
Medication Reconcilliation Performance Data
The MUSC College of Medicine Presents the Twenty-Sixth Annual Charity Ball and Silent Auction
Saturday, February 16, 2013, from 7 until 11 o'clock.

Tickets are $50 per person. MUSC Alumni may purchase two tickets for $45 each. MUSC students may purchase two tickets for $20 each. For more information, contact Marta Rivell at rivellm@musc.edu
today! or at (843)792-5862.
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Go to the MUSC Intranet, click on the "Reward & Recognition" tab at the top right and nominate a physician. Physicians will be recognized with prizes and more!

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