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April 22, 2011 MEDICAL UNIVERSITY of SOUTH CAROLINA Vol. 29, No. 34

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Bar laboratory one wayCDAP targeting addictionBy dawn Brazell

Public Relations

Not many bartenders wouldwant the job at MUSC’s

Human Bar Laboratory. The tipsare lousy, actually non-existent,and there’s only one customer ata time.

Mark Ghent, however, likesthe job in the Center for Drugand Alcohol Programs’ (CDAP)bar laboratory where he servesas program coordinator. It’s allfor a good cause in the nameof ongoing research into therapidly changing field of alcoholaddiction and treatment.

The cornerstone of CDAP isthe Charleston Alcohol ResearchCenter, one of only 15 suchcenters nationally that is fundedby the National Institutes ofHealth (NIH).

Tucked away within MUSC’sInstitute of Psychiatry is a tinyroom that houses the Human BarLaboratory. ‘Customers’ visitingthe bar get to hang out for a whole

day in the mirrored, neon setting.Here, customers get a $16 barcredit, which if not spent, getsadded to the $300 to $360 theywill be receiving for participatingin this particular clinical researchstudy.

Not the best business practiceof a successful bar but it is theperfect setting for a lab that seeksto shed light on how to bettercustomize alcohol treatment basedon a person’s characteristics andgenetics. The current customershave been screened for alcoholdependence and impulsivity andprovide blood for DNA analysis.

Konstantin E. Voronin, M.D.,Ph.D., and a research assistantprofessor in the Departmentof Psychiatry and BehavioralSciences, said the bar laboratoryis an important tool to assessthe effectiveness of medicationsthat earlier studies suggest maybe effective in reducing alcoholcraving in humans.

The current eight-day study:

Dr. Konstantin Voronin, left, and Mark Ghent discuss howstudies are set up in the MUSC’s Human Bar Laboratory.

See Bar on page 8

Although redwine isn’t servedin MUSC’s Human

Bar Laboratory, it is thedrink of choice for many.Visit www.alcoholanddrugabuse.org for the latest on

facts about researchand prevention.

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The Catalyst is published once a week.Paid adver tisements, which do notrepresent an endorsement by MUSCor the State of South Carolina, arehandled by Island Publications Inc. ,Moultrie News, 134 Columbus St. ,Charleston, S.C., 843-849-1778 or843-958-7490. E-mail: [email protected].

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In 2009 an award system was initiatedin keeping patients safe through theFirm Ground Fall Prevention program,known as the WOOF (With Out OneFall) award. Each quarter this awardrecognizes the units with fewer thanthree falls in the prior three months.

Now that the WOOF award has beengiven for more than a year, it is timeto honor the three units that have thelowest number of falls for the past year,the lowest number of injuries from falls,and the most improved in preventingfalls on their unit.

On April 11, the awards were given to5W Main for having the lowest numberof falls in the past four quarters, (April1, 2010 through March 31). 2TCU wasawarded for having the fewest injuriesassociated with falls and ART6EX washonored as the most improved forpreventing falls on their unit.

Lana Beckley, Firm Ground resourcenurse and creator of the WOOF award,and Erica Rouvalis, chair of the PatientSafety and Mobility committee, werejoined by Charlie The Riverdog topresent these awards.

Medical Center

‘Making a difference every day’

Ashely River Tower 6 EX staff is honored with a WOOF award. 6E was themost improved in preventing falls for the past year. To see the video, visithttp://bit.ly/MUSCwoof.

WOOF award honors units for low fall numbers

Patient Satisfaction Banner winners recognized

During the second quarter of fiscalyear 2011, the following areas, as wellas the support departments for eacharea, received recognition for havinghigh patient satisfaction results: 6Eastand Environmental Services; AshleyRiver Tower 3West and Heart &Vascular Prep and Recovery; Children’sSurgery Clinic and Financial Services;OB/GYN Faculty Clinic andRegistration; Radiation Oncology

and Clinic Coordinator; Maxilofacialand Registration; Hollings CancerCenter Surgical Oncology and surgeryoncology registered nurses and certifiedmedical assistants; 4 North andInstitute of Psychiatry Pharmacy;Behavioral Medicine and CentralScheduling; Digestive Disease CenterGeneral Endocrinology; and HollingsCancer Center Mammography, thirdfloor.

Representing AshleyRiver Tower 3W areLauren Powell, ErinJohnson, JenniferMinick, Vicky Peletz,Brandi Chisolm,Melissa Glanz, BrittanyCline, Caitlin Keiltyand Gladney Lane.The unit received abanner recognitionfor the highest patientsatisfaction of thequarter. Representingthe supporting stafffrom Heart & Vascularare Melissa Southard,left, and Brenda Brown.

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MUSC’s long distance histotechnologists program,the only one of its kind nationally, aims to ease theshortage of these health care professionals.

Jim Madory, D.O., medical director of LabInformatics, said that MUSC’s program helps well-qualified histotechnologists graduate and fulfillshortages in the state. “Without the expertise inpreparing and staining slides provided by thesetechnologists, many pathologists in South Carolinawould be without an essential part of the team requiredto provide accurate and timely pathologic diagnosis toour patients.”

The theme for national laboratory week is “TheTeam Behind the Scenes.” Although sometimesunseen, medical laboratory professionals are critical tohealth care. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of theseprofessionals according to Madory.

This was the basis of a program that was startedat MUSC to train histotechnologists. Because of thedistance education program offered, labs at MUSC andacross the country, were able to be staffed staff.

Karen Gelis, director of the Histotechnology Programsaid distance education is a huge thing. “We are theonly program in the country that is offering a distanceeducation program for histotechnologists. We arehoping to eventually expand the program to meetthe demands for these lab professionals and are nowaccepting students twice a year.”

MUSC affiliates with hospital clinical labs inFlorence and Arizona and allows histotechniciansto receive a degree as a histotechnologist. MUSC’sprogram prepares them for the exam and participantsreceive practical experience at their clinical lab.

The program just received a seven year reaccreditationfrom the National Accrediting Agency for ClinicalLaboratory Sciences. This allows the program to havefour traditional students and an unlimited number ofdistance educations students.

National Laboratory Week will be celebrated April24-30. MUSC will have Lunch and Learn sessions,provide tours highlighting specific laboratory sections,and hold various social activities to celebrate this week.

For information about MUSC’s histotechnologistprogram, go to http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/histotechnology/.

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Currents April 19 To Medical Center Employees

W. Stuart SmithVice President for Clinical Operationsand Executive Director, MUSC Medical Center

People–Fostering employeepride and loyalty

HR updateq Employees withincomplete 2010CATT lessons needto complete 2011lessons now.q Verification of de-pendents’ eligibilityfor insurance coverage will now requiredocumented proof.q Unit and department personnel filesare being reviewed by HR in prepara-tion for the Joint Commissions DiabetesCertification survey.q Employees will receive self reviewforms on May 1 and are due May 31.There will be self- review training ses-sions from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., May 10 inART auditorium, May 12 from 9 a.m. to10 a.m. in 2W Amp, May 18 from 2 p.m.to 3 p.m. in 2W Amp, and May 23 from9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in ART auditorium.q There will be Employee Drop- In ses-sions: 1 to 3 p.m. May 5, Room 437 Col-bert Education Center & Library, and9 to 11 a.m. May 19, Room 438 ColbertEducation Center & Library.q The National Hospital Week eventswill include a bagel and fruit distributionMay 9, department poster contest andvendors on campus May 10, WellnessWednesday massages and ice cream socialMay 11, bake off and vendors on campusMay 12, and MUSC Pride Day May 13.For information visit, https://www.musc.edu/medcenter/hospitalweek.

WinsPamela Marek,

decision supportmanager, reportedthat the OperationalData Base staffidentified organiza-tions that madelarge improvementsduring the year. TheCardiovascular, Food and Nutrition, Hu-man Resources, Materials Managementand Therapeutic Services departmentsshowed the most improvement.

2011 YES CampaignWhitney McLuen, employee campaign

coordinator, Office of Development,announced the kick off of the YESCampaign, which through employeedonations, has raised more than $6 mil-lion since it began in 1985. This year’sgoal is to raise more than $300,000. Visithttp://www.musc.edu and click on YES.

Employee of the Monthq Sandy Gould, nurse manager of theEmergency Department, introducedPeggy Wiggins, Emergency Departmentadministration, as employee of themonth. Wiggins after hearing a monitoralarm checked the monitor screen andsaw an unresponsive patient. The patientwas resuscitated and taken to ICU.q Contrenia Haynes, program coordi-nator of Volunteer and Guests Servicesintroduced Shinika Phillips, guest ser-

vices representative, as employee of themonth. When a distraught visitor cameinto the office asking about the cost andschedule of the bus route, Phillips as-sisted her. She gave her the informationand also escorted her to the cafeteria.q Jimmy Owens, Ashley River Towerfacility manager, introduced RafaelAnavitate, zone maintenance technician,as employee of the month. He fixed apatients wheelchair foot that was looseand without being asked fixed all of theother wheelchairs.

Service–Serving the publicwith compassion, respect andexcellence

Quality–Providing qualitypatient care in a safeenvironmentCAP survey

Nina Epps,manager for pointof care testing andlaboratory educationservices announcedthe upcoming pointof care testing surveywill be held nowthru June 24.

The medical center kicked off MUSC Excellence more than five years ago. Among otherthings, MUSC Excellence is about aligning our operational practices and behaviors withour values and goals. It can be viewed as a means of achieving and sustaining an organiza-tional culture to make the MUSC medical center a great place for patients to receive theircare, for employees to work, and for physicians and other clinicians to practice medicine andteach.

We use a team-based organizational structure to drive MUSC Excellence including: 20Service Excellence Teams (and other unit-based teams) to implement best practices; a LeaderEvaluation Team to formulate goals for the organization; a Leadership Development Teamto plan periodic training and educational programs to improve leaders’ skills; and a SteeringTeam to provide general direction, remove barriers to Service Teams and to serve as champi-ons for the annual work plan priorities.

At the April 19 management communication meeting we heard brief updates from threeService Excellence Team Leaders. Our team leaders have collectively made much progresstoward improving patient care and service. Some examples of their work are described below.

Tom Hubbard, MACC/SACC director and adult inpatient team leader, explained theAdult Team is being divided into two teams to better address MUH and ART priorities.The team restructured the ICU visiting hours including limited visitation during shiftchange times to meet the needs of families. Work is under way to improve bedside shiftreporting to enhance communication with patients. The discharge process on 10W has beenidentified as a best practice, including use of discharge boards and checklists for dischargecommunication. This best practice is expected to expand to other units. Hubbard has beenteam leader for three years and is in the process of handing off the team leader role to LeahRamos, nurse manager, 9E.

Kate Wendorf, CRNA and Rutledge Tower Ambulatory Surgery Team Leader, reportedthe team’s focus is on improving pre-op communication since the patient satisfaction surveyresults have identified this as a need. Improved television and additional publications arebeing made available in the waiting areas. It’s recommended that seating be improved. Anew IV protocol was adopted to minimize the number of sticks a patient may receive.

Pat Wanstreet, manager of Phlebotomy and Lab Services Patient Satisfaction TeamLeader, reported on work underway to focus on individualized patient care. Phlebotomistsare asked to know at least one specific thing about each patient and issue business cardsto patients that indicate who to contact if a patient has questions or other needs. Patientrounding takes place in the RT and Hollings Cancer Center lobbies daily.

Plans have been made to conduct our annual Medical Center Employee Partnershipsurvey May 2 through May 13. Everyone’s participation in the survey is important. Depart-ment leaders will be issuing details for survey completion. The survey will be conductedthrough the use of web technology and feedback will be used to develop action plans forcontinued improvement. I want to assure everyone the surveys are confidential.

Plans are being made to conduct another series of town hall meetings May 18 throughMay 31 at the times and locations indicated below. There will also be several meetings forlarge departments in place of their routine department-based meetings.

The previous town hall meetings conducted in February were limited to 30 minutes andthis was well received. We will again limit the sessions to 30 minutes. Slightly more than1,400 individuals attended the meetings and we hope to increase participation this May.

Town hall meetingsMay 18, 11 a.m., 2W Amphitheater; May 18, 2 p.m., SEI Auditorium; May 19, 11a.m., ART Auditorium; May 19, 4 p.m., 2W Amphitheater; May 20, 10 a.m., SEIAuditorium; May 23, 10 a.m., SEI Auditorium; May 24, 10 a.m., ART; May 24, 11a.m., IOP Auditorium; May 25, 7:30 a.m., SEI Auditorium; May 26, 10 a.m., 2WAmphitheater; May 26, 2 p.m., SEI Auditorium; May 27, 10 a.m., 2W Amphitheater;May 31, 7 a.m., ART

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Meet MiChelle

DepartmentPediatricsHow long at MUSC4 yearsFavorite TV show“Dexter”Unique talent you haveConsuming large amounts of chocolateBad habitForgetting to slow downRole modelGeorge Dover, M.D., chairman, Departmentof Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital.He’s honest and holds people accountable nomatter what.Dream vacationAnywhere with my husband and childrenThe biggest myth about blood andmarrow transplantsThat surgery is involved during the transplant—itis a simple infusion.

Why did you enter into the field ofblood and marrow transplantationThe immunology, the complexity of thepatients, the intensity of the relationshipsand the constant attempt to defy odds

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Putting MUSC in hands of prospective students

“It seemed logical topresent prospectivestudents with aself-guided tour ina convenienthandheld device.”

Larry Owens

Available this week in the Apple AppStore, Explore MUSC is an app to

reach prospective students who eagerlyembrace the emerging technology of theiPhone and iPad.

The free application is designed toprovide prospective and newly arrivingstudents with descriptions, images, mapsand details about the campus, colleges,and services. All of this information andmore can be downloaded to an iPhone,iPad, or iPod Touch.

Larry Owens, director ofcommunications for the Division ofEducation and Student Life, said theapp makes perfect sense in an academicsetting where technology and science areintegral parts of the learning process.“It seemed logical to present prospectivestudents with a self-guided tour in aconvenient handheld device,” he said.

Users can receive information throughnarratives and more than 100 imagesin the app. Components includeinformation about the six colleges andtheir programs of study, a listing ofservices provided by Education andStudent Life and the Library, as well asa description of the historic buildingson campus. The user interface takesadvantage of the gesture movements thatiPad and iPhone users employ.

College of Dental Medicine (CDM)student Brett Shigley developed hiscollege’s portion of Explore MUSC,complete with CDM students conductingvideo tours through buildings and labs.

"Students expect their educationalexperience to be up-to-datetechnologically, and MUSC is one ofthe first medical campuses nationwideto offer this type of unique look intoour wonderful campus,” said Shigley.“By allowing current students to helpproduce video tours and content, theCollege of Dental Medicine part of theapp is able to offer prospective studentsand guests not only a chance to see thesights and sounds of campus but also get

a better feeling of what it's actually like tolive and learn at MUSC as a student."

Much like a website, Explore MUSC iscontinuing to evolve.

Geoff Freeman, executive directorof educational technology services andone of the project leaders, said therewill be continued development withinthis application for some time. “Eachof the colleges is working on developinga unique piece of the application, butwe felt it was important to get theapplication in the hands of prospectivestudents as quickly as we could.”

Websites can be opened within theapplication to allow more detailedinformation for the user without havingto exit the application.

Owens likes that the applicationcan conveniently be carried anywhereon campus, as that opens up newpossibilities to consider. “For example,maps are available that interact with theuser by showing pinpoints identifyingbuildings and a locator point that tracksthe device in real time functioning muchlike a chart plotter used on a boat,” hesaid. “These types of global positioning(GPS) tools make it much easier for firsttime visitors to find their way around.We’ve even added the location of bikeracks to make it convenient to get from

one location to another.”Explore MUSC has been produced

in partnership with Slicker Interactive,an interactive software developmentcompany based in Charleston. ChrisMetts, a College of Medicine alumnus,provided the concept and programmingto develop the capabilities of theapplication. Slicker has provided toolsfor the development of apps for collegesand cities nationally and internationally.

Metts said the iPad and iPhone werethe digital devices he wished for as amedical student and resident. “I believethe combination of its form factor,intuitiveness, power and ecosystemwill transform all aspects of medicine,starting the moment an individualdecides to pursue a career in medicine.We are fortunate MUSC has chosenour platform to reach out to prospectivestudents and has chosen to innovate inthis exciting mobile arena."

Slicker is working with the City ofCharleston to develop applicationsto enhance the visitor experience inCharleston, including kiosks andinformation on downtown shuttle buses.This application is currently availableonly for the iPad, iPhone, and iPodTouch, but will eventually expand to theAndroid and BlackBerry platforms.

Left: A screen shot shows a student locating MUSC on his iPad throughExplore MUSC. Top image: Brett Shigley developed his college’s portionof Explore MUSC, complete with students conducting video tours.

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Impulsivity and drinking/craving: effect of a dopaminestabilizer medication, also includes fMRI or functionalmagnetic resonance imaging. By taking pictures ofbrain activity associated with alcohol taste and pictureinduced craving, this part of the study examines howthe medication aripiprazole might affect the activity andthereby its potential for reducing alcohol cravings.

The bar- lab enables researchers to quickly translateany promising results in animal studies into clinicaltrials to benefit people. CDAP Director Raymond F.Anton, M.D., a Distinguished University Professor inthe Department of Psychiatry, said the center has beendoing translational research for 15 years, long before itbecame the buzz word in medical research circles.

It’s one reason CDAP’s alcohol research centerrecently received its fourth NIH renewal for a five-yeargrant, receiving $1.6 million per year from 2011-2016from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse andAlcoholism. CDAP also was named in the 2011 U.S.News and World Report as one of the top ten bestgraduate addiction programs.

Anton said it’s an exciting time to be in the field.“It’s really high-level science. It’s like competing in

the Olympics. We’re competing against the best peoplein the country for funding of the work that we do. Wehave to impress our scientific colleagues that our workis novel, exciting and scientifically important, and theyare very discriminating judges.”

PersonalIzed MedICIne

One focus for the next five years is what causespeople to evolve from being social drinkers to becomingalcohol dependent. Researchers are studying brainneurochemicals at various stages of the developmentof dependence to see how they might change. “Theseare the same chemicals like dopamine that drugs suchas aripiprazole would work on, so it’s all tied together—the drinking behavior, the brain chemistry and thepharmacology to reverse the alcohol-induced changes,”Anton said.

Researchers use brain imaging as a tool to see howgenes may predict a person’s response to alcohol andmedication treatment, such as MUSC’s clinical trialon the medication Naltrexone that blocks an opiatereceptor in the brain and was found to be very effectivefor about 20 to 25 percent of alcoholics, he said.

“If people have a certain genetic propensity—it reallycomes down to just one nucleic acid being different inan opiate gene that’s called a SNP or a single nucleotidepolymorphism—there’s actually evidence they aremore sensitive to the endorphin effects of alcohol. Wethink that these might be the people who respond toNaltrexone better because it blocks the endorphin frombinding to that receptor and they might get less pleasurefrom alcohol and less craving.”

Interestingly, 25 percent of Caucasians have that SNPor polymorphism, he said.

“Not every alcoholic is like every other alcoholic.Some might have this opiate gene problem. Anotherperson might have dopamine gene problems. Anotherperson may have impulsivity. Another person mighthave social anxiety. The idea is to try to slice the reasonswhy people drink into smaller groups so we can directour treatment more specifically to the exact reasons whypeople are drinking.”

This is a form of personalized medicine that isbeing applied to alcohol dependence. Two other areasof interest are the impact of having social anxiety orchildhood trauma and what that connection might bein the development of alcohol dependency. Researcherswant to know if they can treat a person’s social anxietyto relieve the stress that may lead these people tobecome alcohol dependent and explore the genetic riskand gene changes that happen in the brains of peoplewho have had childhood trauma that may influence thedevelopment of alcoholism later in life, he said.

“Does alcohol provide more of a stress reductioneffect for those people? If we can make that link, thenit could become very important in evaluating peoplefor their history of trauma and stress responsivity.You might want to treat them completely different.You might want to put them on an anti-depressant—something to stabilize their serontonin system—whichwe know is affected by early childhood trauma.”

Since April is alcohol awareness month, Anton wantsto spread the message of the role of alcohol—both goodand bad—in people’s lives.

“Not all alcohol is bad. It has some positive health

consequences when used in moderation. But for thoseparticularly at risk because they have a different biologyor family genetic structure, it can become excessivelybad pretty quickly.”

TIMely TreaTMenT

One goal of CDAP is to raise awareness aboutresearch advances, in part to shorten the typical 10-20-year lag time that exists between when people meetthe criteria for alcohol dependence and when theyseek treatment. During that time period, the brain getschanged quite a bit to the point that it’s much moreresistant to treatment. Because alcohol is a legal drug,the issue can get overlooked, said Anton.

“There’s much more health care dollars and socialcosts to heavy alcohol use than cocaine or heroin. “

Alcohol plays a role in a considerable number ofother diseases—including increased risk for heart diseaseand stroke, some cancers and high blood pressure. Evendepression and anxiety might be rooted in excessivealcohol use. He and other scientists give communitytalks, including ones at area schools, to teach the publicabout safe amounts of consumption and to encourageearly treatment for those who suspect they drink toomuch or may be becoming dependant.

For ethical reasons, researchers have designed theclinical studies in the human bar lab to accept non-treatment seeking individuals who meet the criteria foralcohol dependence. Voronin said they wouldn’t wantto serve drinks to individuals interested in receivingtreatment since that could impede their progress.

For someone who has no interest in gettingtreatment, though, the human bar lab lets researchersdo valuable research and raise awareness. He doesmotivation enhancement therapy at the end of theeight-day study to let participants know just how muchthey drink, how it compares to national rates and,projected out, what that means for their health.

“Many of them are surprised about it, and they startto think about it,” he said.

Voronin said it’s an important chance to plant a seed,and they let them know the myriad of treatment optionsthat now exist. The older participants sometimes havegotten to a point where they can see how alcohol isinterfering with their lives—whether at home, work orsocially—and affecting their health.

“If they feel this way, they need to do something assoon as they can because it gets harder later. We don’tpush them, but we open all the doors.”

Dr. Raymond Anton

“It’s reallyhigh-levelscience. It’s likecompeting inthe Olympics.”

Bar Continued from Page OneHow Much is Enough?

Unhealthy drinking is more than four drinks in onesetting or 14 drinks in one week for men and morethan three drinks in one setting or seven drinks inone week for women. For an online screening, visithttp://www.muschealth.com/cdap/. For a speakeron the latest research, call Sylvia Rivers at 792-9531or e-mail [email protected].

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In honor of Public Health Week MUSC’s Injury Prevention Programhosted MUSC President Dr. Raymond Greenberg at a ProclamationCeremony titled “Safety is no accident: Live injury free." Theceremony included a slideshow of the MUSC injury preventioninitiatives internally and in the community. For information [email protected] or [email protected].

Public Health Week April 4 - 8

Risk Management of Alcohol and Drug Abuse SeminarNoon, May 5

Room 302 Basic Science Building

The Graduate Student Association is hosting a lunch seminar on riskmanagement of alcohol and drug abuse and for neurological effects on the brainand repercussions of alcohol abuse in the workplace as a health care professional.

Guest speakers include Dr. Suzanne Thomas (associate professor in theDepartment of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences), Dr. Justin Gass (postdoctoralfellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences), DanaTumbleston and Susan Carullo (University Human Resources Management).

The seminar will provide advice that science has shown to be important fordrinking responsibly and alcohol abuse prevention.

Free lunch will be provided for the first 30 students. For information orquestions, e-mail Joni Dunmyer at [email protected].

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The final event of Fitness Month 2011 is a free fitnessday April 27 at the MUSC Wellness Center. MUSCemployees will have all-day free access to the wellnesscenter with an identification badge.

Facility tours will be scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.starting every half hour. Staff will be available to answerquestions and provide information on fitness programs,personal training and all the center’s amenities. Healthyfood vendors will provide lunch and snack items anddrawings will be held every 20 minutes with prizes toinclude a free 55-minute personal training session,30 minute massage and entry into a program of yourchoice (Healthy Charleston Challenge not included).

More than a health club, the wellness center offers avariety of choices and opportunities for each individualto develop a safe and effective exercise program that willpromote life-long physical and mental lifestyle habits.There are programs and classes focused on preventingor treating many chronic health conditions brought onby aging or unhealthy lifestyle habits. Programs focuson general fitness for all age groups, along with specificfitness and nutrition needs of individuals. Children’sprograms are offered year round and include a summerhealth, sports and activity camp for ages 5 – 14.

The MUSC Wellness Center facility includes a JuniorOlympic size pool, basketball gymnasium, an indoorand outdoor track along with exercise rooms. Thereare more than 50 classes offered each week, includingZumba, Tae Bo, salsa, ballet, Pilates, NIA, group cycling,yoga and many interval and circuit style fitness classes.There are classes for all ages and fitness levels.

Programs include Boot Camp, TRX suspensiontraining, Females in Training, Women on Weights,Iron Academy, Functional Fitness Training, MastersSwim and Conditioning, High Intensity Training, andHealthy Charleston Challenge.

The wellness center is open seven days a week. Hoursof operation are Monday – Thursday, 5:30 a.m. – 10p.m., Friday 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Employee Wellness eventsq Wellness Wednesday: Techniques for Exercise InjuryPrevention. Injuries are common among exercisers aswell as athletes. Visit the Children’s Hospital lobbyfrom 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 to learn how to reducethe risk of an exercise-related injury.q Worksite screening: The next worksite screening willbe May 25 in the Gazes Building, room 125. Register athttp://www.musc.edu/medcenter/ health1st.

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