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“Enough is Enough!”
8/13/2014 3:38:07 PM

Leonard Riley at silent protest at MUSC Board of Trustees Meeting August 8
Submitted by Leonard Riley & Kieran Taylor

“It astonishes me that these people would take a public office and then hide their actions” -- Jay Bender, SC Press Association on the MUSC Board of Trustees
- (Post and Courier August 5, 2014)

“There’s a culture at MUSC of cruelty and discrimination that was never corrected”
 -- Mary Moultrie, leader of 1969 hospital strike (May 2014)

Though MUSC is the State of South Carolina’s most valuable public asset, it is increasingly being run for the benefit of a handful of special interests at the expense of the state’s voters, taxpayers, patients, and employees.

The heist at MUSC plays out at every level of its operation. The Board of Trustees selects leaders through secret ballots and at secret meetings that violate state laws concerning openness and good government. Administrators routinely ignore Freedom of Information Act requests.

On the floors and in the clinics, bullying and dysfunctional hospital managers are shuffled from one department to another, leaving a trail of demoralized healthcare workers and costly lawsuits.

Many good nurses and other professionals flee, while those who attempt to raise concerns regarding patient care and employees’ rights are singled out for retaliation.

In the days prior to her dismissal, Chris Nelson, an RN with nearly 20 years of experience at MUSC, had complained of mismanagement, retaliation, and understaffing in the Pre-Op Clinic in Rutledge Tower. She’s one of dozens of whistleblowers targeted for exercising basic constitutional freedoms.

While the salaries of top MUSC administrators continue to rise, thousands of MUSC employees toil for hourly wages that are lower than they were at the time of the historic 1969 hospital strike.

It is time to take back our hospital—for patients, workers, taxpayers and voters.

MUSC is a PUBLIC asset, and not a get rich scheme!

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