December 14 2007 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

Dear Colleagues,

I want to wish you happy holidays and best wishes for the New Year. It has truly been an honor to serve as your Chief of Staff for the past two years. As 2008 approaches, I now pass the privilege to your new Chief of Staff, Dr. William Brien, who will take office on January 1. I know the medical staff will be capably and enthusiastically led by Dr. Brien, Vice Chief of Staff Norman Schulman, M.D., and the rest of the medical staff leadership team.

Quality Goals for 2008

On December 3, the Medical Executive Committee approved the following Medical Staff Quality Goals for 2008:

  • Infection Control
  • Morbidity and Mortality Analysis
  • Children's Asthma Care

Cefotetan is Now Available

Cefotetan is available again. The Department of Pharmacy Services has begun automatically converting patients from cefoxitin to cefotetan.


Past issues of Medical Staff Pulse are featured here.

Pulse Uncovers "Lost" Photos of Some of the Year's Most Memorable Achievements

Mark S. Siegel (left), newly installed chair of the Board of Directors, and John C. Law (right), immediate past chair, present Paul Silka, M.D., with an honorary plaque at the annual Board of Directors meeting.

As 2007 comes to a close, Pulse has taken the opportunity to comb through the archives in search of some of the year's most memorable photo highlights, as we reflect on the many accomplishments of the medical staff.

Happy Holidays from the CDR/Web/VS Team

Have a Happy New Year!

In celebration of the holiday season, Pulse will be on hiatus until January 4.

Pictured: Charlie, one of Cedars-Sinai's POOCH volunteers


Cedars-Sinai was recently presented with the 2007 VHA West Coast Performance Award for "high reliability and sustained excellence in pneumonia care" at the VHA Fall Health Care Conference. The medical center was selected for this honor in recognition of the level of improvement seen in its quality of pneumonia treatment and accompanying outcome performance measures over a 12-month period.

A 57-year-old female with history of three months of abdominal pain, intermittent nausea/vomiting/fever and jaundice.

MD/RN Collaborative Holiday Lunch: December 17

Center for Healthcare Ethics Noon Conference:

December 19

CSMC Emeritus Society Lecture: January 4

Rita and Taft Schreiber Lectureship in Transfusion Medicine: February 1

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