May 4 2007 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

National Nurses Week is May 6 - 12

We Appreciate Our Nurses!

You Must Submit Your NPI by May 23 Deadline

Approximately 400 medical staff members have not yet provided their National Provider Identifier (NPI) to Cedars-Sinai. Physicians who do not submit their NPI will be put on administrative suspension on May 23, 2007.

Antidepressant Medication Warning Changes Proposed

The FDA has proposed that makers of all antidepressant medications update the existing black box warning on the prescribing information for their products to include warnings about the increased risks of suicidal thinking and behavior in young adults ages 18 to 24 years old during the first one to two months of treatment.



New State-of-the-Art Beds Offer Numerous Patient Benefits and Safety Features

They are low to the ground, easy to maneuver and can even tell you how much your patients weigh. Cedars-Sinai is rolling out new hospital beds with advanced features that include fall precaution technology, a built-in bed scale and a lower profile to help patients get in and out more safely and easily.

Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Brain Tumor Center Opens with May 3 Dedication

Attending the dedication ceremony and gala opening of the Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Brain Tumor Center were (l-r) Keith L. Black, M.D., chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and director of the center, Dale Cochran and Campaign Chairman Lawrence B. Platt.


Rabbi Meier Addresses the Challenges of Patients Who Become Self-Destructive

Many people who are not clinically depressed engage in self-destructive behaviors, which can lead to illness, suffering and even death, says Rabbi Levi Meier, Ph.D., Jewish chaplain at Cedars-Sinai and a clinical psychologist.



New Column Debuts

With this issue, Pulse launches a regular weekly column featuring a Web/VS Tip of the Week. This week's tip focuses on the Timeline feature.

The 2007 Maggie Stempson-Carter Excellence in Caring Award will be presented to a Cedars-Sinai nurse on Monday, May 7 during Nurses Week. This year, 31 nurses were nominated for this prestigious award.

Berdie Justice Memorial Lecture: Tuesday, May 8

Bioethics Noon Conference: Wednesday, May 16

Alumni Basketball Game: Sunday, May 20


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