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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF April 13, 2012 Issue | Archived Issues

Cedars-Sinai is LA's only cancer center to receive national achievement award for patient care

Cedars-Sinai's Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute is the only cancer center in Los Angeles to receive a Commission on Cancer 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award for providing quality care and services to cancer patients. Less than 10 percent of the nation's 1,400 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs surveyed this year received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer.

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Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute ranked first nationally in 2011 adult heart transplants

For the second year in a row, the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and Comprehensive Transplant Center performed the most adult heart transplants of any U.S. medical center, according to government statistics.

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CS-Link IP3 update

South Tower Physician Resource Center open through April

Learn about the latest updates, reminders, training and assistance information.

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Want a role on the Medical Executive Committee?

Submit your petition for a member-at-large position by May 4

Membership on the Medical Executive Committee includes five positions for "members-at-large," each serving a term consisting of two years. Three of these spots will become open on Jan. 1, 2013, and are available to be filled by interested and eligible members of the medical staff.

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Antimicrobial stewardship progress report

Pharmacy focus

Last year, the Antimicrobial Utilization Review Committee and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee approved expanding the number of antibiotics with a five-day stop date to all antimicrobials (with exceptions, including a number of agents utilized in prophylactic regimens and non-ID related uses). This change will go into effect within the next several weeks. As is the current practice, physicians will be notified via alerts that an antimicrobial will expire.

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Yom Ha'Shoah program planned for April 23

Author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen will speak at Cedars-Sinai's 28th annual Yom Ha'Shoah commemoration on Monday, April 23. The event will be held in Harvey Morse Auditorium from 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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A longstanding commitment to making our community stronger

President's Perspective

In one of many letters from grateful patients that cross my desk, a woman who faced a serious illness just after being laid off from her job and losing her health insurance wrote to thank the many individuals at Cedars-Sinai who "... without meeting me, or knowing much about me, came to my aid and offered help in the same way that a family member or a good friend would offer love and support in a difficult time."

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Circle of Friends honorees for March

The Circle of Friends program honored nearly 200 people in March. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

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Researchers identify drugs with fewest side effects for treating IBS

Cedars-Sinai researchers have determined that two prevalent drug therapies - rifaximin and lubiprostone - offer some of the best options for treating irritable bowel syndrome, a widespread disorder that affects up to one in five Americans. The findings, based on an analysis of more than two dozen large-scale clinical trials, are contained in a peer-reviewed study published online by The American Journal of Medicine and set to appear in the publication’s April print edition.

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