Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

medical staff pulse newsletter

Text size: A A A

Meetings and Events

Grand Rounds

Click here to view upcoming grand rounds.

Upcoming CME Conferences

Click below to view a complete list of all scheduled Continuing Medical Education conferences.

CME Newsletter - September 2015 (PDF)


Do you know of a significant event in the life of a medical staff member? Please let us know, and we'll post these milestones in Medical Staff Pulse. Also, feel free to submit comments on milestones, and we'll post the comments in the next issue. Click here to email us your milestones and comments.

Share Your News

Won any awards or had an article accepted for publication? Share your news about professional achievements and other items of interest.

Click here to share your news

Patient Safety Survey Runs From Sept. 28-Oct. 11

Patient safety is a key in providing the highest-quality care, and while Cedars-Sinai maintains high safety standards, there is always room for improvement.

To identify and prioritize opportunities to improve patient safety, executive leadership at Cedars-Sinai will survey staff members from Sept. 28-Oct. 11 utilizing a nationally recognized Culture of Safety Survey. Front-line staff members — including faculty members and those in Admissions, Case Management, Clinical Operations and Clinical Care Services — are encouraged to participate in the survey.

The survey will take place online, and responses are completely confidential.

"The message here is that we are doing extremely well. We are safe, and we want to be safer. Your feedback is needed to get us there," said Neil Romanoff, MD, MPH, chief patient safety officer. "This survey is used nationally and is known for assisting organizations in identifying and prioritizing opportunities to improve patient safety practices and in making decisions to improve patient safety."

Marle Shelton-Hoff, RN, manager in Patient Safety, said the Culture of Safety Survey is administered in a similar fashion to the annual Employee Engagement Survey. However, the Employment Engagement Survey no longer will incorporate a patient safety component. The rationale for using the Culture of Safety Survey is to continue to capture important front-line data that identifies opportunities for improvements in patient safety and to ensure that all staff members know their role in addressing those issues.

The survey will home in on questions such as:

  • Does front-line staff feel comfortable reporting safety concerns?
  • Are there any concerns of retaliation if staff members report safety issues?
  • Do front-line staff members feel they receive enough support from the leadership to make safety changes within their department?

In addition, Shelton-Hoff said, gathering patient safety data is necessary for value-based payments and other contractual obligations.

"We really want your feedback," she said. "This survey is short, about 10 minutes, and it really does give you an opportunity to have a voice in patient safety. You are letting our leadership know what it's like on the front line so that they can identify best practices and also direct attention to areas of opportunity."

Selected staff members will receive an email with the subject line "Cedars-Sinai Culture of Safety Survey." The email will contain a link that will allow the recipient to complete the survey online.

The executive leadership will analyze the survey results and drive dissemination of appropriate interventions, where needed, starting in mid-November.

The Culture of Safety Survey is expected to take place every other year in the fall.

More information about the Culture of Safety Survey is available on the Intranet.