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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF May 20, 2016 | Archived Issues

Debate Tackles Physicians and Social Media

Morgenstern

The 13th Annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition will convene Friday, June 3, at 8 a.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. This year's topic is "Physicians and Social Media: Threat to Professionalism or an Essential Part of Contemporary Medical Practice?"

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Married Doctors Work to Prevent Alzheimer's

Sherzais

Dean Sherzai, MD, is co-director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Program at Cedars-Sinai with his wife, neurologist Ayesha Sherzai, MD. Their program offers patients real-life tools to manage their risk — and maybe even slow or stop the progression of the disease.

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CS-Link Tip: Try the New Widescreen View

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Instead of clicking and scrolling in CS-Link, try the new Widescreen view during an ambulatory visit encounter.

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CS Holds Free Head and Neck Cancer Screening

head and neck

More than a dozen physicians and dental residents from the Cedars-Sinai's Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and Department of Surgery performed free head and neck cancer screenings for employees and the public on May 6.

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New Test Helps Detect Pregnancy Complications

A faster, more accurate and less invasive test to help detect the premature rupture of membranes in pregnancy began rolling out at Cedars-Sinai in May.

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Summer Is Coming, and So Are Fireworks

Hollywood Bowl

Celebrate Independence Day at the Hollywood Bowl with fireworks and music by the legendary band Chicago. The event on Sunday, July 3, is open to Cedars-Sinai physicians and their immediate family members.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for April

CoF

The Circle of Friends program honored 272 people in April. 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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Patient Safety, Quality Improvement Posters Shown

Residents and fellows in accredited Cedars-Sinai graduate medical education programs will be on hand Friday, May 20, to discuss their posters about patient safety and quality improvement projects.

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Library Asks Users to Take Survey by June 10

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Library wants your opinion. The library's annual customer service survey runs through June 10.

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Ortiz Appointed Senior VP, Human Resources and Organization Development

Ortiz

Andrew R. Ortiz has been appointed senior vice president, Human Resources and Organization Development. He assumes his post July 11.




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May 30 Is Deadline to Make Annual Benefit Choices

Each year, benefits annual enrollment provides Cedars-Sinai employees with a chance to revisit options and ensure the right benefit choices. This is your once-a-year opportunity to enroll in or drop coverage, switch medical or dental plans or add/drop family members from coverage. The deadline to make changes is May 30.

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Debate Tackles Physicians and Social Media

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Leon Morgenstern, MD, was the founding director of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai. He died in 2012.

The 13th Annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition will convene Friday, June 3, at 8 a.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

This year's topic is "Physicians and Social Media: Threat to Professionalism or an Essential Part of Contemporary Medical Practice?" Ryan Spurrier, MD, will argue that social media represents a threat to professionalism, while Justin Steggerda, MD, will contend that it has become a necessary part of medical practice.

The winner will receive the Morgenstern Trophy and a cash prize.

Last year's event drew a standing-room-only crowd. The debate committee expects a similar response this year.

This one-hour event will anchor Cedars-Sinai's annual Founders Day.

Comments of questions about the Morgenstern Debate should be sent to Leo Gordon, MD, at leo.gordon@cshs.org.

Married Doctors Work to Prevent Alzheimer's

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The Sherzais share regular walks as part of an office workout routine, which fits into an overall strategy that may help slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

The best chance of stopping Alzheimer's disease is early detection, but fewer than half with the brain-robbing disorder know they have it.

The disease is a thief — stealing memories, personality, even the ability to recognize loved ones.

"It doesn't get any more painful than when a person you've known for 40 years turns to you one morning and asks, 'Who are you?'" said Dean Sherzai, MD, who is co-director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Program at Cedars-Sinai with his wife, neurologist Ayesha Sherzai, MD.

"Alzheimer's devastates your very faith in existence and faith in consistency of personality. Instead, you see a person you love diminish, fade, lose parts of themselves and parts of you," he added.

The Alzheimer's Prevention Program focuses on early detection, intervention and research for patients with mild cognitive impairment. It’s a condition where memory and thinking problems are measurable but don't yet significantly affect daily life. The disorder is linked with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

The program offers patients real-life tools to manage their risk — and maybe even slow or stop its progression. The Sherzais' approach focuses on lifestyle change and intervention and goes by the acronym NEURO — nutrition, exercise, unwinding, restful sleep and optimizing social and mental activity.

"The only chance of changing the course of this disease is by knowing more about it, being proactive and not letting fear paralyze you. Basically, facing it head-on with a plan," said Dean Sherzai. "We believe that early identification for some can mean a cure, but for a great majority it may delay the disease significantly."

Advances in treating the disease and its cognitive impairments do not reach patients until it is too late to address the neurological problems, making it impossible to reverse the course of the disease, said Ayesha Sherzai, whose research focus is preventive neurology.

Once a patient is diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or another disorder that predisposes them to developing Alzheimer's, the prevention program takes a comprehensive approach.

Patients receive an initial assessment, which includes the use of retinal imaging that can detect the disease's hallmark plaques in the back of the eye. The comprehensive workup also includes blood work, neuropsychological evaluation and sampling of cerebral spinal fluid.

Taken together, these tests can help detect the disease and level of risk for patients as many as 20 years before they have their first symptom.

The program's partnership with the Cedars-Sinai Biobank and Translational Research Core means this assessment, followed up annually, begins to create a large pool of data researchers can use to track the progression of the disease and see what's working to change patient outcomes.

Critical to the Alzheimer's Prevention Program is the Lifestyle Intervention Study for Cognitive Impairment. This 18-month clinical study, headed by Ayesha Sherzai, focuses on keeping the mind and body healthy and explores how comprehensive lifestyle interventions can prevent further mental or physical decline in patients with early signs of Alzheimer disease.

This deep look at patient lifestyle and its effects on brain health requires the collaboration of myriad experts, including physical and occupational therapists, nutrionists, speech language pathologists, social workers, physicians, neuropsychologists, neuropsychiatrists, radiologists and geriatric specialists.

The program has teamed up with Dale Sherman, a clinical neuropsychologist in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Rehabilitation, to provide patients enrolled in the clinical trial with cognitive and social activities.

"Alzheimer's is the type of condition that changes the elements around our quality of life and how we live our day-to-day," Sherman said. "I believe there is something extremely exciting about being able to offer individuals who face this, as well as their family members and community, a greater sense of being able to preserve a quality of life they have now, while continuing to live the life they want in the future."

Healthier bodies mean healthier brains — a mantra the Sherzais live and teach to their patients. They have seen in their own families the devastating effects of the disease. They understand what the families they work with every day are experiencing.

"We are our brains, and identifying patients early enough with mild cognitive impairment will allow us to provide them with better tools to help manage, control or stop the disease in the long term," Dean Sherzai said.

The program is designed for patients with early stages of memory problems, but if employees or their families fall into that category, they are eligible to be enrolled.

For more information, employees can contact research coordinator Gwendolyn Weissberg at 310-423-5357 or gwendolyn.weissberg@cshs.org.

CS-Link Tip: Try the New Widescreen View

Instead of clicking and scrolling in CS-Link, try the new Widescreen view during an ambulatory visit encounter.

On the left of your screen, at the bottom, click "More Activities." Then, third from the bottom, click "Try the Widescreen View."

The "CS-Link Ambulatory Widescreen View eLearning Course" is a recommended online training course. Visit CS-Link Central for more tips and training to help you use CS-Link more effectively and efficiently.

Learn to be more efficient by attending a Physician Efficiency Training session. The classes are held in the Cafeteria Conference Room C. June classes are:

  • Thursday, June 9, noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 14, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 15, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

If you have questions, email groupeisphysicians@cshs.org.

CS Holds Free Head and Neck Cancer Screening

 Head and Neck Screening

Allen Ho, MD, examines a patient during Cedars-Sinai’s free head and neck cancer screening event on May 6.

More than a dozen physicians and dental residents from the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and Department of Surgery performed free head and neck cancer screenings for employees and the public on May 6.

As part of the screening, more than 115 participants underwent examinations of the skin, neck, head, throat and thyroid gland at the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center.

"It is always important to have a screening whether you feel healthy or not," said Kathleen Burgner, education program coordinator of nursing and obstetrics. "If it is available to you, then why not get ahead of your health."

Head and neck cancer is especially dangerous because patients often can go years without experiencing noticeable symptoms. Medical professionals recommend adults maintain regular screenings for the disease, which strikes more than 50,000 annually in the United States.

"This cancer is affecting everyone, not just smokers and alcohol drinkers," said Allen Ho, MD, director of the Head and Neck Cancer Program. "The symptoms often aren’t apparent, so patients often are diagnosed at an advanced stage."

The most common types of head and neck cancers are throat, larynx, tongue and thyroid, but it also can occur in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth and salivary glands. While many cases are without symptoms, others can include a neck lump, persistent sore throat, hoarseness, pain when swallowing or unexplained weight loss.

New Test Helps Detect Pregnancy Complications

A faster, more accurate and less invasive test to help detect the premature rupture of membranes in pregnancy began rolling out at Cedars-Sinai in May.

The Core Lab began using the AmniSure test on Wednesday, May 18, to check for complications of premature rupture of the fetal membrane, which can include infection, umbilical prolapse, placental abruption and preterm delivery.

The preterm condition is marked by the spontaneous rupture of the membranes at less than 37 weeks of gestation and at least one hour before the onset of contractions.

Standard diagnostic methods, including nitrazine, ferning, pooling and ultrasound, alone or in combination, are often not sufficient or accurate when diagnosing the pregnant patient suspected of having ruptured membranes.

By identifying a protein called placental alpha microglobulin-1 (PAMG-1) in the vaginal fluids of a pregnant patient, the new test can help determine whether a rupture might have occurred.

Swabs collected for testing should be transported immediately to the Core Lab to ensure timely results and minimal protein degradation for accurate interpretation (i.e., less than 30 minutes).

If you have questions, contact Kimia Sobhani, PhD, at Kimia.sobhani@cshs.org or Holli Mason, MD, at Holli.mason@cshs.org.

Summer Is Coming, and So Are Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day at the Hollywood Bowl with fireworks and music by the legendary band Chicago.

Also performing will be the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

The event on Sunday, July 3, is open to Cedars-Sinai physicians and their immediate family members. Cost is $135 per adult and $65 per child 3-11 years of age.

Parking passes also are available.

To reserve a place, contact Cheryl Verne at 310-423-2681 or cheryl.verne@cshs.org.

A photo from the 2015 celebration at the Hollywood Bowl

Circle of Friends Honorees for April

The Circle of Friends program honored 272 people in April.

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. When a gift is made, the person being honored receives a custom lapel pin and a letter of acknowledgement.

Click here for more information about the program and for a list of past honorees.

  • Kenneth Adashek, MD
  • Massoud H. Agahi, MD
  • Michael J. Alexander, MD
  • Howard N. Allen, MD
  • Neel A. Anand, MD
  • Paulina Andujo, RN
  • Alagappan Annamalai, MD
  • Jose C. Araujo
  • Joel-Ryan A. Armamento, RN
  • Esther Baik, MD
  • C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD
  • Mark Bamberger, MD
  • Babak R. Bamshad, MD
  • Eli Baron, MD
  • Sarah B. Barukh
  • Benjamin Basseri, MD
  • Jane L. Bawayan, RN
  • Gary S. Bellack, MD
  • Michael Bernardo
  • Satinder J. Bhatia, MD
  • Diana Breyshtrus
  • Earl W. Brien, MD
  • Barry J. Brock, MD
  • Philip G. Brooks, MD
  • Michael Broukhim, MD
  • Eileen G. Brown, OCN, RN
  • Neil A. Buchbinder, MD
  • Blessie M. Bulaon
  • Christiane Michele J. Burnison, MD
  • Karen K. Butterworth, MD
  • Erica Cabrera
  • Noel M. Cajulis, CRT
  • Breta Carroll, MD
  • Julie Castillo, RN
  • Dorrie Chang, MD
  • Kirk Y. Chang, MD
  • Cheryl G. Charles, MD
  • Henry G. Chou, MD
  • Alice P. Chung, MD
  • Arnold C. Cinman, MD
  • Brittney Clark, RN
  • Susan B. Clark, RN
  • Stephen T. Copen, MD
  • Stephen R. Corday, MD
  • Ram C. Dandillaya, MD
  • Catherine M. Dang, MD
  • Dudley S. Danoff, MD
  • Sharice E. Davis Deans
  • Premal J. Desai, MD
  • Suhail Dohad, MD
  • Gregory Dondanville
  • Noam Z. Drazin, MD
  • Julie A. Dunhill, MD
  • Cheryl L. Dunnett, MD
  • Leslie Duran, BSN, PCCN
  • Elitzafan Ebrahim Doost, RN
  • Karyn Eilber, MD
  • Asher Emanuel, MD
  • Shervin Eshaghian, MD
  • Fardad Esmailian, MD
  • Claudia Espinoza, LVN
  • Richard Essner, MD
  • Mariana Fayman, PA
  • Kristen M. Feldkamp, BSN, RN, CBN
  • Edward J. Feldman, MD
  • David E. Fermelia, MD
  • Marshal P. Fichman, MD
  • Carrie E. Fishman, CN
  • Cherry L Fos, BSN, RN, CMSRN
  • Stuart Friedman, MD
  • David M. Frisch, MD
  • Larry Froch, MD
  • Gerhard J. Fuchs, MD
  • Angel M. Fuentes
  • Clark B. Fuller, MD
  • Viliam Furdik, MD
  • Ramin Gabbai, MD
  • Srinivas Gaddam, MD
  • Steven S. Galen, MD
  • Anita B. Gattenuo
  • Ivor L. Geft, MD
  • Joel M. Geiderman, MD
  • Alexander Gershman, MD
  • Armando E. Giuliano, MD
  • Richard N. Gold, MD
  • Jay Goldberg, MD
  • Marie L. Gomez
  • Jeffrey S. Goodman, MD
  • Leo A. Gordon, MD
  • Steven B. Graff-Radford, DDS
  • Stephen L. Graham, MD
  • Violette G. Gray, MD
  • Abe Green, MD
  • Leland M. Green, MD
  • Lloyd B. Greig, MD
  • Denise Griggs, RN
  • Paul B. Hackmeyer, MD
  • Behrooz Hakimian, MD
  • Myron L. Hall, DPM
  • David S. Hallegua, MD
  • Solomon I. Hamburg, MD
  • Michele A. Hamilton, MD
  • Julius P. Har
  • Donald R. Henderson, MD, MPH
  • Andrew E. Hendifar, MD
  • Shaynan Hill, PharmD
  • David M. Hoffman, MD
  • Lalima A. Hoq, MD, MPH
  • Arash A. Horizon, MD
  • Joel T. Howard, RN
  • Gabriel E. Hunt Jr., MD
  • Fatouma Idris
  • Josefina N. Inocentes, RN
  • Jacqueline Jones, RN
  • Neel R. Joshi, MD
  • Kristina B. Juliano, RN
  • Steven Kamara, MD
  • Saibal Kar, MD
  • Sousan Karimi, MD
  • Beth Y. Karlan, MD
  • David Kawashiri, MD
  • Mehran J. Khorsandi, MD
  • Ali Khoynezhad, MD, PhD
  • Howard H. Kim, MD
  • Hyung L. Kim, MD
  • Asher Kimchi, MD
  • Cord Kirshner, RN
  • Michelle M. Kittleson, MD, PhD
  • Ellen B. Klapper, MD
  • Keith L. Klein, MD
  • Dee Dee L. Klute-Evans, MSN, RN, CIC
  • Jon A. Kobashigawa, MD
  • Anita P. Kovacic, MD
  • Michael A. Kropf, MD
  • Tamara Lay, RN
  • Gary E. Leach, MD
  • Madeline S. Lerman, BSN, RN
  • Keren Lerner, MD
  • Michael M. Levine, MD
  • Michael I. Lewis, MD
  • Richard A. Lewis, MD
  • Eric Ley, MD
  • Andrew J. Li, MD
  • Michael C. Lill, MD
  • Daniel E. Ling, MD
  • Peter G. Lopez
  • Shelly C. Lu, MD
  • Joan E. Lutz, RN
  • Hooman Madyoon, MD
  • David P. Magner, MD
  • Rajendra Makkar, MD
  • Adam N. Mamelak, MD
  • Philomena McAndrew, MD
  • Robert J. McKenna Jr., MD
  • Bridget D. McLoughlin, RN-BC, MSN, CCTC
  • Sharron L. Mee, MD
  • Karla L. Melendez
  • Dorothy T. Melvin
  • Edgar Mendoza
  • Alberto Mercado
  • Kiarash Michel, MD
  • Margo Minissian, MSN, RN, NP, ACNP-BC, CLS-BC, CNS
  • Nancy Moldawer
  • Alejandro Molina
  • Jaime D. Moriguchi, MD
  • Ariella A. Morrow, MD
  • Candice T. Myhre, MD
  • Mary C. Nasmyth, MD
  • Ronald B. Natale, MD
  • Reza Nazemi, MD
  • David G. Ng, MD
  • Mary Nhieu, RN
  • Julia K. Nicholls
  • Nicholas N. Nissen, MD
  • Paul W. Noble, MD
  • Arshia M. Noori, MD
  • Donald F. Nortman, MD
  • Adrian G. Ostrzega, MD
  • Shi-Hui Pan, PharmD
  • Maury D. Panameno
  • Ronald L. Paquette, MD
  • Dorothy J. Park, MD
  • Jignesh K. Patel, MD, PhD
  • Rajan M. Patel, MD
  • Chirag G. Patil, MD
  • Mark P. Patungan
  • Brad Penenberg, MD
  • Anne L. Peters, MD
  • Surasak Phuphanich, MD
  • Edwin M. Posadas, MD
  • Zosil Noemi Quilnet, RN
  • Danny Ramzy, MD, PhD
  • Alexandre Rasouli, MD
  • Edward Riceberg, MD
  • Madison F. Richardson, MD
  • Renee Z. Rinaldi-Ballard, MD
  • Miranda Ripper, RN
  • Kevin Robertson, PA
  • Joseph L. Robinson, MD
  • Rafael Rodriguez
  • Digna E. Romero
  • Robert M. Rose, MD
  • Sonja Louisa Rosen, MD
  • Barry E. Rosenbloom, MD
  • Fred P. Rosenfelt, MD
  • Howard L. Rosner, MD
  • Theresa O. Rumould
  • Ruth "Virginia" Russell, MD
  • Stephen A. Sacks, MD
  • Vivian L. Salle, RN
  • Bernadette T. Samuel
  • Jose Manuel Sarmiento, MD
  • Gregory P. Sarna, MD
  • Kevin Scher, MD
  • Payam Shadi, MD
  • Prediman K. Shah, MD
  • Aryanoosh A. Shakernia, RN
  • Kathryn L. Shameklis, MSN, RN
  • Bahman Shamloo, MD
  • Omid A. Shaye, MD
  • Michael M. Shehata, MD
  • Randolph Sherman, MD
  • Allan W. Silberman, MD, PhD
  • Alan G. Silverman, MD
  • Richard Sokolov, MD
  • Igor Spanic
  • Andrew Ira Spitzer, MD
  • Theodore N. Stein, MD
  • Jerrold H. Steiner, MD
  • Valentine Stewart, RN
  • Daniel J. Stone, MD, MPH, MBA
  • Leslie Stricke, MD
  • Ronald Sue, MD
  • Pamela J. Swan
  • Charles D. Swerdlow, MD
  • Steven Sykes, MD
  • Lillian Szydlo, MD
  • Steven W. Tabak, MD
  • Michele Tagliati, MD
  • Stephan R. Targan, MD
  • Melissa K. Tauer, RN
  • David B. Thordarson, MD
  • Gerardo Torres
  • Shirin Towfigh, MD
  • Tram T. Tran, MD
  • Alfredo Trento, MD
  • Elizabeth Rose Tria
  • Stefan A. Unterhalter, MD
  • Mark K. Urman, MD
  • Charisma S. Van Sickle, RN
  • Eric Vasiliauskas, MD
  • Swamy R. Venuturupalli, MD
  • Robert A. Vescio, MD
  • Ronald G. Victor, MD
  • Oksana Volod, MD
  • Olga Voroshilovsky, MD
  • Christine S. Walsh, MD
  • Jonathan M. Weiner, MD
  • Janet Y. White, MD
  • John Williams III, MD
  • Sandra K. Wilson, RN
  • Donald A. Wiss, MD
  • Albert P. Wong, MD
  • Clement C. Yang, MD
  • Michael C. Yang, MD
  • Payam R. Yashar, MD
  • Keyvan Yousefi, MD
  • Run Yu, MD
  • Amir Zadaka DNP, FNP-BC
  • Phillip C. Zakowski, MD
  • Raymond Zimmer, MD
  • Zachary Zumsteg, MD

Patient Safety, Quality Improvement Posters Shown

Residents and fellows in accredited Cedars-Sinai graduate medical education programs will be on hand Friday, May 20, to discuss their posters about patient safety and quality improvement projects.

The reception will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners.

Library Asks Users to Take Survey by June 10

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Library wants your opinion. The library's annual customer service survey runs through June 10.

The goals of the online survey are to better understand the information-seeking behavior of the Cedars-Sinai community, and to measure awareness and satisfaction with the library's services.

Ortiz Appointed Senior VP, Human Resources and Organization Development

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Andrew R. Ortiz

Andrew R. Ortiz has been appointed senior vice president, Human Resources and Organization Development. He assumes his post July 11.

"Andy has broad executive leadership experience in multiple industries, and has a strong track record of leveraging talent management and business strategies in order to drive growth, innovation and large-scale systems change," said Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO. "All of which prepares him to be an outstanding match for Cedars-Sinai as we continue our evolution as one of the nation's premier healthcare systems."

Ortiz comes to Cedars-Sinai from Health Net Inc., where he is the senior vice president, Organization Effectiveness, and chief people officer. Previously, he served as the vice president, Talent Management, Diversity and Leadership Development.

"Andy is a strong and innovative leader who understands and appreciates the contributions of each person in the organization, and the importance of engaging our people and advancing their capabilities, and cultivating a culture that fosters high performance, continuous learning, innovation, and teamwork and collaboration," Priselac added.

Ortiz holds a master's degree in organizational leadership from Woodbury University.

May 30 Is Deadline to Make Annual Benefit Choices

Each year, benefits annual enrollment provides Cedars-Sinai employees with a chance to revisit options and ensure the right benefit choices.

This is your once-a-year opportunity to enroll in or drop coverage, switch medical or dental plans or add/drop family members from coverage. You can enroll or make changes online at the Cedars-Sinai benefits portal or by calling the MBC HR Benefits Help Desk at 888-302-3941.

The deadline to make changes is May 30. Note that the Benefits Help Desk will be closed on May 30 due to the Memorial Day holiday. Staff members are encouraged to contact the help desk prior for questions or to make changes. The Cedars-Sinai benefits portal will be accessible that day.

Here's what’s new for 2016-17:

  • Vivity Premier HMO — no changes. Launched last year, Vivity HMO is a first-in-the-nation partnership between a health insurance company and seven local hospital systems in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. It offers the lowest premiums of the Cedars-Sinai medical plan options, a large pharmacy network and the lowest out-of-pocket maximum.
  • Blue Cross PPO — premiums, deductibles and co-insurance increase
  • Blue Cross HMO — premiums increase
  • Delta Dental PPO — benefit improvements
  • VSP Voluntary Vision — premiums decrease
  • HealthFund and other wellness changes coming in July

You can choose your benefits through the May 30 deadline at the Cedars-Sinai benefits portal.