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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF December 15, 2017 | Archived Issues

Providing Care for Transgender People

Liz Youngs remembers vividly the day her life changed forever. Following a six-hour gender-affirming genital surgery at Cedars-Sinai and a three-month recovery at home, Youngs' 50th birthday marked the end of a 32-year quest to complete her transition from life as a man to life as a woman.

She is one of many patients now taking advantage of Cedars-Sinai's new interdisciplinary, research-based Transgender Surgery and Health Program, offering comprehensive services to transgender people — including gender-affirming surgery, hormone management and mental health counseling.

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Cancer Institute Receives Rare Accreditation Honor

The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai has been honored with a three-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the college’s quality assurance program, called the Commission on Cancer, demonstrates a cancer program’s commitment to high-quality, multidisciplinary patient care. A three-year accreditation with commendation is awarded only to programs that comply with all standards at the time of a comprehensive on-site survey.

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New Requirements for OR and Procedural Areas

There is a new requirement in all OR and procedural areas for surgeons and proceduralists to complete SEPARATE attestation and interval H&P notes prior to starting a case. To support this new workflow, there will be changes in CS-Link™ to help improve efficiency and assure compliance with regulatory requirements. We encourage everybody to use the available "Surgical" and "Procedural" navigators to walk you through these steps in CS-Link.

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Sex Poses Little Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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Worried whether your heart health is strong enough for sex? A new study may lay your fears to rest: The risk that sex would trigger a sudden cardiac arrest is exceedingly small. While sudden cardiac arrest results in more than 300,000 deaths each year in the United States, fewer than 1 percent were linked with sexual activity. 

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Dubovsky Talks Patient Experience at Cedars-Sinai

Approaching his one-year anniversary at Cedars-Sinai, Chief Patient Experience Officer Alan Dubovsky sat down with Pulse to talk about his role, his strategic plan and larger vision for world-class patient- and family-centered care.

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New Primary Text Messaging Ready for Use

Voalte Me, a HIPAA-compliant text messaging solution for clinicians, is ready for use. Voalte Me should be used as your primary text messaging solution when communicating with Cedars-Sinai clinical staff from your smart phone. Through Voalte Me, you can locate other physicians, clinicians, and support staff around Cedars-Sinai to message them directly on their smartphone.

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CS-Link Tip: Patient Search Function Improved

Sometimes on-call physicians need to look up a patient, but may only know the last name, first name or provider or department. New enhancements to "Patient Lookup" on CS-Link™ will make finding the whole name an easier task.

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