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Letter From Chief of Staff: Referral Orders Upgrade May 1

On Tuesday, May 1, outpatient referral orders in CS-Link™ will be significantly improved with the implementation of Epic's Referrals module. Referral orders will now generate a referral record in CS-Link™ making it much easier to track and manage the status of each referral, especially those that require prior authorization.

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Renowned Surgeon Once a Conscripted Laborer for Nazis

As a Jewish boy growing up in pre-World War II Europe, George Berci, MD, dreamed of becoming a violinist. But the rise of fascism and anti-Semitism meant his main focus soon had to be on survival. For years, under incredibly brutal conditions, he was forced to work as a conscripted laborer for the Nazis. He endured extraordinary hardships and, nearly a half century ago, made his way to Cedars-Sinai where he pioneered the development of endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery.

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Yom Ha'Shoah Commemoration Draws Hundreds

Cedars-Sinai hosted its 34th annual Yom Ha'Shoah observance on April 11 in a moving commemoration that featured stories of resistance and resilience in the face of horror. An audience of several hundred people, including staff, community members and special guests, participated.

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New Cardiac Imaging Technique Shortens Test Time

A team of Cedars-Sinai investigators has developed a new technique for conducting cardiac magnetic resonance imaging tests that improves patient comfort, shortens testing time and has the potential to increase diagnostic accuracy and reliability.

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All-Hands Meeting Emphasizes the Why of Healthcare Work

More than 2,000 team members attended the informative and energetic Cedars-Sinai Medical Network All-Hands event at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, April 6, where they were encouraged to “imagine” at the pinnacle of healthcare. The three-hour production, which included an interactive lunch with patient videos, physician stories and employee participation, could be described as a mix of TED Talk, convention and celebration of achievements.

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First VR Symposium Peers into Healthcare Future

Experts from across the country recently convened at Cedars-Sinai to discuss the rapid advances in delivering low-cost, portable, high-quality virtual (VR) reality experiences to patients. "We have to be careful about what we promise our patients in terms of what VR technology can achieve," said Brennan M. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, director and founder of the first annual Virtual Medicine Conference. "The key is to talk to patients to find out what works and what does not work."

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Take the Engagement Survey

The annual Engagement Survey is now open, and leaders are encouraging staff to maintain Cedars-Sinai’s reputation as one of the best places to work by voicing their opinions through the brief, confidential questionnaire. It is accessible on the Cedars-Sinai website via computer, tablet or smartphone. 

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Core Labs Updating Metabolic Panels on May 7

Beginning Monday, May7, the Core laboratories in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will only offer basic and comprehensive metabolic panels that include the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) calculation automatically. Test versions that do not include eGFR calculations will be discontinued.

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Noble Elected Council Member for AAP

Paul W. Noble, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Medicine and director of the Women's Guild Lung Institute at Cedars-Sinai, has been elected a council member of the Association of American Physicians.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for March


The Circle of Friends program honored 90 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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Historical Group Looking for Staff Veterans for Video

The Cedars-Sinai Historical Conservancy is scheduling brief video interviews with medical staff who have served for 30 years or more. The videos will be used to memorialize events and reminiscences of veteran staff. The 10-minute video interview can be booked for either Wednesday, April 25, or Wednesday, May 16.

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Staff Basketball Game Slated for May 6

The Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association is sponsoring its annual basketball game between the Housestaff Blues and the Attending Staff Gomers at noon, on Sunday, May 6, in Beverly Hills High School's "Swim Gym." Food and entertainment will be provided, including a halftime performance featuring Panama G.

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Pharmacy and Therapeutics Product Updates

See production information updates for February from Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

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