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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF August 24, 2018 | Archived Issues

Cedars-Sinai Ranked Among Top 10 in Nation

Cedars-Sinai is again being celebrated for its high-quality care and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Hospitals 2018–19" as one of the 10 best hospitals in the U.S. The medical center was ranked No. 8 of more than 4,500 hospitals in the nation, placing it among a select group of Honor Roll hospitals.

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Cedars-Sinai Gets Highest Rank for Patient Survival

For the 10th consecutive year, Cedars-Sinai has earned the highest ranking from the federal government for its rate of patient survival 30 days after hospitalization for treatment of three common conditions: pneumonia, heart failure and heart attack. The medical center is one of only three hospitals in the U.S. to achieve this accomplishment for ten years in a row.

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Computer Alerts Help Physicians and Patients

When physicians follow computer alerts embedded in electronic health records, their hospitalized patients experience fewer complications, have lower costs, leave the hospital sooner and are less likely to be readmitted, according to a study of inpatient care.

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Symposium Honors Work of Ronald Victor, MD

"Clever and courageous." That is how Allyn Mark, MD, characterized his former colleague Ronald G. Victor, MD, associate director of the Smidt Heart Institute. Mark, professor and Roy J. Carver Chair in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa, was among five illustrious scientists who spoke last month at a symposium in honor of Victor.

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Volumes of Wisdom Surviving a Brain Tumor

Albert Parisi has been a brain cancer survivor for more than two decades. He's shared the lessons he's learned during his healing with hundreds, counting them as blessings from his brain tumor. His wisdom has been collected into two books called Lunch Bag Notes.

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New Cardiothoracic Surgeon Speaks With Heart

Raymond Schaerf, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon, who joined the Smidt Heart Institute less than a year ago, recently sat down with Pulse to talk about his work and his life outside of it. Schaerf specializes in lead extractions, a delicate procedure performed to remove wires that are old, malfunctioning, infected or causing a patient difficulty.

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Path Labs Now Using New Tube Kit

The Core laboratories in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are now using an improved four tube QuantiFERON TB Gold Plus. The lab will no longer accept the previous three tube kit, which stopped being used Aug. 15.

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Are You a Veteran? Let Us Know

Were you in the military, or do you know a co-worker who was? For Veterans Day, The Bridge wants to honor Cedars-Sinai's military veterans. Please email thebridge@cshs.org to let us know when and in which branch you served, and any notable details about your service. Also, please include your current position at Cedars-Sinai.

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Annual Sand N’ Snore Set for Sept. 7

Sand N' Snore is just around the corner. The dinner, sleepover and breakfast are slated to begin Friday, Sept. 7, at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. To reserve a place, contact Cheryl Verne at 310-423-2681 or cheryl.verne@cshs.org.

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CS-Link Tip: Managing a Patient’s Medication Lists

Every patient seems to have four or five medication lists. The medical record should be the single source for medication lists and CS-Link™ can help make sure it is accurate.

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