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Letter From Chief of Staff: New Opioid Protocol

Due to a critical nationwide shortage of injectable opioids, Cedars-Sinai will implement the following protocol immediately: Pharmacists will automatically substitute PRN orders for IV Dilaudid and IV morphine with PO oxycodone, if a patient tolerates oral medications.

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Letter From Chief of Staff: Update on EOLOA

Last month, we notified you that California’s End of Life Option Act (EOLOA) was deemed invalid by a California court and, as a result, Cedars-Sinai halted its participation in the EOLOA. Since then, an appellate court reinstated the EOLOA, and the law is currently valid and in effect.

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K-9s Join ED Security Team in Pilot Program

Cedars-Sinai is introducing two security service dogs to the Emergency Department in an ongoing effort to enhance security and safety for patients, visitors, volunteers and staff. Cali and Coco are female Belgian Malinois, a breed of sheepdog known for being active, sociable and hard-working. They will join the Security team in July as part of a pilot program.

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Ronald G. Victor, MD, Collects PRISM Award

Ronald G. Victor, MD, associate director of the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai, is the winner of the 2018 Prize for Research in Scientific Medicine. Victor received the honor for his work on a pioneering study on the management of hypertension. The annual award recognizes a Cedars-Sinai faculty member who has made a significant discovery or provided a critical insight within the last five years.

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Basil Rapoport, MD, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Basil Rapoport, MD, endocrinologist and co-director of the Thyroid Autoimmunity Lab, is the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented during the June 13 commencement of the Graduate Programs in Biomedical and Translational Sciences.

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Michael Lill, MD: 1959-2018

Michael Lill, who served as director of the Cedars-Sinai Blood and Marrow Transplant Program for more than 20 years and is referred to by colleagues as a “born teacher,” died June 19 of appendix cancer. He was 58. Lill was beloved by many across Cedars-Sinai who recalled his generous spirit and deep sense of commitment to his patients.

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Cardiologist Turns Promotional Pens Into Art

Jeffrey Caren, MD, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai, has amassed a vast and unrivaled collection of branded pharmaceutical company pens. Patients who visit his West Tower office can marvel at the display of hundreds of the promotional writing gifts, which tout everything from Viagra to Lexapro.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for May


The Circle of Friends program honored 196 people in May. 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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Core Labs Launching New Method For ESR

The Core Laboratories in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is launching a new method for erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) with ALCOR iSED® instrumentation, which allows for rapid, automated analysis of ESR using lavender top tubes. The iSED rapid methodology will replace ESR measurement on Excyte® 40 analyzers beginning Monday, Aug. 6.

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Beth Karlan, MD, Named Fellow of ASCO

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has named Beth Karlan, MD, director of the Women’s Cancer Program in the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, or FASCO. The honor was awarded to Karlan in recognition of her dedication to volunteer efforts that benefit ASCO, the specialty of oncology and the patients ASCO serves. 

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Summer Is Here, and So Are Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day at the Hollywood Bowl with fireworks and music by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and special musical guest, The Go-Go’s. The event on Tuesday, July 3, is open to Cedars-Sinai physicians and their immediate family members. Cost is $140 per adult and $70 per child, 3-11 years of age.

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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:Integration of Outside Records

Outside records are now integrated on the encounter tab in Chart Review in CS-Link™ through Care Everywhere. Tips are included to help you find a patient’s Care Everywhere information.

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