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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF May 4, 2018 | Archived Issues

ED Physician Takes Off for NASA Training

Jennie Wang, MD, has taken off from the Emergency Department, where she had been an attending physician for the last year and a half, for the University of Texas Medical Branch-NASA Aerospace Medicine Program in Houston. She's about to embark on a childhood dream to become part of the space program.

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Priselac to Speak at Medical Staff Meeting

Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO, will present an update on the healthcare environment at a medical staff meeting on Tuesday, May 22. The hourlong meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be held in Harvey Morse Auditorium. RSVP by Friday, May 11, to jocelyn.rivera@cshs.org.

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Stent Pioneer Palmaz to Receive Corday Prize

Julio C. Palmaz, MD, a pioneering stent developer widely recognized for his role in revolutionizing cardiology and peripheral vascular medicine, will be presented with the Smidt Heart Institute's Eliot Corday, MD, International Prize in Heart Research on Tuesday, May 8. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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Last Week to Take Engagement Survey

The annual Engagement Survey closes Sunday, May 6. This is your last chance to voice your opinions through the brief, confidential questionnaire. It is accessible on the Cedars-Sinai website via computer, tablet or smartphone. 

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Jenrette, MD, Appointed to AMGA Board

John E. Jenrette, MD, executive vice president, Medical Network, has been appointed to the AMGA Board of Directors. AMGA is a trade organization that aims to lead innovative transformation in healthcare through member education and empowerment. More than 175,000 physicians currently practice in its member organizations, delivering care to one in three Americans.

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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 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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Core Labs Transfers Tests to Abbot Architect

In order to improve operational efficiency, the Core laboratories in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has transferred its remaining tests on Beckman Immage to Abbot Architect.

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FDA Warns About Rare Reaction to Lamictal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that Lamictal (lamotrigine) prescribed for seizures and bipolar disorder can cause a rare but serious reaction that overstimulates the immune system.

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Eugene H. Galen, MD: 1934-2018

Eugene H. Galen, MD, passed away in his Beverly Hills home after a prolonged illness on April 16. He was 84. Beginning in 1963, Galen was an active member of the medical staff as an attending in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology. He retired from practice in 1997 and afterward remained on emeritus status.

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Summer Is Coming, 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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CS-Link: Major Upgrade Installed May 1

CS-Link™ underwent a significant upgrade on Tuesday, May 1. There were major changes made concerning the implementation of ambulatory referrals.

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ED Physician Takes Off for NASA Training

Jennie Wang, MD, sits in NASA’s Historic Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center, from which early missions, including the moon landing, were monitored.

For Jennie Wang, MD, space came first.

"Any time there was a shuttle launch or anything to do with space, my parents made sure that I was in front of the television to experience that, including, unfortunately, the Challenger disaster," she said. "Even though it was truly a disaster, it piqued my curiosity even more."

That curiosity is about to be satisfied, as Wang late last month departed the Emergency Department, where she had been an attending physician for the last year and a half, for the University of Texas Medical Branch-NASA Aerospace Medicine Program in Houston.

As part of the two-year program, she'll complete a second residency—in aerospace medicine and preventive medicine—earn a master's in public health and become board-certified in aerospace medicine.

The path to Mission Control from Cedars-Sinai began on the East Coast. Wang earned an undergraduate degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she studied computer science and medical anthropology, before working for a time at a biotechnology company. From there, it was on to medical school at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.

"During my third year, I developed my interest in emergency medicine, but also discovered there were opportunities at NASA to train in the space medicine program," she said. She was accepted to that program and spent her fourth year of med school at the Johnson Space Center.

After that experience, she completed her residency in emergency medicine at the University of Connecticut when her husband's job brought the family to Los Angeles. The couple have a 19-month-old daughter and two dogs.

Her time at Cedars-Sinai, she said, has been "amazing."

"The ED staff is absolutely amazing. I couldn't ask for better nurses, clinical partners, emergency department assistants, pharmacists, physician assistants," she said. "Everyone across the board has made my job easy. I feel spoiled and I will really miss everyone.

"I told the chairs, Drs. Torbati and Geiderman, that it is truly unique. The capabilities in that ER—nothing can hold anyone back."

Still, she added, "when an opportunity arises that I wanted to be involved in, from as far back as can remember, I have to take it."

Priselac to Speak at Medical Staff Meeting

Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO

Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO, will present an update on the healthcare environment at a medical staff meeting on Tuesday, May 22. The hourlong meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be held in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP by Friday, May 11, to jocelyn.rivera@cshs.org.

Stent Pioneer Palmaz to Receive Corday Prize

Julio C. Palmaz, MD

Julio C. Palmaz, MD, a pioneering stent developer widely recognized for his role in revolutionizing cardiology and peripheral vascular medicine, will be presented with the Smidt Heart Institute's Eliot Corday, MD, International Prize in Heart Research on Tuesday, May 8. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

The prize recognizes a physician or scientist who has conducted groundbreaking research leading to fundamental changes in the practice of cardiology or cardiac surgery. Prior to the award presentation, Palmaz will discuss "A Vision of the Future of Interventional Cardiology."

A cardiologist and Ashbel Smith Professor at UT Health San Antonio (formerly known as the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio), Palmaz also is chief scientific advisor at Vactronix Scientific, a medical technology company.

The Palmaz stent was created to treat plaque-clogged coronary arteries and reduce the need for bypass graft surgery. The device is an implantable, wire-mesh tube designed to keep previously obstructed arteries open. It was approved in the early 1990s by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in peripheral arteries, followed by approval for coronary arteries. Today, coronary angioplasties are generally followed by stent placement, and millions of patients have benefited from this medical innovation.

A native of Argentina, Palmaz holds numerous patents for a range of medical devices. At the Smithsonian Institution, Palmaz’s groundbreaking work is featured in a permanent exhibition on inventions that changed the world. He continues to work on next-generation stents.

The Corday Prize, established in 2012, is named in honor of the late Eliot Corday, MD, who chaired the Cedars-Sinai Division of Cardiology for more than 10 years and made lasting contributions to cardiac medicine.

"It is fitting that Julio Palmaz will receive this prestigious award named after Eliot Corday, who himself was a pioneer in cardiology research and a Cedars-Sinai stalwart," said Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, director of the Smidt Heart Institute.

To attend the event, RSVP by May 7 to Roxanne Kinstetter at 323-866-7744 or Roxanne.Kinstetter@cshs.org.

Last Week to Take Engagement Survey

The annual Engagement Survey closes Sunday, May 6. This is your last chance to voice your opinions through the brief, confidential questionnaire.

An email link to the survey was sent to staff on April 16. It is accessible on the Cedars-Sinai website via computer, tablet or smartphone. 

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Department-specific results will become available in late May or early June, when teams can begin discussing findings, sharing ideas and developing action plans. Organizational results will be published in The Bridge and Since You Asked.

For more information about the survey, contact your manager, survey ambassador or call Organization Development and Learning at 310-423-4834.

Jenrette, MD, Appointed to AMGA Board

John E. Jenrette, MD, executive vice president, Medical Network

John E. Jenrette, MD, executive vice president, Medical Network, has been appointed to the AMGA Board of Directors.

Formerly the American Medical Group Association, AMGA is a trade organization that aims to lead innovative transformation in healthcare through member education and empowerment. More than 175,000 physicians currently practice in its member organizations, delivering care to one in three Americans.

"I am honored to represent Cedars-Sinai on the board of such a valuable organization," said Jenrette. "AMGA is remarkable not only in its reach and scope of expertise, but also in its philosophy. The association’s core values are at the heart of what drives our expanding medical network—the mission to constantly advance high-quality, accessible and patient-centered care."

Jenrette has led Cedars-Sinai’s growing medical network of primary care and specialty physicians since he joined the medical center in 2016. His position on the AMGA board began March 26 of this year.

"With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare delivery and management, Dr. Jenrette is a true champion of efficient, value-based care," said Jerry Penso, MD, MBA, president and chief executive officer at AMGA. "AMGA members continue to lead in the delivery of coordinated, patient-centered, value-driven care. At this time of transformation in healthcare, we look forward to Dr. Jenrette’s expertise, insights and contributions to our board."

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 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.

A $10 donation is suggested. Proceeds benefit the Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association. Beverly Hills High School is at 241 S. Moreno Drive in Beverly Hills. Parking is free.

RVSP to ellen.eichenberger@cshs.org.

 

Core Labs Transfers Tests to Abbot Architect

The Core laboratories in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has transferred its remaining tests on Beckman Immage to Abbot Architect.

To improve operational efficiency, tests for Alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT), antistreptolysin O (ASO), Beta-2-Microglobulin (B2M), and Rheumatoid Factor (RF) were shifted from Beckman Immage to Abbott Architect Monday, April 30.

On Monday, April 9, C3, C4, Haptoglobin, IgG (serum only), IgA, IgG, IgM, Prealbumin and Transferin were moved from Beckman Immage to Abbott Architect.

Please note that method correlation information is listed in the table below, along with new reference ranges (yellow) on Abbott Architect platforms. Additionally, tests with a bias between methods exceeding +/- 10% are highlighted in green in the table.

If you have questions, contact Kimia Sobhani, PhD, at kimia.sobhani@cshs.org.

Abbott Architect Tests (PDF)  

FDA Warns About Rare Reaction to Lamictal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that Lamictal (lamotrigine) prescribed for seizures and bipolar disorder can cause a rare but serious reaction that overstimulates the immune system. The reaction can cause severe inflammation throughout the body and lead to hospitalization and death, especially if not diagnosed and treated quickly.

The FDA has more information.

Eugene H. Galen, MD: 1934-2018

Eugene H. Galen, MD, a longtime medical staff member, passed away in his Beverly Hills home after a prolonged illness on April 16. He was 84.

Beginning in 1963, Galen was an active member of the medical staff as an attending in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology. He retired from practice in 1997 and afterward remained on emeritus status.

Galen was born on January 16, 1934, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and graduated from high school in 1952, where he was president of the student council and played the trumpet in the high school band.

After high school, Galen attended The Johns Hopkins University where he was awarded an academic scholarship and was admitted to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Fraternity. He graduated ninth in his class in 1955 with both general and departmental honors.

Galen earned his medical degree in 1959 from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. He completed his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at The Boston City Hospital Medical Center and at The University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, finishing his education with a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Los Angeles Veterans Administration Center.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, who gave him full quality of life during his illness. The couple was married for almost 58 years. He also is survived by his children, Steve Galen, MD, and Douglas Galen, DDS, along with 6 grandchildren.

Galen’s contributions and invaluable service to the medical center and the community will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jewish Federation, or to a charity of choice.

Summer Is Coming, and So Are Fireworks

The Hollywood Bowl

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.

Parking passes also are available. Valet is $55, lower terrace is $23.

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

CS-Link: Major Upgrade Installed May 1

CS-Link™ underwent a significant upgrade on Tuesday, May 1.

There were major changes made concerning the implementation of ambulatory referrals. These included:

  • Newly enhanced outpatient referral orders with a robust provider finder
  • Enhanced tracking of the status of an outpatient referral and authorization
  • Improved workflow in CS-Link for ordering clinic administered medications and obtaining prior authorization at the same time
  • Integration of the referral record and prior authorization into outpatient procedure orders (including office-based procedures)

You can review the changes in a complete video course.

Other optimizations included:

  • Outpatient Morphine Equivalent Daily Dosing (MEDD) report
  • New MRI with Anesthesia Ordering Workflows
  • Physician Learning Home Dashboard updates
  • Transition of outpatient Procedure Center orders from paper to CS-Link
  • PCU and Cardiac Monitor ordering updates

You can learn about all of these upgrades by looking on Service Now.

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