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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF November 30, 2018 | Archived Issues

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Letter From Chief of Staff: Departure Lounge Open

Colleagues,

Because of our consistently high census, please encourage your patients to use our new patient departure lounge. This will help ease capacity needs and improve patient flow.

The lounge, staffed by a registered nurse, is located in Cafeteria Conference Room A and will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through March 31. The space offers recliners as well as light snacks for qualifying patients while they wait to be picked up. It is available to patients who are unable to go home within two hours of discharge and meet the following criteria:

  • Have a discharge order
  • Are being discharged home
  • Are ambulatory
  • Are alert and oriented/cognitively intact

If you have patients who you believe qualify for the departure lounge, please let their nurses know. Their nurses will facilitate transfer to the lounge and delivery of discharge medications as appropriate.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our patients, and for working together to safely and efficiently meet the increasing demand for care.

Clement C. Yang, MD, FACP
Chief of Staff