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Physicians Invited to Free Wellness Course Oct. 19

Physicians are encouraged to attend a free one-day wellness course on Friday, Oct. 19, to learn ways to find balance between personal and professional life, and address and manage burnout. The course is being led by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and is sponsored by Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO, and the medical staff.

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Supporting Cedars-Sinai’s Hurricane Relief Efforts

Cedars-Sinai will make donations dollar for dollar, up to $10,000, to support relief efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Florence. The historic storm has caused catastrophic flooding across the region, leaving thousands displaced from their homes. Employees can contribute online through a dedicated Cedars-Sinai web page of the American Red Cross.

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Letter From Chief of Staff: Flu Shots

By Clement C. Yang, MD, Chief of Staff

Flu shots are now available for free through the medical center’s flu clinics. Similar to last year, all medical staff and employees are required to be vaccinated against the flu by Oct. 12, unless they have an approved exemption.

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Keith L. Black, MD, to Receive Pioneer in Medicine Award at Annual Meeting of the Medical Staff

Keith L. Black, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, and director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, will receive the Pioneer in Medicine Award at the annual meeting of the medical staff on Monday, Oct. 22, at 11:30 a.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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Staff Can Enter Drawing to Win Rams Tickets

As the official health partner of the Los Angeles Rams, Cedars-Sinai is offering staff an opportunity to receive free tickets through a random drawing to home games of the storied NFL franchise this season. To participate in the drawing for the Rams tickets, fill out a brief online form.

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BlackDoctor.org Honors Cedars-Sinai for Diversity

BlackDoctor.org, the popular online health information resource for African-American consumers, has named Cedars-Sinai to its 2018 Top Hospitals for Diversity List. BlackDoctor.org specifically cited Cedars-Sinai for its strong commitment in promoting equity and inclusion in the health system's operations, programs, services and staffing.

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Ronald G. Victor, MD: 1952-2018

Ronald G. Victor, MD, a prominent hypertension expert and the first investigator to scientifically prove that thousands of lives could be saved annually if barbers were enlisted to help fight the epidemic of high blood pressure in the African-American community, died Sept. 10. He was 66.

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James Kevin Drury, MD: 1949-2018

James Kevin Drury, MD, an active member of the medical staff as an attending in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, has died. He was 68. A memorial service will be held at St. Cyril's Catholic Church, 15520 Ventura Blvd., Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. A “Celebration of Life” will follow.

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Frank S. Williams, MD: 1934-2018

Frank S. Williams, MD, an active member of the medical staff as an attending in the Department of Psychiatry since 1965, has died. He was 84. Williams was the former chief of Family, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai. He was an advisor to the Cedars-Sinai Share and Care Program.

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Weeklong Holiday of Sukkot Begins Sept. 23

The Jewish Festival of Sukkot begins at sunset Sunday, Sept. 23, and lasts until dusk Monday, Oct. 1. The holiday will bring the construction of a large bamboo hut on the Plaza Level Terrace by the end of the week. The hut is called a sukkah, a temporary shelter that serves as a hub for the weeklong celebration.

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Cedars-Sinai Reverified as Level 1 Trauma Center

Cedars-Sinai was recently recertified as a Level 1 Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc group of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.

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HbA1c Testing to be Updated Oct. 8

Special Testing within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will update the reported reference intervals for HbA1c testing beginning Monday, Oct. 8.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for August


The Circle of Friends program honored 77 people in August. 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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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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CS-Link Tip: Practicing Inbasket Hygiene

Do you need to practice better Inbasket hygiene? In CS-Link™, these tips can help keep it tidy and make it less likely you’ll miss important messages.

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