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Flu Shots for Staff Coming to Cedars-Sinai

Staff members are asked to help Cedars-Sinai protect patients, visitors and colleagues by getting an annual flu vaccination by Friday, Oct. 12. All employees, medical staff, vendors, contracted personnel, volunteers, faculty and students must get their annual flu vaccinations. Flu vaccinations are free of charge.

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President’s Perspective: Community Support

By Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

Before the first patient came through the doors in 1902, it was already part of Cedars-Sinai. It is stronger than ever in 2018 and has never been more crucial to our mission. Community support—especially in the form of philanthropic donations—provided the means to build Kaspare Cohn Hospital (as well as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center decades later) and has become even more important as our clinical and academic programs have grown while payment rates for patient care continue to decline.

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High Holidays Services Set for September

Senior Rabbi Jason Weiner, director of the Spiritual Care Department, will conduct services for the High Holidays at Cedars-Sinai. The services also will feature cantor Jordan Gorfinkel. Services for Rosh Hashanah will be held Monday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m.-noon in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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Frontline Staff Play Vital Role in Promoting Safety

Frontline staff play a critical role in promoting a culture of safety at Cedars-Sinai. The medical center relies on these bedside professionals to identify flaws in clinical processes that can lead to mistakes and may result in patient harm.

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Learn About Medical Mission to Guatemala

Employees interested in participating in Cedars-Sinai's annual medical mission to Guatemala next year are invited to attend a recruitment meeting on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 10-11 a.m. in ECC-C. The 2019 mission will take place March 30-April 8.

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CDI Course Helps Physicians Reflect Quality of Care

The Health Information Department's Clinical Document Integrity Program is offering deep-dive education to help keep physicians up-to-date on new documentation requirements that can impact how the quality of their work is represented.

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Paquette Named Director for BMT Program

Ronald Paquette, MD, has been appointed clinical director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant program at the Oshin Cancer Institute. Paquette assumed the role on Aug. 29, after his predecessor, Michael Lill, MD, died from appendix cancer in June. Paquette had been serving as interim director for the past two years. 

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Core Labs Updating eGFR Calculation on Sept. 27

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Core laboratories in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will update the estimated glomerular filtration rate calculation, reported in mL/min/1.73m², from the abbreviated MDRD formula to CKD-EPI, which KDIGO recommends (2013).

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FDA Issues Warnings and Labeling Change

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the antibiotic Zithromax, Zmax (azithromycin) should not be given long-term to prevent a certain inflammatory lung condition in patients with cancers of the blood or lymph nodes who undergo a donor stem cell transplant. The FDA is also changing safety labels in a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones and warning that cases of a rare, but serious, infection are possible with the use of SGLT2 inhibitors.

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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: CURES Mandate Begins Oct. 2

The California Department of Justice mandate to consult CURES (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation) prior to prescribing, ordering, administering or furnishing a Schedule II, II or IV controlled substance becomes effective on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The law states that CURES must be consulted the first time a patient is prescribed, ordered or administered a Schedule II, III or IV controlled substance. 

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