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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF August 23, 2019 | Archived Issues

Letter From Chief of Staff: Patient Identification

By Clement C. Yang, MD, Chief of Staff

Patient safety touches everything we do each day. At Cedars-Sinai, proper patient identification remains a top priority, as well as a National Patient Safety Goal designated by the Joint Commission. I am writing to remind you that when communicating with your colleagues, never use a room number as a form of patient identification.

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Physician Wellness Tip: Healthy Eating

Americans eat a lot more calories today than they did just a few decades ago. Part of the problem is fast food and super-sized portions. Our food servings have doubled or tripled at restaurants—and even at home. The key is to choose foods like fresh fruits and veggies.

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Faces of Cedars-Sinai: James Ha, MD

Meet James Ha, MD, a neurologist at Cedars-Sinai. Ha grew up on an apple orchard two hours north of Los Angeles and still helps his parents sell fruit and vegetables at local farmers markets on weekends. Read Ha's story on the Cedars-Sinai blog.

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Mandatory Training Must Be Completed by Nov. 1

All Cedars-Sinai employees—including those who have taken training earlier this year—must complete preventing discrimination and harassment training by Friday, Nov. 1. All employees, student interns, contingent and contract workers, consultants, faculty and contract physicians are required to take the training, which will be assigned via HealthStream.  

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Cedars-Sinai Establishes the Arthur Johnson, MD, Visiting Clerkship Scholarship

Cedars-Sinai's Graduate Medical Education Program recently established the scholarship for underrepresented minorities in medical school to experience a four-week paid rotation at the medical center.

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17 Employees Honored With President's Award

Co-workers, family members and friends turned out Aug. 14 to honor the latest recipients of the Cedars-Sinai President's Award. The President's Award is the most prestigious award of recognition at Cedars-Sinai. 

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FDA Finds No Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer With Parkinson's Medicines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found no increased risk of prostate cancer with Parkinson's disease medicines, Comtan (entacapone) and Stalevo (a combination of entacapone, carbidopa, and levodopa).

» Read more

Logging Into HealthStream Is About to Get Easier

Employees have one fewer password to remember while at Cedars-Sinai because HealthStream has moved to a single sign-on solution.   

» Read more

Circle of Friends Honorees for July

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The Circle of Friends program honored 159 people in July. 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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Annual Sand 'N Snore Set for Sept. 6

Sand 'N Snore is just around the corner. The dinner, sleepover and breakfast are slated to begin Friday, Sept. 6, at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. To reserve a place, contact Cheryl Verne at 310-423-2681 or cheryl.verne@cshs.org.

» Read more

CS-Link Tip: Signal Reports

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A Signal Report in CS-Link™ can help identify areas to focus on and how to improve efficiency in targeted areas. You can easily obtain a copy of your personalized Signal Report.

» Read more

Letter From Chief of Staff: Patient Identification

Patient safety touches everything we do each day. At Cedars-Sinai, proper patient identification remains a top priority, as well as a National Patient Safety Goal designated by the Joint Commission.

I am writing to remind you that when communicating with your colleagues, never use a room number as a form of patient identification. That's because patients are quickly, and constantly, moving between rooms and departments to triage their care quickly and efficiently.

When communicating with your colleagues–including ordering consults or tests, performing procedures and requesting imaging and other tests or procedures between departments–ensure patient identification is verified using the following:  

  • For inpatients: Use a Medical Record Number (MRN) and full name.
  • For ambulatory care: Use a patient's full name and date of birth.

Again, a room number or patient location can never be used as a patient identifier.

Please also be aware that through the use of on campus digital monitors, patients and their visitors will be encouraged to ask their healthcare providers to verify their identity if not initially asked.

It's our duty to ensure patient safety using two patient identifiers. Thank you for doing your part in this critical process.

Clement C. Yang, MD
Chief of Staff

Physician Wellness Tip: Healthy Eating

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Americans eat a lot more calories today than they did just a few decades ago. Part of the problem is fast food and super-sized portions. Our food servings have doubled or tripled at restaurants—and even at home.

The key is to choose foods like fresh fruits and veggies. They're packed with health benefits and fill you up without the calories!

When was the last time you stopped by the Ray Charles Cafeteria? You might be surprised at what wellness options and discounts await you.

Faces of Cedars-Sinai: James Ha, MD

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James Ha, MD, a neurologist who grew up on an apple farm, and his family.

Meet James Ha, MD, a neurologist at Cedars-Sinai.

Ha grew up on an apple orchard two hours north of Los Angeles and still helps his parents sell fruit and vegetables at local farmers markets on weekends.

His tips for shopping at a farmers market?

"Go early!" said Ha, whose subspecialty is neurophysiology, which focuses on disorders of the nervous system. "Usually the best stuff sells out really fast."

Read Ha's story on the Cedars-Sinai blog.

Mandatory Training Must Be Completed by Nov. 1

Cedars-Sinai strives to foster an environment of respect for its employees, knowing they cannot do their best work if they feel disrespected or are subjected to a lack of civility in the workplace.

To uphold this core value and comply with state law, all Cedars-Sinai employees—including those who have taken training earlier this year—must complete preventing discrimination and harassment training by Friday, Nov. 1.

"We are proud of the high-quality care we offer at Cedars-Sinai," said Andy Ortiz, senior vice president of Human Resources. "But we are equally driven to excellence in how we treat each other. It is both our ethical and legal responsibility to ensure that all employees can do their best work in an environment of mutual respect."

All employees, student interns, contingent and contract workers, consultants, faculty and contract physicians are required to take the training, which will be assigned via HealthStream.

The online training is offered by Traliant, Cedars-Sinai's new training partner. Traliant provides an interactive video format divided into brief, schedule-friendly episodes.

"We understand that many employees suffered difficulties with the previous training module, which is why we searched for a new vendor," said Patrick Zvara, executive director of Talent Management and Organization Development. "With Traliant, the learning experience is high quality, interactive and engaging—and has been tested rigorously."

For questions about the mandatory training, or for help using HealthStream, please contact the HR Service Center:

  • By phone: at 4-myHR (4-6947 internal) or 424-314-6947 (external)
  • By email: myHR@cshs.org
  • Via the Cedars-Sinai intranet: cedars-sinai.org/servicecenter
  • In person: HR Service Center storefront, Pacific Theaters Building, 7th Floor

 

 

 

 

Cedars-Sinai Establishes the Arthur Johnson, MD, Visiting Clerkship Scholarship

To increase diversity in Cedars-Sinai's training programs, the Graduate Medical Education Program recently established the Arthur Johnson, MD, Visiting Clerkship Scholarship. The scholarship provides an opportunity for underrepresented minorities in medical school to experience a rotation at the medical center.

"We want our resident and fellow population to reflect the diversity of our patients," said Mark Noah, MD, the Melvin Brody, MD, Chair in Medical Education. "In order to allow students to experience the wonderful educational opportunities we have here, we must first overcome the high cost of housing associated with spending a month training near the medical center."

To lower this hurdle, the Diversity Program Scholarship Selection Committee awarded eight inaugural award recipients, providing each with a $2,500 scholarship to help defray transportation and housing costs during their four-week rotations.

A total of 27 applications were submitted this first year. Noah hopes to increase that number significantly in the following years.

For fourth-year medical student Adam Wright-Chisem, the scholarship was a chance to focus on medicine, not money.

"My twin brother and I are both in medical school and come from a single mother," said Wright-Chisem, who is training in orthopaedics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. "Receiving this scholarship removed that financial burden and allowed me to focus on my studies."

The experience, Wright-Chisem said, was "very intense, a lot of learning and fast-paced." But Wright said the intensity was accompanied by mentorship, support and encouragement.

"I live my life with purpose and want to work for a medical center that upholds this same philosophy," said Wright-Chisem. "Cedars-Sinai stood out to me because of this thoughtful scholarship, what it represents, and who it honors."

The scholarship was named after the late Arthur Johnson, MD, a board-certified specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology who served on the Cedars-Sinai medical staff for more than three decades. He was the first physician in the history of Cedars-Sinai to hold all elected offices of the medical staff during his career, including two terms as Chief of Staff in 1998 and 1999.

"I had the privilege to work alongside Dr. Johnson for many years," said Noah. "He regularly hosted open houses for local medical students to get to know Cedars-Sinai, as well as numerous other activities throughout the year. He also had an acute understanding of our training programs, so it's an honor to carry on his professional legacy through this scholarship."

Getting to know Cedars-Sinai was Wright-Chisem's favorite part of his rotation at the hospital.

"What I appreciated most about this incredible opportunity was the network it provided and the people who facilitated it," said Wright-Chisem. "A week into my training, Cedars-Sinai already felt like home."

 

 

 

17 Employees Honored With President's Award

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Co-workers, family members and friends turned out Aug. 14 to honor the latest recipients of the Cedars-Sinai President’s Award.

PROFESSIONAL AND SUPPORT SERVICES

Arturo Amaral
CT Interventional Cath Lab Technician
Mark Taper Imaging Center

Over his 30 years with Cedars-Sinai, Arturo has mastered the art of establishing and maintaining rapport with patients, radiologists and their residents and fellows, and co-workers. Radiologists often ask for Arturo when performing special or difficult procedures. They praise him for his extraordinary knowledge of complex guided imaging procedures and greatly value his ability to anticipate the technical and procedural nuances of complex procedures. His patients are consistently grateful for his sensitivity and his ability to create a calm, clear and reassuring atmosphere as he accompanies them on every step of their procedure. His co-workers appreciate his unselfish commitment, depth of knowledge and exceptional range of skills, as well as his willingness to go the extra mile to support the team and its success.

Shima Hashemzadeh, CPT
MLA CPT Team Lead
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Shima is grateful to be a certified phlebotomy technician and a team lead because each day provides her with a new opportunity to help people. She is passionate about education, and one of her greatest joys is supporting people in acquiring new knowledge and skills. Whether she is working with laboratory assistants, nurses, medical assistants in clinics and doctors' offices, or other professionals, she looks forward to those moments when a co-worker learns something new. Shima’s colleagues attribute her success as an educator to her talent for collaboration and dedication to individual and team success.

Mona Malik
Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy

When describing her contributions as a pharmacy technician, Mona's colleagues praise her for exemplifying the vision, mission and values of Cedars-Sinai. They admire her deep commitment to patient safety and the calm and centered demeanor she brings to her work. Her understanding and empathetic way with people shines through in her contributions as a mentor and trainer of new staff. Along with her gift for collaboration, Mona excels at ensuring controlled substance accountability and is a key member of the controlled substance and compliance team. Her co-workers credit her exceptional problem-solving skills to her keen intelligence, creativity and steady focus.

SERVICE LINE OPERATIONS

Gedion Asfaw
Sr. Financial Management Analyst
Smidt Heart Institute

Gedion excels at supporting the pioneering work of researchers in the Smidt Heart Institute by providing them with expert financial planning and budgetary advice. His skill as a collaborator and thorough understanding of grant-related processes have made him a critical partner to many of Cedars-Sinai's most prolific scientists; their confidence and trust are a constant source of pride and satisfaction for him. He is admired for his ability to make complex information accessible and understandable, and for the can-do attitude he brings to every project. Gedion loves problem-solving: No matter how complex the assignment, he will always go the extra mile to resolve any issues and concerns. Gedion's people skills, organizational savvy and financial skills make him an indispensable member of the Smidt Heart Institute's research team.

Michelle Demond
Executive Assistant
Enterprise Information Services/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

In her role as an executive assistant, Michelle interacts with a wide variety of clinicians, executives and staff across Cedars-Sinai. She has a gift for recognizing when someone is in need, and she is always willing to go out of her way to help colleagues, trainees and visitors. Her thoughtful, interpersonal style is matched by her talent for organizational efficiency. She has fostered exceptional teamwork throughout the health system, taken the lead on multiple IRB and grant submissions and mastered the organization and implementation of complex meetings and events. In spite of her many skills, Michelle is modest, self-effacing and quick to praise her colleagues for their talents and accomplishments.

Walter Morales
Research Specialist
Department of Medicine/Medically Associated Science and Technology Program

Walter is a founding member of the Medically Associated Science and Technology (MAST) program and has been instrumental in building a culture of dedication and mutual respect. He is committed to translating microbiome research into patient diagnostics and treatments. He is an accomplished researcher, a devoted manager and a determined professional who never shies away from long hours or complex challenges. His genuine interest in the wellbeing and success of his colleagues inspires deep trust and admiration, and his colleagues know that Walter will always do whatever is needed to bring about the best possible outcomes. Walter is steadfast in his devotion to nurturing a trusting environment where scientists are able to learn and grow as a team and expand the boundaries of their research.

Dan Sabin, MSN, MBA
Associate Director
Neurosciences

Dan has distinguished himself as a natural leader with impeccable communication skills, bold, innovative ideas and a gift for bringing out the best in his colleagues. His teammates in the Department of Neurosciences have learned from experience that Dan gives 110% to every challenge and opportunity he encounters. He has sponsored successful initiatives to improve patient safety, increase efficiency and achieve significant cost savings. An action-oriented executive who understands the big picture, Dan has been instrumental in championing improvements to many facets of the department, including clinic design, regulatory compliance processes, staff education and revenue generation.

NURSING

Loida Gonzalez
Clinical Partner
4 Southeast

Loida takes a personal approach to care. That steadfast compassion inspires the admiration and praise of Loida's fellow employees, and the heartfelt gratitude of her patients. Her kindness is matched by her skills and professionalism as a clinical partner. Her co-workers praise her keen awareness of the unit's workflow and her special ability to consistently anticipate the needs of her patients and their families. She has the highest admiration for the courage and resiliency of her patients and is happiest when they are able to return home to resume their lives. She is committed to providing the most attentive, supportive and compassionate care possible.

Violeta Husain, BSN, RN
Clinical Nurse IV
8 Southeast

Violeta has won the respect and trust of her co-workers on 8 South with her exceptional skills as an RN, charge nurse and mentor. She is widely admired for her clinical expertise, compassionate manner and effectiveness as a team leader. Her colleagues describe her unique ability to evaluate the status of patients and anticipate their needs. As a mentor, Violeta has won the trust, respect and gratitude of her colleagues; they praise her unique ability to recognize their individual abilities and develop their talents. In recognition of her commitment to clinical excellence and compassionate care, Violeta received a nomination for the Maggie Stempson-Carter Medical Staff Excellence in Caring Award.

Steven Iglesias, BSN, RN-BC
Clinical Nurse III
IV Team

One of the keys to Steven's success as a member of the IV team has been his commitment to educating and empowering his patients. He takes care to provide them with the information they need to become well-informed advocates for their care. When it comes to his pediatric patients, his focus is on lessening their fears and putting them at ease with kindness, patience and humor. He also develops creative presentations, is adept at data collection and produces educational videos that are both engaging and informative. He plays a key role in educating new-graduate and new-hire nurses in inserting IV lines, performing ultrasound-guided IV insertions, managing port access for patients with vascular access devices and effectively managing IV complications.

Maria Ludovina "Malou" Maalat
Nursing Communication Technician
8 North

Malou is known for her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to do her part in ensuring her unit functions efficiently and effectively. Along with her skill at fielding a wide variety of calls from physicians, medical center staff and the families and friends of patients, her contributions include helping to keep the nursing station organized, ordering needed items and facilitating equipment repairs. Malou is known for her kind and supportive demeanor with patients and families. Malou has a keen understanding of the patient experience and strives to treat each of her patients with the utmost respect and sensitivity.

Bevin Merideth, MSN, RNC-NIC
Assistant Nurse Manager
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Bevin has demonstrated skill, compassion and leadership in her role as assistant nurse manager of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She is a passionate advocate for her newborn patients and their families, as well as for her nursing colleagues. She is committed to patient- and family-centered care and has played a central role in the success of the NICU Family Council, where constructive feedback and frank discussions focus on improving the patient and family experience. As a nursing leader, Bevin is respectful, direct and fosters constructive outcomes that improve unit operations and staff performance. As a caregiver, she is keenly attuned to the unique needs of vulnerable newborns and their concerned families.

CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL NETWORK

Cristina Portillo-Via, MHA, MSW, LCSW
Ambulatory Case Manager/Social Work
Medical Network

Following her instincts as a creative problem solver and service-oriented team member, Cristina successfully championed the development of the social work program in the Medical Network (MDN), and her skillful oversight of the team in the inpatient, ambulatory care and supportive care settings has been key to the program's effectiveness. She is a passionate advocate for resources to assist seniors and other vulnerable populations through free community education and community and entity partnerships, and she was instrumental in the creation of the MDN Social Work Direct Assist Line, Advance Care Planning Classes and training programs—such as Motivational Interviewing—that are used across the organization. Examples of Cristina's innovative leadership include the development of academic internship programs, new intervention monitoring systems and her critical role in practice transformation.

SYSTEM SUPPORT

Pablo Avalos, MD
Research Project Advisor
Regenerative Medicine Institute

As a member of the research team at the Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute (RMI), Pablo has been integral in elevating the institute's cutting-edge efforts to advance stem cell science. His work is informed by a driving passion to find new treatments for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, retinitis pigmentosa and other major diseases. He brings his training as a physician to the institute's translational medicine efforts and is involved with several specialty teams in the RMI and Cedars-Sinai, including the operating room, neurology and cell manufacturing facilities. Pablo works closely with research colleagues to create animal surgical models and has collaborated on the development of various novel devices, including a stereotactic surgical instrument for the safe and precise delivery of neural progenitor cells into the spinal cord of ALS patients. He is currently exploring a new approach to ALS that will deliver stem cells to the patient's motor cortex.

Dorina Giurgiulescu, MSN, RN-BC
Quality Improvement Specialist
Medical Affairs

Dorina's contributions as a quality improvement specialist in the Department of Medical Affairs have won her the respect and confidence of physicians and staff alike. She is admired for her exquisite clinical knowledge and critical-thinking skills. Those qualities enable her to excel at screening, reviewing, summarizing and coordinating physician peer-review cases and code of conduct cases. Dorina supports mutual respect and bringing attention and care to every interaction in the workplace. She takes great pride and satisfaction in maintaining trusting relationships, exploring challenging issues with physicians and finding constructive solutions.

Armen Haroutoonian
Administrative Services Associate
Facilities Planning, Design and Construction

Armen is a trusted and highly respected leader in Facilities Planning, Design and Construction. Under his leadership, his team manages the comprehensive digital data bank for the approximately 50 buildings that are owned or leased by Cedars-Sinai. The data they compile support a vast array of projects and processes throughout the institution, and Armen's role requires him to interface daily with a diverse range of professionals across the campus. Among many achievements, Armen and his team developed a 3D model of the medical center and are creating digital twins of every building, both on and off campus. Even though his fast-paced and complex set of responsibilities requires sophisticated process, data and people skills, Armen always remains humble, kind and extraordinarily helpful.

Vicky Mayashiro
CS-Link Lead Application Specialist
Enterprise Information Services

Vicky is a valued member of the Enterprise Information Services (EIS) team that supports the Health Information Department. In her role, she facilitates communication between the technical teams in EIS and operational teams in the medical center. Drawing on her exceptional expertise in information systems and her formidable knowledge of workflow processes, she excels at breaking down complex problems into manageable questions and decision points. Vicky's colleagues praise her for her keen insight, innovative spirit and her willingness to tackle complex projects. Her work is characterized by a strong drive to resolve issues that affect patients, physicians and employees. Equipped with strong analytic instincts, unsurpassed skill at troubleshooting and a passionate commitment to creative thinking that leads to innovative solutions, Vicky builds bridges of understanding.

FDA Finds No Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer With Parkinson's Medicines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found no increased risk of prostate cancer with Parkinson's disease medicines, Comtan (entacapone) and Stalevo (a combination of entacapone, carbidopa, and levodopa). The FDA alerted the public of a clinical trial in March 2010 suggesting a possible increased risk of prostate cancer with the entacapone component of Stalevo. But based on additional studies, the FDA has concluded that entacapone use is not associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.

The FDA website has more information.

Logging Into HealthStream Is About to Get Easier

Employees have one fewer password to remember while at Cedars-Sinai because HealthStream has moved to a single sign-on solution using Okta.

Here is everything employees need to know about the HealthStream move:

  • To log in, employees should use their Universal Login ID and password. Forgot your Universal Login ID? Look it up here.
  • Bookmarks and other links to HealthStream on the intranet will continue to work.
  • HealthStream will also be available remotely through cshs.org. To access HealthStream remotely, you will need the Okta Verify app on your smartphone. There are easy-to-follow instructions to install and configure Okta Verify available online.
  • Employees who do not log in to the Cedars-Sinai network will need to ask their manager to request a network account by following the instructions in this Service Desk eform.
  • Additionally, contingent workers may need to request an account so that they can sign in to HealthStream and take required courses.

If you need help signing in, contact the EIS Help Desk at ext. 3-6428, or visit the EIS Service Center.

For help using HealthStream, contact the HR Service Center at 424-314-myHR (6947) or cedars-sinai.org/servicecenter.

 

 

Circle of Friends Honorees for July

The Circle of Friends program honored 159 people in July. 

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. When a gift is made, the person being honored receives a custom lapel pin and a letter of acknowledgment.

See more information about the program and a list of past honorees.

David E. Aftergood, MD

Rebecca C. Allegretto, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC

Farin F. Amersi, MD

Marcio P. Antunes

C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA

Rachel Barroso, RN

Anat Ben-Shlomo, MD

Sushma Bhadauria, MD, FACOG

Satinder J. Bhatia, MD

Keith L. Black, MD

Rebecca N. Bleiker, RN

Cristiano Boneti, MD

Cheryl Bradley, RN

Eileen G. Brown, RN, OCN

Neil A. Buchbinder, MD, FACC

Matthew H. Bui, MD, PhD

Michael A. Bush, MD

Miguel A. Can Pech

Tarun Chakravarty, MD

Dorrie E. Chang, MD

Timothy P. Charlton, MD

Peter Chen, MD

Ray M. Chu, MD

Paul E. Cohart, MD

Katherine Cohen, RN

Stephen R. Corday, MD

Catherine M. Dang, MD, FACS

Robert M. Davidson, MD, FACP, FACC, FAHA

Robert W. Decker, MD

Judith P. Delafield, MD

Ryan DellaMaggiora, MD

Ann S. Demaio, NP

Suhail Dohad, MD

Cheryl L. Dunnett, MD

Lany Duong, RN

Fardad Esmailian, MD

Jeremy A. Falk, MD

Colleen B. Farley, RN

Charles A. Forscher, MD

Michelle L. Friedman, NP

Larry Froch, MD

Ivor L. Geft, MD

Ashley N. Gianoulis, NP

Armando E. Giuliano, MD, FACS, FRCSEd

Jeffrey A. Glick, MD

Eskedar F. Gobeze, RN, BSN

Richard N. Gold, MD

Neil J. Goldberg, MD

Sherry L. Goldman, RN, NP

Nestor R. Gonzalez, MD

Stephanie R. Gordon

Leland M. Green, MD

Michele A. Hamilton, MD

John G. Harold, MD, MACC, MACP, FCCP, FAHA

Michael D. Harris, MD

Izabela Harutyunyan, NP

Paria Hassouri, MD

Donald R. Henderson, MD, MPH

Andrew E. Hendifar, MD, MPH

Renee Herman, PA-C

Allen S. Ho, MD

David M. Hoffman, MD

Jethro L. Hu, MD

Laith H. Jamil, MD

Marwa Kaisey, MD

Kamran Kalpari, MD

Sheila M. Kar, MD

Rosa B. Kassaseya, CP

Robert F. Katz, MD

David Y. Kawashiri, MD

Ilan Kedan, MD, MPH, FACC, FASE

Hyung L. Kim, MD

Benjamin L. King, MD

Michelle M. Kittleson, MD, PhD

Robert C. Klapper, MD

Keith L. Klein, MD

Evan P. Kransdorf, MD, PhD

Michael Kuo, MD

Moinakhtar M. Lala, MD

Matthew K. Lee, MD

Norman E. Lepor, MD, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI

Michael M. Levine, MD

Valeriya A. Levinson, RN

Andrew J. Li, MD

Yong-Jian Lin, MD, PhD

Edy Liong

Gene C. Liu, MD

Quin Y. Liu, MD

Kristle Anne M. Magtoto, CNII

Rajendra Makkar, MD

Alison M. Malizzi, NP

Adam N. Mamelak, MD, FACS

Gil Y. Melmed, MD, MS

Shlomo Melmed, MD

Noah M. Merin, MD, PhD

Tamar Meszaros, MD

Deena Midani, MD

Stewart A. Middler, MD, PhD

Steven A. Miles, MD

Margo Minissian, PhD, ACNP, CLS, AACC, FAHA

Monica M. Mita, MD, MDSc

Charles N. Moon, MD

Portia L. Moore

Graham J. Mouw, MD

Ronald B. Natale, MD

Norman J. Nemoy, MD

Christopher S. Ng, MD

Mazen Noureddin, MD

Dorothy J. Park, MD

Jignesh K. Patel, MD, PhD

Glenn B. Pfeffer, MD

Steve Rad, MD

David S. Ramin, MD

Danny Ramzy, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACC

Jon C. Rasak, MD

Alexandre Rasouli, MD

Marilyn Reid

Bobbie J. Rimel, MD

Tiffany A. Romero

Fred P. Rosenfelt, MD

Virginia Russell, MD

Vivian L. Salle, RN

Bruce A. Samuels, MD, FACC

Howard M. Sandler, MD, MS

Gregory P. Sarna, MD

Jay N. Schapira, MD, FACP, FAHA, FCCP, FACC

Ernst R. Schwarz, MD, PhD

Scott P. Serden, MD

Payam Shadi, MD

Robin M. Shaw, MD, PhD

Omid A. Shaye, MD

Khawar M. Siddique, MD

Allan W. Silberman, MD, PhD, FACS

Alvin Siu, MD

Enrique Slodownik, MD

Irving Sobel, MD

Harmik J. Soukiasian, MD, FACS

Jerrold H. Steiner, MD, FACS

Nili E. Steiner, RN

Vinay Sundaram, MD, MSC

Charles D. Swerdlow, MD

Lillian Szydlo, MD

Stephan R. Targan, MD

John V. Tiberi, MD

Alfredo Trento, MD, FACS

Allan W. Tulloch, MD

Mark K. Urman, MD, FACC, FASE, FAHA

Richard J. Van Allan, MD

Robert A. Vescio, MD

Mary A. Vijjeswarapu, MD

Willis H. Wagner, MD, FACS

Christine S. Walsh, MD

Elizabeth J. Whiteman, MD

Lauren Wisdom, RN

Edward M. Wolin, MD

Valerie Wong

Clement C. Yang, MD

Min Yue Zhu

Are You a Veteran? Let Us Know

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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.

Annual Sand 'N Snore Set for Sept. 6

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Campfires on the beach are part of the annual Sand 'N Snore.

Sand 'N Snore is just around the corner.

The dinner, sleepover and breakfast are slated to begin Friday, Sept. 6, at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. (The club has restrooms and hot showers.) Those who don't want to sleep on the sand are welcome to enjoy dinner and the evening with colleagues and their families. Food and entertainment are provided, but physicians must bring their own tent and equipment.

Tickets for the whole event are $65 per adult and $45 for each child under 12. Tickets for Friday's dinner only are $50 per adult and $25 for each child under 12.

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

CS-Link Tip: Signal Reports

A Signal Report in CS-Link™ can help identify areas to focus on and how to improve efficiency in targeted areas.

The report compares physicians in the ambulatory setting in Basket, Orders, Notes and Chart Review. If you would like a copy of your personalized Signal Report, you can do so here.

To learn more, attend a CS-Link Efficiency and Review for Physicians meeting on the second Thursday of each month. The classes, which begin at 7:30 a.m., are held in PEC 4.

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