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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF February 8, 2019 | Archived Issues

Letter From Chief of Staff: CS-Link Efficiency

By Clement C. Yang, MD, Chief of Staff

Our CS-Link™ update is upon us, and I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you about an ongoing educational series known as the CLEAR Initiative (CS-Link Efficiency and Review).

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Cedars-Sinai Hosts NEJM Catalyst Event

Cedars-Sinai hosted an NEJM Catalyst event in Harvey Morse Auditorium on Jan. 31, which also was broadcast live on the internet to an estimated 6,000 viewers. The event covered three different topics: measuring the right data, using artificial intelligence and machine learning to gather data, and using the right provider incentives to yield the best care metrics and outcomes.

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Employees in Red Celebrate Women’s Heart Health Day

Hundreds dressed in red turned out for the 14th Annual Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Health Day on Feb. 1. Attendees participated in free blood pressure screenings and cardiac risk assessments, enjoyed a heart-healthy lunch and heard from Cedars-Sinai physicians who led a panel discussion about new medical discoveries in women’s health.

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A Chat With Our New COO

It’s been nearly six months since Jeff Smith, MD, JD, MMM, left Massachusetts for Los Angeles, assuming the roles of executive vice president of Hospital Operations and chief operating officer for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The Bridge recently sat down with Jeff to talk about his first impressions, his priorities and the future of Cedars-Sinai.

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Letter From Chief of Staff: Recreation and Entertainment Discounts

By Clement C. Yang, MD, Chief of Staff

Did you know that there is a service available to the medical staff that offers discount tickets and special deals to your favorite entertainment, leisure and family fun activities? Visit the Recreation Connection website.

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Cedars-Sinai Primary Care Arrives in Santa Monica

To better serve the coastal communities, Cedars-Sinai is expanding its offices at 1919 Santa Monica Blvd., adding a variety of services, including the health system’s first primary care practice in Santa Monica. Already home to an established gastroenterology practice, the coastal location will add specialists in hematology and oncology, neurology, cardiology, and ear, nose and throat in the coming months.

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Nobel Winner Yamanaka to Speak on Stem Cells

Cedars-Sinai will host a workshop featuring Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, co-winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize for his stem cell discoveries, in association with the International Society for Stem Cell Research annual meeting in June. Research abstracts for the annual meeting are due Feb. 13.

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New Volunteer Roles for Patients and Family Members

Feedback from patients and their family members is critical to improve patient satisfaction and services across the organization. To broaden opportunities for feedback, Patient Experience is launching two new, volunteer-based roles for patient and family advisors: experience collaborators and committee members.

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Patient Feedback to Be Focus of Major New Cancer Study

A major new study now underway aims to better incorporate patient feedback into clinical trials that help determine which new cancer treatments will be approved for use. The project, supported by a five-year, $3.4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, involves statisticians, clinicians and patient advocates.

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CS-Link Tip: SmartSets and OrderSets

A physician spends a lot of time in the Electronic Health Record, ordering a variety of things including medications, lab tests and referrals. Inside the hospital, we use OrderSets, which group these orders for us. In the ambulatory world, we have SmartSets. After a recent upgrade, you can now save yourself time by saving your personal preferences.

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