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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF August 10, 2018 | Archived Issues

New Tool for Clinicians to Aid Patient Experience

Cedars-Sinai is launching a new online, collaborative platform that will give clinicians access to a variety of tools to enhance and support the patient experience.

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Campaign for Cedars-Sinai Tops Fundraising Goal

The most ambitious fundraising effort in Cedars-Sinai history finished June 30, surpassing its $600 million target by more than $15 million, thanks to the help of 70,000 donors. Launched in July 2010, the Campaign for Cedars-Sinai called upon grateful patients, families, friends and staff members to support breakthroughs in patient care by making contributions to help fund innovative research, high-quality patient care programs and medical education.

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Cedars-Sinai Ranked as No.1 Workplace

Cedars-Sinai has been rated California's top hospital for staff, and one of the top 10 in the country, based on ratings and reviews on the job search website Indeed.

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OR360 Escape Room Fosters Teamwork and Fun

The new OR360 Escape Room is an interactive puzzle-solving experience within an immersive laboratory environment that investigates the factors influencing a team's performance in healthcare, such as team composition, communication, leadership and emotional intelligence. The escape room is now open to teams of three to eight participants.

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Project Will Help Visitors Find Their Way

Cedars-Sinai is kicking off a multipronged "wayfinding" project in early August. Wayfinding refers to information systems—such as signs, maps and symbols—that help people navigate complex environments. Topping the wayfinding to-do list is transforming the medical center's Plaza Level walkways that connect most buildings and campus amenities into what will now be called the Plaza Pathway.

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College of Surgeons Honors Cancer Institute

The American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer recently presented an Outstanding Achievement Award to the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. The institute is one of just 16 accredited cancer programs in the U.S.—and the only one in California—to earn the distinction.

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Enter Drawing for Dodgers Tickets

Staff members are invited to enter a drawing for tickets to the Los Angeles Dodgers game on Friday, Aug. 24. The Healthcare Appreciation Night game begins at 7:10 p.m. and is against the San Diego Padres. Cedars-Sinai is the official medical center of the Dodgers. To be eligible, complete the entry form.

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Fitness Trackers Help Monitor Cancer Patients

Fitness trackers can be valuable tools for assessing the quality of life and daily functioning of cancer patients during treatment, a new study has found. The trackers, also known as wearable activity monitors, include commercial devices worn on the wrist that log a wearer's step counts, stairs climbed, calories, heart rate and sleep.

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Annual Sand N’ Snore Set for Sept. 7

Sand N' Snore is just around the corner. The dinner, sleepover and breakfast are slated to begin Friday, Sept. 7, at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. To reserve a place, contact Cheryl Verne at 310-423-2681 or cheryl.verne@cshs.org.

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Howard Sandler, MD, Elected to ASTRO Board

The American Society for Radiation Oncology recently elected Howard Sandler, MD, and three other top radiation oncologists as new officers of the organization’s Board of Directors. Sandler, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Ronald H. Bloom Family Chair in Cancer Therapeutics at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, will serve on the medical society’s Nominating Committee.

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Eugene Harris, MD: 1932-2018

Eugene Harris, MD, passed away on August 3, at age 86. Harris was an active member of the medical staff as an attending in the Department of Orthopaedics since June 1961. His contributions and service to the medical center and to the community will be greatly missed.

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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: System Updated This Week

CS-Link™ was updated earlier this week to make it easier to access information and navigate records. Many of the updates came from staff suggestions. Read more to learn about the updates.

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