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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY May 2013 | Archived Issues

Service Line Director Promoted to Vice President

Joan August, MS, service line director for the Department of Surgery, has been promoted to the position of service line vice president effective July 1.

The promotion was announced by Mark Gavens, senior vice president for Clinical Care Services and chief operating officer, and Shlomo Melmed, MD, senior vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the medical faculty.

August has been a member of the leadership team at Cedars-Sinai for more than 15 years. She joined the organization in 1996 as director of Rehabilitation and Post-Acute Care Services, including Home Care, Hospice, Home Infusion and Skilled Nursing. In 2001, she became service line director of Women's Health, Pediatrics and Medical Genetics. She moved to her current position in 2006.

Gavens and Melmed praised August's relationships with physicians and staff, fiscal management and strategic planning. Among her recent accomplishments are the expansion of the Spine, Orthopaedic and Breast Centers, the development of a number of the surgical Centers of Excellence, engagement of physicians in Cedars-Sinai Medicine "Best Practices," and implementing the redesign of the Ambulatory Clinics.

As vice president, August will work closely with chairs and institute leaders to oversee the administrative operations supporting the clinical and academic missions of the Department of Medicine, the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Radiation Oncology, Women's Health Services, Children's Services, Respiratory and Pulmonary Services, Gastroenterology and the Emergency Department.

Her responsibilities will include leading and supporting quality, service and performance improvement in these areas as well as across the medical center.