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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY June 2015 | Archived Issues

P & T Committee Approvals, FDA Warning About Diabetes Drugs

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See highlights of the April meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a warning that the Type 2 diabetes medications canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin may lead to acidosis, including ketoacidosis.


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Comprehensive Transplant Center Wins Top Design Award

The interior of the Comprehensive Transplant Center is a harmonious mix of soaring open space in the public rooms, and private rooms with a warm and intimate feeling.

With its airy floor plan, stunning views and design elements that reflect a singular attention to detail, the Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Transplant Center has won the Calibre Award, a top prize bestowed by the International Interior Design Association's Southern California chapter.

"It's a beautiful space that takes advantage of its location and addresses the needs of both patients and the staff," said Zeke Triana, director of Facilities Planning, Design and Construction at Cedars-Sinai and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

The Calibre Award, which recognizes excellence in design, was presented in May during a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Two Cedars-Sinai design projects — the other was the OR 360 laboratory — were among the five nominees in the Health and Wellness category.

"There's a spectacular view of the Hollywood Hills that's visible behind the treetops, and that became the inspiration for the project," Triana said. "The design takes advantage of the building's location and brings nature into the space to create a soothing and healing environment."

The transplant center brings together into a single location the clinical and administrative functions of the lung, kidney, liver and pancreas transplant programs.

The Comprehensive Transplant Center, which opened in September 2014, is located at 8900 Beverly Blvd., two blocks from the edge of the medical center's main campus. The three-story, 35,500-square-foot building brings together into a single location the clinical and administrative functions of the lung, kidney, liver and pancreas transplant programs, which had been spread among 12 locations.

In a partnership with SmithGroupJJR, a national design firm with offices in Los Angeles, Triana oversaw the creation of the new center, which has 22 exam rooms, infusion therapy and phlebotomy services, meeting and conference rooms, and indoor and outdoor spaces for staff use.

The center's interior is a harmonious mix of soaring open space in the public rooms, and private rooms with a warm and intimate feeling. Throughout the facility, soothing colors, artwork and design elements reflect the natural world.

"When you get off the elevator, the waiting room opens onto the third floor, and as you walk in there's this view into the treetops, and the Hollywood Hills beyond," Triana said. "The architects and designers of the SmithGroup were able to use this sense of nature to create a soothing and healing environment."

Details, such as the decision to have murals cover the walls in the interior rooms, had great impact, Triana said. Much of the aesthetic of the space was the result of collaboration with Andrew S. Klein, MD, director of the transplant center.

"We had a great team from Cedars-Sinai helping to oversee the project," Triana said. "Dr. Klein was the engine who helped drive the vision for the project."

The needs of both transplant patients and the clinicians and staff members who work with them drove the design of the center, Klein said. To that end, every space, from the examination rooms to the waiting rooms to the staff's break room, was designed to be both functional and beautiful.

"We met frequently so that every element of the design, from the carpets to the colors to the murals, was laid out with the patients from each specialty in mind," Klein said. "How you interact with a liver transplant patient is different from how you interact with a lung transplant patient, and each part of the center reflects that attention to detail."

For the transplant center's 150 staff members, whose work with critically ill patients can be stressful, Triana and Klein helped to design an exterior courtyard with a fountain.

"This project began with an understanding of the existing patient experience in our transplant centers, and focused on what an ideal patient experience could be," Triana said. "Thanks to the many gifted and dedicated people involved, I think we achieved our ideal."

Photos by SmithGroupJJR and Art Gray