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

P & T Approvals, FDA Warnings About DPP-4 Inhibitors, Canagliflozin

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the August meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about DPP-4 inhibitors and joint pain and has strengthened its warning about fracture risk with canagliflozin.


Mark Your Calendar


Surgery Grand Rounds

Click the "read more" to see information about upcoming Surgery Grand Rounds.


Grand Rounds

Click here to view a schedule of all upcoming grand rounds.


Education Schedule

Click the PDF links below to see the Department of Surgery's education schedule.

Education Schedule - September 2015 (PDF)

Education Schedule - October 2015 (PDF)


Surgery Scheduling

Click the "read more" for hours and contact information for surgery scheduling.

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Cedars-Sinai Acquires Marina Del Rey Hospital

Cedars-Sinai has purchased the 145-bed Marina Del Rey Hospital and its neighboring medical office building. The acquisition was announced Sept. 1.

Marina Del Rey Hospital will operate as a distinct community hospital affiliate of Cedars-Sinai and will continue to provide its existing services, including a 24-hour emergency room.

In addition to general acute-care medical services and emergency care, Marina Del Rey Hospital offers expertise in several specialty areas, including minimally invasive surgery, spine, weight loss, orthopedics, women's health and internal medicine.

"Cedars-Sinai looks forward to working closely with Marina Del Rey Hospital's medical staff, management team and employees to understand the needs and opportunities for enhanced service to the community," said Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai.

The acquisition of the hospital is part of Cedars-Sinai's ongoing development as a comprehensive healthcare organization offering hospital and physician services operating in multiple locations, making it easier for more people to access coordinated quality care close to home. The region that includes Marina del Rey and surrounding communities has been one of the areas of Cedars-Sinai growth. Cedars-Sinai recently opened an urgent care and primary care center in Culver City and will open a similar facility in Playa Vista in 2016.

Marina Del Rey Hospital will convert to nonprofit status, which will result in an enhanced mission to serve the healthcare needs of the local community, including provision of community benefit programs. Previously, Marina Del Rey Hospital was owned by a partnership led by Westridge Capital.

Marina Del Rey Hospital's CEO, Sean Fowler, will report to Cedars-Sinai Chief Operating Officer Mark Gavens. All 660 employees will remain employees of Marina Del Rey Hospital.

"This is a positive move for Marina Del Rey Hospital," Fowler said, "allowing our management team to accelerate our progress toward achieving strategic goals while creating opportunities for additional growth and program enhancement."