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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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Healing Gardens Will Bloom on Plaza

The Healing Gardens project will bring water features, seating, special lighting and more — shown in these illustrations — to the terraces around the North and South towers.

A new campus beautification project will soon transform the outdoor Cedars-Sinai Plaza Level into lush gardens of refuge.

Construction of four Healing Gardens — complete with water features, seating, special lighting and more — began Sept. 8 on the terraces around the medical center's North and South towers. The project will be split into two phases, with work beginning on the outer plazas first, then moving into the inner plazas — those facing Gracie Allen Drive — in January 2016.

The project is part of an effort to beautify the campus and improve exterior wayfinding for a more positive patient experience.

"The redesigning of the exterior plaza not only provides a much-needed green sanctuary for our patients and visitors, but also a wonderful space for our physicians and staff to recharge throughout the day," said Mark Gavens, chief operating officer. "It also ensures beautiful, serene landscapes can be seen from patient room windows."

The Healing Gardens project is part of a more comprehensive effort to beautify the campus and improve exterior wayfinding for a more positive patient experience. Additional construction to enhance navigation and signage will commence in the year ahead.

Each of the four gardens will have a unique design and will include shaded seating areas, improved lighting features and specially selected foliage such as bamboo, fruitless olive trees, lavender and aloe. The green spaces also will include built-in concrete pads for future art installations.

Project managers say construction will take place between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays to minimize noise and disruption for patients. During phase one construction, which is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, the outer outdoor plazas will be closed. Visitors, patients and staff will use the inner plazas to access the medical center and adjoining buildings from the exterior Plaza Level.

Once phase one is completed, the renovated outer plazas will be opened, and the inner plazas will be closed as phase two commences. Construction on phase two is expected to be completed by June 30, 2016. Those inner plaza gardens also will include extra features, such as a trellis structure on the south side of the North Tower, and night lighting and reflecting pools on the north side of the South Tower.

"There is so much evidence on the impact that therapeutic landscapes and nature can have on a patient's recovery," Gavens said. "We're excited at this opportunity to beautify our campus and provide soothing, tranquil areas where our community can rest and heal."

Click the image below to see a video of the project.