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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY June 2016 | Archived Issues

Goals of the Anesthesia Pre-Procedure Evaluation Center

The Pre-Procedure Testing Program underwent a redesign to better meet the needs of pre-procedure patients, their surgical teams and referring physicians. In June 2013, its name was changed to the Anesthesia Pre-Procedure Evaluation Center and it opened a one-stop shop in the state-of-the-art Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, Plaza Level.

Its goals:

  • Ensure patient safety by evaluating patients far in advance to identify risk factors and optimize patients' medical conditions
  • Improve efficiency by ensuring each patient's chart is complete 72 hours prior to surgery
  • Enhance value by eliminating avoidable delays and cancellations on the day of surgery

The center offers the following pre-procedure services:

  • RN assessment with expertise in surgery and anesthesia
  • Anesthesia pre-procedure evaluation (phone consult acceptable in certain cases)
  • Medical evaluation for patients without an existing provider by an Inpatient Specialty Program physician
  • Testing for Pre-procedure patients: labs, electrocardiogram, chest X-ray

Operational Hours/Contact Information:

The center is currently open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Beginning Monday, Aug. 22, those hours will change to 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The center is closed holidays and weekends.

Patients and referring providers are encouraged to contact the center for an appointment. Same-day appointments are accepted for patients outside our geographical area and for patients without a primary care provider. Staff can be reached by:

Telephone: 424-315-2525
Fax: 424-315-7258
Email: apec@cshs.org
CN IV: Charito Bernal, RN, MPH, CPAN
Manager: Kyung Jun, RN, MSN, CNOR


Frequently asked questions:

  • Is there a charge for anesthesia consult? No
  • Is there a charge for medical evaluation? Yes
  • What should patients bring to the center for the appointment?
  • Photo ID and insurance card
  • Copies of pre-op tests results (if performed by non-Cedars Sinai physicians)
  • Updated medical history, allergies and medication list (if not updated online)
  • What can the patient expect if having an appointment?
  • The patient will get a confirmation call regarding the date and time of appointment, arrival time, parking instructions, how to activate My CS-Link account and complete a questionnaire prior to the visit. All patients will be registered before seen at the center.