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Recognition for Chugh, Karlan, Shah, Siegel, Rosen, Makoff, Barrett

Physician News

Sumeet Chugh, MD, Beth Y. Karlan, MD, P.K. Shah, MD, and Robert J. Siegel, MD, received honors and awards from top professional organizations, and speaking at a recent palliative care conference were Bradley T. Rosen, MD, Eve Makoff, MD, and Todd Barrett, MD.

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April 24 March to Disrupt Traffic at 6500 Wilshire

The annual march protesting the Armenian genocide will take place Friday, April 24. The march will end around noon with a demonstration outside the Turkish Consulate, 6300 Wilshire Blvd. The demonstration will continue into the early evening.

Because 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the genocide's beginning, traffic, parking and Cedars-Sinai shuttle service at 6500 Wilshire are likely to be affected more than in past years. The shuttles' pickup and dropoff point until 7 p.m. that day will be moved to the Big 5 store at 6601 Wilshire.

Shuttle service to other areas may be disrupted as well. Roads will be closed because of the march, which is expected to draw 15,000 people.

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CME Newsletter - April 2015 (PDF)


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New Department Will Transform Patient Transport

Domonique Jackson and Walter Munoz are among the transporters who will work throughout the medical center. The target for the new Central Transportation Services is to complete each move, on average, in less than 35 minutes.

A new department at Cedars-Sinai will significantly improve the way some patients are transported throughout the medical center and will help decrease delays and wait times. Known as Central Transportation Services, it will make its debut on April 25 to coincide with the CS-Link™ upgrade.

Both patient and nonpatient transports will be handled exclusively by Central Transportation Services. The department replaces the former system in which support personnel (Emergency Department log techs and clinical partners) were often pulled away from other assigned duties in order to transport patients, and it enables healthcare providers to spend more time on direct patient care.

Central Transportation Services is composed of Cedars-Sinai personnel who have voluntarily transferred to, or have been promoted to, the department, as well as new hires with experience in patient transportation. Services will be provided for:

  • The Emergency Department
  • Inpatient units, except Labor and Delivery, Maternal Fetal Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center
    • Transports to and from the Emergency Department 24/7
    • Transports to and from inpatient units 11 p.m.-6 a.m.

"The addition of this department is key to enhancing our Toes Out — Toes In organizational initiative, which is focused on delivering efficient and effective patient flow throughout the medical center," said Peter Guariglia, director of Support Services. "We now have a dedicated workforce whose sole responsibility will be moving patients and select nonpatient items, such as beds, cots and some specimens, quickly and safely."

Using customized transport software in CS-Link, the new department will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When a patient needs to be admitted, discharged or taken to another area of the medical center for diagnostics or testing, a request for transport will be placed via CS-Link.

Teams of transporters equipped with electronic devices will work throughout the medical center. The target is to complete each move, on average, in less than 35 minutes.

The rollout of the department comes after extensive study of workflows throughout the medical center at all times of day and night, said Jeffrey Deeter, vice president of Clinical Support Services.

"The goal here is for Central Transportation Services to respond to a request within 12 minutes, which is faster for the patient, and means none of the staff involved in patient care have to leave their units," Deeter said.

Under the newly centralized system, as soon as a patient leaves a room for discharge, the Environmental Services Department will be notified, and the process of cleaning the room for a new patient can begin in a timely fashion.

"We had tried a centralized transport system at Cedars-Sinai close to 20 years ago, but that was before the sophisticated technology that makes this initiative possible today," said Paige Heaphy, director of Performance Improvement. "Now, with the CS-Link Central Transport module, we're able to do it successfully."

"Planning for the Central Transportation Services Department began about three years ago and involved a highly collaborative process that coordinated input from multiple areas within the medical center," Guariglia said. Representatives from the Emergency Department, Hospital Administration, Imaging, Performance Improvement and all inpatient nursing units met regularly to structure the new department and outline its function.

"I firmly believe central transport will be an asset for our patients," said Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, vice president, Nursing, and chief nursing officer. "Thank you to those who shared their input and worked together to create a standardized transportation process."