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Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Approvals

Pharmacy Focus

Highlights of the June meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee are summarized in the PDF link below.

P and T Approvals - June 2016 (PDF)

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CME Newsletter - July 2016 (PDF)


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Cedars-Sinai Helps Open Acute Care Hospital

The California Rehabilitation Institute has opened in Century City as the largest acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital on the West Coast.

The 138-bed facility is a joint venture of Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Health and Select Medical, a leading provider of long-term acute care and rehabilitation services in hospitals and outpatient locations.

The new hospital offers a broad range of treatment and therapy services to meet a growing demand for highly specialized care among patients with spinal cord and brain injuries, neurological disorders, strokes, amputations and other acute conditions. It is expected to draw patients from Southern California and around the nation.

"We are excited that two of the nation's best healthcare institutions and Select Medical's highly regarded rehabilitation expertise have come together to develop a world-class rehabilitation hospital," said Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO. "This collaboration will allow us to better meet the needs of our own community, the region and the West."

The comprehensive facility greatly expands the area's acute rehabilitation services. Until now, the inpatient rehabilitation units at Cedars-Sinai and UCLA frequently have been filled to capacity, and prospective patients often have been referred to other institutions.

Select Medical will operate the new hospital. The partnership behind it was announced in December 2013. Since then, extensive renovations have been undertaken at the site, formerly known as Century City Hospital.

Cedars-Sinai patients began arriving on Monday and Tuesday.

With the opening of the new hospital, Cedars-Sinai will close its 28-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit, located on the seventh floor of South Tower. Patients will be given the choice of being transported to the new rehabilitation hospital, discharged home or moved to other facilities based on their needs. Outpatient rehabilitation services will not be affected.

Richard Riggs, MD, chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and medical director of the rehabilitation unit since 1997, said the interdisciplinary team model as well as the quality and research outcomes cultivated in the unit aided in formulating national standards of care for inpatient rehabilitation patients and their families.

Pamela Roberts, PhD, director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and her team have been instrumental in facilitating both the exemplary outcomes and interdisciplinary team processes that helped lay the foundation for the new rehabilitation hospital.

"We are proud of the work we did at our rehabilitation unit for the past 40 years," said Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, health system chief nurse executive, vice president and chief nursing officer. "We look forward to this new opportunity to provide a wider range of services and enhanced, specialized care to our rehabilitation patients."