Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Letter From Chief of Staff: Patient Identification

By Clement C. Yang, MD, Chief of Staff

Patient safety touches everything we do each day. At Cedars-Sinai, proper patient identification remains a top priority, as well as a National Patient Safety Goal designated by the Joint Commission. I am writing to remind you that when communicating with your colleagues, never use a room number as a form of patient identification.

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Physician Wellness Tip: Healthy Eating

Americans eat a lot more calories today than they did just a few decades ago. Part of the problem is fast food and super-sized portions. Our food servings have doubled or tripled at restaurants—and even at home. The key is to choose foods like fresh fruits and veggies.

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Faces of Cedars-Sinai: James Ha, MD

Meet James Ha, MD, a neurologist at Cedars-Sinai. Ha grew up on an apple orchard two hours north of Los Angeles and still helps his parents sell fruit and vegetables at local farmers markets on weekends. Read Ha's story on the Cedars-Sinai blog.

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Mandatory Training Must Be Completed by Nov. 1

All Cedars-Sinai employees—including those who have taken training earlier this year—must complete preventing discrimination and harassment training by Friday, Nov. 1. All employees, student interns, contingent and contract workers, consultants, faculty and contract physicians are required to take the training, which will be assigned via HealthStream.  

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Cedars-Sinai Establishes the Arthur Johnson, MD, Visiting Clerkship Scholarship

Cedars-Sinai's Graduate Medical Education Program recently established the scholarship for underrepresented minorities in medical school to experience a four-week paid rotation at the medical center.

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17 Employees Honored With President's Award

Co-workers, family members and friends turned out Aug. 14 to honor the latest recipients of the Cedars-Sinai President's Award. The President's Award is the most prestigious award of recognition at Cedars-Sinai. 

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FDA Finds No Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer With Parkinson's Medicines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found no increased risk of prostate cancer with Parkinson's disease medicines, Comtan (entacapone) and Stalevo (a combination of entacapone, carbidopa, and levodopa).

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Logging Into HealthStream Is About to Get Easier

Employees have one fewer password to remember while at Cedars-Sinai because HealthStream has moved to a single sign-on solution.   

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Circle of Friends Honorees for July


The Circle of Friends program honored 159 people in July. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

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Are You a Veteran? Let Us Know

Were you in the military, or do you know a co-worker who was? For Veterans Day, The Bridge wants to honor Cedars-Sinai's military veterans. Please email thebridge@cshs.org to let us know when and in which branch you served, and any notable details about your service. Also, please include your current position at Cedars-Sinai.

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Annual Sand 'N Snore Set for Sept. 6

Sand 'N Snore is just around the corner. The dinner, sleepover and breakfast are slated to begin Friday, Sept. 6, at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. To reserve a place, contact Cheryl Verne at 310-423-2681 or cheryl.verne@cshs.org.

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CS-Link Tip: Signal Reports


A Signal Report in CS-Link™ can help identify areas to focus on and how to improve efficiency in targeted areas. You can easily obtain a copy of your personalized Signal Report.

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