Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

President's Perspective: Mission And Values

By Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

She was driving southbound on Vermont Avenue, having just gotten off work to pick up her son from after-school care. In a split second, a speeding northbound driver veered sharply into her lane, causing a head-on collision. Los Angeles Fire Department trucks were on the scene in minutes and quickly determined that her injuries were severe: traumatic brain injury, serious internal bleeding, multiple skull and spinal fractures, and a crushed left leg. While the above is a hypothetical example, on a daily basis in Los Angeles every one of us potentially is just a few seconds away from a traumatic injury.

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Letter From Chief of Staff: Influenza Activity

By Clement C. Yang, MD, Chief of Staff

Influenza activity at Cedars-Sinai is increasing, and activity in California is considered widespread by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Gift to Create Kao Autoimmunity Institute

Cedars-Sinai today announced a $20 million gift from Dr. and Mrs. Min H. Kao and the Kao Family Foundation to create the Kao Autoimmunity Institute to advance research and treatment of rheumatologic diseases. The gift also will establish the Scleroderma Program within the institute to provide interdisciplinary and integrated care for scleroderma patients and to support research, outreach, training and education to help those with the disease.

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Hanukkah Candlelighting Ceremony Set for Dec. 23

Cedars-Sinai will host its annual public Hanukkah candlelighting ceremony on Monday, Dec. 23, at 5 p.m. in the Plaza Lobby. Staff and family members are invited to the ceremony, led by Rabbi Jason Weiner, senior rabbi and director of the Spiritual Care Department. 

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Training for Incident Reporting System to Begin

Cedars-Sinai will roll out a new incident reporting system, CS-Safe, on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The new system is designed to more effectively document near misses, good catches and safety events that affect patients, staff and visitors. All staff at the medical center and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Network, both clinical and nonclinical, are encouraged to use the CS-Safe platform.

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Recognition for High Rate of Flu Vaccinations

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recognized Cedars-Sinai and two of its affiliated hospitals for vaccinating 90% or more of its employees during the 2018-19 influenza season.

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Ray Charles Foundation Establishes Scholarship

The Ray Charles Foundation has made an investment in the future, donating $1 million to fund a new neurosurgery scholarship program at Cedars-Sinai. Under the direction of Keith L. Black, MD, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, scholarship recipients will receive personalized, mentored research training from Cedars-Sinai's neurosciences faculty while conducting their own research projects.

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Stem Cells Don't Take a Day Off During the Holidays

While most of us were stuffing ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie at home on Thanksgiving Day, the staff members at one Cedars-Sinai laboratory were on the job, feeding stem cells. "Stem cells do not observe national holidays," says Loren Ornelas-Menendez, the manager of a lab that converts samples of adult skin and blood cells into stem cells—the amazing "factories" our bodies use to make our cells. These special cells help medical scientists learn how diseases develop and how they might be cured.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for November


The Circle of Friends program honored 195 people in November. 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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CS-Link Tip: Patient Reminder Lists

You may have wanted to follow up on certain tasks with patients at some point. Patient Reminder Lists in CS-Link™ is one way to keep track of patient-related tasks, even if they may not be related to a specific visit or admission. A Patient Reminder List can hold a list of patients that you may want to keep track of for research or educational purposes. 

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