Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Physician Wellness Tip: A Healthy Living Message

Health affects everything. Your quality of life. Your emotional and mental well-being. Your relationships, work and finances. Even what you do for fun. So, don't take your health for granted. Spread a healthy living message to everyone you know. It's not hard to do. You can ride your bike, take the stairs, go on vacation and not answer work emails, start a community garden, plan a group outing or start a book club.

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Visiting Doctor Fights for Health and Human Dignity

As a doctor practicing medicine in the war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, James Kaliri, MD, has seen almost unimaginable horrors. His hospital is known for being on the front lines of treating women subjected to sexual violence and a source of expertise for its entire region. Kaliri, who recently completed a four-week visitorship at Cedars-Sinai, embodies an ethic important to healthcare professionals everywhere: respect for human dignity.

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President's Perspective: What Is a Jewish Hospital?

By Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

The Star of David prominently located on the top of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center makes it clear to everyone that Cedars-Sinai is a Jewish hospital. But what that means, especially in a diverse region like Los Angeles in 2019, is not equally well understood. 

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Cancer Survivors Celebrate Strength, Self-Care

Patients shared their stories of struggle and triumph at the 33rd Annual Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon, which was held earlier this month at the Skirball Cultural Center. Said Cyndi Tomlinson, a cancer survivor: "In life you grow up and you try to figure out what's important, who's important, how to set boundaries for yourself—and I think when you're faced with a life-or-death kind of situation, those things really come clear quickly."

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Gift Will Advance Research for Memory Disorders

Melinda Goldrich and Andrea Goldrich Cayton have donated $10 million in honor of their late father, Holocaust survivor and prominent Los Angeles real estate developer Jona Goldrich. The gift will establish the Jona Goldrich Center for Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders. The center, to be established within the Department of Neurology, will recruit physician-scientists to develop new patient-care therapies that address the challenges of the rapidly growing population of patients with Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders.

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Copeptin Will Replace ADH Starting July 15

Beginning Monday, July 15, ADH (anti-diuretic hormone) will no longer be orderable on CS-Link™ and ADH will be replaced by Copeptin. Copeptin test code is COPEPQ. Copeptin is a peptide derived from the pre-pro-hormone of ADH—also known as arginine vasopressin (AVP).

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Simple Ways to Help Conserve Electricity This Summer

With the hottest summer months just ahead, employees are encouraged to help conserve electricity by following several simple guidelines. These easy-to-follow steps will enable Cedars-Sinai to not only reduce costs, but also protect the environment. For instance, turn off computers, fax machines, printers and copiers before leaving for home. These devices use power when plugged into power sockets and their lights are on or they're warming up.

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Work and Life Matters Expanding Services

Cedars-Sinai's employee assistance program, Work and Life Matters, will expand starting Monday, July 1. Work and Life Matters will broaden its services through a partnership with Empathia Life Matters. The expansion will mean that employees can call anytime—24 hours a day, seven days a week—to request assistance or referrals. The phone number is 866-713-1979.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for May


The Circle of Friends program honored 193 people in May. 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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Summer Is Coming, and So Are Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day at the Hollywood Bowl with fireworks and music by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and special musical guests Nile Rodgers and CHIC. The event on Wednesday, July 3, is open to Cedars-Sinai physicians and their immediate family members. Cost is $145 per adult and $75 per child, 3-11 years of age.

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CS-Link Tip: Reconciling Outside Information

Los Angeles is a big place. While Cedars-Sinai is certainly one of the best places to seek healthcare, it is not the only place. Our patients often have medications prescribed elsewhere. An accurate medical list and problem list are crucial to providing the best care possible. CS-Link™ can help.

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