Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Physician Wellness Tip: Take the Stairs

In response to excellent feedback to the recent Physician Wellness survey, we are launching a new regular feature for Pulse where a tip, video, story or discount will be highlighted to support physician wellness. This week's tip is to take the stairs.

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Physicians Come Together to Improve Patient Care

In support of Cedars-Sinai’s new flow initiative, led by Jeff Smith, MD, executive vice president of Hospital Operations and chief operating officer, on Feb. 26 Clement C. Yang, MD, chief of staff, and Bradley Rosen, MD, vice president for Physician Alignment, convened a special engagement with some of the highest volume medicine attendings at Cedars-Sinai to participate in a data-driven discussion. This group, named the "Physician Best Practice Team", is comprised of more than 40 physicians, and includes the highest volume internists in private practice at Cedars-Sinai, representatives from the four major hospitalist groups (ISP, Genesis, Platinum and the GIM faculty), and internal medicine residents.

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Bed Huddles Unite Staff to Improve Patient Flow

A new initiative is bringing staff from across Cedars-Sinai medical center together daily, in support of organization-wide efforts to proactively manage capacity and patient flow. Daily bed huddles are being held at 9 a.m. in North Tower Conference Room B. The 15- to 20-minute huddles, which began in December, allow operational leaders to discuss census, capacity and the projected flow of patients in and out of inpatient beds.

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Susan Cheng, MD, Named Erika J. Glazer Chair in Women's Cardiovascular Health

Susan Cheng, MD, MPH, MMsc, one of the nation's leading cardiologists specializing in population health sciences, has been named the Erika J. Glazer Chair in Women's Cardiovascular Health and Population Science. Cheng, who joined the Smidt Heart Institute in 2018 as director of Cardiovascular Population Sciences in the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center and director of Public Health Research, is a cardiologist, echocardiographer and clinician-scientist who leads research programs aimed at uncovering the drivers of cardiovascular aging in women and men.

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Comprehensive Stroke Center Receives Recertification

The Comprehensive Stroke Center received its third Comprehensive Stroke Recertification by the Joint Commission. The certification is the most demanding certification and designed for hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases.

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Kimchi, MD, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Internationally-acclaimed cardiologist Asher Kimchi, MD, co-medical director of the Preventive and Consultative Heart Center of Excellence at the Smidt Heart Institute and professor of Medicine, received the prestigious 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award in Cardiovascular Science, Medicine and Surgery from the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS). The award, which was presented during the IACS’ recent international conference in Bangalore, India, recognized Kimchi’s longstanding leadership in heart-disease education and treatment initiatives.

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Appointment of New Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive

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Cedars-Sinai has announced the appointment of David R. Marshall, JD, DNP, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, NHDP-BC as senior vice president and chief nursing executive at Cedars-Sinai. Marshall brings more than three decades of nursing leadership experience, a track record of organizational achievement and a genuine dedication to compassionate care.

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Joint Venture for Cedars-Sinai and Providence St. Joseph

By Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

Building on our mission to expand access to high-quality care, I am delighted to announce that Cedars-Sinai and Providence St. Joseph Health have agreed to create a joint venture in the San Fernando Valley. The joint venture will own and operate Providence Tarzana Medical Center, whose new name will be Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center.

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Clinical Guidelines for Patient Surgery Updated

In its ongoing effort to provide high-value care, Cedars-Sinai has significantly updated its clinical guidelines for patient testing before surgical procedures. The new policy, which will impact thousands of procedures performed each year throughout the health system, aims to eliminate unnecessary care that exposes a patient to needless risk or wastes time and money.

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Making Waves in Science: Jennifer Van Eyk

In honor of National Women's History Month in March, The Bridge is celebrating Cedars-Sinai's talented female leaders with a Q&A series, "Making Waves in Science." This week's interview is with Jennifer Van Eyk, PhD, professor of Medicine, who directs the Advanced Clinical Biosystems Research Institute, the Precision Biomarker Laboratory and basic research at the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center. She also co-directs Cedars-Sinai Precision Health.

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Prepare for LA Marathon Street Closures March 24

The Los Angeles Marathon will be held Sunday, March 24, and could affect commutes to Cedars-Sinai. Physicians headed to the medical center that morning are advised to arrive before 5 a.m., when most of the road closures near Cedars-Sinai will begin. Most roads close to the medical center should reopen by early afternoon.

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Liver Transplant Patient Says Thank You

For years, Bradley Ross knew he would need a liver transplant. But seemingly out of nowhere, his health declined rapidly, and he was admitted to Cedars-Sinai where he remained until a donor became available. Through the biggest struggle of his life, Ross reflects on the kindness he received each day from his care team and how those positive attitudes helped keep his spirits bright. Watch Bradley's journey here.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for February


The Circle of Friends program honored 95 people in February. 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: Medication Links

Medication reconciliation is crucial for patient safety. All of us should review the medication list and make appropriate corrections. With My CS-Link™, the patient sees the list, and inaccurate or outdated information can be confusing or scary. So, once you have reviewed and updated the list, it's time to get the list to display appropriately in your note.

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