Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Cedars-Sinai Leadership Series: Hospital Flow

Watch the second video in a new series featuring executive leaders talking about the institution's most important goals and initiatives. This week, Jeff Smith, MD, JD, MMM, talks about hospital flow. Smith is executive vice president of Hospital Operations and chief operating officer of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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Update on Measles Outbreak

An outbreak of at least five measles cases has been identified in Los Angeles County, involving predominantly unvaccinated adults. As measles is highly contagious, healthcare providers must remain vigilant in recognizing additional measles cases. If you have questions, contact Hospital Epidemiology at 310-423-5574.

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Albert Named Founding Chair of New Department

Christine M. Albert, MD, MPH, has been appointed the founding chair of the new Department of Cardiology in the Smidt Heart Institute. A pioneer and leading expert in the field of epidemiology of heart rhythm disorder, Albert will have responsibility for leading the strategic direction of clinical, operational, academic and research programs of the newly established department. Albert joins Cedars-Sinai from Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, where she directs the Center for Arrhythmia Prevention and is a professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She will join Cedars-Sinai on Sept. 3.

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Sicotte, MD, Named Chair of Department of Neurology

Nancy L. Sicotte, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Neurology. This important leadership appointment reflects Sicotte's valued contributions to Cedars-Sinai's growing neuroscience enterprise and her distinguished record for advancing clinical care, physician education and pioneering research of novel therapies for multiple sclerosis. She will be named the Women's Guild Distinguished Chair in Neurology and maintain her roles as director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program and professor of Neurology. She will assume her new position May 15.

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Physician Wellness Tip: Managing Stress

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 how to manage stress.

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Warsaw Ghetto Founded a Medical School

As death closed in on the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, some of those coping amid the wretched conditions affirmed life in an extraordinary way: They operated a clandestine medical school. Leo A. Gordon, MD, a surgeon on the Cedars-Sinai staff for 40 years, gave a lecture about the "Impossible Medical School" at an event organized by the Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association earlier this month.

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Couple Shares Journey Through Kidney Transplant

A couple shared their journey through a kidney transplant during a National Donate Life Month event held recently by the Comprehensive Transplant Center with Los Angeles-based OneLegacy, which describes itself as the largest organ, eye and tissue recovery organization in the world. More than 113,000 Americans were on the national transplant waiting list as of January. Every day about 20 people in the U.S. die while waiting for a transplant.

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New Assays Coming to MPO and PR3

The Special Testing and Core Laboratory divisions within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will soon be implementing new assays for MPO and PR3. The changes take effect on Monday, May 27.

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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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Ramadan Celebration Features Break-Fast Meal

Cedars-Sinai will mark the Islamic holy month of Ramadan with its annual iftar, a traditional meal to mark the breaking of the fast. The iftar will be held Wednesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. The meal is free, but those who wish to attend must RSVP to janelle.beatty@cshs.org.

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Medical Library Offers Classes to Learn New Skills

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Library is offering a variety of classes in May. Classes are now being offered at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Medical Library—Plaza Level, South Tower, Room 2815.

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CS-Link Tip: Upgrade Success

CS-Link™ was upgraded Sunday, April 28. One of the changes you may not know is that you no longer need to search for the paper telemetry folders on the floors. You can take a look at the upgrades here.

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