Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Families and Caregivers Celebrate at NICU Reunion

Life for a parent with a baby struggling in a neonatal intensive care unit can be an emotional roller coaster. Whitney Schwartz knows that all too well. She and her husband, Randal, went through the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit experience at Cedars-Sinai—with both of their children. As a way of saying thank you for the care the children received, the family on Sunday participated in Cedars-Sinai’s 40th Annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit reunion. More than 500 turned out for the celebration.

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Physician Wellness Tip: Getting Sleep and Rest

Getting a good night’s sleep can help you in many ways. It can keep your heart healthy, lower the risk for cancer and diabetes, reduce stress and even promote weight loss. Yet 70% of American adults say they don’t get enough rest.

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President's Perspective: Myth of Nonprofits

By Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

As a nonprofit organization, Cedars-Sinai exists to serve the public. And as a nonprofit healthcare organization in a growing region, Cedars-Sinai has a responsibility to fund new facilities, technologies and equipment to enable our staff to provide high-quality healthcare to all our patients. 

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Grant, MD, MBA, Named Chair of Anesthesiology

James D. Grant, MD, MBA, has been appointed chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and physician executive in Perioperative Services. Known for his distinguished record of clinical excellence, organizational leadership and administrative expertise, Grant will direct all aspects of the Department of Anesthesiology, including advanced pain medicine.

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Leon Fine, MD, Graduates to New Challenges

On May 30, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences handed out doctoral and master's degrees upon 26 students. Just 12 years ago, this event could not have taken place; Cedars-Sinai was not a degree-granting institution. Today, Cedars-Sinai operates multiple graduate degree programs, along with a robust Department of Biomedical Sciences. These sea-changing achievements are largely attributable to one individual who happened to have a career itch in 2007: Leon Fine, MD.

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High Schoolers Get Hands-On Surgical Experience

Twenty-nine students from the Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School in south Los Angeles got a chance to perform surgery, intubation and CPR and use virtual surgical instruments during a recent visit to Cedars-Sinai. Fortunately, they were working with patient simulators, not actual patients.

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Core Labs Returning to Roche Immunoassay

Beginning June 11, the Core laboratories in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will migrate CA 19-9 tumor marker measurement from an Abbott immunoassay back to a Roche immunoassay.

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Tips on Preventing Social Engineering

Social engineering is the art of gaining access to buildings, systems or data by exploiting human psychology, rather than by breaking in or using hacking techniques. For example, instead of trying to find a software vulnerability, a social engineer might call an employee and pose as an IT support person, trying to trick the employee into divulging their password.

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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: Marie Kondo Your InBasket

It's fairly common to see InBaskets with hundreds of results and a myriad of folders. This clutter can make it more difficult when something new and important has arrived. With CS-Link™, it's easy to clean up your InBasket. So channel your inner Marie Kondo and tidy up. 

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