Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

President's Perspective: The Academic Mission

By Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

It drives the future of healthcare, not just at Cedars-Sinai, but for patients around the country and around the world. It's been a crucial element of our mission for decades and has expanded significantly over the last several years. It enables Cedars-Sinai to offer new options to patients. If you haven't guessed by now, I'm referring to Cedars-Sinai's academic mission—our commitment to research and education that improves lives.

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Parking Rate Changes Coming in November

We surveyed the current parking rates for patients, visitors, employees and faculty physicians at our lots and garages. After a thorough analysis, we will be adjusting parking rates in November for all full-time, part-time and per-diem Cedars-Sinai Medical Center employees, independent contractors and faculty physicians who pay for parking. 

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Cedars-Sinai Leadership Series: Operational Efficiency

Watch the next video in a series featuring executive leaders talking about the institution's most important goals and initiatives. This week, Bryan Croft, senior vice president of Operations, talks about operational efficiency.

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Physician Flu Shot Attestations Required by Nov. 1

Physicians will receive a CS-Link inbox message on Oct. 1, 2019, requesting they verify whether they have received their flu shot, have an approved exemption or decline their vaccination. Each physician is required to attest their vaccination status by checking the appropriate box in CS-Link prior to Nov. 1, 2019.

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Chikwe Named Founding Chair of Cardiac Surgery

Joanna Chikwe has been named chair of the newly established Department of Cardiac Surgery at the Smidt Heart Institute. Chikwe's appointment recognizes her major standing as an international leader in cardiovascular surgery, with clinical expertise and major scholarly contributions in advanced heart valve repair, coronary revascularization and minimally invasive heart procedures.

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Physician Wellness Tip: Look For Whole Grain

Whole grains are a very important part of a healthy, balanced diet. Barley, quinoa, wheat berries and other whole grains are full of protein, fiber, vitamins and iron your body needs. There's also strong evidence that whole grains may lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

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Departments Collaborate to Improve Turnaround Time

Claude Stang and Lynne Roy led their teams on a nearly two-year project to improve turnaround time metrics for patients in the Emergency Department waiting for imaging studies.

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Corporate Integrity Training Now Available

FY20 Corporate Integrity Compliance Training is now available on HealthStream. The training is mandatory for all staff members and must be completed by Dec. 31, 2019 (no exceptions). The training will take approximately one hour to complete and can be accessed through your "To-Do" list on HealthStream.

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Demo Day Showcases Healthcare Tech Innovations

Demo Day marks the culmination of a three-month program run by the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator to speed the development of innovative, early-stage businesses aiming to bring advances to the healthcare field. The latest Demo Day, held Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, drew an audience of about 300 that included representatives of healthcare systems, investment firms and Cedars-Sinai leaders, to hear presentations by 11 young firms.

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FDA Warns About Drugs Aimed at Treating Breast Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that Ibrance (palbociclib), Kisqali (ribociclib) and Verzenio (abemaciclib) used to treat some patients with advanced breast cancers may cause rare but severe inflammation of the lungs.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for August


The Circle of Friends program honored 151 people in August. 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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Are You a Veteran? Let Us Know

Were you in the military, or do you know a co-worker who was? For Veterans Day, The Bridge wants to honor Cedars-Sinai's military veterans. Please email thebridge@cshs.org to let us know when and in which branch you served, and any notable details about your service. Also, please include your current position at Cedars-Sinai.

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CS-Link Tip: Personal Phrases

Earlier this year, you were reminded how to make SmartPhrases. SmartPhrases are the most powerful tool in CS-Link™. Many of you have asked how to find useful links to add to your personal phrases. Links pull information from other parts of the chart. Examples include @dob@ for date of birth, @fname@ for first name and @lastcr@ for the last creatinine. There are thousands of examples.

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