Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

President's Perspective: Access and Equity

By Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

I am pleased to let you know that Cedars-Sinai has further expanded eligibility for our financial assistance programs, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Also, I want to correct the erroneous idea that a hospital's community benefit should only be measured by the amount of charity care provided. From the founding of Cedars-Sinai in 1902, providing access to healthcare for the vulnerable in the community has always been an important part of our mission.

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Leadership Series: Emergency Department Utilization

Watch the next video from a series featuring executive leaders talking about the institution's most important goals and initiatives. Jeff Smith, MD, JD, MMM, talks about avoiding the Emergency Department for non-emergency care, and employees' many convenient care options for non-emergency conditions such as flu symptoms, nausea, headaches, muscle pain or sore throats. Smith is executive vice president of Hospital Operations and chief operating officer of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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Q&A: Four Physicians Mark Black History Month

In the early 1800s, James McCune Smith wasn't allowed to attend medical school in the U.S., so he went to Scotland. When he returned with a degree, he became the first professionally trained African American physician in the nation. Although times have changed greatly since then, African American medical professionals still face unique barriers in their pursuit of education and career opportunities. In recognition of Black History Month, we sat down with four African American physicians to learn about the obstacles they've faced, how things have changed for doctors of color and where there's still room for improvement.

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LA Marathon Street Closures on March 8

The Los Angeles Marathon will be held Sunday, March 8, 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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Highlighting Heart Disease Prevention for Women

Cedars-Sinai experts who spoke at the 15th annual Linda Joy Pollin Women's Heart Health Day event earlier this month talk about the latest studies and guidelines about preventing heart disease, especially in women. 

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Medical VR Conference Coming in March

Cedars-Sinai is again hosting the highly anticipated Virtual Medicine Conference March 25-26, which is expected to draw more than 400 guests and 50 speakers from across the world to discuss how virtual reality is transforming healthcare. Discounted registration rates for employees are still available. 

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Change to Personal Email Access Policy

Due to rising security concerns, users on the Cedars-Sinai network can no longer access private email accounts. The new policy, which will impact personal email accounts such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail and iCloud, began on Friday, Feb. 14. The move will help prevent email phishing attacks on the organization's network and bring Cedars-Sinai in line with most major health systems, which take similar security measures to protect confidential data.

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Core Labs Changing Procalcitonin Assay March 10

The Core Laboratories within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will be changing its procalcitonin (PCT) assay from a Roche to an Abbott immunoassay beginning Tuesday, March 10. PCT is used to diagnose and monitor sepsis, particularly early sepsis.

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Educational Series to Focus on Global Healthcare

Julie A. Freischlag, MD, chief executive officer, Wake Forest Baptist Health, and dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine, will speak at the quarterly Global Healthcare Grand Rounds on Monday, Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m. The one-hour lecture will be held in Pavilion, PEC 6 and 7. CME credit is available to attendees.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for January


The Circle of Friends program honored 129 people in January. 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: Patient Care and Treatment Teams

CS-Link™ provides various lists to keep track of who is caring for the patient. Two of the most common ones are the patient Care Team list and the Treatment Team list. Although sometimes used interchangeably, these are not the same and serve different purposes.

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