Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Leadership Series: Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital

Watch the next video from a series featuring executive leaders talking about the institution's most important goals and initiatives. This week, Joanne Laguna-Kennedy, MSN, RN, CENP, talks about Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital and its future. Laguna-Kennedy is vice president of Hospital Operations and chief nursing officer at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.

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New Incident Reporting System Now Live

Cedars-Sinai's new incident reporting system, CS-Safe, is live. The system is used for the reporting and follow-up of safety events and near misses, as well as good catches, that affect patients, staff and visitors. "All staff have a responsibility to the entire Cedars-Sinai community to report safety events and concerns," said David R. Marshall, JD, DNP, RN, senior vice president and chief nursing executive.

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Core Labs Achieve Elite Certification

The Core Laboratories within the Department of Pathology and Medicine recently became the first clinical lab in the state to receive an elite designation for quality performance. The Core Labs were awarded a Six Sigma Certification during a Dec. 18 ceremony at Cedars-Sinai, which was officiated by Sten Westgard of Westgard QC, the company that manages the Six Sigma Laboratory Certification Program.

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King Speaker Urges Audience to Stand for Civil Rights

Motivational speaker Rick Rigsby, PhD, addressed hundreds of staff and visitors inside a packed Harvey Morse Auditorium at Cedars-Sinai's 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 20. The speaker urged the audience to honor the legacy of the civil rights leaders by continuing to press for change. 

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Five Question Survey for Physicians

Many Cedars-Sinai doctors treat patients from foreign countries, and some undoubtedly are involved in international educational and research programs or other initiatives outside of the U.S. To gauge the extent of those global ties, Cedars-Sinai International this month is distributing a five-question survey to physicians throughout the organization. To complete the survey online, click on this link.

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Human Trafficking Task Force Volunteers

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month—an opportunity to raise awareness about the $150 billion industry and the efforts at Cedars-Sinai to educate healthcare providers and support possible victims. 

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Surgical Item Tracking System to Roll Out Jan. 27

Cedars-Sinai will soon start fitting operating rooms with a new tracking system that aims to eliminate retained soft good surgical items (RSI). The SurgiCount System will be used to track sponges—the most common RSI—by scanning and recording QR codes on each sponge before and after use during a procedure. 

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'Since You Asked': On-site Gym, Daycare and More

Since You Asked has gone digital, and The Bridge is now publishing answers to employee questions as a regular feature. Please email questions to SinceYouAsked@cshs.org. This issue's questions deal with an on-site gym, daycare facilities and vacation accural for long-term employees.

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FDA Warns About Possible Cancer Risk With Weight Drug Lorcaserin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public that results from a clinical trial assessing safety show a possible increased risk of cancer with the weight management medicine Belviq, Belviq XR (lorcaserin). 

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CS-Link Tip: In Basket Reminders Sent to Email

A couple months ago, the Patient Reminder List feature in CS-Link™ was covered in order to help you keep track of tasks related to a patient. Another useful reminder tool is the ability to send yourself reminder emails of unread In Basket messages. This tool is not limited to internal email addresses and can be convenient, especially if you do not access CS-Link on a daily basis.

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