Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

COVID-19: Updates for Staff and Physicians

Cedars-Sinai continues to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) to protect the health and safety of our staff, physicians, patients, visitors, volunteers and community. We are prepared to respond and have put all appropriate healthcare protocols and isolation precautions in place. Here you will find timely, helpful information and resources on COVID-19. 

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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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Agency Awards Five-Star Rating to Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has earned a five-star hospital rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the third year in a row—the highest distinction offered by the federal agency. Of the 3,600 U.S. hospitals rated, only about 11% earned five stars, and only about 3% of all hospitals rated earned five stars for the past three years.

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Honor a Deserving Nurse for Caring Award

Online nominations for the 2018 Maggie Stempson-Carter Excellence in Caring Award for eligible nurses are open through Monday, March 9. Only members of the medical staff may submit a nomination for this award, which recognizes nurses who exemplify professionalism, clinical excellence and caring. 

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Purim and Reading of the Megillah March 9-10

Cedars-Sinai will host services to celebrate Purim on Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10. The services will include the reading of the Megillah and will be broadcast live for those unable to join in person in the chapel.

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Protect Your Patients by Checking Two Forms of ID

Proper patient identification remains a top priority at Cedars-Sinai, as well as a National Patient Safety Goal designated by The Joint Commission. To ensure patient safety and reduce adverse events and near misses, employees are encouraged to "Check Two Before You Do."

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Isolation Masks—Guidance for Use

Hospitals across the country are experiencing a spike in the use of isolation masks amid heightened public concern over coronavirus. We are seeing a similar dramatic increase in mask use at Cedars-Sinai. To ensure that we maintain adequate supplies of masks for our patients, visitors and staff, please follow guidance in this Q&A.

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More Doctors in the Valley for Staff

Vivity HMO, an insurance option created by Anthem, Cedars-Sinai and six top-rated health systems in Southern California, is now being offered to residents in the San Fernando Valley seeking specialty care.

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Changes at Molecular Pathology Laboratory

The Molecular Pathology Laboratory will discontinue the EGFR and KRAS single gene testing on solid tumors beginning Wednesday, April 1. The single gene tests are no longer utilized as these genes are included in the Comprehensive Cancer Panel by Next Generation Sequencing. Also, the laboratory has begun in‐house testing three assays that were previously sent out—Myeloid NGS Panel, Microsatellite Instability and Calreticulin.

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Cora Labs to Use New Assay Starting March 24

The Core Laboratories within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will be going live with an N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide assay beginning Tuesday, March 24.

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CS-Link Tip: Add-on Labs for Existing Specimen

Have you ever needed to add on a lab to a specimen from a previous order, but wish the process were simpler? For ambulatory Cedars-Sinai Lab orders, you can now request an add-on lab from within the order itself. This simplified process was added to CS-Link™ in the February 2020 bundle update.

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