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Excellence in a Time of Uncertainty

Message From the Chair

Along with everyone else, Cedars-Sinai is assessing the impact of the many changes occurring in our healthcare delivery system. While the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is just beginning, we are already seeing a number of meaningful alterations in the "business side" of medicine.

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New Flu Vaccination Policy Announced

Effective Dec. 15, Healthcare Workers Must Be Vaccinated or Wear Masks in Patient Care Areas

To help ensure our patients' safety and to comply with a recent mandate issued by the County of Los Angeles Public Health Officer, Cedars-Sinai is implementing a new influenza vaccination policy.

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Surgeons Cross Borders to Improve the Lives of Children

Cedars-Sinai pediatric surgeons have been embarking on overseas trips to perform transformative operations on children who have no specialists in their homeland. At the same time, our surgeons mentor the local surgeons with limited operative experience to help raise their skill level and independence.

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Surgery Chief Addresses Importance of Work Satisfaction

Bruce L. Gewertz, MD, delivered a lecture this month about the importance of surgeons finding satisfaction in their work, telling the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons that greater fulfillment can keep physicians happier and in the workforce longer.

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Residents Receive Fellowship Matches

This year's fellowship matches for Cedars-Sinai surgical residents have been announced.

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Hydroxyethyl Starch Solutions Removed From Formulary

Pharmacy Focus

Due to the risks associated with the use of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) solutions, and the availability of safer and equally efficacious alternatives, the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee has approved the removal of Hespan from the formulary.

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