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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Letter From President and CEO: Huntington Hospital

By Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

I am very pleased to let you know that Huntington Hospital and Cedars-Sinai Health System have signed a letter of intent that provides for Huntington to become an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai Health System. The pending addition of Huntington Hospital to our health system is a major milestone. Huntington, a 619-bed not-for-profit hospital, is well known for the quality of its care, its community involvement and the excellence of its physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals. It is a key facility for the region, especially for the San Gabriel Valley, where it serves as a trauma center and provides many specialized services.

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Celebrating National Women's History Month

In honor of National Women's History Month in March, we are celebrating Cedars-Sinai's talented female leaders with a special Q&A series. This week's interview is with Nicole Leonard, JD, MBA, vice president and associate dean of Research Administration.

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All Hands Meeting Unveils 'Outstanding' Credo

The 2020 "All Hands" program for the Cedars-Sinai Medical Network was held earlier this month at the Saban Theatre to help highlight the high-quality healthcare provided through its 14 medical groups in Los Angeles and nearby communities. The program saw the unveiling of what will be the network's credo: "The Place for Outstanding."

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Core Labs Can Now Screen for Fentanyl

The Core Laboratories within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine now can test for fentanyl as part of their urine drugs of abuse screen (CS-Link™: LAB555). The service began Tuesday, March 17.

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FDA Strengthens Warning for Montelukast

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is strengthening an existing warning for montelukast (Singulair and generics) in light of known side effects of serious behavior and mood-related changes. The FDA website has more information.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for February


The Circle of Friends program honored 44 people in February. 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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Medical Library User Survey Ends Friday

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Library wants your opinion. The library's annual customer service survey ends Friday, March 20. The survey aims to better understand the information-seeking behavior of the Cedars-Sinai community, and to measure awareness and satisfaction with library services. You can take the survey here.

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CS-Link Tip: COVID-19 Related Tips

With the ever-changing instructions from different sources regarding what to tell and how to manage patients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19, it can be difficult to keep up with the most current information. CS-Link™ has undergone several changes to help address these issues. For example, the Web Activities menu at the top right now has COVID-19 Resources as the first option. From this option you can select to view the latest information from various sites, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and LAC Department of Public Health. In addition, there is a link to an internal site which consolidates all of the Cedars-Sinai specific COVID-19 updates for staff and physicians.

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