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November 14, 2012 | By Chad Terhune
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has named a new surgical center for Bill and Sue Gross after the couple made a $20-million gift toward the building. Bill Gross is founder and co-chief investment officer at Pacific Investment Management Co. in Newport Beach. He manages the world's biggest bond fund, the Pimco Total Return Fund. "We wanted to make a gift to support a worthy Los Angeles-based healthcare institution. Cedars-Sinai's mission resonated with us," said Sue Gross, president of the Gross Family Foundation.
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April 7, 2014 | By Jack Leonard and Ani Ucar
A former patient at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center accused the hospital of negligence in a lawsuit filed Monday in which she said she was sexually assaulted last year by a certified nursing assistant after she underwent surgery. The woman alleged in the suit that the hospital failed to adequately respond to complaints of sexual assaults involving the same employee dating back more than a decade. In addition, the patient said Cedars-Sinai never interviewed her or made any effort to investigate after she reported the assault to the hospital June 13. Her lawsuit said she made several attempts to speak to someone at Cedars-Sinai before being told that the employee had been fired and that she could report the matter to police if she wanted further action taken.
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March 13, 2009 | Martha Groves
The Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday approved the construction of a tower at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and rezoned a vacant Westwood lot so that it can become a city park. Cedars-Sinai received approval for a 200,000-square-foot expansion that will include 100 new patient beds and 700 parking spaces.
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April 1, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer
A patient who claims she was sexually assaulted by a nursing assistant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center while she was heavily medicated described a feeling of helplessness when the alleged crime occurred. "It's devastating," she said, to be victimized "when you're incapacitated and not yourself and weak and scared. " The Times generally does not name alleged victims in sex crime cases. Authorities are now investigating allegations the nursing assistant, who has since been fired, sexually assaulted two patients while they were heavily medicated and too weak to resist, according to court records and interviews.
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December 15, 2009 | By Bob Pool
Those waiting impatiently for the traffic light to change Monday may not have noticed, but the eyes of France were focused on the corner of Beverly and San Vicente boulevards. That's where a rock legend known as the "French Elvis" was lying in Cedars-Sinai hospital, slowly coming out of an artificially induced coma in a medical drama that has engrossed the European continent for the last week. Curious passersby wondering which celebrity had attracted the swarm of reporters and photographers that has been camped out on the corner in tents and satellite trucks were puzzled when told it was pop singer Johnny Hallyday.
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October 14, 2009 | Alan Zarembo
Every time a patient receives a CT scan, a mundane array of numbers appears on a computer screen before a technician. The numbers include the radiation dose. "It's in your face on the screen," said Dr. Donald Rucker, chief medical officer for Siemens, a manufacturer of CT scanners. Beginning in February 2008, each time a patient at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center received a CT brain perfusion scan -- a state-of-the-art procedure used to diagnose strokes -- the dose displayed would have been eight times higher than normal.
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February 9, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
When Claire Gordon arrived at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, nurses knew she needed extra attention. She was 96, had heart disease and a history of falls. Now she had pneumonia and the flu. A team of Cedars specialists converged on her case to ensure that a bad situation did not turn worse and that she didn't end up with a lengthy, costly hospital stay. Frail seniors like Gordon account for a disproportionate share of healthcare expenditures because they are frequently hospitalized and often land in intensive care units or are readmitted soon after being released.
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October 2, 2012 | By Chad Terhune
A health-benefits panel at the city of Los Angeles recommended restoring some access to UCLA and Cedars-Sinai doctors in response to worker complaints. At a meeting Tuesday, the city's joint labor-management benefits committee approved a proposal to reintroduce the full network of medical providers under its Anthem Blue Cross PPO plan and add a more expensive Anthem HMO plan starting in July that includes physicians affiliated with Cedars-Sinai and UCLA. The city panel continues to proceed with its earlier decision to adopt an Anthem Blue Cross Select HMO plan that excludes all UCLA and Cedars-Sinai medical groups.
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September 28, 2012 | By Chad Terhune
Some Los Angeles city workers criticized a move to cut doctors affiliated with Cedars-Sinai and UCLA from an employee health plan and urged city leaders to restore access to those physicians. The cash-strapped city opted for the slimmer network of medical providers from Anthem Blue Cross, in part to save $7.6 million in health premiums next year. The city estimates that about 2,200 city workers and their dependents may lose access to their doctors under these health contracts, which cover about 60,000 people overall.
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March 31, 2014 | By Ani Ucar and Jack Leonard
A nursing assistant who worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting two patients while they were heavily medicated and too weak to resist, according to court records and interviews. The women came forward separately last year and gave Los Angeles police similar accounts about how a male employee assaulted them while they were being treated at the hospital. Detectives served a search warrant at Cedars-Sinai earlier this year to obtain disciplinary records for Guillermo Fernando Diaz, a nursing assistant who had been assigned to a heart patient area.
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December 2, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Two longtime rivals, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA Health System, are teaming up to open a 138-bed rehabilitation hospital in Century City, reflecting both the growing need for this specialty care and the pressure on hospitals to control costs. The unprecedented deal between two of the biggest names in Southern California healthcare is expected to be formally announced Tuesday. The two healthcare giants in West Los Angeles will jointly own the new hospital along with Select Medical Holdings Corp., a Pennsylvania healthcare company that runs rehabilitation facilities across the country.
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December 2, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Two nationally known sports medicine groups have agreed to partner with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on a new orthopedic center. The Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group said Monday they will work with Cedars-Sinai on a new Institute for Sports Sciences. Under this collaboration, all three parties said they would continue to see patients at their current locations. Kerlan-Jobe and the Santa Monica medical group already care for professional sports teams and many high-profile athletes and Hollywood stars.
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July 12, 2013 | By Anna Gorman and Abby Sewell
Five workers and a student research assistant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have been fired over privacy breaches involving patient medical records. Cedars-Sinai officials said in a statement that 14 patient records were "inappropriately accessed" between June 18 and June 24. Six people were fired over the breach: four were employees of community physicians who have medical staff privileges at the hospital, one was a medical assistant employed by Cedars-Sinai, and one was an unpaid student research assistant.
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May 17, 2013 | By Chad Terhune and Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times
When Medicare disclosed average charges from thousands of U.S. hospitals for 100 common procedures last week, only one hospital was near the top in every category: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Be it a cardiac stent, a hip replacement or a pacemaker, Cedars-Sinai's list prices for these routine treatments ranked among the top 5% in the country. For example, the average charge at Cedars-Sinai for gallbladder surgery with complications was $153,302 in 2011 compared with the U.S. median charge of $42,380, government data show.
SCIENCE
April 13, 2013 | Eryn Brown and Joseph Serna
Clive Svendsen doesn't get rattled easily, but the neurobiologist couldn't help sweating when Stephen Hawking paid a visit to his lab this week. Hawking is one of the world's foremost theoretical physicists. He pioneered groundbreaking research into how particles behave around black holes and deduced that black holes spit out radiation as they swallow up matter. He's also credited with teaching millions about the mysteries of the cosmos through his books, including the bestseller "A Brief History of Time.
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November 17, 2009
Treatment centers Certified stroke centers for Los Angeles County patients: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Glendale Adventist Medical Center Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Northridge Hospital Medical Center Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (Whittier) Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center -- San Pedro Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center (Burbank) Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Torrance Memorial Medical Center Los Alamitos Medical Center (Orange County)
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March 26, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
The mix of microbes living in the human gut -- in particular, the presence of a particular bacterium that gobbles hydrogen and produces methane -- may be related to obesity, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles said Tuesday. In a study led by Dr. Ruchi Mathur, head of the Diabetes Outpatient Treatment and Education Center in the hospital's endocrinology division, researchers at Cedars-Sinai recruited 792 people of varying ages, body mass index levels and body fat content and asked them to breathe into a device that analyzed the contents of their breath.
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