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November 28, 2010 | By Duke Helfand
Los Angeles Times The gig : Thomas M. Priselac is president and chief executive of Cedars-Sinai Health System, a sprawling complex in Los Angeles with 11,000 employees, vast research and teaching programs and the largest private, nonprofit medical center in the Western United States. The red carpet: Cedars-Sinai has long been associated with Hollywood. George Burns Road and Gracie Allen Drive run through its middle right past the Steven Spielberg Pediatric Research Center.
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December 20, 2009 | By Andrew Blankstein and Ching-Ching Ni
Los Angeles police have opened an investigation into circumstances surrounding the death of actress Brittany Murphy. Police have been dispatched to Cedars-Sinai and to the Los Angeles home where Murphy, 32, went into cardiac arrest earlier today. Police sources emphasized that their inquiry was preliminary, adding they could not say whether it would point to any criminal conduct. [Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the house was located in West Hollywood.] L.A. city firefighters responded to a call from the home in the 1800 block of Rising Glen Road.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2009 | By Jerry Hirsch
The gig: Owner of Rossmoor Pastries, one of the region's largest independent commercial bakeries. It supplies pastries, cakes and other baked goods to large clients, including Disneyland, Staples Center, Angel Stadium, Universal Studios and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Some big projects : Created a gingerbread version of Staples Center that was rolled out to center court during halftime of a Los Angeles Lakers game. Baked a 5-foot-tall birthday cake for pop star Miley Cyrus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
A psychiatrist who treated a pregnant Anna Nicole Smith for drug withdrawal testified Monday that the model said she was willing to "do anything" for her unborn daughter but ultimately walked away from a plan to break her dependency on prescription medication. Ten months after the hospitalization described by Dr. Nathalie Maullin, the 39-year-old former Playboy playmate died from an overdose. Prosecutors are pursuing charges against her boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, and two physicians for conspiracy to illegally provide her with prescription medication and other charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2009 | Alan Zarembo
The chief executive of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center said Thursday that he regretted the "circumstances" that subjected 206 patients to radiation overdoses and laid out reforms made since the hospital discovered that a CT scanner had been set erroneously for 18 months. In a written statement, Thomas M. Priselac said: "We take very seriously our responsibility for operating medical equipment in the safest possible manner, and deeply regret the circumstances that led to patients undergoing CT brain perfusion studies receiving a higher than appropriate level of radiation."
NATIONAL
July 2, 2009 | Kristina Sherry and Kate Linthicum
Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Tuesday after fainting in his Los Angeles office, a spokeswoman for the 69-year-old congressman said. Waxman had felt "unwell" before fainting, spokeswoman Karen Lightfoot said, but on Wednesday he was "in good spirits" and feeling better. She said the congressman remained in Cedars-Sinai to undergo evaluations and "routine testing."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rabbi Levi Meier, 62, chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for 29 years, died Sunday at his Los Angeles home after a long illness, the hospital announced. Meier arrived at Cedars-Sinai in 1978 and as the hospital's spiritual leader ministered to patients, their families and the staff. He led ceremonies on the High Holy Days -- Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana -- as well as weekly Sabbath services that were broadcast over the hospital's closed-circuit TV system. He also commissioned a small "traveling Torah" scroll to be taken to bedridden patients' rooms.
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