Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a non-profit, tertiary 958-bed hospital and multi-specialty academic health science center located in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Part of the Cedars-Sinai Health System, the hospital employs a staff of over 2,000 physicians and 10,000 employees. A team of 2,000 volunteers and more than 40 community groups support.
|Cedars-Sinai Medical Center|
|Cedars-Sinai Health System|
The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's North and South Towers in September 2006
|Location||8700 Beverly Boulevard, Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Hospital type||Academic health science center|
|Affiliated university||UCLA, USC, WGU, other|
|Emergency department||Level I trauma center|
|Lists||Hospitals in California|
Cedars-Sinai focuses on biomedical research and technologically advanced medical education—based on an interdisciplinary collaboration between physicians and clinical researchers. The facility has research centers covering cardiovascular, genetics, gene therapy, gastroenterology, neuroscience, immunology, surgery, organ transplantation, stem cells, biomedical imaging and cancer—with more than 800 research projects underway (led by 230 principal investigators).
Certified as a level I trauma center for adults and pediatrics, Cedars-Sinai trauma-related services range from prevention to rehabilitation and are provided in concert with the hospital's Department of Surgery. Cedars-Sinai is affiliated with the California Heart Center, University of Southern California and David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
As of 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Cedars-Sinai #4 in the western United States, with number one being the UCSF Medical Center. Cedars-Sinai also earned national rankings in 12 adult specialties including #5 for gastroenterology, #9 in cardiology and heart surgery, #9 in orthopedics, #10 in urology, #12 in gynecology, #14 in diabetes and endocrinology, and #14 in neurology and neurosurgery. Located in the Harvey Morse Auditorium, Cedars-Sinai's patient care is depicted in the Jewish Contributions to Medicine mural. The heart transplantation program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has experienced unprecedented growth since 2010. Statistically, Cedars-Sinai currently performs more annual heart transplants than any other medical center in the world, having performed 95 heart transplants in 2012 and 87 in 2011.
Founded and financed by businessman Kaspare Cohn, Cedars-Sinai was established as the Kaspare Cohn Hospital in 1902. At the time, Cohn donated a two-story Victorian home at 1441 Carroll Avenue in the Angeleno Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles to the Hebrew Benevolent Society to create the hospital as a memorial to his brother Samuel. The hospital had just 12 beds when it opened on September 21, 1902, and its services were initially free.
From 1906 to 1910, Dr. Sarah Vasen, the first female doctor in Los Angeles, acted as superintendent. In 1910, the hospital relocated and expanded to Stephenson Avenue (now Whittier Boulevard), where it had 50 beds and a backhouse containing a 10-cot tubercular ward. It gradually transformed from a charity-based hospital to a general hospital and began to charge patients.
The hospital relocated again in 1930 to 4833 Fountain Avenue, where it was renamed Cedars of Lebanon after the religiously significant Lebanon Cedars, which were used to build King Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem in the Bible. Cedars of Lebanon could accommodate 279 patients.
In 1918, the Bikur Cholim Society opened a second Jewish hospital, the Bikur Cholim Hospice, when the Great Influenza Pandemic hit America. In 1921, the hospice relocated to an eight-bed facility in Boyle Heights and was renamed Bikur Cholim Hospital. In 1923 the Bikur Cholim Hospital became Mount Sinai Home for the Incurables.
On November 7, 1926, a newly named Mount Sinai Hospital moved to a 50-bed facility on Bonnie Beach Place. In 1950, Emma and Hyman Levine donated their property adjacent to Beverly Hills, and by 1955 the construction completed and Mount Sinai Hospital opened at 8700 Beverly Boulevard (now Cedars-Sinai Medical Center). Cedars of Lebanon and Mount Sinai Hospitals merged in 1961 to form Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
In 1994, the Cedars-Sinai Health System was established, comprising the Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation, the Burns and Allen Research Institute and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The Burns and Allen Research Institute, named for George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen, is located inside the Barbara and Marvin Davis Research Building. Opened in 1996, it houses biomedical research aimed at discovering genetic, molecular and immunological factors that trigger disease.
In 2006, Cedars-Sinai added the Saperstein Critical Care Tower with 150 ICU beds.
In 2008[update], Cedars-Sinai served 54,947 inpatients and 350,405 outpatients, and there were 77,964 visits to the emergency room. Cedars-Sinai received high rankings in 11 of the 16 specialties, ranking in the top 10 for digestive disorders and in the top 25 for five other specialties as listed below.
In 2013, Cedars-Sinai opened its 800,000-square-foot Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, which consists of eight stories of program space located over a six-story parking structure, on the eastern edge of its campus at the corner of San Vicente Boulevard and Gracie Allen Drive. Designed by architectural firm HOK, the Pavilion brings patient care and translational research together in one site. The Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion houses the Cedars-Sinai's neurosciences programs, the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and Regenerative Medicine Institute laboratories, as well as outpatient surgery suites, an imaging area and an education center. In 2018, famous Marvel-creator Stan Lee dies at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Cedars-Sinai ranked as follows in the nationwide U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013–14 report:
|Cardiology and Cardiac surgery||4|
|Diabetes and Endocrinology||14|
|Ear, Nose, & Throat (Otolaryngology)||29|
|Gastroenterology and GI surgery||4|
|Neurology and Neurosurgery||14|
Cedars-Sinai ranked as follows in the 2009 Los Angeles area residents' "Most Preferred Hospital for All Health Needs" ranking:
|Cardiology and Cardiac surgery||13|
|Neurology and Neurosurgery||15|
Cedars-Sinai's Gynecologic Oncology Division was named among the nation's Top 10 Clinical Centers of Excellence by Contemporary OB/GYN in 2009.
- Keith Black, department chair of Neurosurgery and director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, has successfully performed over 4,000 brain surgeries and has made significant medical advances relating to neurosurgery.
- David Ho was a resident at Cedars-Sinai when he encountered some of the first cases of what was later labeled AIDS.
- Verne Mason, internist and chairman of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's medical advisory committee. Mason gave the disease sickle cell anemia its name.
- David Rimoin, chair of Pediatrics for 18 years, specialized in genetics and was a pioneer researcher in dwarfism and skeletal dysplasia. Together with Michael Kaback, discovered the enzyme screening for Tay Sachs disease, reducing incidences of the deadly disease by 90 percent.
- William Shell was a director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Cedars-Sinai.
- Esther Somerfeld-Ziskind, a neurologist and psychiatrist who was chair of the Department of Psychiatry.
- Adam Springfield, who acted on the PBS series Wishbone, is now a Labor and Delivery scheduler.
- Jeremy Swan co-invented the pulmonary artery catheter together with William Ganz while at Cedars-Sinai.
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- November 18, 1999: Television actress Beatrice Colen died of lung cancer.
- February 7, 2000: Magician Doug Henning died of liver cancer.
- July 15, 2001: Rapper Anthony Ian Berkeley, also known as Poetic, the founder of Gravediggaz, died of colorectal cancer.
- January 7, 2002: Actor Avery Schreiber died from a heart attack.
- February 24, 2003: Pastor E.V. Hill died after a severe pneumonia.
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- November 12, 2003: Actor Jonathan Brandis died from injuries after a suicide attempt.
- February 8, 2004: Gang member Antoine Miller, one of several men who attacked Reginald Denny in 1992, died one week after being shot during an altercation outside a nightclub.
- January 23, 2005: The Tonight Show host Johnny Carson died of respiratory failure arising from emphysema.
- January 6, 2006: Musician Lou Rawls died of cancer.
- February 10, 2006: Record producer and rapper J Dilla died of a blood disease.
- February 24, 2006: Actor Don Knotts died from pulmonary/respiratory complications due to pneumonia that was related to lung cancer.
- August 13, 2006: Actor Tony Jay died due to complications from having a non-cancerous tumor removed from his lungs during a surgery.
- September 14, 2006: Bodybuilder and actor Mickey Hargitay died from multiple myeloma.
- January 8, 2007: Animator Iwao Takamoto died from a heart attack.
- January 27, 2007: Actress and producer Marcheline Bertrand died after an eight-year battle with ovarian and breast cancer.
- August 12, 2007: Merv Griffin, host of The Merv Griffin Show and creator of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, died of prostate cancer.
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- August 24, 2007: Film producer and political activist Aaron Russo died of bladder cancer.
- November 11, 2007: Film and television director Delbert Mann died after a severe pneumonia.
- May 18, 2009: Rapper Dolla died after having been shot five times at the Beverly Hills Shopping Mall.
- August 21, 2009: Entrepreneur Frank Fertitta Jr. died from heart complications.
- December 20, 2009: Actress Brittany Murphy died from cardiac arrest due to pneumonia.
- March 23, 2011: Actress Elizabeth Taylor died from heart failure.
- April 11, 2011: Designer Bijan Pakzad died from a stroke.
- November 8, 2011: Rapper Heavy D died from complications from pneumonia after having collapsed outside his home.
- January 26, 2012: British actor Ian Abercrombie died from kidney failure.
- April 18, 2012: American film score composer Robert O. Ragland died after hospitalization.
- July 8, 2012: Actor Ernest Borgnine died from renal failure.
- September 3, 2012: Actor Michael Clarke Duncan died from heart complications.
- February 18, 2013: Owner of the Los Angeles Lakers Jerry Buss died at age 80 after having been hospitalized with an undisclosed form of cancer. His immediate cause of death was listed as kidney failure.
- October 14, 2014: Actress Elizabeth Peña died after a brief illness.
- January 5, 2015: Actress Francesca Hilton died after suffering a large stroke.
- January 9, 2015: American film producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. died of congestive heart failure.
- December 31, 2015: Singer–songwriter, actress Natalie Cole died of congestive heart failure.
- February 4, 2016: Model Katie May died from a stroke.
- June 6, 2016: Actress Theresa Saldana died after a severe pneumonia.
- November 24, 2016: Actress Florence Henderson died from heart failure.
- December 28, 2016: Actress Debbie Reynolds died from a stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher, the portrayal of Princess Leia from the Star Wars universe, had died.
- February 25, 2017: Actor Bill Paxton died from a stroke. 
- June 16, 2017: Director John G. Avildsen died due to complications from pancreatic cancer. 
- September 15, 2017: Actor Harry Dean Stanton died after an illness. 
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According to articles in the Los Angeles Times in 2009, Cedars-Sinai was under investigation for significant radiation overdoses of 206 patients during CT brain perfusion scans during an 18-month period. Since the initial investigation, it was found that GE sold several products to various medical centers with faulty radiation monitoring devices.
In 2011, Cedars-Sinai again created controversy by denying a liver transplant to medical marijuana patient Norman Smith. They removed Mr. Smith from a transplant waiting list for "non-compliance of our substance abuse contract", despite his own oncologist at Cedars-Sinai having recommended that he use the marijuana for his pain and chemotherapy. Dr. Steven D. Colquhoun, director of the Liver Transplant Program, said that the hospital "must consider issues of substance abuse seriously", but the transplant center did not seriously consider whether Mr. Smith was "using" marijuana versus "abusing" it. In 2012, Cedars-Sinai denied a liver transplant to a second patient, Toni Trujillo, after her Cedars-Sinai doctors knew and approved of her legal use of medical marijuana. In both cases, the patients acceded to the hospital's demand and stopped using medical marijuana, despite its therapeutic benefits for them, but were both sent six years back to the bottom of the transplant list.  His death inspired Americans for Safe Access to lobby for the California Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act (AB 258), which was enacted in July 2015 to protect future patients from dying at the hands of medical establishments prejudiced against the legal use of medical cannabis.
Patient data security breachesEdit
On June 23, 2014, an unencrypted employee laptop was stolen from an employee's home. The laptop contained patient Social Security numbers and patient health data. On June 18 through June 24, 2013, six employees were terminated for inappropriately accessing 14 patient records around the time Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's daughter was born at the hospital.
First developed by philanthropists Frederick and Marcia Weisman, Cedars-Sinai's modern and contemporary art collection dates to 1976 and includes more than 4,000 original paintings, sculptures, new media installations and limited-edition prints by the likes of Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, Claes Oldenburg, Willem de Kooning, Raymond Pettibon and Pablo Picasso. Ninety to 95 percent of the collection is on display at any given time. Nine large-scale works are located in courtyards, parking lots and public walkways throughout the approximately 30-acre campus. The collection consists entirely of gifts from donors, other institutions and occasionally the artists themselves.
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