Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
is a hospital located in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Entrance to old Cedars of Lebanon
From 1906 to 1910, Dr. Sarah Vasen, the first woman doctor in Los
Angeles acted as superintendent of what was then the Kaspare Cohn
it moved to Whittier Boulevard and then in 1930 to 4833 Fountain
Avenue, where it was renamed Cedars of Lebanon after the
religiously significant Lebanon Cedar,
used to build King Solomon's Temple in
Jerusalem in the Bible.
Lebanon and Mount Sinai Hospitals merged in 1961 to form
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Donations from the Max Factor
Foundation allowed the construction of the current main hospital
building, which opened on November 5
In 2006 the Medical Center added the Sapperstein Critical Care
Tower with 150 ICU beds.
, 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 eleven of the sixteen specialties, ranking in the top 10 for digestive disorders and in the top 25 for five other specialties as listed below.:
For more than 20 years, Los Angeles area residents have named
Cedars-Sinai the "Most Preferred Hospital for All Health Needs" in
co-invented the pulmonary artery catheter
with Willie Ganz while at Cedars.
was a resident there
when he encountered some of the first cases of what was later
According to articles in the Los
, Cedars-Sinai is under investigation for
significant radiation overdoses of 260 patients during CT brain
scans during an 18-month period.
"In recent years, Cedars-Sinai has been the site of other
high-profile problems. In November 2007, the newborn twins of actor
Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, twice were given 1,000 times
the intended dosage of the blood thinner heparin, endangering their
lives. State regulators later fined the hospital $25,000 for safety
lapses involving the Quaid twins and another child. The Quaids sued
the hospital, settling the case for $750,000. In June, a former
Cedars-Sinai employee was sentenced to four years and eight months
in prison after pleading guilty to stealing patient information to
defraud insurance firms. Personal information from more than 1,000
patients was found during a search of the man's home.
- Cedars of Lebanon hospital
- Cedars-Sinai investigated for significant radiation
overdoses of 206 patients, Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times,
October 10, 2009; “4 patients say Cedars-Sinai did not tell them
they had received a radiation overdose”, Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles
Times, October 15, 2009; Cedars-Sinai finds more patients
exposed to excess radiation, Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles
Times, November 9, 2009;