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Entrance to old Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, 1956


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a hospital located in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, USAmarker.

History

From 1906 to 1910, Dr. Sarah Vasen, the first woman doctor in Los Angeles acted as superintendent of what was then the Kaspare Cohn Hospital.

In 1910, 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 Jerusalemmarker in the Bible. Cedars of Lebanon and Mount Sinai Hospitals merged in 1961 to form Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Donations from the Max Factor Family Foundation allowed the construction of the current main hospital building, which opened on November 5, 1972.

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.:


Specialty Ranking
Digestive Disorders 10
Heart 15
Endocrinology 19
Neurology and Neurosurgery 15
Respiratory Disorders 29
Geriatrics 33
Gynecology 23
Kidney Disease 20
Orthopedics 26
Urology 38


For more than 20 years, Los Angeles area residents have named Cedars-Sinai the "Most Preferred Hospital for All Health Needs" in :

Famous doctors

Jeremy Swan co-invented the pulmonary artery catheter together with Willie Ganz while at Cedars.

David Ho was a resident there when he encountered some of the first cases of what was later labelled AIDS.

Controversy

According to articles in the Los Angeles Times , 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.

References

  1. Cedars of Lebanon hospital
  2. http://googlewwwp1.csmc.edu:7800/search?q=cache:1kBmTvqBaRgJ:www.csmc.edu/pdf/CardiologySwanGanzAwards.pdf+swan+ganz&access=p&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&client=default_frontend&site=default_collection&proxystylesheet=default_frontend&oe=UTF-8
  3. http://googlewwwp1.csmc.edu:7800/search?q=cache:lCXhkpYAoSAJ:www.csmc.edu/pdf/CSPR-GraduationAdvisoryPDF.PDF+david+ho&access=p&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&client=default_frontend&site=default_collection&proxystylesheet=default_frontend&oe=UTF-8
  4. 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;


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