Jewish Journal

Did You Know…?

by Michael Aushenker

October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center spans over 24 acres and encompasses 1.5 million square feet.

  • Commits more than $71 million for community benefit, which includes more than 120 diverse community health programs and services.

  • Ranks among the top 10 non-university hospitals to receive research funding from the National Institutes of Health


  • 905 licensed beds

  • 137,581 outpatient visits (for the year 2001)

  • 77,347 visits to the emergency department (2001)

  • 6,824 babies delivered (2001)

  • 1,857 attending physicians

  • 8,609 employees

  • 2,000 volunteers

  • 2,500 meals served per day - including 50 kosher meals daily

  • According to city regulations, no city street in Los Angeles may be named after a living person. The exception is George Burns Road, at the northern end of Hamel Road, which was named after venerable comedian and Cedars-Sinai supporter George Burns on his 90th birthday in 1986. In 1995, in celebration of Burns' 99th birthday, the city renamed the eastern end of Alden Drive "Gracie Allen Drive," in honor of Burns' late wife/comic foil Gracie Allen.

"It's good to be here at the corner of Burns and Allen," Burns said at the time. "At my age, it's good to be anywhere!" 

The two streets cross each other off Third Street, just two blocks west of the Beverly Center. Although many celebrities died at Cedars-Sinai, Burns, as it turns out, passed away at his home in 1996.

  • The Neonatal Unit houses 40 beds, divided into four separate areas providing different levels of care. Maternity services include mother and baby programs and mother and baby care classes.

  • The place for the stars to deliver is apparently the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Deluxe Maternity Suites. Leeza Gibbons' son, Nathan, was the first baby born there in October 1997. Since then, the Suites have seen the births of Michael Jackson's son, Prince; Jodie Foster's son; Warren Beatty and Annette Bening's baby girl; David Boreanaz ("Angel") and his wife, Jamie Bergman's, baby boy, Jaden Rayne; and former "Wild On E!" hostess Brooke Burke gave birth to her second daughter, Sierra Sky Fisher on April 2 of this year.

  • Actress Kate Hudson was born at Cedars-Sinai on April 19, 1979 to actress Goldie Hawn and musician Bill Hudson.

  • Many celebrities have been treated at Cedars-Sinai. Dean Martin went in to be treated for lung tumors. Larry Hagman had his liver transplant there. O.J. Simpson, Elizabeth Taylor and Leonardo DiCaprio, who underwent knee surgery, were all patients at the center.

  • A number of Hollywood talents have passed away at Cedars-Sinai. Frank Sinatra died there in May of 1998. Other stars who passed away at Cedars-Sinai include entertainers Lucille Ball, Sammy Davis Jr., Sammy Cahn, Danny Thomas, Danny Kaye, Martha Raye, Chuck Connors; actresses Audrey Meadows and Eva Gabor; comedian Avery Schreiber; actor River Phoenix; gangsta rapper Eazy-E; and director John Frankenheimer.

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