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Sept. 8, 2022

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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Los Angeles Business Journal honors Keck Medicine of USC

At its annual awards ceremony on Aug. 25, the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Keck Medicine of USC several times for excellence in health care leadership and service programs. Marty Sargeant, MBA, CEO of Keck Medical Center, received the award for Hospital President or CEO of the Year.

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Keck Medicine physicians among Pasadena Magazine's 2022 'Top Doctors'

Pasadena Magazine's 2022 roster of "Top Doctors" included 136 of Keck Medicine's physicians. The doctors — who represent 41 different specialties — were selected by a community of peers for their unmatched expertise and exceptional commitment to the well-being of their patients.

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Pilot program launches for USC students experiencing mental health crises

Starting this fall semester, students experiencing mental health crises will be able to request a certified licensed mental health professional from USC Student Health and the Keck School of Medicine of USC to immediately come to their location. The program will arrange for students in crisis to interact primarily with mental health clinicians rather than law enforcement.

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Perspective: New policies could resolve barriers to buprenorphine access

Current regulations on the prescription of buprenorphine — the only medication approved for treatment of opioid use disorder — are causing serious treatment barriers for up to 80 percent of opioid-dependent patients in the United States. In an editorial published in the JAMA Health Forum, Dima M. Qato, PharmD, PhD, MPH, of the USC School of Pharmacy, discusses the flaws of these regulations and proposes policy solutions.

Featured Event

USC School of Pharmacy

Date: Saturday, Sept. 10

Time: 1-6 p.m.

Topic: Community Health Fair and Fentanyl Awareness Panel Discussion with Naloxone Training

Summary: The fair will include flu and COVID-19 vaccines, wellness screenings and educational booths. The last two hours will offer a panel discussion on fentanyl awareness, followed by training in the use of naloxone to treat narcotic overdose.

Location: St. Mark United Methodist Church, 8305 S. Gramercy Place, Los Angeles

Registration and RSVP: Not required.

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