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L.A. Business Journal Honors Cedars-Sinai Healthcare Leaders

Los Angeles Business Journal has honored two Cedars-Sinai executives in its inaugural Healthcare Leadership Awards.

The journal awarded its top honor to Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, naming him the 2011 Healthcare Icon.

Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, vice president and chief nursing officer of Cedars-Sinai Health System, received the journal’s Healthcare Leadership Award in the category of healthcare executive.

“The Heathcare Icon award was given to Mr. Priselac for his leadership and dedication to healthcare in Los Angeles for more than 30 years,” said Josh Schimmels, Los Angeles Business Journal vice president. “He leads an outstanding organization, which is highly regarded as one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, medical education and research.”

Priselac said he was pleased to be honored, but added, “The real recognition and any praise belongs to the excellence and hard work of all the people at Cedars-Sinai who ensure patients get the highest quality care and that our medical center stays at the fore of scientific research.”

The award-winning weekly journal, widely read online and in print by tens of thousands of business executives and community leaders, recognized 10 healthcare professionals and organizations from the Los Angeles area. They were selected by a committee that reviewed more than 80 nominations.

“We congratulate Linda Burnes Bolton on being the first-ever honoree in the category of Healthcare Executive,” Shimmels said. “We created this category to recognize the important role that day-to-day managers play in the leadership and success of healthcare organizations. She has improved care for patients from our community and beyond, thought her daily interactions with nurses and patients, her research and her leadership in nationwide healthcare initiatives.”