Health Care As It Should Be April 2014

Upcoming Events

  • For information call the number listed, or visit Most events require early pre-registration, unless otherwise stated.

    Quit Smoking Now! Series LC

    Sleep: Is It the Most Complex Thing We Do? AC
    TH, Apr 24, 1 to 2 p.m.
    James Gaede, MD, Family Medicine
    760-834-7956 Read More

    Exercising to Strengthen Your Bones AC
    M, May 5, 11 a.m. to noon
    Danielle Meglio, COTA-C, MLT, CDT, Occupational Therapy
    760-834-7956Read More

    Brain Cancer: Update and Treatment Options
    TU, May 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Henry Tsai, MD, Medical Oncology
    Held at Gilda’s Club Desert Cities, 73555 Alessandro Drive, Palm Desert.
    760-770-5678. Complimentary dinner; register by May 5. Read More

    Eating Light for the Summer AC
    M, May 12, 11 a.m. to noon
    Rosalind Elemy, MA, RD, CSO, Registered Dietitian
    760-610-7205 Read More

    Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program: Medicare Updates AC
    W, May 14, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Ricardo Gonzalez, HICAP Counselor for Riverside County
    760-834-7956 Read More

    Multiple Myeloma: Understanding Serum Free Light and Hevylite Novel Assays LC
    TH, May 15, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
    Judith Finlay, PhD, The Binding Site, Inc.
    For multiple myeloma patients.
    760-834-3798Read More

    Update on Skin Cancer: Prevention, Detection and Treatment Options LC
    TH, May 15, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
    Timothy Richardson, MD, Dermatology; David Hyams, General Surgery
    760-834-3798. Complimentary dinner; register by May 14. Read More


    Most classes and lectures are free and early registration is recommended. For a full listing of lectures, events, programs and support groups, visit Online registration is available for most events.

    AC Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower
    LC Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center

    Would you like to have someone from Eisenhower Medical Center speak to your organization on a health-related topic? Please contact Vanessa Shanks at 760-834-7956 for more information.



  • Eisenhower Makes Best List for Knee and Hip Replacements

    Eisenhower Medical Center was recently recognized as one of the top 97 hospitals in the United States for outcomes following joint replacement surgery, according to a survey by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Of the 97 hospitals surveyed, Eisenhower is one of only eight California hospitals listed who performed better than average in avoiding readmissions.

    The measured outcomes were based on Medicare data on how well patients fare after hip and knee replacement surgeries. The two outcome categories were readmissions after surgery and complications following surgery, such as a blood clot, infection, problem with the artificial joint or death. In judging hospitals, Medicare evaluated cases between July 2009 and June 2012.

  • A Happy Camper

    “I’ve known too many people diagnosed with lung cancer when it’s too late,” says Palm Springs resident Sanford (Sandy) Norian. “I’m a very fortunate camper, thanks to the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center study.”

    The study that Norian, 79, refers to is the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP), a collaborative group of lung cancer experts from around the world whose mission is to achieve early diagnosis, treatment and an ultimate cure of lung cancer.

    As the only desert hospital to participate in I-ELCAP, Eisenhower Medical Center — through Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center — began offering low-dose CT scans to screen current and former smokers over age 50 in 2003. Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer and causes about 90 percent of lung cancers in the United States. More Americans die from lung cancer each year than any other type of cancer; the disease claims nearly 160,000 lives annually, both men and women. click for more

  • 5 Things You Can Do Right Now As Part Of Your Wellness Routine

    1.Visit an Art Gallery
    Give your eyes and your mind something new to absorb. Visit local art galleries often, inquire about upcoming exhibitions and broaden your knowledge about art.
    2. Go to the Beach
    Plan a weekend outing to your favorite sandy shore, enjoy long walks and be sure to get your feet (or entire body) wet! click for more
  • The Sweet Tooth Dilemma

    Have you ever searched your kitchen for something sweet to eat, knowing that you recently tossed out the blatantly sugar-laden treats in your pantry? Feeling desperate, you look for that mostly consumed bag of chocolate chips you bought for baking — a few chocolate morsels might be just the thing to stave off your sweet tooth craving. Unfortunately, you tossed those, too. Clearly,it is time to bring out re-enforcements. You throw open the freezer door for one final scan and bingo. Something catches your eye. But wait…frozen blueberries? Blueberries, fresh or frozen, are one of the most delicious and nutritious alternative options for dessert — or for any meal of the day. One of the few fruits native to North America, blueberries are packed with antioxidants as well as vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C, copper and fiber. Recent studies have also shown that consuming two cups of blueberries daily improved cognitive function including memory. According to ScienceDaily®, wild blueberries... click for more
  • Doctor returns to Coachella Valley from tour of duty in Afghanistan

    RANCHO MIRAGE, February 3, 2014 — After a four-month tour of duty in Afghanistan where he was responsible for the health and well-being of 2,000 people from 40 different countries, U.S. Navy Reserve Capt. Stephen Steele has returned to the desert to treat patients here. click for more
  • It’s a Match! Residency Programs Fill All Positions

    Eisenhower adds 22 new residents

    By Victoria Pelham. The Desert Sun

    RANCHO MIRAGE, March 31, 2014 — Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage is adding 22 new medical residents for the second year of its training program.

            The residents, selected through the annual National Resident Matching Program for medical school graduates, come from universities across California, Colorado, New York, Texas, Virginia and the Caribbean.

            “To say the least, we’re very happy with the group that has chosen to come to Eisenhower,” said Roy Young, director of Eisenhower’s internal medicine residency program. “I think they’ll really be a positive reflection on the hospital and on the community.” The valley health community is placing their hopes on residency programs like Eisenhower’s to train and retain doctors for the region which struggles with a severe physician shortage, because doctors are more likely to practice in areas where they complete their training. “Just like last year, the group really posed the possibility of introducing physicians to the Coachella Valley and a percentage of them will stay,” he said. “We’ll do our jobs to try to populate the valley with as many primary care physicians as we can.” click for more