Health Care As It Should Be May 2014

Upcoming Events

  • Exercise: Does It Really Matter? LC
    Lunch and Learn for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors
    W, May 28, noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Danielle Meglio, COTA/C, MLD/CDT, Occupational Therapy
    760-834-3798. Complimentary lunch; register by May 27. Read More

    An Overview of Popular Diets: Which is the Best For You? AC
    W, May 28, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Cari Sudmeier, RN, MS, FNP-C, Nurse Practitioner
    760-834-7956 Read More

    Birthing, Bonding and Breastfeeding AC
    SA, May 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Registration required. 760-342-7400, visit [idx-"2288"]

    Update on Head and Neck Cancers for Survivors
    W, Jun 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Amy Law, MD, Medical Oncology
    Held at Gilda’s Club Desert Cities, 73555 Alessandro Drive, Palm Desert.
    760-770-5678. Complimentary light dinner; register by Jun 3. Read More

    Eisenhower DOC Spine Center:
    Spinal Care in the 21st Century AC
    Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center Lecture Series
    TH, Jun 5, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    P. Jeff Smith, DO, Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation*/Pain Management
    760-568-1234. Register by Jun 4. Read More

    Cardiology-Related News AC
    The Mended Hearts, Inc.
    TH, Jun 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
    760-409-8538 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 Embraces the Summer Months

    As the temperature increases and the valley’s population decreases, we know that the summer months are before us.  At Eisenhower, summer is not a time of slowing down: 

    • On Saturday, May 31, Eisenhower will be hosting a full day conference on Birthing, Bonding and Breastfeeding. Click here for more information.
    • We continue to provide a full lecture schedule, providing timely and informative topics for our community...see the left column for a listing and go to for a complete schedule.
  • Fit to a T

    “My body’s been through a lot,” says Gregg Sawaya. At age 52, he’s undergone two hip replacements and a partial shoulder replacement, the legacy of his early career as a Hollywood stuntman.

    “I grew up in the motion picture business; my father was in it for almost 50 years,” Sawaya recalls. “So I got into the business right out of high school and did stunts for about 12 years.” click for more

  • Back To The Future

    In 1994, then-23-year-old Gloria Sotomayor injured her back at work.

    “I used to work serving banquets at a hotel, lifting those big trays,” she relates. “I had a herniated disk and was told I needed surgery to fix it. I had heard bad things about back surgery so I was reluctant to have it. So I just went to therapy.”

    Over the years, however, Sotomayor’s back issues worsened.

    “I was in a lot of pain, sciatic pain, and my back would go out,” she says. “I was taking painkillers and after awhile, even the medications didn’t work. I tried a chiropractor, but that didn’t help.” click for more

  • Cheeky’s No Ordinary Menu

    It may sound cheeky , but the worst thing about this Palm Springs eatery is the menu. After all, when everything sounds this enticing, how can you possibly decide what to order?

    Will you have the rainbow chard frittata with fried eggplant wheels? Or maybe you’re more interested in the pumpkin bread pudding French toast. How about the braised short rib hash with crispy skillet Yukon golds and sunny eggs?

    And that’s just breakfast. Flip the menu over, and you’ll see dozens of lunch options, each one more mouthwatering than the last. No wonder Vogue magazine visited Cheeky’s and declared, “Its menu means business.” click for more

  • Watercolor Painting

    Imagine a quiet place — a sturdy table, a comfortable chair, a tablet of thick paper, brushes and a palette of bright colors. You have cleared your schedule, turned your electronic devices off and all that remains is creative possibility and the rhythm of steady breathing. You are ready to begin.

    Painting is one of the best ways to be present — to be in the moment. Think of it as something as important as exercise. Carve out a few hours each week, during your morning, your evening or on the weekend. You might even schedule a weekly date with your brushes and paper. click for more