This summer I provided an update for our community about the progress of Eisenhower Medical Center’s many ongoing initiatives. Health care is a rapidly changing, complex service, and hospitals must plan and anticipate changes in order to serve their communities well into the future. Over the last decade, Eisenhower Medical Center has invested more than $700 million on a number of initiatives in order to transform the hospital into a fully integrated health care system. Some of our initiatives include:
Training new physicians: We have undertaken a major initiative to become a training site for new physicians. In addition to creating a new source of physicians for the Valley, it will also accelerate the transfer of new medical knowledge and quality practices from our nation’s medical schools to our local community. In this issue of Healthy Living, you will find an update about Eisenhower’s School of Graduate Medical Education and Research on page 42.
Expanding outpatient services: Across the country, admissions to hospitals have decreased, and tests and procedures are conducted in locations more convenient to patients. To address this major shift in patient care, Eisenhower opened outpatient health centers in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and La Quinta that have been well received by Valley residents.
Ensuring the seismic safety of the hospital: Preparation for the future has required significant construction. Eisenhower has addressed the state’s mandatory seismic safety standards, ensuring our patients’ and staff’s safety, and creating additional space, and is now well positioned when the population resumes its inevitable growth.
Financially, Eisenhower Medical Center is strong, with nearly $1 billion in assets. The continuing strength of Eisenhower Medical Center is due in no small part to our community of patients, physicians, staff and donors who have supported the transformation we have undertaken. Our strategic plan to anticipate the inevitable changes in health care has been vital to our organization and to fulfill our promise to be here when you need us.
In good health,
G. Aubrey Serfling
President and Chief Executive Officer