• President’s Message
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    Since 2007, residents of the Coachella Valley who are struggling with memory changes — and the people who love them —have been offered close-to-home access to the Memory Assessment Center (MAC). The Center offers a newly revised, first-of-its-kind program for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or a related memory disorder, as well as a wealth of care and support resources tailored to their individual needs.

    The Memory Assessment Center, under the operation of Eisenhower Medical Center and located in the Uihlein Building on the Eisenhower campus, is a collaboration between Eisenhower, the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and the Alzheimer’s Association®, California Southland Chapter, that provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to evaluation, care and support. click for more
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    The importance of having a primary care physician cannot be overstated. A primary care physician is a doctor who helps patients maintain their overall health and well-being, as well as coordinating a patient’s care when specialists or other medical professionals are needed. Seeing patients at regular intervals and not just during times of illness, a primary care physician can also help a patient to establish and maintain healthy lifestyle goals. Family physicians, geriatricians and internists are all primary care physicians.

    Getting to know a patient over time can have a profound effect on the health of that patient — understanding a person’s family history, workplace situations and stress, age-related concerns and more. Establishing a long-term care relationship with a patient can help a primary care physician treat an acute problem or focus on a larger issue. Regular visits to one’s primary care physician may also help expedite the diagnoses and treatment of high risk factors like high cholesterol or hypertension before a serious illness has had time to develop. In short, the primary care doctor is a patient’s first line of defense for getting well and staying well. click for more
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    In the world of breast imaging, dense breasts present the most difficult problems in detecting cancer. Standard mammography equipment often cannot detect cancer lesions in women with dense breast tissue. According to Eisenhower Radiologist John Cutrone, MD, Board Certified in Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology, “It’s like looking for a small cloud behind a big cloud. Some small cancers, which are typically white on a mammogram, are easily obscured by breast tissue, which is also white.” 

    Thanks to a generous donation from BIGHORN Behind a Miracle (BAM), Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Center was able to purchase the most advanced, state-of-the-art dense breast imaging diagnostic tool available, and is only the second facility in California to offer this exciting new technology. The SenoBright® Contrast-Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM) from GE Healthcare is a powerful diagnostic modality — able to detect minute cancers, as well as reduce the waiting time between detection and diagnosis. click for more

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    Whelchel went to doctors who ran electrocardiograms (EKG) and ultrasounds but nothing ever turned up and he was often dismissed. Rapid heart rate — supraventricular tachycardia — was something the young man learned to adapt to. He even taught himself to “reset” his heart by doing vagal maneuvers (methods used to reset or slow the heart rate). “At the time, I didn’t know that I was doing vagal maneuvers. I just was curious and aware of my body and was able to figure it out.” Whelchel would hold his breath and bear down, or press on his carotid artery to reset himself. He would sometimes use ice on his face, chest or back to put his heart back into rhythm. click for more

Whitewater Preserve

Accessible Wilderness

Sometimes, you just need a little space. Whitewater Preserve has a lot of space — more than 2,800 acres with trailheads to wilderness areas, plus wildflowers and wildlife galore. [4]
Sometimes, you just need a little space. Whitewater Preserve has a lot of space — more than 2,800 acres with trailheads to wilderness areas, plus wildflowers and wildlife galore.
Formerly home to the Whitewater Trout Farm, the Whitewater Preserve was purchased by the Wildlands Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that buys and restores landscapes throughout California. Through this effort, the Whitewater Preserve has become a terrific place to picnic, hike, and camp or participate in one of the Preserve’s many programs.

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A true oasis from the desert scene, the Whitewater River gurgles and gushes year-round, creating the perfect spot to soak your tired feet. Mountains jut up against the expanse of endlessly blue sky and keen eyes might spot bighorn sheep, deer or bear, some of the many animals that share this important wildlife corridor which runs between the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains.

Several elements of the former farm are now used to enhance the experience for visitors. The historic building of the Whitewater Trout Farm has been transformed into an information center and ranger station, while the old fish ponds were retained for organized catch-and-release programs for children. Paved paths which run around the ponds are available for those who want to walk but have trouble negotiating rocky paths.

Are happy trails for you? Hiking lovers will rejoice at the number of trails that can be accessed at the Preserve, including loops that offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, and a one-way, non-loop hike to the nearby Mission Creek Preserve. For the adventure-seekers, the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is accessible through a half-mile connector trail that begins at the Whitewater Preserve ranger station. This trail runs all the way from Mexico to Canada.

Just a 30-minute drive from Palm Springs, this sanctuary for outdoor enthusiasts couldn’t be more convenient. Whenever you need a breath of fresh air, simply pack a lunch, put one foot in front of the other and go!

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Take a Hike
Two of Whitewater Preserve’s most popular hikes are less than four miles, family-friendly and easy enough for those with no hiking experience. Leashed dogs are allowed on all trails.

Canyon View Loop Trail 3.5 mile loop (Moderate)
This loop trail follows a section of the Pacific Crest Trail south, ascending 500 feet with great views of Whitewater Canyon and the north face of Mount San Jacinto. Spring is the best time to see fields of poppies, lupines and many other wildflowers. Leaving the ranger station, head northwest along the marked trail between two palm trees, cross the Whitewater River and reach the Pacific Crest Trail in 0.5 mile. Turn left and wind up switchbacks for roughly 0.75 mile. At the top of the switchbacks, look for the trail post and turn left for the Canyon View Loop. Follow the trail along the top of the ridge. Continue south along the ridge as it descends via switchbacks to Whitewater Canyon Road. The trail marker is just beyond the river next to a preserve sign. From there, follow the rock-lined trail back to the ranger station.

Whitewater Preserve to Red Dome 4 miles roundtrip (Easy to moderate)
A lovely introduction to Whitewater Canyon and parts of the Pacific Crest Trail, this trail is well maintained and mostly flat. Leaving the ranger station, head northwest along the marked trail, cross the Whitewater River on a foot bridge and reach the Pacific Crest Trail in 0.5 mile. Continue north along the Pacific Crest Trail for 1.5 miles to reach Red Dome, a 20-foot tall, red hill of volcanic mud in the riverbed. Beyond that the trail crosses the riverbed and can be difficult to find. Turn around and head back to the preserve.

For safety, follow these tips: 1. Always bring water, snacks, a basic first-aid kit, a whistle (to use if you need help) and a windbreaker for changes in temperature. 2. Wear sunscreen, sturdy shoes, a hat and comfortable clothing. 3. If you are unsure about a trail, the ranger station has trail maps available. 4. Write your name on the sign-in sheet inside the ranger station. If you get lost and don’t return, the rangers will know to look for you.

WHITEWATER PRESERVE 9160 Whitewater Canyon Road Whitewater, CA 92282
760-325-7222 From the Coachella Valley, take I-10 west to exit 114 toward Whitewater. Whitewater Preserve is at the end of Whitewater Canyon Road.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Admission is free. Programs are free of charge, though donations are accepted.
Permits for Preserve camping, backcountry trip parking and after-hours hiking are available at the ranger station during business hours.