• Eisenhower Auxiliary’s...
    Eisenhower Medical Center Auxiliary’s annual fund-raising dinner dance is scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage.

    Meet the residents and celebrate Eisenhower’s commitment to elevating medical diagnostics to the digital era. Proceeds will be directed to the acquisition of state-of-the-art hand-held ultrasound devices and other diagnostic equipment for Eisenhower’s inaugural class of residents and faculty in the School of Graduate Medical Education. click for more

  • Oak Glen Ripe for the ...
    Sometimes it seems like summer never wants to leave the desert. On those dog days of fall, while heat still clings to the Coachella Valley, the mile-high climate of Oak Glen provides the perfect backdrop for autumn family fun.

    An easy, hour-long drive from Palm Springs, Oak Glen is a 15 square-mile hamlet of soft hills, orchards and farms. Because Oak Glen is 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the desert, the air is as crisp and cool as a green apple, often laced with the scent of a cozy fire. This is where trees try on the new fall fashions, displaying brilliant leaves of blazing orange, crimson and gold. click for more

  • 5 THINGS
    1 . Get a Massage - Treat your body to a relaxing or therapeutic massage. Invite your spouse or a friend to join you at the spa.

    2 . Read a New Author - Peruse The New York Times Book Review and find some authors you’ve never read.

    3. Skip Dessert All Week - Muster your willpower and ignore your sweet tooth until Sunday — then savor every bite of a special dessert.

    4. Watch a Documentary - Scan your movie provider and choose an interesting documentary. You might learn something new!

    5. Write a Sweet Note - Write a short, kind note and leave it for a loved one to find. You’ll probably “make their day.”

  • Eisenhower Named Most ...
    For the second consecutive year, Eisenhower Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health care facilities, according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Eisenhower is the first and only hospital in the Coachella Valley to receive the recognition. click for more
  • Eisenhower Named Leade...
    Eisenhower Medical Center has been recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation,... click for more
  • Eisenhower Joins Ameri...
    Eisenhower Medical Center is joining the American Cancer Society for their landmark Cancer Prevention Study-3. The Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is a grassroots effort where local communities can... click for more
  • Figue - Savoring Medit...
    New Mediterranean eatery Figue (rhymes with league), located in La Quinta, is the vision of a passionate owner and an equally enthralled chef who was completely taken by the enthusiasm of his future employer. “The mission statement Lee Morcus posted when advertising for a chef was unlike any mission statement I’d ever read,” says Executive Chef Francois de Mélogue. “I was like the secretary in the Tom Cruise movie Jerry McGuire, who grabbed the goldfish and went with him. I was responding to what his energy was, and I knew what my experience could bring to the table.” click for more

Cover Story

  • New Non-Surgical Breast Lump Treatment

    Right before she relocated from North Carolina to Palm Desert earlier this year, Jennifer Elliott, 47, underwent a routine mammogram that detected a mass in her breast. Her doctor was confident that it was a benign breast tumor called a fibroadenoma — the most common type of breast lump. In fact, 1.5 million women are diagnosed with breast fibroadenomas every year.

    “I decided to have it taken care of after I moved,” says Elliott. “So once I got here, I scheduled an appointment with a surgeon who was going to biopsy the tumor and remove it. However, my appointment was cancelled because the surgeon left the practice and I was referred to the Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Center. click for more

Features

  • Joe Whittaker’s Life-Saving, Life-Renewing Experience

    Joe Whittaker is a man of many talents. A successful business man who hails from Alberta, Canada, he is kind and generous, recently establishing with his wife Darlene a foundation which built and sponsors an orphanage and a school in Zambia, Africa. But what truly sets Joe apart from others is his ability to communicate. “He has the ability to affect people by what he says and how he says it,” explains Darlene. “The way he talks to others is a gift…a profound gift.” click for more
  • GERD News!

    “I’d had indigestion for years,” says La Quinta resident Ginger Engle. “It probably started when I was in my thirties, and foods like coffee, chocolate and spicy foods would make it worse. I lived on antacids and would eat a bland diet until it passed.”

    Engle has what’s called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. It’s a digestive disorder that occurs when a muscle at the end of the esophagus (the tube that carries food from mouth to stomach) doesn’t close properly. This allows stomach contents to leak back — or reflux — into the esophagus and irritate it. click for more

  • Hearts Rehab

    If you’ve had any type of intervention to treat heart disease — a stent placed to open a blocked artery, bypass surgery, an operation to fix a valve problem, even a heart transplant — cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) plays an essential role in reclaiming your health and your life.

    “Cardiac rehab is all about wellness,” explains Michelle Tinkham, RN, BSN, MS, PHN, CNOR, CLNC, RNFA, a cardiac pulmonary rehabilitation nurse at the Eisenhower Renker Wellness Center. “While the program includes medically supervised exercise to help patients improve their physical and cardiovascular strength and endurance, it also focuses on helping patients achieve individual lifestyle goals.” click for more

  • You Can Save Your Life if You Pay Attention

    A couple of months after Rebecca Walters, 32, gave birth to her fourth child (“the easiest delivery I ever had”), she began feeling as if something wasn’t right.

    “I wasn’t going like I should,” recalls Walters. “I tried increasing the fiber in my diet and cutting out dairy. Then I noticed blood in my stool. I thought it was weird because I hadn’t had any problems like hemorrhoids after my delivery. I told myself I’d watch and see if it went away in four months, because that seemed a logical amount of time. And with four kids, it went by in no time.”

    Over the next few months, however, her initial symptoms not only persisted, but worsened. click for more

  • Epidural Injections Give One Man His Life Back

    Tom West had nearly given up on ever getting any relief from the debilitating, chronic back pain that began before he was even 20 years old. “At 48, my spine probably looks like that of a 70-year-old,” explains West.
     
    West’s back problems stem from spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the open spaces within the spine that can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves that travel through the spine. Combined with spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis had caused some of West’s vertebrae to fuse together. “My back pain is due in good part to genetics and exacerbated by my active, physical lifestyle.” click for more
  • Caught in Time

    It all started in 2012 when Eisenhower Medical Center’s General Counsel Michael Appelhans, started feeling “off.”

    “I lift weights at the gym on a regular basis, and I started feeling less and less energy,” the then-61-year-old recalls. He went to see his Eisenhower Primary Care 365 physician, Stephen Steele, DO, who ran some tests and discovered that Appelhans had a severe sinus infection. “I had sinus surgery to clean things out, but my energy level didn’t come back. And more tests didn’t find anything.” click for more

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion

    It was a little more than two years ago that John Fletcher, a transportation security administration (TSA) screener at the Palm Springs International Airport noticed something unusual. 

      “I had this ache in my back,” remembers Fletcher. “I thought I had pulled some muscles. Then one day, I was coming out of the shower and toweling off and I had no strength in my right arm. I couldn’t pull it up.” click for more

  • Blazing Trails in Infectious Disease Treatment

    Despite the availability of antibiotics, deaths resulting from infectious diseases like hepatitis, tuberculosis, influenza, pneumonia, HIV, chickenpox, measles, sexually transmitted diseases and whooping cough are on the rise, including some diseases once thought to be virtually eradicated in the United States. click for more
  • Eisenhower Awarded for Excellence in Employee Engagement

    Eisenhower Medical Center is one of 20 organizations across the nation to receive The Advisory Board’s 2013 Excellence in Employee Engagement Award. The award recognizes hospitals and health systems throughout the United States that exhibit... click for more
  • Thinking Outside the Cereal Box

    Let’s face it. Most of us grew up pouring “the most important meal of the day” from a cardboard box, excluding, perhaps, hearty-breakfast types like farmers and ranchers. Cheerios®, cornflakes, Grape-Nuts® and assorted sugary cereals seized the morning American palette in the wake of a “natural food craze” to eat grains for breakfast in the early 1900s. Throw in thinly veiled marketing during Saturday morning cartoons, and a devotion to all things flaked and puffed became rabid, resulting in grocery aisles filled with a seductive selection of cereals. click for more
  • Post-Operative Delirium Prevention Presentation in South Korea

    In July, Eisenhower Medical Center Primary Care Physician Sheda Heidarian, MD, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, presented at the 20th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress of Gerontology and... click for more
  • Strength Training

    What if someone told you about a pill you could take to make you feel better, laugh more and enjoy life with renewed vigor? And what if that pill could lessen the symptoms of your arthritis, diabetes or depression? Better yet, what if that pill were free? Such a pill does exist — it’s called exercise. Exercise and staying active can do more for us than we ever imagined, especially if we already have limitations due to disease.

    Strength Training
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tufts University recently completed a strength-training program comprised of older men and women with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis. The results of their 16-week program showed that strength training decreased pain by 43 percent, increased muscle strength and general physical performance, improved the clinical signs and symptoms of the disease, and decreased disability. The effectiveness of strength training to ease the pain of osteoarthritis was just as potent, if not more potent, as medications. Similar effects of strength training have been seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. click for more