History 2000-2005


  • Parkinson’s program brings internationally renowned visiting scholars to lecture series.
  • Grand opening of $20 million Andrew Allen Surgical Pavilion attended by more than 700 board members, physicians and community residents.
  • Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower receives full six-year accreditation from American Council on Pharmaceutical Education as an ACPE provider.
  • Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower forms national Council on Education to evaluate effectiveness of and to plan upcoming continuing education programs.
  • Eisenhower Medical Center purchases Heart Institute and Heart Hospital; announces plans to convert facility to Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center.


  • Phillip and Carol Traub and National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence holds ribbon cutting and grand opening.
  • On May 29, South African native Charlize Theron introduces a segment of "Africa Calls" seen by participants in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. "Africa Calls" is a six-part, live audio teleconference series designed to teach advances in cytopathology to African nations. The series is produced by the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower.
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy, a new treatment for heart failure, is performed for the first time in the Coachella Valley at Eisenhower Medical Center’s Electrophysiology Laboratory.
  • Phase II of Andrew Allen Surgical Pavilion opens, including a 27-bed pre-operative and post-anesthesia recovery unit.
  • The largest charitable donation in the history of the Coachella Valley - a $25 million donation from the Annenberg Foundation - is announced.
  • Board approves $250 million capital expansion and renovation to meet the growing needs of the Coachella Valley.
  • On December 8, Eisenhower Medical Center celebrates its 30th Anniversary. Community residents who were present at the 1971 dedication of the hospital are invited to contribute items to a time capsule to be opened in the year 2021, the medical center’s 50th anniversary.
  • Eisenhower Medical Center is the first valley hospital to provide a cure for cardiac arrythmias, diagnosing and treating abnormalities in the heart’s electrical system with electrophysiology studies and treatments performed in a dedicated electrophysiology operating room.
  • Eisenhower Medical Center represents a $418 million economy - including nearly $70 million in purchased goods and services, and payroll in excess of $90 million, which generates more than $225 million in local sales and business.


  • 30th Anniversary Gala, "A Star-Spangled Celebration," is held at Desert Springs Marriott Resort and Spa. Honorary Co-Chairs are Ambassador and Mrs. Walter Annenberg, President and Mrs. Gerald Ford and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hope. Co-chairs are Mr. and Mrs. David Eisenhower, JoAnn McGrath and Madeline Redstone. Julie Nixon Eisenhower emcees and entertainment is provided by the Wayne Foster Orchestra.
  • First-ever "Healing Arts Day" is held to salute Eisenhower Medical Center employees during National Hospital Week. Featured are artists and musicians, prayer flags, compatible therapies and "All Hands on Deck" wall.
  • In May, Eisenhower becomes the first hospital in the valley to install the new ImageCheckerTM Computer Aided Detection System for breast cancer screening. Studies show use of the ImageChecker could result in earlier detection of up to 23.4 percent of the cancers currently detected with screening mammography.
  • Eisenhower Medical Center is the first hospital in California to use Bridge Barcode Technology to prevent medication and transfusion errors at the patient’s bedside. The system is the only barcode-enabled point of care software system to afford hospitals the assurance of medication administration verification, blood product administration verification, and laboratory specimen identification. The award-winning technology has been endorsed by leading hospital associations.
  • Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is approved as Nursing Education Provider.
  • The "Performance Excellence" program, based on the Disney Institute’s model for superior customer service, is introduced in September. Performance Excellence training is mandatory for all employees. Five Star Values and Services Standards must be practiced on a routine basis. The results of the program are greater patient satisfaction and improved employee morale.
  • On October 1, Walter H. Annenberg dies at the age of 94. Over the years, Annenberg’s guidance and generosity helped establish Eisenhower Medical Center as one of the most respected health care facilities in the country. The generosity of the Annenbergs also provided funds to build and equip the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower, recognized as one of the premier institutions for continuing medical education in the world.
  • Healthy Living magazine debuts in November with a circulation of 22,500. The full-color, 48-page, glossy magazine contains articles on current medical topics, tips for leading a healthy lifestyle, physician profiles, and a comprehensive calendar of events and support groups. Published bi-monthly, the magazine is to become a trusted resource for information on current medical topics.


  • In January, Greg P. and Stacey Renker donate more than $1 million toward the new Renker Wellness Center. The Center houses the Glickman Heart Failure Clinic, Tamkin Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the Eisenhower Smilow Heart Center.
  • Bob Hope Chrysler Classic presents a $1 million check to Eisenhower Medical Center, a portion of the proceeds from the 2002 golf tournament.
  • In May, Eisenhower Medical Center celebrates Bob Hope’s 100th Birthday with banners on all major buildings, balloons, birthday cakes for employees, patients and visitors, and a celebration in the Annenberg Center Auditorium honoring Hope. Former president Gerald Ford, civic leaders and other dignitaries attend the event.
  • The Mirage Endoscopy Center, dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases, opens in June.
  • The death of Bob Hope on July 27, just two months after his 100th birthday, is mourned by millions around the world. Members of the Eisenhower Medical Center family, many of whom had long and close relationships with him, are particularly affected by his passing. Bob and his wife Dolores were among Eisenhower Medical Center’s earliest and most loyal supporters. They were the driving force behind the building of the hospital, and donated the original 80 acres for the Eisenhower campus. Hope was a Founding Trustee and remained closely involved with the hospital over the years.
  • The new Central Plant goes online in the summer. An integral part of Eisenhower’s renovation and expansion program, the plant is designed to meet new seismic safety standards and to enable Eisenhower to become virtually self-sufficient in generating electricity for the entire campus.
  • Eisenhower Medical Center becomes the first California hospital to partner with Bridge Medical to use MedPointTM, a system based on barcode technology, to prevent medication and transfusion errors at the bedside.
  • New high-tech electronic information systems are implemented throughout the hospital including a fully integrated appointment scheduling, admission, registration, discharge and transfer system; patient accounting and medical records management.
  • The fall issue of Money magazine lists Eisenhower Medical Center as one of the premier facilities in the United States for total hip and total knee replacement procedures. Eisenhower ranks number two in California for the number of joint replacement surgeries performed annually.
  • In November, following a donation from Joel and Joan Smilow, Eisenhower Medical Center’s comprehensive cardiovascular services are named the Eisenhower Smilow Heart Center.
  • Circulation of the November-December issue of Healthy Living magazine increases to 40,000.


  • The $65 million Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center is dedicated on February 6. The 97,000 square foot facility provides comprehensive services to cancer patients and their families in a comfortable and comforting environment.
  • On February 7, Eisenhower Medical Center hosts the first Community Heart Conference, chaired by Congresswoman Mary Bono. The free, all-day event, attended by more than 400 people, features lectures on heart- and stroke-related topics presented by Eisenhower Medical Center physicians and nurses and health screenings.
  • On February 24, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners approves the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower as a provider of continuing education credits for Nurse Practitioners.
  • On March 3, the Renker Wellness Center and Desert Cardiology Center officially opens. Made possible by a gift of more than $1 million from Greg and Stacey Renker, the Center houses the Tamkin Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation center, Glickman Heart Failure Clinic, a laboratory draw station, X-ray facilities, as well as the latest telemetry and exercise equipment.
  • On April 13, Eisenhower Medical Center’s Auxiliary donates $1 million for the purchase of a CT scanner for the Emergency Department, the largest donation in the Auxiliary’s history.
  • On April 24, Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center sponsors the first Community Cancer Awareness Day, featuring free educational presentations and exhibits and an opportunity for the public to tour the new state-of-the-art facility.
  • On May 26, Syed F. Ahsan, MD, performs the first cochlear implant in the Coachella Valley. Cochlear implants electronically convert sound to signals the brain understands as sound, restoring hearing for people with severe-to-profound hearing loss.
  • In July, Eisenhower Medical Center donates medical equipment to three hospitals in Palm Desert’s Sister City, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
  • On November 4, the Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Center at the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center is dedicated.


  • On January 3, a new Eisenhower Urgent Care Center opens in the Uihlein Building.
  • On January 14, golf legend Arnold Palmer is on hand for the opening of the Arnold Palmer Prostate Center in the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center. Since undergoing surgery for prostate cancer in 1997, Palmer has been an outspoken advocate for the prevention and early detection of the disease. The Arnold Palmer Prostate Center is the first health care facility on the West Coast to use IsoStrandTM technology to fabricate the stranded seeds used in brachytherapy. The ability to create the radioactive seeds on site reduces the time required to plan and perform brachytherapy from approximately two weeks to just days.
  • On January 19, former basketball coach, author and motivational speaker John Wooden is the keynote speaker at a benefit luncheon for the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center.
  • In February, Puneet Khanna, MD, is the first cardiologist in the Coachella Valley to use the SilverHawkTM Plaque Excision System. The device is used to treat peripheral vascular disease by shaving and removing plaque from artery walls.
  • On February 28, Eisenhower Medical Center is named as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson® , the premier source of health care business intelligence in the United States. The award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in quality of care, operational efficiency, financial performance, and adaptation to the environment.
  • In April, the City of Indian Wells awards Eisenhower a $5 million grant for Campaign Eisenhower. In gratitude for the contribution, Eisenhower renames the Center for Healthy Living, "Eisenhower Indian Wells Center for Healthy Living" and announces plans to open an Urgent Care Center in Indian Wells.
  • On May 13, Eisenhower Medical Center becomes the first hospital in California to train physicians from throughout the United States in the use of the SilverHawkTM Plaque Excision System. This forum is the only one in the country attended by SilverHawk inventor John Simpson, MD, Ph.D.
  • In October, Eisenhower enhances its Center of Excellence in Orthopedics with the new Eisenhower Joint Replacement Center. The Center provides seamless care for patients and their families, including education, pre-surgical consultation, state-of-the-art computer-assisted surgery, post-operative care and rehabilitation.
  • On October 22, Eisenhower’s Renker Wellness Center is a presenting sponsor of the Desert Empire American Heart Walk at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Resort in Palm Desert. In addition to Eisenhower’s $15,000 sponsorship, more than 200 employees help to raise funds by participating in the Heart Walk or volunteering at the event.
  • In November, the Arnold Palmer Prostate Center is the first in the world to combine the use of External Beam Radiation Therapy with Cesium-131, a powerful radioactive, cancer-destroying isotope used in state-of-the-art radiation treatment to the prostate gland.
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