History 2006-2010


  • In January, Eisenhower Medical Center acquires Hope Square, a professional medical building and renames it in honor of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in recognition of the Classic’s generous support of Eisenhower Medical Center.
  • On January 21, Senator Barbara Boxer visits Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center to announce $500,000 in federal funding for the Arnold Palmer Prostate Center.
  • On April 17, Eisenhower Medical Center breaks ground for an expansion of the Tennity Emergency Department. The $27.5 million project includes the construction of a new addition, as well as the renovation of the current space. The Tennity Emergency Department will increase in size from the current 16,800 square feet to 44,000 square feet, and will include 38 large, private treatment rooms.
  • In April, Eisenhower Medical Center receives full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from the Society for Chest Pain Centers in April. Eisenhower is only the third hospital in the state of California to receive this designation.
  • In June, Interventional Cardiologist Khoi Le, MD, is the first physician in California to use the SilverHawkTM DS, also called the MiniHawk, used to clear small arteries in the lower legs and in feet. The procedure restores blood flow to the foot, in order to heal wounds and help patients avoid lower limb amputation.
  • On July 7, the first cervical (neck) artificial disc surgery in the Coachella Valley is performed at Eisenhower Medical Center as part of a nationwide clinical study.
  • Eisenhower Medical Center pays tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and raises a 30-foot by 50-foot American flag on the highest flagpole in the Coachella Valley, standing 101 feet tall.


  • On January 12, Leonore Annenberg, on behalf of the Annenberg Foundation, makes a $30 million donation.
  • Also on January 12, Eisenhower Medical Center celebrates the groundbreaking for the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Pavilion with Leonore Annenberg, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Secretary of State George Schultz, former Senator John Danforth and hundreds of guests.
  • On January 28, Eisenhower Medical Center renames the 18,000 square-foot Radiation Oncology Center Eisenhower BIGHORN Radiation Oncology Center in honor of BIGHORN Golf Club’s $10.8 million donation to Campaign Eisenhower.
  • On March 21, in recognition of its 25th anniversary, the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower hosts the first of the new Leonore Annenberg Lecture Series.
  • In April, Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center is the first hospital in Southern California to begin using a new screening option - Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) - to more accurately identify breast cancer previously undetected by mammography.
  • In May, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) grants Three-Year Approval with Commendation to the cancer program at Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center. The Cancer Center’s numerous commendations make it eligible for evaluation for an additional award - the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award.
  • On September 4, Eisenhower Medical Center becomes the first hospital in the western United States to use a new device created to treat peripheral arterial disease using the Diamondback 360°TM Orbital Atherectomy System.
  • On October 19, the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower hosts the 17th International Conference on Screening for Lung Cancer, sponsored by the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP). I-ELCAP convenes every six months for a three-day conference attracting physicians from the most prestigious medical and academic institutions around the world.


  • On January 18, 2008, Eisenhower Medical Center breaks ground on a new, three-story, 90,000 square-foot health center thanks to a recent $20 million gift by noted philanthropists George and Julia Argyros.
  • On January 17, 2008, Eisenhower Medical Center becomes the first hospital in Southern California to use EnSite FusionTM, advanced cardiac imaging software approved for use by the Federal Drug Administration on January 16, 2008.
  • On February 18, Eisenhower Medical Center receives designation by the Riverside County Emergency Medical Services Agency as the only STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Receiving Center in the Coachella Valley - one of only two hospitals in Riverside County.
  • In the spring of 2008, Eisenhower completes construction on a new interventional radiology laboratory, which houses state-of-the-art angiography equipment for the treatment of vascular disease.
  • In April, Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center receives a $316,000 donation, proceeds from the BIGHORN Behind a Miracle Golf Tournament. The donation is used for a number of services and equipment for the Cancer Center.
  • In the spring of 2008, Alvin V. Shoemaker is elected Eisenhower Medical Center’s Chairman of the Board.
  • In July, Eisenhower Medical Center Department of Pathology is awarded accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of an on-site inspection.
  • On October 2, Eisenhower is the first in Riverside County to perform a surgery (specifically, a hysterectomy) using the da Vinci® S HDTM Surgical System.
  • On November 6, Eisenhower is the first in the Coachella Valley to perform a prostatectomy using the minimally invasive da Vinci® S HDTM robotic surgical system. The procedure is performed by Lance Walsh, MD, Board Certified Urologist.


  • On January 20, Eisenhower celebrates the opening of the Eisenhower Wound Care Center with a ribbon cutting and open house. The Center is first comprehensive center for wound care in the Coachella Valley.
  • On January 22, Eisenhower holds a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly expanded and renovated Tennity Emergency Department.
  • In April, Eisenhower Medical Center is designated a Certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Eisenhower is the first hospital in Riverside and San Bernardino counties to earn this Gold Seal of ApprovalTM from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers.
  • On May 27, Eisenhower Medical Center commemorates Dolores Hope’s 100th birthday in recognition of her vital role in establishing the Medical Center.
  • In June, Eisenhower Medical Center earns the highest designated Chest Pain Center Accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) and is the first in California to be Cycle III accredited with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention).
  • In July, Eisenhower Renker Wellness Center’s Tamkin Cardiac and Pulmonary Wellness Programs, becomes part of a select five percent of the nation’s leading cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs that hold dual accreditations from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
  • In July, Eisenhower Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Center earns The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Total Hip Replacement and Total Knee Replacement. Eisenhower Medical Center is one of only 60 hospitals in the United States to receive both certifications.
  • In July, Eisenhower dedicates the Neurological Care Unit, an inpatient area dedicated to patients experiencing neurological deficits due to stroke and other disorders.
  • On December 4, 2009, the Eisenhower Medical Center Auxiliary celebrates 40 years with its annual Holiday Voices event.


  • In early 2010, Eisenhower is the first facility in the Coachella Valley to combine the Novalis TxTM radiosurgery platform with RapidArc for the treatment of a variety of cancers.
  • On January 22, 2010, the Eisenhower George and Julia Argyros Health Center is dedicated.
  • In February 2010, Eisenhower Medical Center and Desert Orthopedic Center announce their newly licensed relationship as Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center, formally aligning the long-standing relationship between the Medical Center and the physician practice.
  • In spring 2010, Eisenhower Medical Center announces the formation of the Office of Medical Education under the leadership of Eisenhower’s Vice President for Primary Care Joseph E. Scherger, MD, MPH. The Office of Medical Education, the first of its kind at Eisenhower, begins to develop residency programs in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.
  • In March 2010, Eisenhower Medical Center is one of only 25 companies in the world to receive the Gallup Great Workplace Award.
  • In March 2010, Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center is awarded the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) from the American College of Surgeons for the second consecutive time. The award is among the most prestigious for cancer centers, with only 82 programs having received the OAA as a result of surveys performed in 2009. This number represents 18 percent of the 432 programs surveyed during this period. Eisenhower Medical Center is the only hospital in the Coachella Valley to receive the award for two consecutive periods.
  • On April 27, 2010, Eisenhower’s new state-of-the-art inpatient Walter and Leonore Annenberg Pavilion is dedicated. The 250,000 square foot pavilion opens later that year, offering additional beds for patient care with the latest in seismic standards.
  • In May 2010, Eisenhower Medical Center is first in the Coachella Valley to use a new tool in the fight to save precious brain function after a stroke. Designed to restore blood flow and minimize permanent damage, the Penumbra System suctions stroke-causing blood clots from the brain.
  • In August 2010, the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is reaccredited as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
  • In October 2010, Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Center is the first center in the Coachella Valley to be designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

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