Health Care As It Should Be

    Travel Planning with and without Oxygen RW
    Breathe Better Education Series
    W, May 17, noon to 1 p.m.
    760-773-2031 Read More

    Can You Spot a Stroke? AC
    Desert Diabetes Club
    W, May 17, 2 to 3 p.m.
    No registration required; visit for more information, or call 760-773-1578. Read More

    Act F.A.S.T. to Identify a Stroke AC
    W, May 17, 4 to 5 p.m.
    John Dix, BSN, RN, MICN, SCRN
    760-423-4855; registration required. Read More

    Progress in the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma LC
    CancerCare® Live, Interactive Teleconference
    TH, May 18, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    760-834-3798; registration required by May 17. Read More

    Roadmap to Medicare AC
    Sponsored by Eisenhower Indian Wells Healthy Living Resource Center
    TH, May 18, 1 to 3 p.m.
    Jessie Elmer, Latino Outreach Coordinator, HICAP of Riverside County
    760-423-4855 Read More

    Lung Capacity Screenings AC
    F, May 19, 9 a.m. to noon
    Sue S. Frederick, BA, RRT, RCP
    760-423-4855; limited appointments available. Read More

    The Art of Pain Management: Discover Options for Feeling Better AC
    TU, May 23, 4 to 5 p.m.
    Jeff Smith, DO, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    760-426-4855; registration required. Read More

    Can you Spot a Stroke? PD
    W, May 24, 5 to 6 p.m.
    John Dix, BSN, RN, MICN, SCRN
    760-423-4855; registration required. Read More

    Mason Jar Meal Prep Made Easy MZ
    TH, May 25, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
    Barbra Sassower, RD, Clinical Dietitian
    760-423-4855; registration required. Read More

    Nutrition Tips for Cancer Survivors LC
    TU, Jun 6, noon to 1 p.m.
    Rosalind Elemy, MA, RD, CSO, Clinical Dietitian, Eisenhower Nutritional Services
    760-834-3798; registration required by Jun 5. Read More

    Participating in Decisions About Your Care LC
    CancerCare® Live, Interactive Teleconference
    W, Jun 7, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    760-834-3798; registration required by Jun 6. Read More

    When in Doubt, Veg Out
    TH, Jun 8, 1 to 2 p.m.
    Kellsey Reed, RDN, Clinical Dietitian
    760-423-4855; Held at the Desert Hot Springs Senior Center, 11-777 West Drive. Read More

    Acupuncture for Pain Management PM
    F, Jun 9, 11 a.m. to noon
    Deidre K. Braun, MS, LAc
    760-423-4855 Read More

    Bariatric Surgery Information AC
    SA, Jun 10, 10 a.m. to noon
    Bobby Bhasker-Rao, MD, General Surgery
    760-778-5220; registration required. Read More

    The Importance of Exercise for Cancer Survivors LC
    TU, Jun 13, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
    Danielle Meglio, COTA/L, MLT/CDT, Community Class Coordinator, Eisenhower Rehabilitation Services
    760-834-3798; registration required by Jun 12. Read More


    Most classes and lectures are free and early registration is recommended. For a full listing of lectures, events, programs and support groups, visit Online registration is available for most events.

    • AC Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower
    • LC Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center
    • MZ Mizell Senior Center, Palm Springs
    • PD Eisenhower Wellness Institute MindBody Studio at El Paseo, Palm Desert
    • PM The Palms at La Quinta, 45190 Seeley Drive
    • RW Eisenhower Renker Wellness Center

  • Eisenhower Earns ’A’ for Patient Safety from Leapfrog Group

    The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the United States health care system, released their new Hospital Safety Grades, which assign letter grades to hospitals nationwide based on how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The latest Hospital Safety Grade honored Eisenhower Medical Center with an “A” — its top grade in patient safety. Eisenhower was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients.

    “Delivering safe, high quality patient care is Eisenhower Medical Center’s commitment to our community,” says Christine Johnstone MHA, MSN, RN, PHN, Vice President, Quality and Performance Improvement. “We are proud to have received an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group, an organization with the toughest industry standards for quality and safety, transparency and continuous improvement in healthcare systems. It underscores the dedication and hard work of our physicians, nurses, leadership and staff and demonstrates substantial evidence of those efforts.” read more...

  • The Eyes Have It

    Macular degeneration (MD) is an eye disorder affecting more than 13 million Americans. It causes damage to, or the breakdown of, the macula, the central portion of the retina responsible for sharp, central (straight ahead) vision and is the leading cause of blindness in those over the age of 55. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) refers to the disorder when it affects people over the age of 60.

    In some cases, AMD advances slowly and vision loss does not occur for a long time. For others, the disease advances quickly, leading to a loss of vision in one or both eyes. Caucasians are far more likely to get AMD than non-white people, and smokers increase their odds of getting AMD by six to eight times. read more...

  • Right Place, Right Time

    “I have a tendency to get rear-ended,” says Todd Schufelt, 47, a publishing firm regional manager who lives in North Indio with his wife and three sons. “I’ve been in 15 car accidents over the last 20 years working for the company. Not because my driving’s bad and I just stop fast. Every time I got hit was when I was in a rental car at a dead stop at a light.”

    Not surprisingly, these frequent collisions, combined with constant coast to coast air travel, caused Schufelt chronic neck pain. “I’d be sore for a couple days. Sometimes a couple weeks, sometimes months,” he says. “But being the guy that I am, and the family man, and the number-one income-earner for the family, I had to keep going. I was seeing a chiropractor two and three times a week, and a massage therapist sometimes two to four times a week, just to get by.”

    On Labor Day weekend of 2015, Schufelt’s patchy coping mechanism finally caught up to him. Such were his symptoms that he realized he needed expert medical help. read more...

  • Experts Agree: Aquatic Exercise Does It All

    “As a fitness tool, swimming hits all the marks,” says David Clawson, MD, Director, Eisenhower Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic. “It’s a great aerobic workout. It’ll increase your cardiac output and lowers your resting heart rate — and your blood pressure. Because of the big breathing component to swimming, it’s wonderful for developing your pulmonary capacity. Not just the metabolic respiratory aspect of exercise, but actually increasing your lung volumes and strengthening your diaphragm.”

    Dr. Clawson, 58 — who swims for an hour three to four times a week — estimates that, depending on how strenuous the workout, one can burn up to 500 calories in 60 minutes. “It helps keep your weight under control, helps with blood sugar control and helps with blood fat (cholesterol) control. It’s also very helpful for developing flexibility. It keeps your muscles long, because as you swim, you reach and stretch.” read more...

  • When it Comes to Stroke: BE FAST

    May is Stroke Awareness Month

    May is National Stroke Awareness Month and Eisenhower Medical Center, a certified primary stroke center, reminds everyone to understand the risk factors, warning signs and symptoms of stroke.

    Stroke, the nation’s third leading cause of death, affects nearly 700,000 people every year. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with nearly 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today

    There are two types of stroke. Ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke caused by blood clots that block blood flow to the brain. Less frequent is hemorrhagic stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel in, or leading to, the brain bursts.

    Stroke is a medical emergency. Therefore, recognizing stroke symptoms is vital to stop or lessen the extent of its damage on the brain. The acronym BE FAST is an excellent way of identifying stroke symptoms:

    Balance: Is there a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
    Eyes: Are there sudden vision changes?
    Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
    Arms: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
    Speech: Is speech slurred? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is the sentence repeated correctly? Has the person experienced a sudden, severe headache? Do NOT ignore this symptom.
    Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

    There are some stroke risk factors that can’t be controlled including a person’s gender, age and family history. However, many stroke risk factors are lifestyle related and can be reduced by making a few simple changes.

    Lifestyle-related factors that increase your risk of stroke include: high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes, high blood cholesterol levels, heavy drinking, a diet high in saturated fat and salt but low in fiber, fruit and vegetables, a lack of regular exercise and obesity.

    Individuals with atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat are also at risk for stroke.

    For stroke victims, knowledge is power. By understanding and recognizing the warning signs of stroke, and quickly getting to a primary stroke center ? such as Eisenhower Medical Center ? the risk of complications and death can be reduced.

    To learn more, visit

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