Health Care As It Should Be September 2014

Upcoming Events

  • Surgical Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer LC
    TH, Sep 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Peter Ilbeigi, DO, Urology
    Light dinner, register by Sep 17. Read More

    Radiation Treatment  for Prostate Cancer LC
    M, Sep 22, noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Robert Johnson, MD, Radiation Oncology
    Light lunch, register by Sep 19. Read More

    The Jump!: Helping Seniors Achieve Their Dreams AC
    TU, Sep 23, 11 a.m. to noon
    Webb Weiman, founder of Jump! Jump!
    Call 855-687-5867 for information. Read More

    Three Alternatives to Rid Stubborn Fat AC
    TU, Sep 23, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Timothy Jochen, MD, Dermotology
    Read More

    Intimacy, Sex and Prostate Cancer: Treatment, Coping and Communicating LC
    TH, Sep 25, 4 to 7 p.m.
    John Faulkner, MD, Urology
    Desert Center for Sexuality Awareness staff
    Light dinner, register by Sep 24. Read More

    New Techniques for Detection of Prostate Cancer LC
    M, Sep 29, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Lance Walsh, MD, PhD, Urology
    Light dinner, register by Sep 26. Read More

    Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: Making an Informed Decision LC
    TH, Oct 2, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Frederick Eko, MD, Plastic Surgery
    Light dinner, register by Oct 1. Read More

    The Benefits of Yoga for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors LC
    M, Oct 6, 2 to 3 p.m.
    Jayne Robertson, Mind-Body Program Manager, Eisenhower Wellness Institute
    Read More

    Understanding Osteoporosis AC
    National Osteoporosis Foundation Support Group
    M, Oct 6, 11 a.m. to noon
    Shanna Hirschi, Pacific Region Program Director, Arthritis Foundation
    760-423-4855 Read More

    The Treatment of Advanced Stage Breast Cancer LC
    TU, Oct 14, noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Amy Law, MD, Medical Oncology
    Light lunch, register by Oct 13. Read More

    Hot Topics in Total Hip Replacement Surgery AC
    Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center Lecture Series
    TU, Oct 14, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Jason Weisstein, MD, MPH, FACS, Orthopedic Surgery
    Erik Schnaser, MD, Orthopedic Surgery
    760-423-4855 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

    Would you like to have someone from Eisenhower Medical Center speak to your organization on a health-related topic? Please contact Vanessa Shanks at 760-834-7956 for more information.




After a detailed review and on-site survey, Eisenhower Medical Center has earned the highest designated Chest Pain Center Accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). In 2012, Eisenhower was the first medical center in the area to be Cycle IV accredited, the highest available level of accreditation.

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care is a patient centric non-profit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and other heart conditions. The Society promotes protocol based medicine to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, acute decompensated heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by health care providers.

To earn Chest Pain Center accreditation, a facility must successfully meet the Society's eight criteria:

  • Integration of the emergency department with the Emergency Medical System
  • Timely diagnosis and treatment of patients with ACS
  • Assessment of patients with low to moderate risk of ACS
  • Functional facility design
  • Organizational structure
  • Process improvement orientation
  • Community outreach, and personnel Competencies and training

Chest Pain Centers strive to quickly diagnose cardiac patients, begin treatment within minutes and significantly improve the chance of a positive outcome. Studies show that Chest Pain Centers reduce mortality rates by 37 percent. The emphasis of Chest Pain Centers includes focusing on high-risk patients as well as decreasing unnecessary admissions of low risk patients with chest pain. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain, but only ten to fifteen percent of the patients are diagnosed with an acute myocardial infarction, or heart attack. An estimated 50 to 60 percent of emergency department chest pain patients are admitted to coronary care units and most are found to be free of cardiac disease. Chest Pain Centers achieve success with early intervention and rapid initiation of therapy.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. Only 13 percent of women consider heart disease their greatest health risk, yet it kills more women every year than the next seven causes of death combined - including cancer. Eighty-five percent of heart muscle damage occurs in the first two hours of a heart attack. Warning signs often include tightness or pressure in the chest and may also spread to the shoulders, neck and arms. Educating the public about these signs and symptoms allows Chest Pain Centers to assist more effectively in quickly diagnosing and treating patients.

The Chest Pain Center provides fast, state-of-the-art treatment to prevent heart attacks. A highly skilled team with advanced knowledge in the management of heart attacks provides rapid therapy to all our chest pain patients. Being treated at a Cardiovascular Center of Excellence can make the difference between life and death.

Know the Warning Signs
Most heart attacks can be minimized or stopped by seeking immediate medical attention. The key is recognizing the warning signs that your body is telling you.

  • Chest Pain is a Symptom of a Heart Attack.
  • In the event of a medical emergency, please dial 911.

Chest pain is the most common symptom associated with a heart attack. But you might also have any of the following heart attack symptoms:

  • Throat or jaw pain radiating to the left shoulder
  • Pain that radiates down the left arm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mid-back pain radiating to the chest
  • Chest tightness or pressure>
  • Chest discomfort (severe heartburn unrelieved with antacids)

These symptoms may also be accompanied by:

  • Fainting
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness

Don't ever ignore a heart attack symptom. Because the longer you wait to get help, the greater the chance your heart will be permanently damaged. If you ever feel any of these symptoms... immediately call 911.