• Cancer and the Art of ...
    I have long been proud of the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center for the many services it offers to our local community, including screening, diagnosis and treatment for a number of conditions. Recently, the Cancer Center has grown, with several Board Certified Medical Oncologists and Hematologists establishing offices in the Lucy Curci Cancer Center locations on the main campus and across the street in the Rancho Mirage Professional Plaza. These physicians join the specialists who were already housed in the Eisenhower Schnitzer/ Novak Breast Center and Eisenhower Bighorn Radiation Oncology Center.

    In coming months, oncology services at the Eisenhower George and Julia Argyros Health Center in La Quinta will expand to include infusion services adjacent to the existing radiation oncology department and downstairs from the breast center. Currently, a national search is underway for a medical director of the Cancer Center. Our nationally accredited cancer center truly offers a robust program of cancer services, education and support for our community. click for more

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  • A Happy Camper

    “I’ve known too many people diagnosed with lung cancer when it’s too late,” says Palm Springs resident Sanford (Sandy) Norian. “I’m a very fortunate camper, thanks to the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center study.”

    The study that Norian, 79, refers to is the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP), a collaborative group of lung cancer experts from around the world whose mission is to achieve early diagnosis, treatment and an ultimate cure of lung cancer.

    As the only desert hospital to participate in I-ELCAP, Eisenhower Medical Center — through Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center — began offering low-dose CT scans to screen current and former smokers over age 50 in 2003. Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer and causes about 90 percent of lung cancers in the United States. More Americans die from lung cancer each year than any other type of cancer; the disease claims nearly 160,000 lives annually, both men and women. click for more


  • Swing Dancing

    Dancing is one of the most satisfying forms of expression — a marriage of movement and music, both scripted and improvised. Young children introduced to music and rhythm are often compelled to move, simply because they are responding to how the... click for more
  • 5 Things You Can Do Right Now As Part Of Your Wellness Routine

    1.Visit an Art Gallery
    Give your eyes and your mind something new to absorb. Visit local art galleries often, inquire about upcoming exhibitions and broaden your knowledge about art.
    2. Go to the Beach
    Plan a weekend outing to your favorite sandy shore, enjoy long walks and be sure to get your feet (or entire body) wet! click for more
  • Native Foods

    Looking for a place to veg out? Native Foods in Palm Springs has fresh, delicious, plant-based dishes to please every palate — even meat lovers.

    “One thing that surprises some people is that even though the menu is plant-based, 85 percent of our guests are omnivores,” says co-owner Andrea McGinty. “They just genuinely like the food here.” click for more

  • Lung Cancer

    Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, accounting for 1.2 million new cases annually and is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. Lung cancer has also increased in frequency over the last several... click for more
  • Eisenhower Medical Center - A National Leader in Lung Cancer Screening

    In July 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a recommendation that individuals at high risk for lung cancer undergo annual screening using low-dose CT scans. This recommendation was based on findings from the National Cancer Institute’s National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), published in 2012, showing that CT screening reduced lung cancer deaths among current and former heavy smokers by 20 percent when compared to standard chest X-rays. click for more
  • When Breast Cancer Returns

    “I’m 61, I have metastatic breast cancer, and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.”

    You don’t expect to hear those words from someone in Diana Mehrens’ situation. But they illustrate the equanimity and grace with which she is facing her disease — and her mortality. They also underscore the confidence she has in the care she’s receiving at Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center.

    Mehrens’ cancer journey began in 2002 when, at age 49, she was diagnosed with stage 3 ductal carcinoma of the breast.

    “I found the lump during breast self-examination,” she says. “It was a small but very aggressive tumor that had already spread to my lymph nodes. First I had surgery, then entered a clinical trial where I had aggressive chemotherapy, then radiation therapy.”

    In addition, because her tumor was estrogen receptor-positive, she started taking an oral medication called an aromatase inhibitor to lower estrogen levels in her body, removing the “fuel” that this type of breast cancer needs to grow.

    In January 2003, Mehrens returned to work as a licensed marriage and family therapist at the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower, transitioning into private practice in Yucca Valley and doing humanitarian work. click for more

  • Exercise For Cancer Patients and Survivors

    Physical exercise has been shown to be an important part of the recipe for preventing cancer, along with making healthy choices such as quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy body weight, decreasing stress and eating a healthy, balanced diet. But what is the ideal formula which will provide the most benefit after cancer treatment and help the transition into survivorship? The recommendations are not very different from recommendations to anyone interested in improving their health. 
    Maintain a Healthy Weight
    Undergoing cancer treatment may cause a weight loss or gain. Speak to your physician about what a healthy weight is for you, and methods to achieve your weight goal. Control caloric intake and expenditure by choosing the right source of calories and the right amount and type of exercise. click for more
  • Eisehower Lucy Curci Cancer Center

    A healing place like no other.
    These words accurately reflect what Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center offers to people with cancer and their families. The nationally accredited Cancer Center combines today’s most advanced diagnostic tools, cutting-edge treatments, access to clinical trials, an exceptional team of cancer specialists and extensive support services — all housed in a beautifully appointed facility designed to enhance healing. 

    “There’s no reason to leave the desert for cancer treatment,” says the Cancer Center’s Chief Administrative Officer Lilli Mandelik. “The treatment you receive here is on par with any big metropolitan cancer center, but we’re right here in your own backyard.” click for more

  • All In The Family

    Family. It’s a theme that suffuses the personal and professional lives of physicians Anne Montgomery, MD, and Glen Stream, MD, who joined Eisenhower Primary Care 365 in 2013. Each is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Each has held leadership positions with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Montgomery serves as Associate Director of Eisenhower’s Family Medicine residency program. They’re also married to each other and have raised two sons, now out of college. click for more
  • The Keys to Success

    Donna Miller, 76, doesn’t really know how she injured her rotator cuff, a group of four tendons that attach the humerus (upper arm bone) to the shoulder blade and help to lift and rotate the arm. “I was in Walt Disney World® in September of 2012... click for more
  • To All Healthy Living Resource Center Members

    All members of Eisenhower’s Healthy Living Resource Center receive a number of benefits, including discounts at local businesses and restaurants, a subscription to Healthy Living magazine, and access to numerous lectures and other educational... click for more
  • The Sweet Tooth Dilemma

    Have you ever searched your kitchen for something sweet to eat, knowing that you recently tossed out the blatantly sugar-laden treats in your pantry? Feeling desperate, you look for that mostly consumed bag of chocolate chips you bought for baking —... click for more
  • Wheely Grateful

    Arthur Holmes, or Rick, as most people know him in Idyllwild, California, is an outdoor enthusiast. He loves hiking and has ridden mountain bikes and motorcycles for nearly four decades. However, an accident in 2008 threatened to end Holmes’... click for more
  • Eisenhower Founders Society

    On Tuesday, January 14, 2014 142 members of Eisenhower Medical Center’s Founders Society were honored in a ceremony at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower. The Founders Society launched the financial backing for Eisenhower’s... click for more
  • Jim Cook Day of Hope for Diabetes

    For nearly two decades, the Jim Cook Day of Hope for Diabetes® has educated thousands interested in learning more about a disease the World Health Organization has defined as an epidemic. On Saturday, March 22, 2014, the public is invited to attend this popular free event, presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and the Desert Diabetes Club. The Jim Cook Day of Hope for Diabetes, which includes a product fair showcasing the latest technology and treatments for persons with diabetes, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower. For more information, please call 760-773-1578 or visit emc.org/ddc.
    This year, the Day of Hope welcomes award-winning actor/singer Tony Orlando as its celebrity keynote speaker. Known for his beloved Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree — an American anthem of hope and homecoming, reunion and renewal — Mr. Orlando has enjoyed much success during his more than 50 years in
    the entertainment business. Motivated by a close family member’s experience with diabetes, Mr. Orlando raises awareness about diabetes in events across the nation.
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  • Eisenhower Makes Best List for Knee and Hip Replacements

    Eisenhower Medical Center was recently recognized as one of the top 97 hospitals in the United States for outcomes following joint replacement surgery, according to a survey by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Of the 97 hospitals surveyed, Eisenhower is one of only eight California hospitals listed who performed better than average in avoiding readmissions.

    The measured outcomes were based on Medicare data on how well patients fare after hip and knee replacement surgeries. The two outcome categories were readmissions after surgery and complications following surgery, such as a blood clot, infection, problem with the artificial joint or death. In judging hospitals, Medicare evaluated cases between July 2009 and June 2012.