• President’s Message
     In this issue of Healthy Living, we focus on the Neuroscience Center of Excellence, exploring conditions of the spine, neck and brain in depth. Aches and pains are nothing new to most adults,... click for more
  • Barbara Sinatra and Ma...
    In April, the Junior League Sustainers of the Coachella Valley and the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower will partner to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month. On April 2,... click for more
  • Eisenhower Physician P...
    Over the past several years, Svetlana Rubakovic, MD, FACP has been invited to present new research data about melanoma genetics to the international melanoma community — namely, the 7th International... click for more
  • The Memory Assessment ...
    Since 2007, residents of the Coachella Valley who are struggling with memory changes — and the people who love them —have been offered close-to-home access to the Memory Assessment Center (MAC). The Center offers a newly revised, first-of-its-kind program for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or a related memory disorder, as well as a wealth of care and support resources tailored to their individual needs.

    The Memory Assessment Center, under the operation of Eisenhower Medical Center and located in the Uihlein Building on the Eisenhower campus, is a collaboration between Eisenhower, the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and the Alzheimer’s Association®, California Southland Chapter, that provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to evaluation, care and support. click for more
  • Eisenhower Desert Orth...
    In keeping with its longstanding tradition of community service, Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center (EDOC) is involved in numerous activities and programs that “pay it forward” to local residents.... click for more
  • A Primer On Choosing A...
    The importance of having a primary care physician cannot be overstated. A primary care physician is a doctor who helps patients maintain their overall health and well-being, as well as coordinating a patient’s care when specialists or other medical professionals are needed. Seeing patients at regular intervals and not just during times of illness, a primary care physician can also help a patient to establish and maintain healthy lifestyle goals. Family physicians, geriatricians and internists are all primary care physicians.

    Getting to know a patient over time can have a profound effect on the health of that patient — understanding a person’s family history, workplace situations and stress, age-related concerns and more. Establishing a long-term care relationship with a patient can help a primary care physician treat an acute problem or focus on a larger issue. Regular visits to one’s primary care physician may also help expedite the diagnoses and treatment of high risk factors like high cholesterol or hypertension before a serious illness has had time to develop. In short, the primary care doctor is a patient’s first line of defense for getting well and staying well. click for more
  • Breast-Imaging — Seein...
    In the world of breast imaging, dense breasts present the most difficult problems in detecting cancer. Standard mammography equipment often cannot detect cancer lesions in women with dense breast tissue. According to Eisenhower Radiologist John Cutrone, MD, Board Certified in Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology, “It’s like looking for a small cloud behind a big cloud. Some small cancers, which are typically white on a mammogram, are easily obscured by breast tissue, which is also white.” 

    Thanks to a generous donation from BIGHORN Behind a Miracle (BAM), Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Center was able to purchase the most advanced, state-of-the-art dense breast imaging diagnostic tool available, and is only the second facility in California to offer this exciting new technology. The SenoBright® Contrast-Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM) from GE Healthcare is a powerful diagnostic modality — able to detect minute cancers, as well as reduce the waiting time between detection and diagnosis. click for more

  • Relief From A Lifetime...
    Engineer and private pilot Neil Whelchel was just nine years old when he first experienced the rapid palpitations. “I would change my position or hold my breath and it would happen. As I got older the episodes got longer.”

    Whelchel went to doctors who ran electrocardiograms (EKG) and ultrasounds but nothing ever turned up and he was often dismissed. Rapid heart rate — supraventricular tachycardia — was something the young man learned to adapt to. He even taught himself to “reset” his heart by doing vagal maneuvers (methods used to reset or slow the heart rate). “At the time, I didn’t know that I was doing vagal maneuvers. I just was curious and aware of my body and was able to figure it out.” Whelchel would hold his breath and bear down, or press on his carotid artery to reset himself. He would sometimes use ice on his face, chest or back to put his heart back into rhythm. click for more

Eisenhower Women’s Health

After more than 20 years being on call “24/7” as an obstetrician/ gynecologist in some of Los Angeles’ busiest and most prestigious hospitals, Toni Long, MD felt it was time for change.

"I'm enjoying the transition to older patients," Dr. Long says. "I'm getting older just like my patients, so I relate to them and their mid-life issues."
“Working in an outpatient setting is a perfect match for my lifestyle,” notes Dr. Long, who now practices gynecology at the Eisenhower Women’s Health Center. “Working in such a beautiful, new facility that offers comprehensive health care services under one roof is a bonus,” she says, adding that some of the services offered at the state-of-the-art health center include an imaging center, 15 primary care physicians, a radiation oncology center, a breast center where mammography and bone density scanning is performed, orthopedic specialists and a wide array of wellness and community health education programs.

A Southern California native, Dr. Long attended George Washington University Medical School in Washington, DC before completing her internship and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Board Certified in Gynecology and Obstetrics, Dr. Long was drawn to the specialty because of its variety and focus on women.

Today, Dr. Long specializes in hormone replacement therapy and menopause, with a particular interest in sexuality and aging. Her down-to-earth and easy-going manner puts patients at ease, making it easier for them to open up about concerns some may feel are too private or embarrassing to discuss. “I’m enjoying the transition to older patients,” Dr. Long says. “I’m getting older just like my patients, so I relate to them and their mid-life issues.”

Dr. Long relishes the new-found time the outpatient schedule affords to spend with her family, pursue other interests and get more involved in community service. Dr. Long serves on the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower Board of Directors where she volunteers to help victims of physical, sexual and emotional child abuse. As a Soroptimist, an international volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world, Dr. Long is involved in volunteer and fund-raising activities for the betterment of women throughout the Coachella Valley.

Dr. Long also stays fit just as she encourages her patients, participating in a fitness boot camp at La Quinta Park three days each week and hiking the local trails and canyons on weekends.

Andrea Randall, MD [2470]
Andrea Randall, MD
Andrea Randall, MD
Andrea Randall, MD, also a California native, is enthusiastic about her patients and building a new practice in the Coachella Valley. “Growing up in Southern California, I always vacationed in the desert and knew it was an area I liked. When the opportunity to practice gynecology full time at Eisenhower Medical Center came up, I thought it would be a great fit.”

Dr. Randall’s patients seem to be happy about it, too. “I have a nice blend of younger and older patients,” says Dr. Randall. I really enjoy working with the different populations — helping both young women and women who are well into their 90s. With my younger patients, I focus on keeping them healthy and safe. With my older patients, I often treat menopausal or perimenopausal symptoms, and help them navigate and understand hormones. It is very individualized and rewarding work and allows me to care for women at different and often unique stages in their lives. That’s a privilege.”

Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Randall received her Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences with a specialization in neuroscience from the University of California at Irvine. She attended Rosalind Franklin University/ Chicago Medical School where she received her medical degree and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

“Regular visits with a gynecologist are an important part of a woman’s health,” notes Dr. Randall. “There is a lot we can do to prevent disease but if you don’t see a gynecologist, you may not know what to look for. I spend a lot of time educating my patients because the body changes as we get older and there are new things to pay attention to. I would advise someone not to wait until something becomes an emergency to get checked. Regular checkups can often prevent something from becoming a serious problem.”

Dr. Randall’s husband Alan is a pediatrician. They have a sixyear- old daughter, Brynn, and are expecting another child soon. “Brynn keeps me quite busy so it’ll be interesting to add another little one to the mix. My husband and daughter love to draw so we can often be found at a picturesque setting some place having coffee while the two draw together.”

Gynecology Services in La Quinta

Eisenhower Medical Center offers a number of services and locations throughout the Coachella Valley to bring health care close to home. In La Quinta, Eisenhower now offers Eisenhower Women’s Health Center in the Eisenhower George and Julia Argyros Health Center. Gynecological health is best met with a trusted gynecologist who can guide a woman through the changes she will experience at different stages in life, from younger women having their first annual screenings to peri-menopausal and menopausal women undergoing hormonal changes to older women who may have pelvic health-related concerns. Eisenhower Women’s Health Center offers preventive and specialized gynecological care to help women protect their health at every stage.