• Eisenhower Auxiliary’s...
    Eisenhower Medical Center Auxiliary’s annual fund-raising dinner dance is scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage.

    Meet the residents and celebrate Eisenhower’s commitment to elevating medical diagnostics to the digital era. Proceeds will be directed to the acquisition of state-of-the-art hand-held ultrasound devices and other diagnostic equipment for Eisenhower’s inaugural class of residents and faculty in the School of Graduate Medical Education. click for more

  • Oak Glen Ripe for the ...
    Sometimes it seems like summer never wants to leave the desert. On those dog days of fall, while heat still clings to the Coachella Valley, the mile-high climate of Oak Glen provides the perfect backdrop for autumn family fun.

    An easy, hour-long drive from Palm Springs, Oak Glen is a 15 square-mile hamlet of soft hills, orchards and farms. Because Oak Glen is 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the desert, the air is as crisp and cool as a green apple, often laced with the scent of a cozy fire. This is where trees try on the new fall fashions, displaying brilliant leaves of blazing orange, crimson and gold. click for more

  • 5 THINGS
    1 . Get a Massage - Treat your body to a relaxing or therapeutic massage. Invite your spouse or a friend to join you at the spa.

    2 . Read a New Author - Peruse The New York Times Book Review and find some authors you’ve never read.

    3. Skip Dessert All Week - Muster your willpower and ignore your sweet tooth until Sunday — then savor every bite of a special dessert.

    4. Watch a Documentary - Scan your movie provider and choose an interesting documentary. You might learn something new!

    5. Write a Sweet Note - Write a short, kind note and leave it for a loved one to find. You’ll probably “make their day.”

  • Eisenhower Named Most ...
    For the second consecutive year, Eisenhower Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health care facilities, according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Eisenhower is the first and only hospital in the Coachella Valley to receive the recognition. click for more
  • Eisenhower Named Leade...
    Eisenhower Medical Center has been recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation,... click for more
  • Eisenhower Joins Ameri...
    Eisenhower Medical Center is joining the American Cancer Society for their landmark Cancer Prevention Study-3. The Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is a grassroots effort where local communities can... click for more
  • Figue - Savoring Medit...
    New Mediterranean eatery Figue (rhymes with league), located in La Quinta, is the vision of a passionate owner and an equally enthralled chef who was completely taken by the enthusiasm of his future employer. “The mission statement Lee Morcus posted when advertising for a chef was unlike any mission statement I’d ever read,” says Executive Chef Francois de Mélogue. “I was like the secretary in the Tom Cruise movie Jerry McGuire, who grabbed the goldfish and went with him. I was responding to what his energy was, and I knew what my experience could bring to the table.” click for more

Blazing Trails in Infectious Disease Treatment

Massoud Dezfuli, DO, MS

Massoud Dezfuli, DO, MS
Massoud Dezfuli, DO, MS
Despite the availability of antibiotics, deaths resulting from infectious diseases like hepatitis, tuberculosis, influenza, pneumonia, HIV, chickenpox, measles, sexually transmitted diseases and whooping cough are on the rise, including some diseases once thought to be virtually eradicated in the United States.

In 2010, in response to growing concerns about new and emerging challenges related to infectious diseases, Eisenhower Medical Center tapped Infectious Disease Specialist Massoud Dezfuli, DO, MS, to develop a department to study, identify and effectively treat infections arising from exposure to infectious diseases or that follow organ transplantation and other surgical procedures.[MORE]

Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Dezfuli currently serves as Eisenhower’s Antimicrobial Stewardship program director, Infectious Disease Prevention director and clinical coordinator for Education for Eisenhower’s School of Graduate Medical Education Intern and Residency programs.

Based on the new challenges related to infectious diseases, Dr. Dezfuli established the comprehensive Eisenhower Infectious Disease Center, to treat patients with both acute and chronic infectious diseases. The clinic provides inpatient and outpatient consultations, physician consultations and antimicrobial treatments. It also offers an antimicrobial stewardship program that helps physicians determine the appropriate antibiotic to be used. Eisenhower physicians Valari Patel, MD, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease and Xolani Mdluli, MD, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, joined the clinic in August.

The Center also provides an outpatient infusion unit designated specifically for intravenous anti-infective therapy. “Our mission is to provide individualized care, increase patient safety and reduce the risk of infection for our patients,” says Dr. Dezfuli. “Having a dedicated unit in which to isolate potentially infectious patients from those who may be immunocompromised greatly enhances the protocols already in place to prevent transmission of infection.”

“We also want to make the patient experience as convenient and comfortable as possible,” explains Dr. Dezfuli. “The unit is open and staffed with licensed nurses and nursing assistants seven days a week. Additionally, our patients can see a physician within 24 to 48 hours and get an access PICC line for infusions in less than 24 hours.”

“This approach is a whole new way of looking at anti-infective therapy,” Dr. Dezfuli continues. “It gives primary care physicians and their patients the option of receiving treatments on an outpatient basis that once would have required a trip to the emergency department or hospitalization. Not only is this option more convenient for our patients, it is safer.”

Because the infusion center gets patient referrals from physicians throughout Coachella Valley, Dr. Dezfuli has implemented a free transportation program for qualifying patients needing rides to and from their treatments.

The Eisenhower Infectious Disease Center is located on the Eisenhower campus in the Bob Hope Classic Medical Building, Suite 108. For more information, call 760-834-3545.