• 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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

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    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 Desert Orthopedic Center

School Sports Program Benefits Local Athletes

Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center physicians, physician assistants, acupuncturist and physical therapists “give back” through community services such as their School Sports Program.
Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center physicians, physician assistants, acupuncturist and physical therapists “give back” through community services such as their School Sports Program.
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. One program that helps many of the area’s student athletes is EDOC’s School Sports Program.

Since its inception 15 years ago, the program has provided comprehensive sports medicine services to several local schools, including Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert and Palm Springs High Schools, Idyllwild Arts Academy and College of the Desert. EDOC physicians involved in the program donate their time to provide sideline medical expertise at all of the participating schools’ home football games and follow-up care, or referrals for injured players as needed. They also administer pre-season physicals, give team trainers great access and response for medical issues that may arise during practice or off the playing field/court, and mentor student trainers. EDOC and the individual doctors also support many of the schools’ fundraising efforts.

“This is an invaluable service and our gift to the desert community,” Desert Orthopedic Center President and Chairman Stephen O’Connell, MD, notes. “These student athletes have access to fellowship-trained, multi-specialty orthopedic surgeons who are tops in their fields — a level of care typically only found at large medical institutions with university affiliations. I am very proud of the doctors and physicians assistants who give so generously of their time and talent to help these kids.”

Currently, EDOC’s School Sports Program is spearheaded by Matthew Diltz, MD and Patrick St. Pierre, MD, both orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists. Dr. Diltz, a winner of Palm Springs Unified School District’s Golden Apple Award in recognition of his commitment to community service, explains that care for student athletes often goes beyond sports medicine, which makes the program especially beneficial to students with little access to medical care or those who may have inadequate insurance.

“I cannot praise the program and Dr. Diltz enough,” comments Desert Hot Springs High School coach L.D. Matthews. “He is an integral part of our athletic training and valuable support to our team. He constantly goes above and beyond the call of duty, on his own time, to ensure the safety and well-being of our kids. Our kids love him,” Matthews adds. “Dr. Diltz takes great pride in these kids. He does it out of the goodness of his heart.”

Matt Haven, a former coach who now heads Xavier College Preparatory High School’s Social Studies department, says, “EDOC has been a tremendous help in our efforts to build a comprehensive high school athletic program. From ‘official’ services like coordinating physicals for every athlete and making sure every football game is covered by an experienced doctor, to the ‘unofficial’ ways they help kids and families receive the care they need — particularly where barriers exist that would otherwise prevent that — EDOC has been invaluable.”