About Eisenhower Medical Center

As the valley’s only not-for-profit hospital, Eisenhower Medical Center has provided high quality, compassionate care for nearly 40 years through a full range of state-of-the-art diagnostic, treatment and emergency facilities. Eisenhower is an ACGME accredited teaching hospital, welcoming residents in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine since 2013.

Situated on a 130-acre campus in the heart of the Coachella Valley, Eisenhower Medical Center is a dynamic, progressive health care complex comprised of a 463-bed hospital, the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower, the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower and the Betty Ford Center on the Eisenhower campus. The non-profit Betty Ford Center is a world renowned Alcohol Addiction and Drug Addiction Treatment hospital located on an expansive 20-acre campus adjacent to the Eisenhower Medical Center. Betty Ford Center offers help and hope to individuals and their family members affected by alcoholism and/or addiction to other drugs.

Eisenhower not only offers the highest quality health care for residents and visitors, but additionally provides a broad range of educational programs for health care professionals and the public.

One of the hallmarks of Eisenhower Medical Center’s reputation as a premier health care facility is the significant financial support provided by a broad base of generous donors. Philanthropy and volunteerism continue to play a major role in Eisenhower’s ability to fulfill its mission: "to serve the changing health care needs of our region by providing excellence in patient care with supportive education and research."

Dedicated in 1971, Eisenhower Medical Center is named in honor of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who lived part time in the Coachella Valley during his retirement.

Key Awards and Achievements

  • On January 22, 2010, the Eisenhower George and Julia Argyros Health Center is dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony, open house and tours for dignitaries, physicians, and the public.
  • In Spring 2010, Eisenhower Medical Center announces the formation of the Office of Medical Education under the leadership of Eisenhower’s Vice President for Primary Care Joseph E. Scherger, MD, MPH. The Office of Medical Education, the first of its kind at Eisenhower, begins to develop residency programs in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.
  • In March 2010, Eisenhower Medical Center is one of only 25 companies in the world to receive the Gallup Great Workplace Award. Gallup, the world’s best known and most respected behavioral science authority, surveyed nearly 15 million employees from around the world from companies in all facets of business from health care to hospitality, retail to manufacturing, and banks to insurance.
  • In March 2010, for the third consecutive year, Eisenhower Medical Center receives the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM, indicating that its patient safety ratings are in the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals. Eisenhower Medical Center is one of only 238 hospitals in the country to receive this designation.
  • On April 27, 2010, Eisenhower’s new state-of-the-art inpatient Walter and Leonore Annenberg Pavilion is dedicated. The 250,000 square foot pavilion opens later that year, offering additional beds for patient care with the latest in seismic standards.
  • On January 27, 2009, Eisenhower receives the 2009 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence TM from HealthGrades, ranking Eisenhower among the Top 5% of all Hospitals in the Nation.
  • In April, Eisenhower receives the 2009 Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety TM from HealthGrades. Eisenhower is one of only three hospitals in California to receive both the Patient Safety and the Clinical Excellence awards in 2009.
  • In April, 2009, Eisenhower Medical Center is designated a Certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Eisenhower is the first hospital in Riverside and San Bernardino counties to earn this Gold Seal of ApprovalTM from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers.
  • In July, 2009, Eisenhower Renker Wellness Center’s Tamkin Cardiac and Pulmonary Wellness Programs, becomes part of a select five percent of the nation’s leading cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs that hold dual accreditations from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
  • In July, 2009, Eisenhower Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Center earns The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Total Hip Replacement and Total Knee Replacement. Eisenhower Medical Center is one of only 60 hospitals in the United States to receive both certifications.
  • On January 18, 2008, Eisenhower Medical Center breaks ground on a new, three-story, 90,000 square-foot health center thanks to a recent $20 million gift by noted philanthropists George and Julia Argyros. In recognition of the Argyros’ generous donation, the facility will be named the Eisenhower George and Julia Argyros Health Center.
  • On October 14, 2008, HealthGrades releases its 2009 Hospital Quality Study, and Eisenhower receives high ratings in numerous areas of patient care, including #1 in California for Joint Replacements and #1 in California for GI Surgeries (both for the second year in a row). Eisenhower is also the recipient of the Stroke Care Excellence AwardTM for the third consecutive year (2007 - 2009) and the General Surgery Excellence AwardTM among other recognitions.
  • In January 2007, philanthropists Jim and Jackie Lee Houston make a five million dollar donation to Campaign Eisenhower, Eisenhower’s capital campaign.
  • On January 12, 2007, Leonore Annenberg, on behalf of the Annenberg Foundation, makes a $30 million donation, officially launching the second phase of Eisenhower’s capital campaign, Campaign Eisenhower.
  • Also on January 12, 2007, Eisenhower Medical Center celebrates the groundbreaking for the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Pavilion with Leonore Annenberg, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Secretary of State George Schultz, former Senator John Danforth and hundreds of guests. The $212.5 million project will meet the new California seismic safety standards for hospital facilities. The 250,000 square-foot, four-story inpatient pavilion will house 34 critical care beds, 126 inpatient beds, a new hospital cafeteria and several departments.
  • On February 28, 2005, Eisenhower Medical Center is named as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson® , the premier source of health care business intelligence in the United States. The award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in quality of care, operational efficiency, financial performance, and adaptation to the environment.
  • On June 11, 2005, Eisenhower hosts the First Annual Critical Care Conference attended by more than 120 physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. Topics include the complex ethical issues related to organ donation; treatment of the septic patient; managing the difficult airway; and the importance of clinical information in the interpretation of imaging studies.
  • On March 3, 2004, the Renker Wellness Center and Desert Cardiology Center officially opens. Made possible by a gift of more than $1 million from Greg and Stacey Renker, the Center houses the Tamkin Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation center, Glickman Heart Failure Clinic, a laboratory draw station, X-ray facilities, as well as the latest telemetry and exercise equipment.
  • On April 24, Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center sponsors the first Community Cancer Awareness Day, featuring free educational presentations and exhibits and an opportunity for the public to tour the new state-of-the-art facility.
  • For the second consecutive year, the Eisenhower Medical Center team wins the Perpetual Trophy for Highest Earning Corporate Team in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk.
  • In 2003, Eisenhower Medical Center becomes the first California hospital to partner with Bridge Medical to use MedPointTM, a system based on barcode technology, to prevent medication and transfusion errors at the bedside. Congresswoman Mary Bono secures a $2 million grant for Eisenhower Medical Center. $1 million is used to fund and $1 million by the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower to host biosecurity educational programs.
  • In 2003, new high-tech electronic information systems are implemented throughout the hospital including a fully integrated appointment scheduling, admission, registration, discharge and transfer system; patient accounting and medical records management.
  • The fall issue of Money magazine lists Eisenhower Medical Center as one of the premier facilities in the United States for total hip and total knee replacement procedures. Eisenhower ranks number two in California for the number of joint replacement surgeries performed annually.
  • In 2002, Eisenhower Medical Center is the first hospital in California to use Bridge Barcode Technology to prevent medication and transfusion errors at the patient’s bedside. The system is the only barcode-enabled point of care software system to afford hospitals the assurance of medication administration verification, blood product administration verification, and laboratory specimen identification. The award-winning technology has been endorsed by leading hospital associations.
  • In 2002, the "Performance Excellence" program, based on the Disney Institute’s model for superior customer service, is introduced in September. Performance Excellence training is mandatory for all employees. Five Star Values and Services Standards must be practiced on a routine basis. The results of the program are greater patient satisfaction and improved employee morale.
  • In 2001, the largest charitable donation in the history of the Coachella Valley - a $25 million donation from the Annenberg Foundation - is announced.
  • Also in 2001, the Eisenhower Board approves $250 million capital expansion and renovation to meet the growing needs of the Coachella Valley.
  • And in 2001, Eisenhower forms partnership with College of the Desert School of Nursing. Eisenhower Auxiliary implements nursing scholarship programs for medical center employees.
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