I’ve always been so very proud that our Palm Springs Valley has such marvelous state-of-the-art medical facilities. And as I’ve matured (also known as “getting older”), I’ve loved becoming more and more involved as both a volunteer and as a fundraiser for my hometown hospital, Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. As a newly christened medical teaching hospital (one of just 25 in all of California), EMC will soon be welcoming its first batch of medical residents to work with its esteemed doctors, nurses, administrators, and support staff. Some 25 medical school grads have been chosen from around the country and around the world for the opportunity to continue their education here in the desert. And by the way, it must be said: Only six percent of the hospitals nationwide have accreditation similar to EMC’s.
Since its opening in 1971, Eisenhower has continually expanded. Less than 10 years following its inauguration, it saw the 1982 opening of the Betty Ford Center, world-famous for addiction treatment. Numerous other health care services have been opened over the years throughout the valley, and there are now three primary care facilities in Rancho Mirage, one in La Quinta, and three in Palm Springs. The most recent Palm Springs addition opened just this month at 1555 South Palm Canyon Drive, and is staffed by two gastroenterologists (GI) and a primary care physician to serve patients in the west end of the valley.
I have always been one to cheerlead causes that I find important, and my volunteer work at the hospital has always been very dear to me. This is one organization that I believe in with all my heart, because I’ve seen firsthand the wonderful work that the hospital does. And EMC’s continued growth is simply testimony to its goal of quality health care for the residents and visitors of our beautiful valley. www.emc.org