Those of us who live in the Palm Springs Valley (as well as the millions of annual visitors) are extremely fortunate to have some of the very finest healthcare facilities in the world readily available to us. One of those establishments is Eisenhower Medical Center in my hometown of Rancho Mirage. Let’s face it: Few among us go out of our way to frequent a hospital. Still, it’s nice to know that, when needed, stellar healthcare is not hard to find. I’m privileged to be a good “friend” of Eisenhower, and was recently given a tour of one of its amazing new facilities, which are named for benefactors Greg and Stacey Renker.
After suffering their own serious health crises and being treated at the Medical Center, the Renkers decided they wanted to give something back to the many dedicated professionals who took such good care of them. Their vision was to help provide a very special hospital space for patients—one that would combine the finest medical excellence with the feel of a five-star hotel, a structure replete with world-class amenities, a beautiful décor, and a full-time concierge able to fulfill the requests of both patients and their families. With the understanding that there was a demand for deluxe accommodations, and that many would be willing to pay for the extra perks, the Greg and Stacey Renker Pavilion at Eisenhower Medical Center was born.
Since the quality medical services of this renowned hospital were already in place, all that was left to do was to create a wing that would meet the high expectations of potential clients. Jain Malkin Inc., a firm specializing in interior architecture for healthcare, was chosen to design and execute the vision, and I must say they did so with aplomb. The rooms and suites are absolutely beautiful, with wood floors, cherry and walnut finishes, 42” flat-screen televisions, fine Italian hotel linens, and superior food offerings. Suites provide seating up to ten, and include a pullout queen-sized bed, a fully stocked coffee bar with fresh fruit, extensive catering options, and even a safe. There are extra touches in all of the rooms, such as fine original artwork, hand-blown glass art, desks with high-speed internet, and beautifully appointed Italian marble baths. All of this helps make for an exceptional environment in which individualized health and healing can promptly take place. Kudos to Eisenhower for offering such a special healthcare option, and to the Renkers for their generosity in making it a reality.