RANCHO MIRAGE —Eisenhower Health has raised more than $100 million towards its capital campaign goal of $200 million to modernize and renovate areas of the health system, according to Lee Rice, Media Coordinator and Communications Specialist.

Eisenhower Health launched Campaign Eisenhower in 2017 to upgrade and renovate in five areas: orthopedic and general surgery, cardiology, oncology, medical technology, and outpatient clinics and services in order to continue to meet the health needs of the community with the highest levels of care.

“Donors at every level are giving to Eisenhower Health, and we are so grateful for their support in helping us achieve this milestone,” G. Aubrey Serfling, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eisenhower Health, said in a prepared statement. “Philanthropy is at the core of Eisenhower’s history, present and future – making great achievements possible for nearly 50 years. Donations to Eisenhower allow us to offer patients a level of care that is unsurpassed in the Coachella Valley with the latest technologies and excellence among our physicians and employees, all in a beautiful, healing environment.”

The gifts raised are allowing Eisenhower Health to proceed with large construction projects while many improvements will get underway when Campaign Eisenhower fundraising goals are fully met.

The five areas of focus are:

Orthopedic and General Surgery: Advances in surgical technologies and medicine have increased the number of cases that can be performed in an outpatient setting.  It’s estimated that 45 percent of joint replacements will be outpatient procedures by 2026. To meet these patient needs and attract the brightest talent in orthopedics, Eisenhower will expand the Harry and Diane Rinker Building, which houses Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center on its main campus in Rancho Mirage, by adding six new operating rooms, modernizing the two existing operating rooms, and expanding physical and occupational therapy in a new wing. The 46,000 square-foot expansion is underway thanks to philanthropic support.

Additional Campaign funds will allow for the modernization of the Same Day Surgery suites in the Dolores Hope Outpatient Care Center, also on the main campus. The renovation will add two large outpatient surgical suites to accommodate robotic technology and update four existing surgery suites.

Cardiology: Full funding of the Cardiology Center of Excellence will underwrite construction and renovation of new cardiac catheterization labs and electrophysiology labs. These labs will all have the newest 3D guided imaging systems, reducing radiation exposure dramatically. Thanks to support of Campaign Eisenhower, a new $7 million hybrid endovascular/cardiac surgery suite has already been completed and is in use.

Oncology: Eisenhower’s recent affiliation with the UC San Diego Health Cancer Network offers patients in the valley the opportunity to participate in clinical trials and receive targeted treatment based on their individual genetic profile. In order for Eisenhower to fully benefit from the affiliation, it will need additional space for clinical and infusion services. Campaign gifts have already funded the addition of the TrueBeam® linear accelerator which delivers the largest, most precise dose of radiation while minimizing the impact on surrounding tissue.

Medical Technology: Updating existing technology and acquiring new and more sophisticated systems will allow Eisenhower to improve the patient experience, enhance diagnostics and advance the education and training of its medical staff.  Investments will include new patient monitoring systems that are more sophisticated in gathering information and alerting medical staff as well as a Simulation Lab to provide doctors and nurses in the residency program the opportunity to train for life-threatening crises in a hyper-realistic environment.

Outpatient Clinics and Services: Eisenhower Health anticipated the trend toward outpatient care by opening health centers and clinics across the valley, with an eye to providing services in areas that are more convenient for community access. Outpatient services expected to benefit from Campaign funding include: hiring of more primary care physicians, expansion of the dermatology and Mohs Clinic, addition of 10 new treatment rooms in the Emergency Department, and consolidation of services offered in Eisenhower’s Urology, Endocrinology and Wound Care Clinics.

Eisenhower Health is a not-for-profit, comprehensive health care institution that includes the 463-bed Eisenhower Hospital, the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower and the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower. The Betty Ford Center is also located on the Eisenhower campus. Eisenhower is renowned for its Centers of Excellence in Orthopedics, Cardiovascular, Neuroscience and Oncology. Situated on 130 acres in Rancho Mirage, and with outpatient clinics across the valley, Eisenhower Health has provided a full range of quality medical and educational services for more than 45 years for residents and visitors to the greater Coachella Valley. Eisenhower has earned ANCC Magnet Recognition® for professionalism in nursing and excellence in patient care. The first accredited teaching hospital in the valley, Eisenhower trains physician residents in both Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.

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