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Rancho Mirage residents are served primarily by three medical centers: Desert Regional Medical Center, Eisenhower Medical Center and John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital.

Eisenhower Medical Center

As the Rancho Mirage area became more and more popular in the 1950s and 60s, residents began to feel the need for a hospital within the city to serve its growing population. In 1966, Bob and Dolores Hope donated 80 acres of land that would become the site of the new hospital, and the Palm Springs Desert Classic golf tournament was used to finance the project. When Dwight D. Eisenhower learned of the naming of the hospital, he said, “I must tell you that it is the greatest honor I have ever received to have a medical center named after me.” In 1968, Dolores Hope was named the President of the Board of Trustees for the hospital. She served on the board for many years and was instrumental in the growth of the medical center.

Today, Eisenhower Medical Center is a not-for-profit, comprehensive health care institution that includes the 540-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.

An accredited teaching hospital, the Medical Center is renowned for its Centers of Excellence in Orthopedics at Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center, Cardiovascular at the Eisenhower Smilow Heart Center, Neuroscience at the Eisenhower Neuroscience Institute, and Oncology at the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center. Situated on 130 acres in Rancho Mirage, and with locations across the valley, the medical center has provided a full range of quality medical and educational services for more than 40 years for residents and visitors to the greater Coachella Valley. For more information, visit or follow the Eisenhower Medical Center page on Facebook.

Desert Regional Medical Center

Located in Palm Springs, Desert Regional Medical Center is a 387-bed tertiary acute care hospital that was founded in 1948. The emergency department of Desert Regional is the only designated trauma center in the Coachella Valley, and the hospital is also home to the only neonatal intensive care unit in the Valley.

Some of the medical center’s most notable services include the newest medical imaging technology used to treat stroke patients and create a higher chance of recovery; a Joint and Spine Pavilion; a Comprehensive Cancer Center; Joslin Diabetes Center; and the Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences.

The Advanced Primary Stroke Center and the Advanced Congestive Heart Failure programs at Desert Regional Medical Center have both received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, the highest level of certification they could receive.

Desert Regional Medical Center’s mission is to be “the hospital you trust to care for those you love.

John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital

In 1966, a group of physicians founded the 112-bed Indio Community Hospital. As the community’s needs grew, the hospital was expanded to a 158-bed facility and was renamed JFK Memorial Hospital. The hospital’s mission is “to be first in service while providing compassionate care to the diverse communities of the Coachella Valley through exceptional staff and physicians.”

Some of the hospital’s features include 24/7 emergency care, a sports medicine program, maternity care, pediatric services, orthopedic and joint replacement services, an ambulatory surgery center, imaging services and an outpatient rehabilitation center.

JFK Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission, is a recipient of the Get-With-The-Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award for coronary artery disease and heart failure and was recognized by Healthgrades as being in the top 10 percent in the nation for joint replacement.

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