Eisenhower Health announced Tuesday it has received a $7.5 million donation to help renovate its outpatient surgery center at the Dolores Hope Outpatient Care Center in Rancho Mirage.

Philanthropists Jerry and Kathleen Grundhofer made the donation through their foundation, according to Lee Rice, public information officer for Eisenhower Health.

The center was state of the art in 1986, Rice said, but there have been significant surgery technology and innovations that have shifted cases from inpatient to outpatient procedures. Eisenhower Health will redesign and remodel the center’s same-day surgery suites for it to thrive in the new outpatient landscape, according to Rice.

“I think a big part of any surgery is the push to be minimally invasive, but that requires an appropriate operating environment,” said Dr. Scott A. Gering, vice president, surgical services, Eisenhower Health.

“With the Grundhofers’ incredibly generous donation, we can now move these surgeries to the outpatient setting — making it an even greater center with all the right equipment. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The donation will help provide:

— renovations for the 10,450-square-foot, second-floor surgery department;

— two new large operating rooms that can accommodate robotic surgery technology;

— a new da Vinci Robotic Surgical System that will be dedicated to outpatient surgery;

— redesign and expansion of four operating suites;

— expansion and update of support space, including creating six pre-operation rooms and 12 recovery rooms;

— state-of-the-art surgical technologies and infection control in the surgery suites.

Eisenhower Heath expects patient benefits to include:

— easy transfer to the hospital for additional care when necessary;

— overflow from hospital can be accommodated in the center’s new suites for less invasive cases;

— fewer surgery delays when performed in outpatient environment;

— increased surgical capacity in hospital outpatient rooms;

— convenience of surgeries done in outpatient setting.

“Jerry and Kathleen Grundhofer’s unwavering support of Eisenhower is awe-inspiring,” said G. Aubrey Serfling, Eisenhower Health’s president and CEO. “The foundation’s remarkable gift will enable Eisenhower to pursue its goals of providing our community with unparalleled outpatient surgical services with technologies that continue to draw the best and brightest surgeons to Eisenhower.

“Their generosity will directly impact patient care for decades to come, and I, for one, cannot emphasize enough how much that means to all of us at Eisenhower.”

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