Eisenhower Health honors philanthropists Alan Brimble and Richard Lyle Jones

History was made Friday when the Eisenhower Health Center at Plaza del Sol in Palm Springs was renamed the Eisenhower Alan Brimble and Richard Lyle Jones Health Center. This is the first time the hospital has honored a gay couple in this way.

Both philanthropists have been generous donors to Eisenhower Health over the years. Brimble and Jones are Eisenhower Ambassadors, meaning they’ve donated $1 million or more.

More recently, the two dedicated their home at Rancho Mirage to the hospital through a life estate. Their home is an unrestricted gift and will go toward “the greatest need,” said Wendy Beerbower, senior vice president of the Eisenhower Health Foundation.

They also funded a new position at the newly renamed clinic for a nurse practitioner. The health center is special for Brimble and Jones since it is where they go to see their primary care physician, Dr. Michael Hughes.

Philanthropists Richard L. Jones, DDS, MS, left, and Alan Brimble cut the ribbon during a renaming of the Eisenhower Health Center in the Plaza del Sol as Eisenhower Health Center Alan Brimble and Richard Lyle Jones in Palm Springs, Calif. on April Feb. 1, 2022. The couple donated to Eisenhower Health to celebrate their 50th anniversary together.

Dr. Euthym Kontaxis, medical director of the Eisenhower Emergency Department in Tennity, said the couple’s donation to primary care will help the hospital “strengthen prevention and wellness in the community” and ward off emergency room people.

The newly renamed Health Center, located at 1555 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Building C, is one of five Eisenhower Clinics located in Palm Springs that provide primary care, women’s health, mental health services and other health care.

The couple recently celebrated their 50th anniversary in February – although Jones said they were so busy they “didn’t really do much” apart from having lunch with a small group of people. But Friday’s ceremony was “a beautiful way for us to remember it,” Jones said.

Philanthropists Richard L. Jones, DDS, MS, left, and Alan Brimble listen to Michael Landes, president of the Eisenhower Health Foundation during a renaming event of the Eisenhower Health Center in Plaza del Sol as Eisenhower Alan Brimble and Richard Lyle Jones Health Center in Palm Springs, California on April 1, 2022.

Brimble added: “We are very happy to be able to do this for Eisenhower, and we are also very flattered that so many of our friends came to this event. It is very heartwarming.”

Brimble, a former chief financial officer, and Jones, a former orthodontist, retired in 1988 and moved to the San Diego area. They have lived in the Coachella Valley for 17 years.

Beerbower said she considers both families. Once a quarter, she joins them at their house, where they talk about the events of the time, movies, and history, but the couple’s main focus is to talk about charitable donations.

People attend an Eisenhower Health Center renaming event at the Plaza del Sol as the Alan Brimble and Richard Lyle Jones Eisenhower Health Center in Palm Springs, California on April 1, 2022.

“They want to tell me about the gifts they’ve given in the past and why, they want to tell me about the organizations they support and the gifts they’re planning for the future,” Beerbower said.

Addressing a crowd gathered outside the health centre, Beerbower thanked the couple for their “extraordinary generosity” and said they were “a gift to me personally”.

Being able to support the hospital’s various departments and programs is “the best money we’ve ever spent,” Brimble said.

“They take care of you like you wouldn’t believe,” he added.

The next time they walk past the center and see their names on the building, Jones said it will be “totally surreal”.

The Plaza del Sol Eisenhower Health Center was renamed the Alan Brimble and Richard Lyle Jones Eisenhower Health Center in Palm Springs, California on April 1, 2022. The couple donated to Eisenhower Health to celebrate their 50th anniversary together .

The name change also comes days after Rancho Mirage Hospital received a 95 out of 100 rating and designation of an “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer” from the National Health Care Equality Index. Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The index asks healthcare facilities about policies and practices dedicated to the fair treatment and inclusion of LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees.

Ema Sasic covers health in the Coachella Valley. Contact her at ema.sasic@desertsun.com or on Twitter @ema_sasic.

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