Ike's Medical Stay Remembered

(May 2, 2011) Ceremonies were held on Veterans Day to mark the 55th anniversary of the discharge of former President Dwight Eisenhower from the Fitzsimons Army Hospital, now known as Building 500, the administrative building for the School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

Ike was in the eighth floor suite for seven weeks following a heart attack in September 1955. (The president initially complained of discomfort but attributed it to a hamburger with onion he’d eaten while golfing at Cherry Hills Country Club.)

Medically speaking, his stay was a success; Ike recovered and went on to serve a second term as president. Visitors can tour the suite, which has been restored, and read the Secret Service logs of his stay.

To see a video of the room where the president stayed or to get information for a tour, go to Eisenhower web page.

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