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Desert Care Network CEO Michele Finney responds to California Nurses Association's concerns

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Read the response: Michele Finney's letter.

The written response comes a week after representatives of the California Nurses Association rallied at the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation's Board meeting on Nov. 28.

During the public comments portion of the meeting, eight individuals -- primarily nurses and other employees at Desert Regional Medical Center -- addressed the Board Directors about working conditions at the Palm Springs hospital. The hospital, which the Healthcare District owns, has been leased and operated by Tenet Healthcare since 1997.  Tenet has proposed continuing operation after the lease expires in 2027. 

Some speakers identified workplace concerns and challenges, which had been published in a news release from the California Nurses Association. Others spoke of the hospital as a supportive environment.

After hearing all of the comments, Desert Healthcare District and Foundation legal counsel Jeff Scott informed the speakers and other meeting attendees that a written response from Tenet Healthcare was forthcoming in accordance with District  Policy OP-7. Scott had requested the response on Nov. 27 in an email to Finney after being made aware of the association's news release.

The California Nurses Association has planned a demonstration on the sidewalks at Desert Regional Medical Center. It will take place at 5:30-7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12.