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Desert Healthcare District Board will consider new proposal from hospital operator at special public meeting on Sept. 18

The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board of Directors will have a special meeting on Sept. 18 to consider a new proposal from Tenet Health for the future operation of Desert Regional Medical Center (DRMC).

The Palm Springs hospital was built in 1948 by the Healthcare District, which currently retains ownership. In 1997, the District entered into a 30-year lease with Tenet to operate and manage the facility. The original lease expires in 2027.

Tenet Health now proposes to enter into a new agreement to operate DRMC for 30 years. The Board will be given a presentation at the special meeting by representatives of Tenet Health, which is based in Dallas, Texas. Presenters will include Saum Sutaria, MD, Tenet Health CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Tenet also currently operates JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio and the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, which are not affiliated with the Desert Healthcare District.

The public is invited to attend the special meeting in-person or virtually:

6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18

UCR Palm Desert Campus

Building B, Rooms B114-B117

75080 Frank Sinatra Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92211

(complimentary parking)

Access the meeting agenda, which includes the Tenet Health proposal, and the link to attend the meeting virtually.

Webinar ID: 844 1303 3109

Passcode: 655214

Members of the public can also participate by telephone, using the following dial in information: (669) 900-6833 or Toll Free (833) 548-0282 Webinar ID: 844 1303 310 

About the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation

The Desert Healthcare District is a local government agency formed in 1948. Its mission is to achieve optimal health at all stages of life for all District residents. The District includes more than 400,000 residents and encompasses the entire Coachella Valley. The District and Desert Healthcare Foundation, together, are one of the largest funders in the valley. These funds are used to assist residents — especially the underserved — in accessing vitally needed resources, such as primary and behavioral healthcare. Learn more at