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Healthcare District Board to discuss Tenet's revised hospital proposal at May 28 meeting

Western view of the Jerry Stergios building on the DRMC campus in Palm Springs. Staff Photo

The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board will hear and consider at its meeting Tuesday, May 28, a revised proposal from Tenet Healthcare about the future operation of Desert Regional Medical Center.


The presentation comes eight months after Tenet first proposed entering into a new 30-year contract with the District when its current lease expires in 2027. Tenet has leased the Palm Springs hospital from the District since 1997.


Michael Maloney, Tenet Healthcare's executive vice-president, will travel from Dallas to give the presentation at the meeting. The public is invited to attend in person or by Zoom. (Please see meeting details below.)

Following months of negotiations and community input across the Coachella Valley, the District Board is considering two main options. One is a revised Tenet proposal, which includes transferring ownership of the five-acre hospital campus to Tenet at the end of the 30-year payment schedule. The alternative to selling would have the District resume hospital operations.


Earlier this year the Board engaged with Gibbons Advisors to explore the feasibility of taking back the hospital and what that would involve for the District. The firm's findings and recommendation will be discussed at the Board meeting Tuesday.


To attend the meeting in person:


5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28

UCR Palm Desert

Building B, Rooms B114 & B117

75080 Frank Sinatra Drive

Palm Desert, CA 92211


Virtual attendance:

Password: 355860

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: 886 7198 7917

Password: 355860

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.