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Advancing Community wellness in the Coachella Valley

New District survey reveals Coachella Valley voters' thoughts on community healthcare services

Homelessness and healthcare are the most important issues facing the Coachella Valley today, according to a new survey.

Commissioned by the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation, Probolsky Research recently completed a survey of community residents.  Participants were identified through the Riverside County Registrar of Voters.  They provided insight on a range of healthcare-related topics, including their opinions of the overall quality of local services and their level of satisfaction with local hospitals.

The survey results will help inform the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board as it considers next steps for the future of Desert Regional Medical Center. The Palm Springs hospital, which is owned by the District and Foundation, has been operated and managed by Tenet Healthcare Corporation since 1997. Last September, Tenet, which is headquartered in Dallas, submitted a new proposal to continue operating and ultimately purchase the hospital after the current lease expires in 2027.

See the survey results. 

In addition to the survey, the District and Foundation Board is conducting community meetings to hear feedback and answer questions from the public about Tenet Healthcare's proposal and alternative options. Meetings have been held in Desert Hot Springs and Mecca. Future meetings for the rest of the valley are planned for April:

  • April 2 (Cathedral City, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage residents), 6 p.m. at the Cathedral City Senior Center, 37171 Buddy Rogers Ave., Cathedral City 
  • April 16 (Coachella and Indio residents), 6 p.m. Fantasy Springs Resort and Spa, 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio
  • April 30 (Indian Wells, La Quinta, Palm Desert residents), 6 p.m. at UCR Palm Desert, Building B, 75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert

If disability accommodations or translator services are required for this meeting, please email Andrea S. Hayles, special assistant to the CEO and Board relations officer, at or call (760) 567-0591 at least 72 hours (or 3 weekdays) prior to the meeting.