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Dr. Les Zendle announces he will not seek re-election to the Healthcare District Board

First elected in 2016 and then re-elected in 2020, Dr. Zendle says he remains committed to supporting the District but it's the right time for him to step away from the Board.
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Healthcare District Board promotes administration veteran to CEO

Chris Christensen, who has served the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation in various capacities since 2014, also has led the agency three times as interim CEO. Most recent, he has provided leadership during negotiations with Tenet Healthcare over the future of Desert Regional Medical Center.
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Consider seat on Desert Healthcare District Board

The seven Directors of the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board are standing in two rows facing the camera. Photo by Lani Garfield
Four seats will be up for election in November, representing zones 1, 3, 5 and 7 of the Desert Healthcare District. Coachella Valley residents can file to run between July 15 and Aug. 9.
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Desert Healthcare District awards $1 million in grants to reduce loneliness & isolation

The grants support services and programs for Coachella Valley children, seniors, residents with disabilities, and more. Each grant covers a two-year period.
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New District survey reveals Coachella Valley voters' thoughts on community healthcare services

The survey explores a range of healthcare-related topics, including  the overall quality of local services and residents' satisfaction with local hospitals.
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Desert Healthcare District & Foundation Board approves high-priority Strategic Plan goals for next 2 years

These goals and strategies will be considered when reviewing new grant applications that are received during the remainder of this fiscal year and through 2026.
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Desert Healthcare District provides $50K to support Coachella Valley families affected by tropical storm

The mountains topped by windmills are dark and underneath a dramatic sky. Stock Photo
Community partnerships facilitate aid to more than 120 families in need of healthcare and other resources in storm's aftermath.
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New Coachella Valley history book explores evolution of local healthcare from Hollywood to desert farms

Cover to the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation's history book. Designed by Angie Agnostino
The book commemorates the Desert Healthcare District’s 75th anniversary and chronicles the agency’s unique evolution from a hospital-centric organization to a community-focused partner to many Coachella Valley nonprofits.
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