HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The local healthcare district board meets tonight at their new headquarters in Yucca Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda… The newly reorganized Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors meets in special session at 6 p.m. tonight. Following a staff report from new CEO Jackie Combs, the board will

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TENET HAS TAKEN OVER OPERATION OF HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

After literally years of planning, months of working out the fine print, and approval by the voters, Tenet Healthcare officially took over the operation of Hi-Desert Medical Center yesterday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains what that means… Tenet Healthcare Corporation began operating Hi-Desert Medical Center and its related healthcare facilities as

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MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT CEO NAMED

At last night’s meeting of the newly re-designated Morongo Basin Healthcare District, Jackie Coombs was named its CEO. Coombs began working for the hospital district as chief nursing officer in 2006 and is currently employed as the Hospital’s Quality Manager. Coombs will leave her present position to oversee the

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER MAY CHANGE ITS NAME TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the healthcare district may get a new CEO, and a new name…

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors holds the regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today following a 5:45 closed session for labor negotiations in connection with

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AS HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER RESTRUCTURES, CEO BOB TYK STEPPING DOWN

Since voters approved the hospital’s lease agreement with Tenet Healthcare in late June, there has been a lot of speculation over the future of current CEO Bob Tyk. Tonight’s special meeting of the Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors puts an end to the speculation. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains…

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets tomorrow and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m, at the Helen Gray Center on the campus of the Hi Desert Medical Center

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SON ARRESTED AFTER SEVERE NEGLECT OF HIS ELDERLY MOTHER

An elderly woman was brought to Hi-Desert Medical Center Saturday afternoon with what was described as one of the worst cases of elder abuse ever seen by the emergency room doctor. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 1:15, the woman was brought in non-responsive and with numerous ant bites on

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FINAL RESULTS OF HI DESERT MEDICAL CENTER’S MEASURE “Y” VOTE

The Registrar of Voters has released the final election results Monday for the mail-in ballot for Measure Y, which approves a 30-year-lease agreement between Hi Desert Medical Center and Tenet Healthcare. With an additional 307 ballots counted, and a total of 26.86 percent of the eligible voters voting, Measure Y

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MEASURE “Y” PASSES OVERWHELMINGLY WITH 91% YES VOTES

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Measure Y—the mail-ballot election to decide the fate of the Hi-Desert Medical Center—was overwhelmingly approved yesterday. With only 25 percent of the 23,000 eligible voters voting, nearly 91 percent approved the 30-year lease agreement with Tenet Healthcare. Now that the agreement is approved, Tenet will operate the medical center, plus

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DEADLINE FOR RETURNING MEASURE Y BALLOTS IS TOMORROW

The deadline for returning ballots for the mail-in election for Measure Y is tomorrow, June 23. Voting YES on Measure Y would approve a 30-year lease agreement between the Hi-Desert Medical Center District and Tenet Healthcare. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details about the proposed merger and election…

The fate of

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

An excessive heat warning is in place for temperatures up to 117 this weekend. An excessive heat warning is issued when temperatures are forecast to reach dangerous levels that will stress the body if precautions are not taken. Cooling centers are: Yucca Valley Town offices normal business hours. The Yucca

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EXTREME HEAT OPENS COOLING CENTERS LOCALLY

An excessive heat watch is in place for temperatures up to 117 this weekend. Cooling centers have been designated. Yucca Valley Town offices are open normal business hours. The Yucca Valley Community Center is open five days a week during the hottest part of the day; Hi-Desert Nature Museum is

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EXTREME HEAT WARNINGS ISSUED, COOLING CENTERS OPENED

The Morongo Basin is currently experiencing its hottest days so far, with temps in the triple digits. The National Weather service has issued an excessive heat watch for temperatures ranging from 110 today to 117 this weekend. Several buildings have been designated as cooling centers where you can get out

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TWO COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVES TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct two community blood drives on Wednesday, June 17. Residents may donate blood at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree from 10 to 2, and at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD MEETS THIS EVENING

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors meets in a special closed session at 6 p.m. today. On the agenda is a performance evaluation of CEO Bob Tyk and discussion involving strategic plans which is protected from Brown Act disclosure under “trade secrets.” The meeting takes place in the Helen

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER OFFER SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

Hi-Desert Medical Center will partner up with other area agencies to administer a summer food service program. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…

Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Family Health Clinics are partnering with the US Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program and the Morongo Unified School District to offer free lunches

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the hospital board’s agenda…

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board holds the regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today. This is the last regular board meeting prior to the close of voting on Measure Y, the ballot

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BALLOTS MAILED FOR HOSPITAL AFFILIATION

Watch your mail. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the ballots to approve the affiliation of Hi-Desert Medical Center with Tenet Healthcare have been mailed out…

The Hi-Desert Medical Center began mailing ballots Friday to all registered voters in the Morongo Basin who live within the boundaries of the healthcare district.

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD IN SPECIAL CLOSED SESSION

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will hold a special closed session meeting at 6:00 tonight (June 3) to discuss trade secrets with the Camden Group Healthcare Management and Consulting firm. The meeting will be held in the Helen Gray Education Center boardroom.

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER IN TWO COMMITTEE MEETINGS TOMORROW

With ballots on the Hi-Desert Medical Center affiliation with Tenet Healthcare due to reach mailboxes this week, public interest in the governing board is likely to increase. Two committees meet this week. The Finance Committee meets tomorrow (Wednesday) to look at the Medical Center’s April financials, and March financials for

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