HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER NURSES VOTE TO UNIONIZE

Registered nurses at Hi-Desert Medical Center voted Tuesday night to join California’s largest nurses’ union. In a secret ballot, the nurses voted 77-4, or 95 percent, to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. Hi-Desert Medical Center is part of Tenet Healthcare. The nurses will now seek wage parity with

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MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT: A COMMUNITY UPDATE

A year and a half ago, the Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District leased the hospital to Tenet Healthcare, which is now responsible for the operation of the hospital and its satellite facilities. The district changed its name to Morongo Basin Healthcare District, and besides serving as Tenet’s landlord, it operates the

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MAJOR CHANGES COMING TO HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

Changes are coming to the Hi-Desert Medical Center, thanks to the take-over of the hospital by Tenet Healthcare last July. The hospital’s chief executive officer Karen Faulis told the Morongo Basin Healthcare District board of directors at their June 9 meeting that Tenet is recruiting several physicians, including general surgeons,

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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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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

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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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 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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MEASURE Y WOULD AFFILIATE HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER WITH TENET HEALTHCARE

You will be seeing and hearing a lot about Measure Y in the next few weeks. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains what the measures is and what your vote means…

The fate of Morongo Basin’s only acute-care hospital and affiliated facilities is about to be decided in a special mail-ballot election.

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD APPROVES 30-YEAR LEASE

In a special meeting last night, the board of directors of the Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District signed papers approving a 30-year lease of Hi-Desert Medical Center to Tenet HealthCare of Dallas, Texas. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says another meeting tonight will set up a required election on the agreement… Following many

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER LEASE TO TENET HEALTHCARE SET FOR APPROVAL, VOTE IS NEXT

After months of negotiations and input, the Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District Board of Directors will put their signatures on lease and purchase agreements, officially agreeing to lease Hi-Desert Medical Center to Tenet HealthCare of Dallas, Texas. Tenet is one of the country’s leading and most comprehensive healthcare services companies,

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HOSPITAL BOARD IN SPECIAL CLOSED SESSION THIS AFTERNOON

The Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors convenes a special session at 5:00 today in the Helen Gray Education Center. The one action item on the agenda will be contemplated in closed session as it involves real property negotiations between the District and Tenet California.

HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD IN SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board has called a special meeting for tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us why… The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors meets in special session at 6 p.m. today. The board will consider approval of a single action item, that being approval of a policy that

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FINAL HOSPITAL BOARD SPECIAL MEETING IN JOSHUA TREE TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will hold the last of three special meetings tonight to hear public input on its proposed lease agreement with Tenet Healthcare Corporation. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Avenue. Residents are invited to

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER HOLDS FIRST OF THREE PUBLIC MEETINGS

About three dozen people braved the rain last night to attend the first of three special meetings held by the Hi-Desert Medical Center about the hospital’s plans to affiliate with Tenet Healthcare. Managing editor Tami Roleff says after hearing a short presentation by the hospital’s CEO Bob Tyk, nearly a

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