Desert Healthcare Foundation
In 1997, the Directors of the District voted to lease Desert Regional Medical Center to Tenet Health Systems for 30 years, resulting in the hospital becoming a for-profit hospital. The Foundation essentially lost its job of fundraising for the hospital. The focus of the Foundation turned to operating several community programs, such as The Smile Factory (a mobile dental clinic offering free dental screenings and treatment to elementary schoolchildren); The Desert Health Car (free door-to-door transportation service to and from non-emergency medical and health appointments); and The Suzanne Jackson Breast Cancer Fund (available for those individuals who did not have health insurance or the ability to pay for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic services). In 2003, the Foundation board was dissolved and the District board assumed responsibility. In 2004 the development and incubation of two health needs programs were added under the Foundation: The Wellness Park – a 5 acre fitness park (owned by the District) adjacent to the hospital and designed to encourage wellness, conservation, and mental well being; and HARC (Health Assessment Resource Center) – a central resource for information and statistics about the health status of the community and its residents.
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