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Desert Healthcare District Board to celebrate expansion approval at November meeting

 

When the Desert Healthcare District Board of Directors convenes on Tuesday, November 27, it will acknowledge a significant first in the District’s 70-year history.

The monthly meeting will be the Board’s first since November 6, when voters overwhelmingly approved Measure BB, expanding District boundaries to cover the entire Coachella Valley. To celebrate the occasion, there will be recognition by valley cities, representatives of elected officials and other supporters of the measure. A cake also is planned. The meeting is open to the public, but an RSVP is encouraged (please see below).

Through expansion, the District gains La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, the remainder of Palm Desert and Indian Wells, and unincorporated communities such as Bermuda Dunes, Thermal, Mecca, Oasis, Vista Santa Rosa and North Shore. The move enables the District to now consider the health needs of and effectively engage with an additional 240,000 residents, realizing one of three key priorities in its strategic plan: One Coachella Valley.

As a result of the expansion, the Board is expected to appoint two new Directors from the annexed area in January, increasing the Board from five to seven members.

Expansion also requires rezoning the District to integrate two new zones. The process of transitioning from five to seven zones is expected to get underway next year.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

5:30 p.m.: homelessness initiative recommendations

Immediately following: expansion recognition

UCR Palm Desert

Building B, Room B 114/117

75080 Frank Sinatra Drive

Palm Desert, California 92211

** Free parking in Lot B **

Please RSVP to Andrea Hayles, Board Relations Officer, at ahayles@dhcd.org.

Please direct other inquiries to Will Dean, Director of Communications and Marketing, at wdean@dhcd.org or (760) 449-5461.

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