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February 3, 2014

Opening Soon: UCR Health Family Medicine Clinic in Palm Springs

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The current faculty at UCR Health Family Medicine Center consists of six physicians – Dr. Gemma Kim, Dr. Tae Kim, Dr. Andrew Alexander, Dr. Charles Gonzales, Dr. Tahany Habashy and Dr. Michael Hughes. All of the physicians practice full spectrum family medicine and see patients from pediatrics to geriatrics. If you call before noon, you can get an appointment that day with one of the physician team members of primary or HIV specialty care. Most major insurance plans accepted. UCR Health currently has two clinic locations: Las Palmas Medical Plaza, 555. E. Tachevah Drive, Suite 3W-105, Palm Springs, 92262 and El Mirador Medical Plaza, 1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Suite E425, Palm Springs, 922262. For Appointments: (760) 318-4730 and (760) 537-1632.

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About the Physicians

The current faculty at UCR Health Family Medicine Center consists of six physicians – Dr. Gemma Kim, Dr. Tae Kim, Dr. Andrew Alexander, Dr. Charles Gonzales, Dr. Tahany Habashy and Dr. Michael Hughes. All of the physicians practice full spectrum family medicine and see patients from pediatrics to geriatrics. If you call before noon, you can get an appointment that day with one of our team of primary or HIV specialty care physicians. Most major insurance plans accepted. We currently have two clinic locations: Las Palmas Medical Plaza, 555. E. Tachevah Drive, Suite 3W-105, Palm Springs, 92262 and El Mirador Medical Plaza, 1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Suite E425, Palm Springs, 922262. For Appointments: (760) 318-4730 and (760) 5347-1632.

Dr. Tae Kim is a Family Medicine physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating all age groups with a special interest in women's health, preventive medicine, minor surgeries, chronic medical management, and academic medicine. He was trained at Texas A&M School of Medicine/Scott & White Hospital, where he was selected as chief resident. After completing his residency, he stayed on as Senior Staff and Assistant Professor and continued to teach medical students and resident physicians. This past March, he joined UCR School of Medicine to not only continue to educate future physicians but to strengthen primary care in the coachella valley.

Dr. Gemma Kim is the program director for UC Riverside School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program in Palm Springs. She joined the faculty in March 2013, after moving from Central Texas, where she practiced in academic medicine for nearly 10 years. She completed her residency at Texas A&M School of Medicine – Scott & White Family Medicine Residency and was Chief Resident of her class. Professional interests include academic medicine, health maintenance, women’s health, chronic disease management, and outpatient procedures. Dr. Kim is excited to join the team at UCR to develop and expand primary care in the area.

Dr. Andrew Alexander grew up in the western US and attended college on a gymnastics scholarship at Washington State. After a short stent of mandatory military service, he entered medical school at USC. Internship was in Internal Medicine at the LAC/USC Medical Center with his residency completed in Family Medicine at the University of Texas, Houston. His final year was spent as chief resident, after which he returned to California and accepted an assistant clinical professorship at UC San Francisco while beginning the private practice of medicine. Dr. Alexander values his doctor-patient relationships as well as his doctor-community relationships. As a full time faculty member of the new UCR School of Medicine, he enjoys building learning opportunities for his community, students, and most importantly, his new patients.

Dr. Charles Gonzales graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology in 1991. He then graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1999. He completed his residency & is board certified in Family Medicine since 2002. He went on to complete a fellowship in HIV Medicine in 2003. He is currently boarded in Hospice & Palliative Care since 2010. Dr. Gonzales is a fitness enthuse & loves helping his patients lose weight. He has found with a motivated patient he is quite successful with helping patients lose weight. He is a voracious reader which is probably a good thing as he has not had a television set since 2002.

For the last 15 years, Dr. Michael Hughes has been in private practice in the Pacific Northwest. He has been in a busy full scope family practice office caring for all ages. He is skilled in a number of office procedures, including minor dermatology surgeries and vasectomy. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, cooking, hiking, camping, exercising, cycling and participating in triathlons. Dr. Hughes’ philosophy of medicine is that of being a patient advocate, listener and guide to help his patients make informed choices for their health.

Now Open:

Borrego Health

Desert Hot Spring Community Health Center
66675 Pierson Blvd.

Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-4559 

Phone: (760) 676-5240

FAX: (858) 634-6946

Clinic Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Desert Hot Springs Community Health Center - Main Campus was open in September 2013 and offers seven exam rooms, an x-ray room, a lab, and a treatment room, as well as highly trained and motivated staff ready to provide quality medical care to the community at low or no cost.

Primary Health Services include

  • General Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Women’s Health
  • Ob-Gyn
  • Pediatrics
  • HIV Specialty Clinic

Ancillary Services include

  • Digital Radiology
  • Laboratory Services
  • Telemedicine
  • Pharmacy

Preventive Care includes

  • Cancer Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Well Child Exams
  • Comprehensive Perinatal Services
  • Confidential HIV / AIDS Testing
  • Family Planning

Desert Hot Springs Community Health Center - Specialty
12520 Palm Drive
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-4559

Phone: (760) 676-5800

FAX: (760) 251-2019
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This is the beginning of a long awaited expansion of HIV/AIDS specialty care at Borrego Health Care. Borrego’s specialists provide quality, compassionate, continuity of care to patients in all stages of HIV by utilizing a team approach.

They offer onsite routine lab diagnostic testing, x-rays, and referrals designed to complement the central role of the consultant in managing patient care.

Now Expanding!
Centro Medico Cathedral City

69175 Ramon Road, Suite A
Cathedral City, CA 92234

Phone (760) 321-6776

FAX (760) 321-4036

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In September of 2013, a Desert Healthcare District grant award of $678,789 was approved to Borrego Community Health Foundation for the purchase of items needed for the 9,100 square foot clinic expansion at the Centro Medico Cathedral City clinic site. Specific benefits of the expanded facility include: 1) Provide added specialty care and diagnostic services on campus; 2) Increase capacity and improve the facilities for patients needing Urgent Care; 3) Increase the number of patients receiving primary care services; 4) Increase the capacity for Behavioral Health services; 5) Provide a fixed based Dental Home for the children in the community and add dental services for adult patients; 6) Provide space to allow for residents to obtain training at the facility.

Borrego Health at The Desert Hot Springs Health and Wellness Center Opened Fall 2013

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Health Center - Featuring 4 Dental Exam Stations for pediatric and adult dental care and 2 Medical Exam rooms for physicals and teen confidential services.

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Cardio-Fitness Gym - Annual fitness memberships for only $50!! The cardio-fitness gym features TechnoGym smart technology equipment. This state-of-the-art fitness equipment is available to those who live and work in the city of Desert Hot Springs and surrounding areas.

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Wellness Studio - 3 Wellness Studios for Health Education seminars and events

Now Open!
Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine - Indio

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With the help of a $230,000 grant from the District, Coachella Volunteers in Medicine opened a new stat-of-the-art facility custom built by the County of Riverside in February 2013. The facility houses six patient exam rooms, two fully-equipped dental operatories, other ancillary clinical rooms, and a community room suitable for educational and other group meetings.

The clinic sees adult patients by appointment only. Initial eligibility screening and appointment scheduling can be done by phone or in person. Bi-lingual telephone eligibility screening is available from 10 to 2, Tuesday through Friday, and Saturdays 8-12.

Location:
82-915 Avenue 48
Indio, CA 92201
760-342-4414

Eligibility:

  • You must be a resident of the Coachella Valley. Evidence of residency will be required.
  • You cannot be eligible for any other health care assistance including, but not limited to, Riverside County MISP, Medi-Cal, Veterans Administration, or any employer-funded or private health insurance.
  • Your household income cannot exceed 200% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines for your family size. Family members are defined as parents or guardians, spouses, children, or domestic partners. VIM will carefully consider household circumstances when counting and considering family-member status; however working family members who have reached the age of 21 must qualify individually. Full-time college students up to age 24 will be counted as family members.
  • VIM does not treat children.

History:

The Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine (CVVIM) clinic began providing medical and dental services to low-income uninsured patients in November of 2010 in a rented clinic. This marked the culmination of a three year planning process that established the only free clinic in the Coachella Valley. The analysis and planning for the clinic was championed by a dedicated group of healthcare, community, and governmental leaders. Ultimately, the County of Riverside, the City of Indio, and each of the Coachella Valley-based hospitals committed financial support for the development of the clinic.

The clinic receives no federal or state financial support and relies exclusively on donations and grants to fund ongoing operations.

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Desert Healthcare District Eastern Coachella Valley Annexation Application

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