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District presents new proposed zone maps

The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation is hosting public hearings this spring and next fall to give valley residents opportunities to review proposed maps that divide the District into geographic zones. Residents' participation is key to the process to redraw the District from five to seven zones.


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District Board appoints new Zone 5 Director

Arthur S. Shorr takes District oath

Arthur S. Shorr of Palm Desert brings to the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board a great deal of experience in the healthcare industry, in which he's worked since 1970. He served in executive management positions, an international healthcare consulting firm he founded and managed, and on hospital governing boards. He replaces Director Jennifer Wortham who retired in April. 

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District votes Les Zendle new Board president, looks to fill Board vacancy

The April 15 resignation of Board President Jennifer Wortham, who moved out of the Coachella Valley because of her job, prompted the appointment process for a new Director. Applicants who reside in zone 5 will be interviewed, and an appointment will be made by the Board in May.
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Board elects 3 officers, begins appointment process for new Director

District Boundary Map
On Tuesday, April 23, three officers were elected by the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Les Zendle replaced Jennifer Wortham as president, Leticia De Lara was elected vice-president/secretary, and Mark Matthews retained his position as treasurer.
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Rezoning process launches with public hearing

people at public hearing
Coachella Valley residents will have four opportunities to help shape the District's new zones, starting at the April 23 public hearing.
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Board President Explains Expansion Measure

Doctors working at community health event
Les Zendle, MD, who serves as Board president for the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation, explains Measure BB, a ballot measure that would expand the District east beyond Cook Street to serve the entire Coachella Valley.
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