Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) has recently began operating Hi-Desert Medical Center and its related healthcare facilities under an agreement with the Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District. Tenet will now manage the operations of the 59-bed primary care hospital and the 120-bed skilled nursing facility on the hospital campus, as well as associated programs that were previously operated by the hospital. The district will continue to operate two family health clinics in the area. The arrangement is structured as a long-term lease agreement, which was approved by district voters on June 23 by a margin of 90.6 percent to 9.4 percent.
Under this new operating arrangement, Hi-Desert Medical Center will continue to have its own medical staff and governing board. The hospital’s new governing board includes representatives from the district, physicians from the hospital’s medical staff and local community and business leaders. Tenet will offer employment to all hospital employees in accordance with its customary hiring practices and policies. In addition, Tenet has committed to provide much-needed funding, including $32 million in the first three years of the lease, for new projects, technologies such as enhanced information systems and physician recruitment and service line expansion.