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We are working to have the website conform to the relevant standards of the Section 508 Web Accessibility Standards developed by the United States Access Board, as well as the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These standards and guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. We believe that conformance with these standards and guidelines will help make the website more user friendly for all people.

Our efforts are ongoing. While we strive to have the website adhere to these guidelines and standards, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage, please contact so that we may be of assistance.

Thank you. We hope you enjoy using our website.

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Desert Care Network Governing Board

Meet our Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is responsible for financial and professional oversight of Desert Care Network. Its members guide Desert Care Network in the delivery of high-quality healthcare to the Coachella Valley.

Desert Regional Medical Center

Frederick Axelrod, M.D. (Chair)

Frederick Eko, M.D. (Vice-Chair)

Lilia Pacini, M.D. (Secretary)

Gemma Kim, M.D. (Chief of Staff)

Michele Finney (CEO)

Grace Garner

Maria Elena Geyer

Jeff Grubbe

Amir Lavaf, M.D.

Eric Presser, M.D.

Bryan Reyes

Carole Rogers, RN, MPH (Desert Healthcare District)

Les Zendle, M.D. (Desert Healthcare District)

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Hi Desert Medical Center

Christi Blauwkamp (Chair)

Donna Munoz (Vice Chair)

Jim Ventura (Secretary)

Andre Kasko, D.O., (Chief of Staff)

William S. Bush, M.D. (Chief of Staff Elect)

Karen Faulis (CEO)

Gholam Zadeii, M.D.

Jim Bagley

Matthew Campos

Cathy Itnyre

Gary Talley

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JFK Memorial Hospital

Richard P. Twiss (Chairman)

Michael Stutz (Vice-Chairman)

Gerald D. Sharon, D.Min. (Chairman Emeritus)

Bev Blessing, FNP, Ph.D. (Secretary)

Gary Honts (CEO)

Saeed Eskandari, M.D.

Gloria R. Franz, CFP

Tricia Gehrlein

John F. Hoffner

Elaine Holmes

Andrew Kassinove, M.D.

Jeffrey C. Kirkpatrick

M. Elizabeth "Betty" Sassano

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