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Karen Faulis named CEO of Hi-Desert Medical Center

Sep 26, 2019

Joshua Tree, Calif. –Karen Faulis has been named CEO of Hi-Desert Medical Center (HDMC), effective Feb. 22.

Faulis comes to HDMC with extensive hospital leadership and clinical experience, having served since 2008 as COO of Palmdale Regional Medical Center/Lancaster Community Hospital, a 157-bed acute care facility in Palmdale, Calif., owned by Universal Health Services, Inc.

“Karen is a highly committed and experienced healthcare executive with more than 25 years of experience in leadership, quality, patient safety, nursing, risk management, project management and change management,” said Jeffrey Koury, CEO of Tenet Healthcare’s Western Region. Tenet operates HDMC and its related healthcare facilities under an agreement with the Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District. “In addition to being a motivated and energetic leader, her extensive clinical background and her experience working in a similar environment to HDMC’s will strengthen the foundation of excellence already in place at the hospital.”  

“I am excited to have been chosen to lead Hi-Desert Medical Center,” said Faulis. “I am very familiar with the healthcare challenges that we face in our area desert communities. I look forward to meeting with the physicians and staff at HDMC to learn more about the opportunities for ensuring the long-term viability of HDMC and the continued provision of quality healthcare services to residents of the Morongo Basin and surrounding communities.”

In her role at Palmdale Regional Medical Center/Lancaster Community Hospital, Faulis served as interim CEO for 18 months, leading all efforts in physician relations and recruitment, operations, employee satisfaction and patient satisfaction. As COO, she was the primary lead in successful efforts to relocate and license a 121-bed acute care hospital, managed business development and physician recruitment initiatives and was a key contributor to medical staff and business development strategic plans that resulted in the recruitment of multiple specialty physicians and development of academic affiliations. She also restructured hospital-wide efforts to improve patient experience scores resulting in overall satisfaction ratings of 92%. During her tenure, the hospital achieved Leapfrog Group “A” rating in patient safety and “B” rating in quality.

Previously, Faulis was Associate Administrator from 2005-2008, first at Valley Hospital Medical Center and then at Centennial Hills Hospital, both in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to that, she served as director of risk management and in various clinical positions, including emergency department director and medical-surgical director at Valley Hospital Medical Center.

Faulis earned a master’s degree as a clinical nurse specialist in critical care and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from State University of New York at Buffalo, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Hi‑Desert Medical Center is composed of 179 licensed beds: the 59‑bed primary care hospital and the Continuing Care Center, a 120‑bed skilled nursing facility on the medical center’s campus. Hi‑Desert Medical Center also provides a wide range of quality inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services, and operates the Airway Outpatient Center – a full-service surgery and diagnostic center, behavioral health services, home health and hospice, outpatient rehabilitation, and a variety of community education and outreach services.

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