Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital Announce Presenting Sponsorship of Clinton Foundation Health Matters Conference 
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 

Clinton Foundation conference will be held Jan. 14 - 16 in La Quinta, prior to the Humana Challenge PGA Tour Golf Tournament

PALM SPRINGS – November 13, 2012 –Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital, through their parent company Tenet Healthcare, will be presenting sponsors of the 2nd Annual “Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation” conference, which is hosted by the William J. Clinton Foundation prior to the Humana Challenge PGA Tour Golf Tournament.

This year, the Clinton Foundation also announced the launch of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), a national health initiative that builds on the Clinton Foundation’s work on global health and childhood obesity. CHMI will work to improve the health and well-being of people across the United States by developing and implementing a variety of individual, systems and investment strategies.

The Coachella Valley and greater Little Rock in Arkansas will be the first two communities where CHMI will work to close the gap in health disparities and focus on underserved areas.

“We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Health Matters conference again this year, and excited by the possibilities that the Clinton Health Matters Initiative opens up for our community,” said Carolyn Caldwell, chief executive officer of Desert Regional Medical Center. “Last year’s conference resulted in some fabulous collaboration on childhood obesity issues in the Coachella Valley, and we look forward to working with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative in 2013.”

Following the inaugural Health Matters conference in 2012, Desert Regional convened two meetings with leaders from the three school districts in the Coachella Valley, the Desert Healthcare District, the FIND Food Bank and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation, to discuss childhood obesity efforts. Following those meetings, and with the support a grant from the Desert Healthcare Foundation, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation placed a Healthy Schools Program Manager in the Coachella Valley to work with the schools on creating healthier campuses.

“As an acute care hospital, we provide highly sophisticated medical care for the seriously ill and injured, but that is just one part of the health care continuum,” Caldwell said. “To truly create a healthier community, we want to work with all our partners – from the business sector, the schools, nonprofit organizations and individual doctors and clinicians. We are fortunate to have some of the best medical care available right here in the Coachella Valley, but we also have some of the greatest needs. It will take all of us to make a difference.”

Desert Regional Medical Center

Desert Regional Medical Center is a 387-bed tertiary acute care hospital located in Palm Springs. Desert Regional’s emergency department is the Coachella Valley’s only designated trauma center, receiving patients from the San Jacinto mountains to the Arizona border. The hospital also is home to a specialized neurointensive care unit to treat patients who suffer stoke and head trauma. Its Women & Infants Center is home to the California desert’s only neonatal intensive care unit. Desert Regional has received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, its highest level of certification, for its Advanced Primary Stroke Center and its Advanced Congestive Heart Failure program. The certification recognizes Desert Regional’s dedication to continuous compliance with state-of-the-art standards. The hospital also is a designated STEMI receiving center for heart attack patients. More at

JFK Memorial Hospital

JFK Memorial Hospital has been providing medical care to residents in the Central/Eastern Coachella Valley since 1966. The hospital offers a 24-hour emergency room, comprehensive orthopedic services, including a hospital-licensed orthopedic clinic, general surgical services, cardiac and vascular care, urology services, women’s and maternity/obstetrical services, pediatric services, acute care for the elderly unit, ambulatory surgery center, and other inpatient and outpatient services. Joint replacement at JFK Memorial Hospital is in the top 10% in the nation according to Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. More at

About Tenet Healthcare Corp.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a leading health care services company, through its subsidiaries operates 49 hospitals, over 100 free-standing outpatient centers and Conifer Health Solutions, a leader in business process solutions for health care providers serving nearly 400 hospital and health care entities nationwide. Tenet’s hospitals and related health care facilities are committed to providing high quality care to patients in the
communities they serve.

About Clinton Health Matters Initiative

The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) works to improve the health and well-being of people across the United States by activating individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful contributions to the health of others. CHMI works to implement evidence-based systems, environmental and investment strategies, with the goals of ultimately reducing the prevalence of preventable diseases, reducing health care costs associated with preventable diseases, and improving the quality of life for people across America. CHMI works to activate individuals to lead healthier lives by providing a platform to access local, scalable solutions for healthy change agents; advance community health by closing gaps in health disparities and focusing efforts in underserved areas; and, engage the private sector through pledges to improve the health and well-being of the nation. These successes are showcased each January at the Health Matters conference, where national thought leaders convene to discuss ways in which individuals, communities, and corporations can contribute to the health of others.



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