Tenet Healthcare Corp. has moved to strengthen the links between its two hospitals in the Palm Springs region of California.
A regional chief executive officer will be appointed to oversee operations of 348-bed Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs and 130-bed John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio in an effort to combine their business development and materials resource management, said Tenet spokesman Lance Ignon.
No immediate plans for the hospitals have been disclosed, although Ignon said Desert Regional CEO Robert Minkin is leaving. The day-to-day functions of both hospitals will be administered by separate chief operating officers.
Michael Rembis, Kennedy's CEO, will assume the COO post at the hospital. A COO at Desert Regional has yet to be announced.
Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Tenet entered a 30-year lease of the then Desert Hospital from the Desert Hospital District in May 1997. At the time the deal closed, Tenet announced it would create an integrated regional network.