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HDMC installs monument sign

July 31, 2012
Hi-Desert Medical Center officials announced they are installing a solar powered monument sign at the corner of Highway 62 and White Feather Road in Joshua Tree.  The sign's high prominence and visibility will assist visitors in locating the hospital District and those trying to find the hospital during a medical emergency.  Constructed of masonry, concrete and steel, the sign features a large solar sundial panel that serves as the "power plant" to illuminate the sign with low-voltage LED lighting.  The sign will be erected on land purchased by the District years ago and was budgeted and paid for last year.

According to Dan McClure, chief information officer, whose staff is leading the project, besides addressing safety concerns over visitors missing the turn to the hospital due to lack of signage at the highway, the Morongo Basin's many tourists and visitors are often not aware that the hospital exists.  The sign is also part of the District's strategic plan to address branding and image.  "The monument sign has a modern feel and represents the positive changes occuring at Hi-Desert Medical Center," says McClure.

Design plans have been approved by San Bernardino County officials, Cal-Trans, as well as members of the Joshua Tree Municipal Advisory Council (the MAC).  The sign is expected to be in place within a month.