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Hi-Desert Medical Center foundation receives transportation grant
October 19, 2012
Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care Foundation today announced it has received a Cal-Trans grant for $83,000 to provide non-emergency medical transportation, expanding the healthcare District’s existing transportation capabilities and improving access to local healthcare at Hi-Desert Medical Center facilities. 
Provided through the Federal Transit Administration New Freedom program, the grant will enable an estimated additional 7,100 one-way trips in the first year, twice the current amount, covering the cost of one additional driver, fuel, maintenance and insurance for the District’s two patient transportation vehicles. 
 Funding for technical assistance and a required non-emergency transportation needs assessment was provided by the Morongo Basin Transit Authority (MBTA), through their Transportation Assistance Grant program.
“The Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to have secured this grant,” said Dean Moore, foundation president. “Access to healthcare services is a difficult problem in the Morongo Basin. This grant will help our community—especially those in the more remote areas of the Basin—seek healthcare. It more properly directs patients to services who might otherwise end up in our emergency department with more complicated cases.” He adds that this grant would not have been possible without the seed monies provided by the MBTA.