Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District distinguishes itself as the leader for healthcare services of the Morongo Basin. A modern, nonprofit 59-bed acute primary care hospital is located on the principal campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center. Services include a wide range of quality inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services, home health and hospice services, and a variety of community outreach services.

Hi-Desert Medical Center is the primary provider of health services in the Morongo Basin, serving a population of more than 53,000 people. Patients benefit from caring qualified staff and advanced technology all in a convenient setting located in Joshua Tree, California.  The medical center was born of a consolidation of two previously existing hospital districts: the Hi-Desert Memorial Hospital in Yucca Valley and the Twentynine Palms Hospital District.

Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District is comprised of 179 licensed beds: the Hi-Desert Medical Center, a 59-bed primary care hospital, and the Continuing Care Center, a 120-bed skilled nursing facility on the campus of Hi-Desert Medical Center.

Hi-Desert Medical Center has more than 90 physicians in 25 medical specialties and over 600 employees. Licensed by the State of California and fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and the California Medical Association, the hospital holds membership in the California Healthcare Association and the Hospital Council of Southern California.


The Continuing Care Center  provides specialized care to residents.  The focus of care is to provide a home-like setting.  The Center has 120 beds in semi-private rooms offering three distinct services: subacute care (one of the few facilities in Southern California providing this level of care to residents with ventilator and tracheotomy requirements;  transitional care (short-term care for patients requiring rehabilitative therapies, wound care or recovery from invasive procedures); and skilled nursing care (long-term skilled nursing care provided to residents who require assistance with personal care and medical needs. 

Hi-Desert Medical Center is a state-designated Basic Emergency Department.  Any time of day or night, our board-certified emergency medicine physicians care for patients with medical emergencies.  Our goal is to provide visitors with quality, timely and compassionate care.

Airway Outpatient Surgery provides outpatient surgery, diagnostic imaging, mammography, laboratory and bone densitometry services.

The Behavioral Health Centre provides a daily structured environment of intenstive therapy geared toward helping each individual improve quality of life.  The professionals at the Hi-Desert Behavioral Health Centre develop specialized threatment plans in a caring, compassionate environment.

Hi-Desert Family Health Clinics in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms offer healthcare services for Medi-Cal patients.

Hi-Desert Home Health is available to continue a loved one's care at home.  The team includes qualified professionals committed to providing dependable, reliable care for home-bound patients.  The professional staff coordinates care with the patient's physician.

Hi-Desert Hospice Services provides comforting and compassionate care to assist patients and families at the end of life.  The highly-skilled and caring team provides a multidisciplinary approach that includes symptom management, spiritual, psychosocial and bereavement support while acknowledging each individual's unique needs.

The Special Additions Family Birthing Center has all of the comforts of home combined with state-of-the-art medical equipment, all backed by highly-skilled nurses specially trained in obstetrics and gynecology.  The goal is to provide a family-centered philosophy of care to parents and baby.

Growing along with the community is a major goal of Hi-Desert Medical Center. Here are some recent examples:

  • A new 64-slice Computer Tomography (CT) scanner: the most advanced 64-detector row CT scanner available, produces images of even the smallest vessels and tissues - such as those in the heart and lungs -- with superior image quality, enabling quick and precise disgnostics.
  • State-of-the art fixed-site Magnetic Resonance Imaging System (MRI) is improving diagnostic capability for our patients.
  • Expanded access to medical specialists: surgery, orthopedics, cardiology and pediatrics.

Hi-Desert Medical Center offers a variety of community programs and services.  These include:

  • Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District is a California District Hospital owned by the citizens of the Morongo Basin.  The District receives approximately $580,000 annually from property taxes to support District operations.
  • Charity and uncompensated care to those in need was $3.4 million in bad debt, 1.2 million in charity care in 2011.
  • HDMC is the Morongo Basin's third largest employer and paid $26 million in wages and paid-time-off benefits to its employees this past fiscal year.  Paying local businesses for supplies, repair, maintenance and professional services contributed an additional $4 million to the local economy.
HDMC Service Area:
   92285 - Johnson Valley
   92268 - Pioneertown
   92284 - Yucca Valley
92285 - Landers
92252 - Joshua Tree
92277 - Twentynine Palms
92278 - Marine Base



Patient Services Statistics for FY11:
Acute discharges
Outpatient visits
Emergency Department visits
Continuing Care Center patient days

Payor Mix for FY11:
Self Pay
Data as of July 30, 2013
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