Community Outreach

Our Community Programs Help Us Support Your Health and Wellness

At Hi-Desert Medical Center, we’re known for our warm, friendly neighborhood feel and deep connection to the wider Morongo Basin community.

We support our community through a wide range of events and sponsorships, such as:

  • Hosting community blood drives
  • Annual Health Fair
  • 29 Palms Street Fair & Car Show
  • Grubstakes Days
  • Pioneer Days
  • Hosting CERT meetings in our Education Center
  • American Heart Association Heart Walk
  • Go Red for Women​​​
  • Relay for Life
  • 29 Palms, Joshua Tree, & Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce Member
  • Host of Annual Tri-Chamber Mixers
  • Lillian Venezky Thacher Memorial Rose Garden
  • And more!

We also support the health of our community in the following ways:

Support Groups, Classes and Events

From quit-smoking classes to bereavement support groups and diabetes education programs, a range of free classes, groups and events are available to community members. Learn more about our support groups, classes and events.

Helen Gray Education Center

Many of our classes and groups meet in the Helen Gray Education Center. This versatile community resource comfortably accommodates up to 200 people and is structured into five sections, allowing its layout to be customized for each event.

Centrally located on the Hi-Desert Medical Center campus, with beautiful views of the desert, the center offers a full-service catering department capable of preparing simple banquets to four-course elegant meals for professional meetings and organizational events.

Rental and Catering Details

To schedule the Center for your organization's meetings or events, please call (760) 366-​6137.

Community Support Services

Cooling Station

Cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities where local residents may go for temporary relief from extreme heat. The Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Desert Breeze Cafe (in the main hospital building) serves as a "cooling station" for the Morongo Basin in the event of excessive heat or should the area experience power outages during the summer.

Find a Doctor Referral Service

Our free “Doctor Directory” referral service helps community members find the medical care they need. We have more than 100 doctors listed in over 20 medical specialties. Simply call (760) 366-6182 This resource is available to you 24/7. You may also use our online doctor search tool.


Nursing Programs

Through our partnership with Copper Mountain College, Hi-Desert Medical Center hosts nursing students in the acute care and long-term care settings as part of their curriculum.

Community Partnerships

Hi-Desert Medical Center has partnered with other community agencies to promote the health and well-being of those we serve.

Joshua Basin Water District

Hi-Desert Medical Center partnered with Joshua Basin Water District (JBWD) to construct the first waste water treatment plant in the Morongo Basin. The community benefits from the elimination of nitrates building up in the soil that filters into the watershed.

Joshua Tree National Park

Hi-Desert Medical Center physicians participate in ​quarterly "Ranger/Doctor Hikes" which were developed for members of our community to stay active and enjoy education about safety and how to maximize the resources of our own backyard—Joshua Tree National Park. These free guided hikes are led by a park ranger and an HDMC physician.

Hi-Desert Cultural Center

The Hi-Desert Medical Center and Hi-Desert Cultural Center host quarterly opening receptions for the Medical Center’s art exhibits that feature fine art from area artists in their rotating galleries located on the hospital campus. 

Our quarterly public receptions for 2016 will be available after September 15th. Call (760) 366-6322 for more information. These public art receptions will be held in the main hospital lobby and refreshments will be provided.

In the spirit of community partnering, the hospital galleries are curated by the artists of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center. All artwork is available for sale with a portion of proceeds from the sales directly benefiting the Morongo Basin Healthcare District Foundation and Hi-Desert Cultural Center. All art and sculpture is available for purchase online.

Morongo Unified School District

Hi-Desert Medical Center has partnered with Morongo Unified School District (MUSD) over the years for many community-based programs. These have included:

  • Every 15-Minutes Program. This state-funded program for high schools aims to reduce drunk driving. Once a year, Hi-Desert Medical Center hosts a high school team to work with the emergency doctors and staff to videotape footage for the local campaign.
  • Covered California Insurance Exchange. Hi-Desert Medical Center partnered with MUSD to provide information to students' families about the opportunity to secure health insurance through the Covered California program.

Learn more about our wider community of Joshua Tree National Park, City of Twentynine Palms and the Town of Yucca Valley.