COMMUNITY

Improving the health and wellness of the communities we serve

Jackie Combs, RN, MSN
Chief Executive Officer

Jackie Combs, RN, MSN, has more than twenty years of experience as a registered nurse and healthcare administrator. She has worked for county and for-profit healthcare systems. Since 2004, Ms. Combs has held administrative positions for both the Hi-Desert Medical Center and the Continuing Care Center. Ms. Combs has also worked for several years as faculty for the RN program at Cooper Mountain College. Her clinical specialties include women and children, and infectious disease.

MEET OUR CEO

The Board of Directors have a vision of a healthy Morongo Basin! Believing that healthy behaviors are important to residents of all ages for quality of life, the healthcare District seeks to address health and wellness issues for children, adolescents, parents, adults, and seniors in realizing its mission to improve the health and wellness of the Morongo Basin.

A healthy Morongo Basin means that all members of the community have access to basic healthcare resources, health education and activities related to nutrition and food choice, physical activities, and social support for the family.

Towards implementing that vision and encouraging healthy behaviors, one of the initiatives the healthcare District is focused on is improving access to ambulatory care services such as primary, preventive, pediatric, and dental care. Through the services of the Morongo Basin Community Health Centers, patients are offered access to a growing list of specialty services, such as pain management or chiropractic care.

Partnering with community healthcare providers, we have introduced a program where a "care coach" follows clinic patients with chronic illness such as COPD, and who have been discharged from the hospital. The coach helps the patient better manage their disease and improve their quality of life.

The Board of Directors recognize the need for low and no-cost transportation for residents to local healthcare services. The District Foundation has championed the transportation initiative and will reach out to local medical transportation organizations to partner for a more comprehensive approach to transportation in the community.

Morongo Basin residents have the ability to improve the overall health of our communities. By working together, we can improve access to healthcare resources, and reduce illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, and obesity. We can model a healthy lifestyle for our children to live longer and happier lives.

The healthcare District sponsors several events each year to promote physical exercise and provide education on health issues, from the benefits of cancer screening for early detection and prevention, to the two community health and resource fairs we present with our community partners. I encourage you to participate in these events for your own improved health and wellness. Check our calendar page for the latest information on health opportunities in our Basin.