News from GCVCC Member Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine
Indio, CA: Coachella Valley Volunteers In Medicine (CVVIM) is pleased to announce that Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital have donated $50,000 each to CVVIM as presenting sponsors for their 3rd Annual WineLover’s Auction. CVVIM – the Valley’s only no-charge primary care healthcare clinic, will hold the event at the historic Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, on February 17, 2018. The event features both a live and silent auction and promises to be overflowing with fine wines, exquisite auction items and good-hearted generosity.
Last year’s WineLover’s Auction raised $300,000 to support CVVIM operations and programs, including direct patient care, education, case management services, and homeless medical outreach. The event is responsible for funding one third of the necessary budget to operate the clinic and provide necessary healthcare and dental services to Coachella Valley residents in need.
The WineLover’s Auction is the primary fundraising event for CVVIM, which doesn’t receive any governmental reimbursement and relies exclusively on the generosity of
individual and philanthropic organizations for funding.
About JFK Memorial Hospital
JFK Memorial Hospital has provided medical care to residents in the Coachella Valley since 1966. Originally called Indio Community Hospital, JFK has grown to a 145-bed acute-care hospital that is part of Tenet Healthcare California. It offers a variety of services, including:
emergency, orthopedic, cardiovascular, maternity, pediatric, ambulatory surgery, imaging service, and outpatient rehabilitation. JFK is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency, and has received several prestigious healthcare awards. JFK is a nationally recognized healthcare leader honored for quality care and customer service.
About Desert Regional Medical Center
Founded in 1948, Desert Regional Medical Center has long been a part of the Palm Springs community. This 385-bed tertiary acute-care hospital includes an emergency department that is the Coachella Valley’s only designated trauma center, serving patients from the San Gorgonio Pass to the Arizona border in Southeastern California.
Desert Regional has received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, its highest level of certification, for its Advanced Primary Stroke Center and Advanced Congestive Heart Failure Program. The hospital also has the Coachella Valley’s only Joint Commission Certified programs in Hip- and Knee-Replacement and in Spine Surgery.
About WineLover’s Auction
WineLover’s Auction is a signature event reflective of the extraordinary people who populate the Palm Springs area and the wines they love to drink. Just as the Coachella Valley draws fascinating people from all over the world, the superb wines presented at the annual WineLover’s Auction come from all over the United States as well as from France, Italy, Chile, Argentina, Australia and more. Guests who attend the WineLover’s Auction are able to bid on wine travel packages and wine dinners, golfing events with wine, wine storage and wine accessories – everything an oenophile could ask for. Many of the exceptional wines that are available for bidding hail from private wine cellars and provide a spectrum of rare types and vintages.
About Coachella Valley Volunteers In Medicine
The mission of Coachella Valley Volunteers In Medicine (CVVIM) is to provide primary healthcare services to low-income adults living in the Coachella Valley who have no insurance, or who are underinsured. Conditions seen most commonly include diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, all of which cause serious problems if untreated, but whose complications can be prevented with regular medical care. In addition to never charging a patient for medical or dental care, CVVIM also assumes all associated costs necessary for diagnosis and treatment of illness, such as laboratory tests, imaging and x-rays. Scores of dedicated volunteers – doctors, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical and dental assistants and support volunteers, donate thousands of hours each year to accommodate more than 4,500 patient contacts a year. Since opening in 2010, CVVIM has provided more than 25,000 patient visits.