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Desert Oasis Healthcare honored with 2019 Humanitarian Award from LifeStream at inaugural Thanks4Giving Gala (11/21/19)

November 26, 2019

An Evening with Rita Coolidge” raises funds and awareness for local blood bank

Palm Springs, CA, Nov. 26, 2019 – Someone needs blood every two seconds in the U.S. and one in four Americans will require transfused blood at least once in their lifetime. To help assure a safe and steady blood supply by putting more mobile blood donation coaches on the road, legendary two-time Grammy Award winner Rita Coolidge headlined LifeStream’s first Thanks4Giving gala to help raise the necessary funds.

As gala attendees made their way to the ballroom of the Esmerelda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells for the dinner, awards and entertainment, they were able to get up-close-and-personal by actually walking through one of the new mobile coaches. As the current LifeStream coaches will soon be noncompliant with more stringent state emission standards, the need for new coaches has become urgent. Without the help of sponsors and donors, like Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC), these new coaches would not soon be on the road.

“I’m pleased to announce Desert Oasis Healthcare as the first recipient of LifeStream’s Humanitarian Award. They developed an outpatient transfusion clinic for their patients because they realized the current system was stressful, time consuming, uncomfortable, and not user-friendly,” said Dr. Rick Axelrod, President/CEO and Medical Director of Lifestream. “Their outpatient transfusion program reduces the time required for a transfusion, reduces the stress, and increases the comfort of the patient being transfused. The DOHC program also eliminates the requirement for hospital admission, reduces the expense associated with a transfusion, conserves hospital resources, and is safer for the patient.”

Photo of Award Presentation

L to R: Maggie Deering (RN VP Clinical Services Integration); Dr. Rick Axelrod (CEO of LifeStream); Jessica Voight (RN Director of Outpatient Clinical Nursing) 

Desert Oasis Healthcare is also one of the many companies and organizations who hold regular blood donation drives with their employees. Accepting the award on behalf of DOHC were Maggie Deering, RN, VP of Clinical Services Integration and Jessica Voigt, RN, MSN, Director of Outpatient Clinical Nursing. “It’s a truly mutual relationship with LifeStream because without them our outpatient transfusion clinics might not have sufficient supplies of blood, plasma and platelets,” they remarked. “Many of our employees here tonight are not only helping to make our blood transfusion services possible but they, themselves, are also regular donors at the employee blood drives we do regularly each year for LifeStream!”

Starting with a single transfusion clinic in Palm Springs in 2012, DOHC has since opened two other transfusion clinics, strategically located in Palm Desert and Yucca Valley. Today, these three DOHC transfusion clinics provide services for those with acute but stable conditions, such as gastrointestinal bleeds. DOHC also specializes in “infusion naïve” patients and now offers platelets for those who need even greater services. Beginning with 25 transfusions in 2012, outpatient transfusions reached 380 in 2018. 

About Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC): 

Formed in 1981 as one of the first medical groups in the desert communities of southern California, Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) is an affiliate of the Heritage Provider Network (HPN) founded by Dr. Richard Merkin. Today, HPN and its affiliated medical groups make up one of the nation’s leading physician-driven healthcare solutions organizations.

DOHC continues to advance with changes in the healthcare market, providing primary and immediate care, home health, palliative care, and other services to more than 70,000 members/patients living in the greater Coachella Valley and the Morongo Basin of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The multidisciplinary and comprehensive care programs of DOHC are committed to educating individuals on preventative health care in their daily lives, reflected in the DOHC motto, "Your Health. Your Life. Our Passion."

Healthcare Rankings Soar At Heritage Provider Network From America's Physician Groups

November 13, 2019

Elite Status achieved for all medical groups from Standards of Excellence Survey

MARINA DEL REY, Calif., Nov. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Heritage Provider Network (HPN) one of the nations most experienced and innovative physician led value-based care organizations, and its family of medical groups saw rankings soar from America's Physician Groups (APG) annual Standards of Excellence™ (SOE®) survey. All 9 medical groups earned Elite Status, the top ranking in the nation. (

"Every year APG reviews the quality and standards of healthcare from providers nationwide," said Dr. Richard Merkin, President and CEO of HPN. "Once again we have achieved the highest possible ratings for all our medical groups. Congratulations to our teams who work hard to achieve Elite status, they are the 'stars' who earned this recognition. We are grateful to our members who trust us to deliver exceptional care throughout our healthcare networks."

Elite 5-star Status in all categories of the survey was achieved by HPN's family of medical groups including:

  • Affiliated Doctors of Orange County
  • Sierra Medical Group
  • Regal Medical Group
  • Lakeside Medical Group
  • Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group
  • High Desert Medical Group
  • Desert Oasis Healthcare
  • California Coastal Physician Network
  • Bakersfield Family Medical Group

APG is the country's leading organization representing physician groups practicing coordinated care. APG's Standard of Excellence™ (SOE®) Elite award for patient care includes care management practices, information technology, accountability and transparency, patient-centered care, group support of advanced primary care, and administrative and financial capability.

"Heritage Provider Network continues to set the highest standards of healthcare in the nation as evident in our survey results with all medical groups ranking Elite Status," said Don Crane, President and CEO of APG. "HPN is one of the leading physician groups in the country and will continue to drive innovation and help transform our industry for the better."


Heritage Provider Network, Inc. (HPN) is one of the most experienced physician organization leaders of accountable care and continuous value-based healthcare delivery improvements. Developing and managing coordinated, patient-doctor centric, integrated health care systems that offers some of the strongest solutions for the future of health, care and cost in the United States. HPN and its affiliates operate in New York, California, Arizona and Missouri providing high quality, cost effective healthcare with over one million patient members and are dedicated to quality, affordable health care, and putting patients' wellness first. (

SOURCE Heritage Provider Network, Inc.

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