Published on November 26, 2019

LifeStream Thanks4Giving Gala 2019 | DOHC

Desert Oasis Healthcare honored with 2019 Humanitarian Award from LifeStream at inaugural Thanks4Giving Gala

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

(November 26, 2019 – Palm Springs, CA)
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.”

Maggie Deering, Dr. Rick Axelrod, Jessica Voigt
Left to right: Maggie Deering, Dr. Rick Axelrod, Jessica Voigt 2019 Humanitarian Award presented to DOHC by Lifestream

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.

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About Desert Oasis Healthcare

Formed in 1981 as one of the first medical groups in the desert communities of southern California, Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) continues to advance with changes in the healthcare market. DOHC provides primary and immediate care, home health, palliative care, clinical research studies and other services to more than 60,000 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 preventive health care in their daily lives, reflected in the DOHC motto, "Your Health. Your Life. Our Passion." For more information, visit