Carolyn Caldwell Desert Regional Medical Center
Tenet hospitals are economic engines in their communities, creating jobs and generating significant tax revenue. Desert Regional Medical Center — the 385-bed hospital in Palm Springs with the region’s only Level 2
trauma center and Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit — is also a center of opportunity.
“Most opportunities for employment in healthcare continue to be in nursing,” says Carolyn Caldwell, Desert
Regional’s president and CEO, adding the hospital is an easy sell to physicians her team recruits. “We start by
telling them, number one, all the wonderful things that desert has to offer. When my husband Daniel and I were
out and I was interviewing for this opportunity four years ago, we were blown away by how warm and friendly
everyone was. It’s a great community with lots of art and activity. It’s a great place to raise a family. It’s just a great
place to live.” And then she tells them about what the hospital has to offer, including a Comprehensive Cancer
Center, Joint and Spine Pavilion, robotic instrumentation in the operating rooms, and five residency programs.
“We’ve attracted a lot of top-notch talent to our hospital,” says Caldwell, who also serves as president of the
Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce. She points out the hospital employs more than 2,000 people and pays
$200 million a year in salaries, wages, and benefits. “They buy homes, cars, and other goods and services. It’s
important for us to have a strong business community that works together.”