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Riverside County vying for bigger role in valley health
The Desert Sun

Riverside County health officials are looking for ways to play a larger role in the Coachella Valley’s increasingly competitive health-care market, including a potential deal with the Desert Healthcare District as it looks to expand its territory of influence.

Riverside University Health System CEO Zareh Sarrafian said Thursday that like the broader health-care industry, the county health system must work to control costs by building a larger network if it wants to remain viable.

In the desert, he said that means reaching out to health agencies, hospitals, nonprofits and other health-care providers to build alliances much like the county health system has been doing in western Riverside County over the past 18 months.