About Us

Believing that healthy behaviors are important to residents of all ages for quality of life, the Morongo Basin Healthcare District seeks to address health and wellness issues for children, adolescents, parents, adults, and seniors in realizing its mission to improve the health and wellness of the Morongo Basin.

In fact, it’s our mission statement: “The Morongo Basin Healthcare District seeks to improve the health and wellness of the communities we serve.”

A healthy Morongo Basin means that all members of the community have access to basic healthcare resources, health education and activities related to nutrition and food choice, physical activities and social support for the family.

Implementing that vision and encouraging healthy behaviors means improving access to ambulatory care services such as primary medicine for adults and children, preventive medicine, and dental care. Through the services of the Morongo Basin Community Health Centers, patients are offered access to a growing list of specialty services.


Cindy Schmall, Chief Executive Officer

Cindy Schmall serves as Chief Executive Officer, and has been with the District for more than five years – most recently in the position of Chief Operating Officer. She has over 25 years of healthcare leadership experience, including human resources positions at Hi-Desert Medical Center from 1993 to 2006 and again in 2015 to 2016. She holds a Masters of Management degree from the University of Phoenix.

Deborah Anderson, Chief Financial Officer

Deborah Anderson specializes in the non-profit and government sectors, with over 25 years of experience in auditing and complying with single audit requirements. She received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Biola University – graduating summa cum laude. Previously a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the states of Virginia and Arizona, Deborah moved to the Morongo Basin in 2004 and has been an active community member.

Joe Ruddon, MBA, Chief Community Programs Officer

Joe Ruddon has more than 25 years of healthcare strategy, business development and marketing experience working at large health systems in Chicago and California. He earned a Master’s in Business with an emphasis on Healthcare Administration. Joe moved to Southern California in 2003, where he has been a resident of the Morongo Basin ever since – serving Hi-Desert Medical Center’s marketing needs for several years. He is involved many outreach and volunteer capacities in the community.

Tina Huff, NP, Chief Clinic Operations Officer

Tina Huff serves the district as the Chief Clinical Operations Officer bringing with her nearly thirty years of healthcare experience in Emergency Medicine, Immediate Care, and Pediatrics. Tina is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner and received a Master of Science in Nursing in Adult Geriatric Acute Care from Walden University and a Post Master’s Certificate from UMASS Boston. When she isn’t working, Tina enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and living in the Morongo Basin.