The El Mirador Tower on the campus of Desert Regional has been illuminated in blue to honor our two fallen Palm Springs Police Department officers, who gave their lives in the line of duty.
Services for Officers Jose “Gil” Vega and Lesley Zerebny were announced today by the Palm Springs Police Department. The memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Oct. 18 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, at 277 North Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262. More details are available by clicking here.
“As our region’s only trauma center, the family at Desert Regional works side-by-side with law enforcement every day and night,” Desert Regional Medical Center CEO Carolyn Caldwell said. “Officer Vega had worked in the Police Department for years and many of our staff in the emergency department had come to know him well. We are just heartbroken over the tragic loss of these two officers, who died protecting our community. Lighting our tower blue is just one small way we can honor their memory. I hope that everyone who passes by will take a moment to reflect on their sacrifice and keep the officers’ families in their prayers.”
The El Mirador Tower is part of the Jerry Stergios Building, which was erected in 1991 as a replica of the original entrance to the El Mirador Resort, a destination for Hollywood stars and business titans after it opened in 1928. Desert Regional Medical Center’s campus would eventually cover all of the resort’s grounds. The Stergios Building now is home to the Desert Healthcare District and outpatient clinics of the hospital.
Desert Regional Medical Center is a comprehensive health care institution that includes a 385-bed hospital and associated outpatient clinics headquartered on its main campus in Palm Springs, California. The medical center is home to the Coachella Valley’s only designated Trauma Center and only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The medical center is recognized for its Comprehensive Cancer Center, Institute for Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences (ICON) and other affiliated outpatient clinics. It has achieved advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center. Desert Regional is the only Coachella Valley hospital to receive advanced certification in Heart Failure, Hip and Knee Replacement, and Spine Surgery from the Joint Commission, the nation’s foremost hospital accrediting body. Desert Regional is a teaching hospital aligned with the University of California Riverside School of Medicine with a residency in Family Medicine. Desert Regional also hosts medical residents in neurology, neurosurgery, emergency medicine and internal medicine through the American Osteopathic Association residency program. For more information click here.