SPECIALISTS

 

All of our highly specialized providers currently on staff are American Academy HIV Specialist (AAHIVS) certified. They are constantly looking for ways to promote our services and hone their skills, conducting research and attending conferences and meetings. Together, they work to create a pertinent conversation on the developments of HIV, hepatitis C, and transgender health care. The program has grown rapidly from a single provider in 2011 to six full-time HIV and hepatitis C specialists working at three separate locations in Coachella Valley and Riverside County. Their compassionate approach to treatment is well regarded by our patients.

 

 

PRIMARY SERVICES

 

Under Dr. Clayton Barbour’s direction, the Borrego Health Specialty Clinic was established in 2013, aiming to provide excellence in health care to hepatitis C and HIV patients. In 2015, the clinic expanded its services to the transgender population. Our providers now also offer appointments at our Riverside facility, in addition to existing services in Desert Hot Springs and Cathedral City.

The clinic has continued to acquire providers and to increase specialized staff and services. In this way, Borrego Health Specialty Clinic has quickly become a regional leader in caring for the LGBT community and the general patient population seeking comprehensive, quality treatment.

 

Transgender

 

As we continue to witness the progress of human rights laws, society’s binary classification of people as male or female is gradually becoming obsolete. The definition of one’s gender identity as a direct representation of one’s gender expression is beginning to include factors beyond anatomical appearances. Transgender people often struggle with viewing their own gender identities in contrast with the ones society has imposed on them. They look for a connection between gender identity (feeling) and gender expression (appearance).

In addition, the word “transgender” is a macro -term referring to one of the many ways person undergoes gender transition and/or reassignment.

 

There are several other terms, the most common including this list:

 

  • Transgender man: person who at birth was assigned “female” but self-identifies and lives as male.
  • Transgender woman: person who at birth was assigned “male” but self-identifies and lives as female.
  • Cisgender: person who self-identifies with the gender given at birth.
  • Gender nonconforming: person who, regardless of the gender assigned at birth, does not appreciate stereotypical views of how men and women should or should not behave within a community or society.
  • Genderqueer: person who does not self-identify with conventional gender denominations but somewhere between genders, a combination of female and male, or another denomination completely different from the norm.

 

Borrego Health Specialty Clinic services for transgender patients:

 

  • Yearly physicals;
  • Hormonal treatment;
  • Consultations every three to six months for hormonal therapy accompaniment;
  • Prescription of medications for all medical issues;
  • Lab tests for all medical issues, including hormonal therapy;
  • Referrals for endocrinology and behavioral health;
  • Referral for wellness exam (for PAPs and mammogram) for female to male patients;
  • Referral to specialists of various medical fields, including plastic surgery;
  • In-house male PAP and anoscopy for male to female patients;
  • Updates on immunizations;
  • Pre-op clearance;
  • Punch biopsy for suspicious skin lesions;
  • All services for HIV and hepatitis C issues, if needed.

 

Observations:

Extension of services available may be limited by your health insurance.

To make an appointment, make sure to assign one of Borrego Health Specialty Clinic providers as your primary care provider (PCP) with your health insurance.

 

If you would like to make an appointment with our specialty clinic, please call us at (760) 676.5800.

 

Hepatitis C

 

Hepatitis C is caused by a virus and is most commonly spread through direct contact with the blood of an infected person. It can have various stages of severity associated with the inflammation of the liver. At its worst, chronic hepatitis C is a long-term, sometimes lifelong, malady that can cause cirrhosis, liver cancer, permanent liver damage, and even death. The most common way to be infected by hepatitis C is by sharing tools that have had direct contact with the blood of two or more infected persons, such as injecting drugs. Without proper treatment and medical care, up to 20% of people with chronic hepatitis C will develop cirrhosis of the liver, and up to 5% of them will perish from this disease or illnesses associated with liver cancer.

 

Borrego Health Specialty Clinic services for hepatitis C patients:

Regular consultations with our providers;

Prescription and administration of medication;

Lab tests pertaining to the progression of the disease or success of the treatment;

Liver ultrasound to address the current conditions of the liver.

Observations:

To make an appointment, your primary care provider (PCP) or health insurance must send a referral with an approved authorization.

Your PCP also has an important role during and after your hepatitis C treatment.

Extension of services available may be limited by your health insurance.

 

If you would like to be referred to our specialty clinic, please call us at (760) 676.5800.

 

HIV/AIDS & PrEP

 

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The latter is caused by the virus’s targeted attack of immune system cells. Once these cells die, it is no longer possible for the human body to resist infections and diseases. Although there is not a vaccine that can kill the virus, advances in palliative medical technology and HIV treatment have been successful in guaranteeing a better quality of life, a longer life expectancy, and a lower probability of seropositive people’s infecting others. The two most common ways to contract HIV are through unsafe sex and sharing needles with someone who is HIV positive. According to recent data, over 5,000 people around the world contract HIV daily, but fewer than 50% of them have access to antiretroviral therapy.

 

 

Borrego Health Specialty Clinic services for HIV patients:

 

There are two ways to benefit from services at our Specialty Clinics.

If our specialists are your Primary Care Provider (PCP) you can expect:

 

Yearly physicals:

 

  • Consultations every three to six months for HIV accompaniment;
  • Prescription of medications for all medical issues, including HIV-related issues;
  • Lab tests for all medical issues, including HIV-related issues;
  • Updates on immunizations;
  • Pre-op clearance;
  • Referral to specialists of various medical fields;
  • Punch biopsy for suspicious skin lesions;
  • Male PAP;
  • Anoscopy for evaluation of anal issues and anal cancer prevention.

 

Observation:

Extension of services available may be limited by your health insurance.

 

If you would like to make an appointment with our specialty clinic, please call us at (760) 676.5800.

 

Or...

 

If you already have a PCP but visit our specialists for HIV-related issues, you may receive the following services:

 

  • Consultations every three to six months for HIV accompaniment;
  • Prescription of medications for HIV only;
  • Lab test for HIV-related results only;
  • Male PAP;
  • Anoscopy for evaluation of anal issues and anal cancer prevention.

 

Observations:

 

  • To make an appointment, your primary care provider (PCP) or health insurance must send a referral with an approved authorization.
  • Your PCP also has an important role during your HIV treatment.
  • Extension of services available may be limited by your health insurance.

 

If you would like to be referred to our specialty clinic, please call us at (760) 676.5800.

 

PrEP

 

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily administration of pills for people who are HIV negative but are at high risk for contracting it, most commonly because they are in mixed-status relationships with seropositive people. The brand name of the pill containing two medicines, tenofovir and emtricitabine, is Truvada®. When used as prescribed, it is highly effective in preventing HIV infection.

 

Borrego Health Specialty Clinic services for PrEP patients:

Consultation pertinent to PrEP accompaniment every three months;

Prescription of the medication Truvada®;

Labs related to HIV results only every three months.

 

Observations:

 

For PrEP patients, Borrego Health Specialty Clinic is your specialty clinic home.

To make an appointment, your Primary Care Provider (PCP) or health insurance must send a referral with an approved authorization.

Your PCP also has an important role during and after your PrEP treatment.

Extension of services available may be limited by your health insurance.

 

If you would like to be referred to our specialty clinic, please call us at (760) 676.5800.

 

Other Services

 

In order to provide excellence in health care to our patients, Borrego Health Specialty Clinic counts on support services that make it faster and easier for our patients to receive treatment and follow up with their treatment plans.

 

Health Insurance Enrollment

 

To assist our patients who qualify for health insurance, Borrego Health offers appointments with Certified Enrollment Counselors (CEC) and Care Coordinator Specialists (CCS) who will help with the process.

Medi-Cal offers year-round enrollment, but Covered California enrollment happens only at the end of the current year through the beginning of the following year.

For more information on how to obtain your health insurance, please call (760) 676.5240.

 

Labs

 

Because treatments for hepatitis C and HIV, along with hormonal treatment for transgender patients, rely heavily on lab testing, our facilities make available a comprehensive list of exams that we can perform in-house, guaranteeing patient compliance and a fast turn around for results and continued care.

 

Below is a list of our main lab exams.

  •  
  • Blood
  • HIV
  • CBC
  • CMP
  • HIV Viral Load
  • Lipid Panel
  • Quantiferon TB Gold
  • RPR
  • T-Cells
  • Testosterone
  • Uric Acid
  • Vitamin D
  • Hepatitis C
  • AFP
  • Ammonia
  • CBC
  • CMP
  • Fibrosure
  • HCV RNA Real Time (Viral Load)
  • HIV ½ Antibody
  • PT/INR

 

  • Transgender
  • CBC
  • CMP
  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Prolactin
  • Testosterone
  • Fecal
  • FIT/FOBT
  • Urine
  • Urinalysis with culture

 

Referrals

 

The Referral Care Coordinator’s main task is to serve as a liaison between the different agents of the health care system. These include providers, specialists, health insurance companies and patients.

Our Referral Department works diligently to make sure that your referrals are processed in a timely manner and sent to a reputable specialist able to provide you with excellence in continued care.

 

Transportation

Borrego Health offers transportation services to and from our clinics. You can use this service to visit our clinics in Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs with no fees or additional costs.

Transportation service to Centro Medico Cathedral City is available every day except Tuesdays;

Transportation service to the DHS Specialty Clinic is available on Tuesdays only;

Let us know that you need the service when making an appointment, and we will set it up for you;

You must live within 30 minutes of the DHS Clinic;

You may only be picked up at your residence.

 

If you are an IEHP member:

IEHP health insurance also offers transportation services. To use this service, please call IEHP directly to set it up.

 

BECOME A PATIENT

FOR PATIENTS AND VISITORS

 

Thank you for choosing Borrego Health Specialty Clinic as a fundamental part of your health care. We are dedicated to enhancing our services and elevating our level of excellence.

If you have any questions regarding our providers and services, please give us a call at (760) 676.5800.

Make your appointment today, and let us be your medical home.

 

Locations & Directions

 

See below for a list of locations where we offer care for hepatitis C, HIV and transgender patients.

 

DESERT HOT SPRINGS BORREGO HEALTH SPECIALTY CLINIC

12520 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA – 92240

Phone: (760) 676.5800

 

CENTRO MEDICO CATHEDRAL CITY

69175 Ramon Road, Cathedral City, CA – 92234

Phone: (760) 321.6776

 

BORREGO COMMUNITY HEALTH EASTSIDE HEALTH CENTER

1970 University Avenue, Riverside, CA – 92507

 Phone: (951) 213.3450

 

Hours of Operation

 

Our main clinic in Desert Hot Springs is open from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We break for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

DESERT HOT SPRINGS BORREGO HEALTH SPECIALTY CLINIC

Four to six providers available daily.

  • Monday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

CENTRO MEDICO CATHEDRAL CITY

Monday: two providers available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday: two providers available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

RIVERSIDE BORREGO COMMUNITY HEALTH EASTSIDE HEALTH CENTER

Friday: two providers available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Health Insurances

Below is a complete list of health insurances we accept:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO, Prudent Buyer
  • Anthem Blue Cross, State Programs
  • Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • County of Riverside MISP
  • Desert Oasis
  • IEHP Specialty and Urgent Care
  • IEHP Direct PCP
  • IEHP La Salle Medical IPA
  • Medicare
  • Medi-Cal (Medicaid)
  • Medi-Medi
  • Molina Healthcare of CA, Riverside County
  • Pacificare PPO
  • Sliding Scale Fees (uninsured patients only)
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare

 

 

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Thomi Clinton - Liaison to Borrego Health Care Foundation

The Transgender Community Coalition • www.transscc.org

We are a 501(c) (3) charitable organization