Kern County veterans are now able to seek services and procedures in Bakersfield that, in some cases, previously required trips to Los Angeles.
Nearly 300 doctors at Kern Medical were enrolled in the Veterans Affairs health care network over the summer, making the hospital eligible to treat patients faced with burdensome travel requirements or lengthy wait times at a VA health center. (Bakersfieldnow.com)
A program at Kern Medical has helped Bakersfield families while going through the bereavement process.
It incorporates a device called the “Cuddle Cot” and is designed to give parents of stillborn babies more time with their little ones, to bond with them and to grieve over them before the baby is carried away. (Bakersfieldnow.com)
By next month, local epilepsy patients won’t have to travel so far for complex procedures.
That’s because Kern Medical Center has partnered with the University of Southern California’s Neurorestoration Center to bring an epilepsy program and center to Bakersfield. It’s the first time USC has partnered with a Kern County healthcare provider. (Bakersfield.com)
The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association have awarded the Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers to Kern Medical.
The certification means Kern Medical complies with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. (23ABCNews Bakersfield)
Kern Medical will receive a $578,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente this week to support the hospital’s Up Sooner, Safer program. The program improves the mobility of hospitalized patients. (23ABC News Bakersfield)
Before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, safety-net hospitals didn’t spend much time or money on marketing and advertising. They didn’t have to—the bulk of their patient populations didn’t have much in the way of choice.
But as more and more patients have become insured, these providers are having to market their services to remain competitive for the first time. While some are having difficulty finding their footing, others anticipated this eventuality years before Obamacare became law and are meeting the challenge head-on. (HealthLeaders Media)
For years, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., faced a problem with sepsis in patients.
There was a concentrated effort to screen for sepsis when patients arrived in the emergency department. But once patients were admitted, there was no consistent screening or treatment approach. And there was no facility-wide training effort, said Kathy Madlem, a nurse who serves as sepsis quality improvement coordinator at the safety net hospital. (Modern Healthcare)
County officials are unveiling a new plan to help rescue Kern Medical Center: a merger with Kern Health Systems.
Under the carefully crafted proposal, the struggling county hospital and the successful public health insurance management firm would become one integrated service called the Kern County Health System Authority. (The Bakersfield Californian)
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