It was early Friday morning, and most of the city was asleep when
Kern Medical, Bakersfield’s only trauma center and teaching
hospital pulled the switch, fired up what they consider the
Cadillac of medical record keeping, the Ferrari of digital
patient information — and began a new era. (Bakersfield.com)
What does investing in community health mean? Investment can mean
so many things, but at Kaiser Permanente it means utilizing a
Kaiser Permanente asset, whether that be intellectual property in
the form of evidence-based best practices or a financial
investment such as grants.
The intention is to use the assets to improve the health of our
community. We know we cannot accomplish this without establishing
strong partnerships with other organizations in the
Kern County veterans are now able to seek services and procedures
in Bakersfield that, in some cases, previously required trips to
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.
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
The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association have
awarded the Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers to
The certification means Kern Medical complies with stroke-related
standards and requirements, including program management, the
delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. (23ABCNews
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
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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