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Overview of Kern Valley Healthcare District

The kern valley hospital district was formed on November 23, 1964. The district was organized for the purpose of building and operating a 24-bed (12 acute and 12 long-term) hospital. The District was comprised then, as today, of an area of approximately 400 square miles. The project of constructing and equipping the hospital was determined to be a General Obligation Bond Issue and application for State and Federal aid. Approval for the preparation of preliminary plans was received in March of 1965. Financed by an issuance of $490,000 of Hospital Construction Bonds plus State and Federal financial aid (Hill-Burton) totaling another $432,000 and taxes levied by the District, the hospital was constructed and commenced operation in May 1968.

During the first year and a half of operations, 1,000 patients were admitted and some 4,500 emergency cases cared for. The need for additional acute care beds became obvious so long-term beds were reclassified. With the licensure of three intensive care beds in April 1975, the hospital bed count increased to 27.

Total beds: 27

Hospital Type: Critical Access Hospital

No of Affiliated Doctors: 34

Specialities: Multi Speciality

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Medicare Quality data

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Patient Experience (HCHAPS) data from Medicare

This data is based on HCAHPS survey by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (www.cms.gov).The HCAHPS survey is administered to a random sample of adult patients across medical conditions between 48 hours and 6 weeks after discharge; the survey isn't restricted to Medicare beneficiaries. Hospital Compare currently reports results for the categories listed below.    

52% Patients that would definitely recommend ( 20% lower than the national average )

Patient reviews of Kern Valley Healthcare District


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They are very caring in all that they do

  • Date Visited 12-2020
  • Overall Satisfaction

    Care by Doctors
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    Hospital Cleanliness
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Recommended: Yes


Aetna, Anthem (Blue Cross of California) – (BC Medi-Cal), Bakersfield family Medicare (BFMC) all administered plans, Blue Shield of California, Brand New Day, Cigna, Foundation for Medical Care, Golden Empire Managed Care (GemCare) all administered plans, Great West Life (Thru Cigna), Health Edge, Health Net, Humana, Independence Medical Group (IMG) all administered plans, Kaiser (Physical Therapy), Kern County Employee Plan, Kern Family Healthcare, Medicare, Medi-cal (including CHDP,FPACT & CDP), Pacificare (United Healthcare) Secure Horizons, QualCare Physician Network/Choice Physician Network, Tricare, United Healthcare and Secure Horizons



The hospital accepts various types of health insurance, but individual coverage may be variable. You should check with your insurance whether the hospital is in network or not. You can make payment via cash, online, checks, credit card or debit card.

Bakersfield Station

Fresno Yosemite International Airport

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