Proposal: KMC could merge with Kern Health Systems

Proposal: KMC could merge with Kern Health Systems

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Kern County officials are considering a new approach in helping out financially troubled Kern Medical Center.

They are looking at merging KMC with Kern Health Systems, which is an independent agency that manages health care for residents on Medi-Cal.

Under the proposal, the county would first form a hospital authority. Then, it would create an integrated health care delivery system by merging KMC with Kern Health Systems.

Supporters of the plan claim this would help both entities, as well as improve services for patients who use both KMC and Kern Health Systems.

The proposal goes before the Kern County Board of Supervisors for discussion on Monday.