Health organizations aim for better cancer care in Bakersfield

Health organizations aim for better cancer care in Bakersfield »Play Video

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Bakersfield's Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center and San Francisco-based Dignity Health are teaming to provide a higher level of cancer care in Kern County.

The organizations announced a partnership Monday, saying their agreement will open new treatments to patients at both CBCC and Dignity Health, which operates Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield and Bakersfield Memorial Hospital.

The Florence R. Wheeler Cancer Center, a radiation oncology center that opened in 1992, is already affiliated with Mercy Hospitals. CBCC has treated more than 75,000 patients and has been recognized as the largest free-standing, privately held cancer center in the nation.

Monday, Dignity Health also announced plans for:
 

  • Kern County's first dedicated inpatient cancer care unit at Mercy Hospital Downtown, to be completed early next year
  • room in Mercy's downtown emergency department to address the special needs of cancer patients
  • Kern County's first pediatric oncology program, based on Memorial Hospital's pediatric intensive care unit
  • integrated breast cancer and prostrate cancer programs, with details coming soon