Supervisors listen to plan to merge KMC with Kern Health Systems

Supervisors listen to plan to merge KMC with Kern Health Systems »Play Video
BAKERSFIELD Calif, (KBAK,KBFX) -- The road to restoring Kern Medical Center to financial viability took its next step Monday afternoon.

Russell Judd, KMC's chief executive officer, made his case to supervisors about how merging with Kern Health Systems would help both entities and improve services for patients.

“Integrated delivery systems provide better care with cheaper cost than non-integrated system.” Judd said.

Under the proposed plan, the county would first form a hospital authority.

The groups would then create an integrated health care delivery system by merging the two agencies establishing a single medical authority.

One glaring problem made evident during public comment was that officials at Kern Health Systems have not been consulted or asked their opinion about the potential merger.

“It was more that were taken by surprise.” said KHS boardmember Tim Mcgloo.

“What's it going to look like, what we will have to deal with?” KHS CEO Douglas Hayward said.

Supervisor Leticia Perez says limiting the talks to KMC officials and county supervisors was necessary to get the ball rolling.

“Never was there a thought that anyone would be left out of the process or their thoughts not important, everybody matter and we will continue to bring them to the table.” Perez said.