Hospital plans to be unveiled

Plans for the Vibra Healthcare Rehabilitation Hospital, a 50-bed facility coming to Bakersfield by 2020, will be unveiled next week, developers announced.

The hospital will be part of the Rio Bravo Medical Campus, located about one mile east of Bakersfield Country Club. It will house technologies available to rehabilitate and treat specific diagnoses, including stroke, amputation, multiple trauma, pulmonary rehab, wound care, spinal cord injuries and arthritis, among others.

“It has been a distinct pleasure to have been chosen to be a part of making this union of local physicians a reality,” said Gary L. Bruno, president of G.L. Bruno Associates Inc., which is developing the project.

The hospital will be part of the 179,000-square foot Rio Bravo Medical Campus development project, which includes an already-constructed 65,000-square foot cancer and imaging center. Construction is underway for an expanded ambulatory surgery center to be completed by March 2018. A second medical office building is scheduled to break ground by April 2018.

Plans for the Vibra Healthcare Rehabilitation Hospital will be unveiled at an open house at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the campus cancer and imaging center, 4500 Morning Drive.

Autism spectrum disorder seminar announced

Kern Autism Network is hosting a seminar next week as part of a new initiative to provide up-to-date information to families, educators, therapists, doctors and community members about the disorder.

The topic, “Hidden Autism: Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum,” will be led by Carly Fugham, a writer, artist, and advocate who is autistic. She’s Autism Society Ventura County’s first board president with an autism diagnosis and a founding member of the Autism Society of America’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee.

The seminar will run from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at the Adventist Health Bakersfield Medical Office Building in Rio Bravo Rooms one and two, 1524 27th Street.

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