Construction has begun in northeast Bakersfield on a two-story, 50-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital whose developers see it becoming part of a 46-acre medical-oriented complex along Highway 178 at Morning Drive.
The absence of magazines, toys and other people in the waiting room might come as a shock to some patients, but that won't be their first indication that the coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed the experience of going to see a dentist.
First the bad news: Donors visiting Houchin Community Blood Bank won't be offered doughnuts until the pandemic is over. Expect only pre-packaged goodies until then.
If you missed the sounds of weights hitting the ground, the stinky smell of sweat and the feeling of pure adrenaline and strength, Kern County's latest reopening stage has brought back a comfort for many: fitness facilities.
Clinica Sierra Vista announced the expansion of COVID-19 testing at its locations in Kern and Fresno counties with the Abbott’s ID NOW COVID-19 molecular point-of-care test that can deliver accurate results in 13 minutes or less.
Local mental health therapists say the quarantine has taken a big toll on Bakersfield residents' psychological well-being, increasing risks of depression and anxiety while threatening long-term damage that could take serious work to repair.
In another sign of turbulence atop one of Kern County's most vital health care providers, a former senior official at Clinica Sierra Vista has sent a letter to its board of directors requesting an explanation for events surrounding the abrupt departure of former CEO Brian Harris on April 23.
A communication breakdown left members of a local family out of the loop for a full week while their relative was on a ventilator after apparently catching COVID-19 at the Bakersfield nursing home where an outbreak of the disease has killed almost a dozen people.
Almost half of all COVID-19 deaths in Kern County are now associated with the Bakersfield nursing home where an outbreak of the disease has left 41 residents and more than 40 staff members positive for the virus, according to local and state authorities.
The Bakersfield nursing home at the center of Kern's only publicly confirmed COVID-19 outbreak has faced formal accusations of inadequate patient care more frequently in recent years than the state and federal averages.
Hospitals around Kern County reopened this week for certain nonurgent elective procedures, loosening restrictions imposed in mid-March as part of California's stay-home order.
Kern County public health officials on Friday confirmed a COVID-19 outbreak at a Bakersfield nursing home that has infected 16 residents and 25 staff members.
At the same time it is dealing with a series of high-profile executive departures, Clinica Sierra Vista is also struggling with the more practical challenge of keeping the lights on.
Kern County has received its first donation of plasma from a woman who has fully recovered after testing positive for COVID-19, opening the way to begin an experimental antibody treatment on a critically ill local patient as soon as Friday.
A troubling new paradox is emerging in local health care as hospitals and clinics try to stay staffed up and ready for an expected surge in COVID-19 cases at a time when they are bleeding red ink because of a sharp drop in normal business.
Susana “Susie” Garcia loved a family party, and while celebrating her mother’s birthday March 7, about a month after her father’s death, she decided to stay a few extra days in San Jose. That’s when the sniffles began.
A Bakersfield-based medical software company has responded quickly to the coronavirus pandemic with its launch Tuesday of a cloud-based computer platform designed to help physicians remotely monitor COVID-19 patients.
Two of Kern's most prominent health-care providers said Monday they are looking to make greater use of telemedicine, joining a national acceleration in the use of videoconferencing to connect doctors and patients without unnecessary risks of infection during the pandemic.
Hospitals and medical clinics across Kern County are setting up triage tents, stocking up on medical supplies and drawing up various contingencies in preparation for the possibility — some say likelihood — of a local surge in COVID-19 cases in coming weeks.
Kern County government declared Monday it has plenty of the surgical masks and other protective medical gear now in short supply around the country, even as local clinics say they are beginning to run low amid heightened demand during the coronavirus pandemic.
There were no new cases of coronavirus announced in Kern County on Friday and the current number locally remains at four with 255 tests pending, according to Kern County Public Health Services Department.
The cancellation of at least 20 local blood drives as of Friday morning has prompted Houchin Community Blood Bank to call for individual donations to help the nonprofit keep up with demand from Kern County hospitals.
Two additional Kern County coronavirus tests came back negative, according to the Kern County Public Health Services Department.
There have been no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Kern County as of Thursday, but that hasn't stopped local residents from changing some of their hygiene habits and preparing for the worst.
Thirty middle school students will receive their stethoscopes during the Kaiser Permanente Hippocrates Circle Program Graduation on Saturday.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department was dealing with an outbreak emergency Wednesday: Six patients said they have been experiencing abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting for a number of days.
Bakersfield resident Joanne Brinkley has had osteoporosis for two years, which has led to a cracked shoulder and ribs, and vertigo. Doctors suggested injections to help her, but the side effects were not worth it.
Two important changes — one a proverbial carrot, the other a stick — have been introduced to Covered California ahead of Friday’s deadline for getting health insurance through the Golden State’s version of Obamacare.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department #KnowYourNumbers program is offering six weeks of activities in three local locations to help Kern County residents combat chronic disease and obesity.
Going to the gym and staying healthy are some of the most popular New Year's resolutions out there, and local fitness centers are seeing people make their goals a reality.
Local environmental justice advocates say they want their voices heard as Kern's Board of Supervisors looks to make the case in Sacramento that halting California oil production would devastate the county's economy.
More than 80 educational leaders, health care professionals and policymakers came together Friday to create community-engaged research and a policy center focused on advancing health equity and well-being in the Central Valley.
When a medical call came in on June 24, 2015, to assist an intoxicated man at a trolley station, San Diego firefighter Ben Vernon thought it would be a routine situation.
First responders are never truly ready for what could happen any given day, and no one knows that better than Jeff Fariss, who was in the field for 30 years.
The second annual Valley Fever Symposium hosted by MEChA de Bakersfield College is taking place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday located on campus in room FA-30.
Construction companies in Kern and certain other counties will be required to train their employees about valley fever risks and symptoms under a new law authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, and signed late last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The third case of vaping-associated pulmonary injury requiring hospitalization has been confirmed in Kern County Thursday, according to the Kern County Public Health Services Department.
Clinica Sierra Vista’s former longtime chief financial officer has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit alleging the health-care organization and its embattled chief executive fired her in April because he wanted someone younger in the position.
Anyone who spent time near Ridgecrest during July's earthquakes and is experiencing flu-like symptoms — cough, fever, even rash and extreme fatigue — might want to get tested for valley fever.
Decades can pass before cancer from asbestos exposure becomes evident, and by that time, who's to say exactly who or what is to blame?