Board of Supervisors votes to move residency program from KMC

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to move a medical residency program from Kern Medical Center.

KMC is facing budget restrictions after years of poor accounting practices. 

One proposed plan is to have the Family Medicine Residency Program more to a nonprofit clinic. Clinica Sierra Vista would train six new physicians, helping KMC save money.

They say they can run the program more efficiently because they qualify for federal funding that Kern Medical Center does not.

Some are worried the quality of patient care will be compromised by the move.

Clinica Sierra Vista says the quality of care will be as good or better under their leadership.

The residency program is critical to attracting young primary-care doctors to continue practice in Kern County.

Doctors at the meeting answered questions from the public and the Board.


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