New steps are being taken to avoid another financial crisis at a local hospital.
Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard has formed what he calls the Chairman's Advisory Panel on Kern Medical Center.
The panel was formed to draw upon local representatives' experiences to deal with the issues at the hospital.
It includes Bill Thomas who authored the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.
Dr. Ravi Patel of the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center and Clinic Sierra Vista CEO Steve Schilling are among the other members.
Maggard says the panel will help find solutions that will not only benefit taxpayers but save the hospital as well.