BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A new bill heading to Governor Brown would allow the Kern County Board of Supervisors to establish a hospital authority at Kern Medical Center.
AB 2546 would allow supervisors to manage, administer, and control KMC and other health care facilities. The bill passed through the Assembly and Senate unanimously.
Supporters of the hospital authority say it would strengthen KMC by protecting workers while at the same time increasing the hospital’s ability to compete and improve the quality of services to the community.
“Not only does it cut costs and make everything a lot more efficient but hopefully a lot more responsive to the residents of Kern County,” says Assemblyman Rudy Salas. Salas sponsored the bill, along with Senator Jean Fuller and SEIU.
Earlier this month, county supervisors gave KMC leaders approval to lay off dozens of workers. KMC spokesperson Jacey Cooper says the hospital authority would protect workers and improve community service under new supervision.
“We will come up with our own bylaws regulations we will have a board that dictates those things it just allows us to be very responsive and quick to the patients,” Cooper tells 23ABC.
Salas says he hopes to get Governor Brown’s signature for the bill in the coming weeks. Following, KMC will work with the Board of Supervisors to pass an ordinance for the hospital authority.
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