Plan to merge KMC, Kern Health Systems heard by Board of Supervisors

Could take up to a year to completely merge

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Board of Supervisors at Kern Medical Center heard the latest plan to merge Kern Medical Center and Kern Health Systems on Monday.

Staff focused on the positives today, saying in the past few months there has been cost savings, improved employee culture and more efficient accounting procedures.

KMC CEO Russell Judd made a presentation to the Board of Supervisors asking them to move forward with a plan to create a "health authority."

This would have KMC and Kern Health Systems merge into one. Staff says it would save costs, put the hospital on the cutting edge of a changing health market and help improve patient care in the medical system.

There are still a lot of unknowns with the plan, including how many people would be laid off in each organization through the process.

More steps need to happen to create this authority such as state legislation being passed and a county ordinance created. These steps could take at least six months if not a year.

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