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SJCH Partners with Chevron to Create an Endowment for Children with Burn Injuries

Burn Care Chevron has donated $200,000 to the Grossman Burn Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) to create an endowment for children with burn injuries.

In the last few years in Kern County, nearly half of all serious burns were the results of pure accidents. Unfortunately, the majority of these victims are children and adolescents. Originated by Chevron’s initial gift, The Chevron Fund will subsidize treatment for child burn victims that lack resources or insurance to pay for care.

“A community organization has once again shown their commitment to the health and well-being of the people of Kern County,” said SJCH President and CEO Robert J. Beehler. “Thanks to Chevron’s generous donation, child burn victims whose families lack adequate financial resources will still have access to world-class burn treatment. This is not only an important contribution to our new burn center; it’s a long-term investment in the health of our community.”

Ron Fraze, Bakersfield fire chief and co-chair of the SJCH Burn Center Capital Campaign Committee, is excited about what the burn center will mean to Bakersfield — and his fire department.

“As firefighters, our number one fear is getting burned,” Fraze said. “Knowing that we now have a burn center in town puts our minds at ease. Bakersfield deserves the highest quality, and that’s exactly what [SJCH] has done by bringing a Grossman Burn Center to the community.

The formal announcement of the Chevron Fund is accompanied by SJCH moving into the public phase of the capital campaign for its new burn center. Including the latest donation from Chevron, SJCH has raised over $800,000 — more than halfway to the goal of $1.5 million.

"At Chevron, we believe in working with the communities where we work to expand their capabilities” said Bruce Johnson, vice president of Chevron’s San Joaquin Valley Business Unit, located in Bakersfield. “Partnering with San Joaquin Community Hospital and the Grossman Burn Center to help children recover from burn injuries is one example of Chevron's part in addressing an important health service need in our community."

Although the goal is in sight, according to Beehler, there’s still a lot of work left to do.

“Throughout the process of bringing Bakersfield its first full-treatment burn center, we’ve been privileged to work with great organizations such as Chevron and Aera Energy,” Beehler said. “As we move into the next phase of our campaign, it’s important that we continue to receive solid support built on trusting relationships with the great people of Bakersfield.”

For more information or to contribute to the campaign, call the SJCH Foundation at (661) 869-6570.