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Bakerfield's Most Preferred Hospital

Awards & Recognition If you analyze the nearly 6,000 hospitals that dot America's healthcare landscape, you'll undoubtedly find more similarities than differences.

While state requirements and varying affiliations mold the culture of each unique facility, with few exceptions, the physicians, nurses and support staff that provide care are equally skilled and knowledgeable. The hospitals themselves are easy to identify – since the name is plastered on the side in bold letters. But look inside and you’re likely to find the same linoleum floors, soothing wall art and medical equipment as the hospital on the other side of town.

Of course, there are hospitals ahead of the curve in certain specialties. The bottom line, however, remains the same: step inside any hospital in America and you’re likely to receive good care.

In today’s world, it takes more than being “good” to stand apart.

Each year, the National Research Corporation (NRC) conducts The Ticker study – the nation’s largest and most comprehensive study of its kind. For the 2010/2011 study, more than 250,000 households representing over 450,000 consumers in the contiguous 48 states and District of Columbia were surveyed.

As a result of this study, NRC honors those hospitals whose consumers rate as having the best quality and image in their community. Out of the thousands of hospitals mentioned in the study, only 274 hospitals in the nation’s top 300 markets were awarded the NRC Consumer Choice Award.

This year, San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) is proud to be Bakersfield most preferred hospital, as chosen by our community.

“As care options multiply and financial challenges remain strong, consumer perception of quality continues to grow in importance,” said Ginny Martin, president of NRC’s Ticker Division. In the face of adversity, Consumer Choice Award winners exemplify the dedication it takes to provide quality healthcare to their communities, and we are pleased to honor them through the eyes of their patients.”

At SJCH, simply meeting the status quo is never the goal. Since caring for our first patient in 1910, the hospital has been at the forefront of medical innovation. In 1971, we were the first hospital to do open-heart surgery in Kern County. In 2009, the tradition continued as we became the first hospital between Los Angeles and San Francisco to have a Nationally Certified Stroke Center and Nationally Accredited Chest Pain Center under one roof.

As a faith-based hospital, we’re also dedicated to supporting those that make up our community. From providing discounted care for less fortunate individuals to sponsoring dedicated non-profit organizations, our Mission to Bakersfield in Kern County is unwavering.

On behalf of the staff and leadership at SJCH, thank you for making us Bakersfield’s most preferred hospital.

Thank you for making us different.