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SJCH Children's Mobile Immunizations Program Receives $5,000 Grant from the Union Pacific Foundation

San Joaquin Community Hospital’s Children’s Mobile Immunizations Program – the only program of its kind in Kern County – recently received a $5,000 grant from the Union Pacific Foundation. The goal of the immunizations program is to ensure all children – regardless of their economic status or if they have health insurance – are protected from preventable childhood illnesses. Since its inception in 1996, the program has provided free vaccinations to more than 50,000 children throughout Kern County.

“We’re incredibly fortunate to receive this generous grant from the Union Pacific Foundation,” said Kira Wiggins, director of The Wellness Center at SJCH. “For many years, the immunizations program has received incredible support from First 5 Kern to help improve the health and well-being of the children in our community. It’s wonderful to see a nationally-recognized company like Union Pacific show a vested interest in Bakersfield and Kern County.”

The Union Pacific Foundation awards grants to registered 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations in communities where Union Pacific operates in 23 states in the western two-thirds of the United States.

“We at Union Pacific are proud to collaborate with an organization like San Joaquin Community Hospital for the benefit of children across Kern County,” said Lisa Stark, Union Pacific director of public affairs. “This is our chance to give back to the special community of Bakersfield.” 

SJCH is proud to partner with Union Pacific and provide free immunizations to the children of Kern County. For more information about the hospital and its services, please call 661-395-3000.

About Union Pacific
It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. One of America’s iconic companies, today, Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. From 2000 through 2011, Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its network and operations, making needed investments in America's infrastructure and enhancing its ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation.

Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service. Union Pacific operates competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.