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Adventist Health Bakersfield to Close Burn Center

News Nov. 6, 2017 (Bakersfield, Calif.) – Effective November 3, Adventist Health Bakersfield has closed its burn center. In 2009, AH Bakersfield partnered with the Los Angeles-based Grossman Burn Centers to bring Kern County its very first full service burn center.

“One of the central elements of the organization’s mission has always centered on identifying gaps in local healthcare services and finding ways to address them,” said President and CEO Sharlet Briggs. “The burn center is one such example of this, having served thousands of burn survivors over the last eight years.” 

In 2015, AH Bakersfield made the difficult decision to end its relationship with Grossman Burn Centers. 

“The foundation of the burn center was always the local physicians and caregivers that provided expert care on a daily basis,” Briggs said. “It was determined that it was in the best interest of our burn center to empower this team to both drive daily operations and the strategic direction of the center.”

As a result of this decision, Grossman Burn Centers decided to partner with another local hospital to open a second community burn center, creating a surplus of hospital-based beds that could only be used for specialized burn care.

Over the last two years, it has become clear that Bakersfield does not need two full service burn centers based on the volume of burn injuries that occur in Kern County, which facilitated the decision to stop providing specialized burn care services at Adventist Health Bakersfield.

Though the decision wasn’t taken lightly, this outcome has multiple positive benefits for both the community and AH Bakersfield. Closing the burn center will allow for an expansion of other healthcare services in the area currently reserved for burn patients, allotting more space to provide high level care to patients of all types.

“Adventist Health Bakersfield will continue to focus on serving the community by expanding healthcare services in areas where Bakersfield and Kern County is underserved,” Briggs said. “The funds used to subsidize the burn center will allow more flexibility to find new ways to bring needed services to our community. As new plans come to the forefront, we will proactively communicate these new initiatives to our employees, partners and community.”