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Lauren Small Children's Medical Center

The Lauren Small Children’s Medical Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital is the first comprehensive pediatric program in Kern County. This “hospital within a hospital” includes a 31-bed Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), an eight-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and a 20-bed Pediatric Unit with 24/7 in-house pediatricians (hospitalists).

The Lauren Small Children’s Medical Center is named in honor of Lauren Paige Small, a local girl who inspired the community through her brave two-year battle with cancer. Read Lauren’s story.

Offering comprehensive pediatric care locally means fewer families have to travel long distances to children’s hospitals outside of the area.



If you would like to donate money to support the Lauren Small Children's Medical Center, please contact the BMH Foundation.

For more information please visit the Bakersfield Memorial Foundation.


Serves families with children in the Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatric Units.

Raises funds for more than 170 children's hospitals in communities throughout the United States and Canada.

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Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
420 34th St
Bakersfield, CA 93301
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