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Bakersfield Memorial Hospital

In the early 1950s, the people of Bakersfield and Kern County found themselves in desperate need of a new hospital.  A fundraising campaign was formed by civic leaders and healthcare professionals to raise money to build a true community hospital -- one owned and governed by the people.  This drive led to the opening of the original 112-bed Greater Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in 1956.

Thanks to the continuing support of many donors, volunteers and local leaders, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital has continued to grow and meet the needs of this community.  Numerous construction projects completed throughout the years have made Memorial the largest regional medical center in the Southern Valley.  The facility now includes 426 general acute beds, 48 licensed critical care beds, 13 state-of-the-art surgical suites, and a full-service Emergency Department with a Chest Pain Center and nationally certified Stroke Center. In addition, we offer newly expanded birthing suites, a new Children's Medical Center including a 20-bed Pediatric Unit, Family Care Center, a 31 bed NICU, four Cardiac Catheterization labs, a full complement of diagnostic laboratory and imaging services, outpatient surgery, and the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbarics.


In 1995, Memorial decided that to ensure it could keep pace with area growth and continue to offer the most medically advanced services, it would be advantageous to affiliate with a large healthcare system; a system that shared the hospital's non-profit, mission-driven philosophy.  After months of looking at possible partners, Memorial chose Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West), the largest faith-based hospital system in California. This affiliation was complete in 1996.  It is important to note, however, that Bakersfield Memorial Hospital is only affiliated with Dignity Health, not owned by Dignity Health. Memorial continues to be owned by the community, and governed by a board of directors composed of community leaders.

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Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
420 34th St
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 327-4647