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About Kern Medical

Kern Medical has been a community cornerstone since its founding in 1867. Today, we are an acute care teaching center with 222 beds, offering the only advanced trauma care between Fresno and Los Angeles.

Each year, more than 200 residents, fellows and medical students enroll in our UCLA-affiliated training programs, with residencies offered in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry, and Pharmacy. Many of the physicians trained at Kern Medical remain to practice in the community. We also promote the education of clinical pharmacists, nursing students, respiratory therapists, lab techs and allied health professionals.

Kern Medical offers a range of primary, specialty, and multi-specialty services including high-risk pregnancy care, inpatient psychiatric services integrated with county mental health programs, and a growing network of outpatient clinics providing personalized patient-centered wellness care.

We value innovation and continue to add new medical technologies, recruit outstanding physicians in new specialties, and strengthen our ties with UCLA.

As a topflight regional health care system, Kern Medical is a leading voice for health, healing and wellness in the Central Valley.

Kern Medical Annual Stats PDF

Who We Are

Kern Medical is proud to be a tertiary referral center, academic teaching institution, and safety net hospital.


Guided by the needs of our patients and their families, Kern Medical will deliver safe, compassionate, high quality care, and improve the health and well-being of our community.


Kern Medical will:

  • Place the patient at the center of the healthcare experience
  • Lead academic and professional excellence in the community
  • Advance healthcare delivery through a fully integrated system across the spectrum of care
  • Realize the triple aim of providing the best patient experience, highest quality of care, and most appropriate use of healthcare resources
  • Hire and develop the best team that is both inspired and committed to healing
  • Commit to financial stability through efficient management of resources


Kern Medical is guided by the principles of:

  • Compassionate Healing: We ensure a culture of caring that nurtures the well-being of the whole person
  • Respect: We are kind and listen to understand, while embracing the skills and knowledge of others
  • Integrity: We earn your trust by delivering the best in healthcare
  • Innovation: We are committed to new ideas, creativity, and academic achievements
  • Collaboration: We value our partnerships to advance the health of our community
  • Fiscal responsibility: We are committed to effectively utilizing and maximizing our resources

Community Health Needs Assessment