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The Kern Medical Pharmacy Department offers a range of services through the inpatient pharmacy, two outpatient pharmacies, correctional pharmacy, and clinical pharmacy services.

The goal of the Department of Pharmacy is first and foremost to provide our patients with excellent care through pharmacotherapy.

Hours of Operation

  • Main (inpatient) Pharmacy |1700 Mount Vernon Avenue
    Open 24/7
  • Clinical Department | 1700 Mount Vernon Avenue
    9:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday
    Closed weekends
  • Campus Pharmacy (main outpatient pharmacy) | 2014 College Avenue
    9:00am - 5:30pm Monday - Friday
    Closed Sundays
  • Columbus Pharmacy | 1111 Columbus Street, Suite 2000
    8:00am - 5:30pm Monday - Friday
    Closed weekends

Additional Information

We currently have nine residency-trained and board-certified clinical pharmacists who are dedicated to providing clinical services for critical care, internal medicine, oncology, infectious diseases, ambulatory care clinics, and maternal/child care.

In ambulatory care, our clinical pharmacists have full prescribing privileges under physician-driven protocols in hypertension, diabetes, anticoagulation, smoking cessation, and pharmacotherapy.

In addition to our clinical pharmacists, we have 8-15 staff pharmacists who are the backbone of our department and ensure that each patient receives appropriate pharmacotherapy in a timely manner. Each year we see over 5,000 patients in our ambulatory care clinics, process 1 million inpatient orders, and dispense over 155,000 outpatient prescriptions.

In line with our goal of providing excellent care through pharmacotherapy, our Postgraduate Year 1 Pharmacy Residency program has been in operation since July 2005. Every year, we graduate two pharmacy residents who are equipped with the knowledge and experience to serve patients better and move the profession forward by being leaders in the field.

As we train, graduate, and hire more residency-trained pharmacists, the face and focus of our department continues to change. We are looking to expand both our in- and out-patient presence, adding more clinical pharmacists on our floors, treating more chronic disease states (such as heart failure, asthma, COPD, and nephrology), diversifying inpatient services, and becoming more integral to the care of correctional patients.

As Kern County’s only public hospital and trauma center, our pharmacists are leaders in our community and the profession, and we are proud to call Kern Medical our home.