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    Revenues up, staffing costs down as hopeful KMC trend continues

    Chalk up five straight months in the black for Kern Medical Center. The county hospital's management team told Kern County supervisors Monday that they had booked operational profits at KMC in both November and December, adding to...

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    Kern vaccination rates beat the state's

    Rocio Garcia held her 3-year-old son, Eli, on her lap to keep him still while a nurse gave him a shot in the leg. The toddler shrieked, then asked for the Sponge Bob sticker he'd been promised in exchange for cooperating. The nurse...


    Covered California makes push for enrollment

    Leaders of the state’s health insurance exchange are pleased that the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced the ranks of the uninsured, but they’re still scrambling to reach the uncovered with open enrollment closing in less than...


    Local doctor wants the world to know: Baby Got Kale!

    To the venerable list of pop culture odes to the derriere, add a locally produced parody mashing up Sir-Mix-A-Lot's iconic "Baby Got Back" and Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda." "Baby Got Kale!" is the brainchild of Nina Ha, wife of local doctor...

  5. McDonalds working with public health on possible measles exposure

    McDonald's says it is working with public health officials after learning a person infected with the measles visited a Delano McDonald's on Jan. 25. A person from Ventura County stopped at the McDonald's at 610 Woollomes Ave. before...

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    Families, agencies struggle as senior population grows

    Scott MacDowall rang the doorbell of a neat northeast Bakersfield cottage and waited. And waited. And waited some more. "She moves a little slow," he said. But after a bit, 98-year-old Evelyn Wheeler opened the door, and her face...

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    Coalition brings clean drinking water to rural Kern County

    Clean drinking water is something many Americans take for granted, but in areas such as south Kern County access to safe water is not guaranteed. A new program called Agua4All is attempting to address that. At a ceremony Thursday in...

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    Health officials warn of possible measles exposure in Delano

    A person diagnosed with measles visited a Delano fast food restaurant while infectious and may have exposed others, the Kern County Department of Public Health announced Thursday. A male Ventura resident traveling to Fresno visited a...

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    ASK EMILY: How to dodge the Obamacare tax penalty -- legally

    It's that joyous time of year when W-2s, 1099s and the other forms we need for our taxes start landing in our mailboxes. A new form debuts this year. It's called the 1095-A and goes to people who purchased health insurance through Covered...

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    Taxpayers without insurance may face big bill

    Many taxpayers facing their first tax season since implementation of the Affordable Care Act are in for a rude awakening. "I'm shocked at the number of people who are coming in in a panic who are surprised that they have to pay a tax...


    Health roundup: Insurance enrollment events coming up

    As the Feb. 15 deadline to avoid tax penalties for lacking insurance approaches, there are two Covered California enrollment events coming up: * 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at East Hills Mall, 3100 Mall View Road, and * 10 a.m. to 6 p.m....

  12. Builders 'top off' new medical development in northeast

    Ancient pagan Scandinavians were big believers in trees. They plopped them on top of new buildings all the time, a tradition that persists today in the form of "topping off" ceremonies commemorating the installation of the last structural...

  13. Bakersfield's private hospitals earn Bs, Cs in new study

    Other local hospitals said they support transparency in safety assessments, but they're a little dubious about the Leapfrog report. The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to about 2,500 hospitals...

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