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  1. Clinica Sierra Vista opens site in northeast Bakersfield

    By THEO DOUGLAS, The Bakersfield Californian
    Tuesday, Mar 03 2015 09:07 PM

    Clinica Sierra Vista has opened a new clinic in northeast Bakersfield and will hold a grand opening event Friday to celebrate.

    The 14,000-square-foot East Niles Community Health Center has been up and running since Feb. 2, when there was a soft opening. A grand opening ­celebration is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the clinic, 7800 Niles St. in northeast Bakersfield. Light refreshments will be provided.

    The health center provides primary care services including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and ­gynecology.

    Staff will also be ­available on-site to provide health insurance assistance, behavioral health, and help with the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program, a state health program for pregnant...

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    Bakersfield boy's tumor could live on in medical research

    Nathan Street's parents were devastated when they were told early last year that the cause of their little boy's mysterious new crossed eye was an inoperable, malignant brain tumor. It was Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG. That's...

  3. Potential multimillion dollar mesh trial goes to jury

    A jury of three women and nine men began deliberating late Thursday in a transvaginal mesh trial brought by a Bakersfield woman and her husband, a case that has garnered national attention. Coleen Perry, 52, of Bakersfield, filed a...

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    Go Red for Women speaker warns women of heart attack risk

    Margaret Patteson isn't your typical heart attack victim. The baby boomer and mother of two is an avid runner and cyclist. She's more fit than many people half her age, and president of the Bakersfield Track Club. But in March of last...

  5. Bakersfield doctor accused of negligence

    The Medical Board of California has accused a Bakersfield gastroenterologist of negligence and incompetence following the death of a patient. In a written accusation filed Feb. 13, the state moved to revoke or suspend the medical license of...

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    Growing numbers of seniors may aggravate doctor shortage

    Wayne Wood is in generally good health, but he takes about six pills a day for "typical old man problems," among them high blood pressure and high cholesterol. He's treated for those at GEMCare Comprehensive Care Center, one of the few...


    Home health aides protest revocation of overtime pay

    About two dozen protesters demonstrated outside the Bakersfield office of the California Department of Industrial Relations Wednesday to protest the state's decision to back away from requiring overtime pay for home aide workers who care...

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    Sprouts prepares for Feb. 25 grand opening

    Sprouts Farmers Market is celebrating the grand opening of its new supermarket in Bakersfield with a ribbon cutting and special discounts. Activities and special offers will kick off Feb. 25 at the company's new southwest Bakersfield...


    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...

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    Hospital’s new ‘Serenity Room’ offers privacy in medical crises

    San Joaquin Community Hospital on Wednesday dedicated a new “Serenity Room” where families who are visiting the hospital’s emergency facilities can get updates on a critical patient’s condition or grieve the loss of a loved one. The...


    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...

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