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Kern Medical Center Adopts New Name As Bigger Changes Loom

Kern Medical Center has a new name. But that’s actually the smallest change the venerable public hospital is set to undertake in the next year. After being run by Kern County for over a century, the hospital – now branded simply as “Kern Medical” – will be spun off later this year to a newly created, independent hospital authority.

Kern Medical CEO Russell Judd says the new name reflects a new era for the nearly 150 year-old institution.