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Dignity Health - Bakersfield Memorial

Bakersfield Memorial Hospital found its roots during a citizen campaign formed by civic leaders and healthcare professionals in the early 1950s to build a new community hospital. This drive led to the opening of the original 112-bed Greater Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in 1956 at its current location. Funding generated through a nonprofit association contributed to the development of this community-owned institution.

As a result of sustained local support since its founding, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital has continued to grow to meet the needs of the community. Numerous construction projects completed through the years have built BMH into the regional medical center it is today. The facility now includes over 250 general acute beds; over 45 specialty intensive care or postanesthesia care beds; 13 operating rooms; a heavily used Emergency Room with a Chest Pain Center; a Birthing Center with a full-service NICU; four Cardiac Catheterization labs; a full complement of diagnostic laboratory and imaging services; outpatient surgery; and a freestanding 60-bed Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency facility.

In 1995 BMH decided that to keep pace with area growth and to continue to offer high-caliber services, it must affiliate with a large system that shares the hospital's nonprofit, mission-driven philosophy. After months of looking at possible partners, BMH chose Dignity Health, the largest faith-based hospital system in California. The affiliation was completed in 1996.
Our outstanding compensation and benefits programs are designed to foster career satisfaction, as well as the well being of you and your family. Highlights include:
  • Fully Paid Medical Plans for employees and their dependents
  • Dental Plans
  • Vision Plans
  • Life/Accident/Disability Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Plan
  • Child Care Center
  • Direct Deposit
  • Credit Union
  • Physical Examination
  • Shift Differential
  • Weekend Differential (RN's ONLY)
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Extended Illness Bank (EIB)
  • Malpractice Liability Insurance
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Education Days (RN's ONLY)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Bereavement Leave
  • On Duty Meal (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and many other days)
  • Cafeteria Discount
  • Payroll Deduction for purchases Auxillians Gift Shop
  • Leave for Jury Duty
  • Savings Bond Program
  • Social Security
  • Employee Activities
  • Free Parking
Our Mission, Vision & Values
Our Mission

Dignity Health
and our Sponsoring Congregations are committed to furthering the healing ministry of Jesus. We dedicate our resources to:
  • Delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health services;
  • Serving and advocating for our sisters and brothers who are poor and disenfranchised; and
  • Partnering with others in the community to improve the quality of life.

Our Vision
A growing and diversified health care ministry distinguished by excellent quality and committed to expanding access to those in need.

Our Values
Dignity Health is committed to providing high-quality, affordable health care to the communities we serve. Above all else we value:
  • Dignity - Respecting the inherent value and worth of each person.
  • Collaboration - Working together with people who support common values and vision to achieve shared goals.
  • Justice - Advocating for social change and acting in ways that promote respect for all persons and demonstrate compassion for our sisters and brothers who are powerless.
  • Stewardship - Cultivating the resources entrusted to us to promote healing and wholeness.
  • Excellence - Exceeding expectations through teamwork and innovation.
Medical Services
Cardiac Services

Central California Heart Institute

Most of us don't think about our heart and the incredible job it does each day. Over an average lifetime, the heart beats 2.5 billion times - that's one beat per second of every minute of every day. Although the heart is a strong, powerful organ, it is susceptible to disease and trauma. In some cases, people are born with defects of the heart, while others develop problems over a lifetime. Being aware of the associated risks and services available to prevent and treat heart disease are essential to living an active and healthy lifestyle. We rely on advanced technology, experienced cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons and nurse specialists that work in teams to address the full scope of heart problems, whether common or complex.

Services offered for the treatment of cardiovascular disease by the Central California Heart Institute have repeatedly been recognized among the best in the nation by numerous independent research organizations. Our emphasis is on offering a comprehensive cardiovascular program that includes general, non-invasive and interventional diagnostics, treatment and surgical services to patients with diseases or disorders of the heart and vascular system. Surgical procedures include adult cardiac and general thoracic surgery, off-pump heart surgery, valve repair and replacement, as well as vascular surgery. Our cardiologists, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons work as experienced teams of specialists to assure expert and personalized care. In addition, our patients benefit from the most recent and advanced diagnostic services, nurses with advanced training, patient education and a comprehensive rehabilitation program.

As a patient, you can expect the highest level of clinical and scientific excellence, coupled with an old-fashioned approach to medicine - what we like to think of as genuine caring from the heart.

Surgical Services

Surgery and Surgical Specialties

If your physician recommends surgery for you or a loved one, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital provides the necessary clinical expertise, medical technology and compassionate professionals. With a nationally recognized cardiovascular program, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital offers comprehensive cardiac care, including open-heart surgery. Memorial also offers vascular, neurological, orthopedic and general surgery for both inpatients and outpatients. Our team includes skilled surgeons using the latest available surgical techniques and instrumentation supported by highly trained nurses and clinical staff. Together, they work to ensure you or your loved one receives the appropriate treatment.

Bakersfield Memorial Hospital has expanded its services by now offering three distinct surgical areas. The main operating area includes 10 operating rooms primarily used for inpatient admissions. All types of general and specialty surgeries are performed in this area. Customized rooms have also been created to support the specialty needs of different types of surgery. An additional Women's Surgical area was created by customizing 3 operating rooms dedicated to meeting the unique needs of women. Bakersfield Memorial Hospital also offers its Outpatient Surgical Center, which includes 3 more operating rooms, developed to address the special demands of patients needing minor surgical procedures.

Womens/Children's Services

Care for You and Your Baby

"Little miracles" have been getting their start at the 34th Street address of Bakersfield Memorial Hospital since 1956. You can't beat the kind of experience we've developed through the years.

Your doctor, and our caring nurses and specialists, are devoted to each baby, one very special birth at a time. We offer you and your family quality medical care and personal support...from the moment we meet you until your infant is well into the teenage years.

Our nursing staff is specially trained in all aspects of care for you and your baby. Our nurses offer support, encouragement, and instruction during your pregnancy, labor, birth, and after the baby is born. With state-of-the-art medical facilities in a warm, homelike setting, our twelve birthing suites allow you to labor, deliver and recover all in one room. These suites are designed for your comfort and your family's involvement in the baby's birth. These homelike rooms feature a specially designed birthing bed that adjusts to your comfort and needs during the various phases of labor and delivery. Special touches - adjustable lighting, recliner chair, television, telephone and private bathroom with shower - all add to your comfort.

Bakersfield Memorial Hospital also offers several traditional labor and delivery rooms. Primarily used in cases of high-risk pregnancy or cesarean birth, these rooms are specially equipped to handle any medical needs that may arise.

Behavioral Health Services

Memorial Center for Behavioral Health

Memorial Center for Behavioral Health is known as "The Caring Place" for good reason. Memorial Center is a freestanding full service chemical dependency and psychiatric facility located in a picturesque setting on six acres in southwest Bakersfield. Its services include programs offered in a nurturing and supportive environment for adults, adolescents and children. Healing programs for a variety of emotional problems are accessible to our patients. Memorial Center emphasizes an individualized treatment approach. The multi-disciplinary treatment teams include psychiatrists, therapists, a clinical program director, specially trained nurses, clinical social workers, and marriage family therapists.

Memorial Center offers programs in child, adolescent and adult inpatient psychiatric care, adult inpatient chemical dependency, along with adult intensive outpatient chemical dependency care, including partial hospitalization, outpatient and aftercare. Memorial Center also operates a residential treatment center for adolescents.

Emergency Services

Where will you go in an emergency?

Emergency care opens windows into the daily life of a community. Its patients span universes: the 2-year old victim of accidental poisoning; a high-school student with a fractured arm; a middle-aged woman experiencing heart-attack symptoms. This year area residents will make over 30,000 such visits to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department.

You never plan to visit the emergency department. It just happens, and usually when you least expect it. The Emergency Department at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital is equipped to care for all minor and major emergencies 24-hours a day, year round. Medical care is provided by a full staff of nurses and physicians with special training and expertise in emergency medicine. The door is always open for walk-in emergencies. Once here, you will be seen according to the nature and severity of your medical status and will be treated in a timely, professional and caring fashion.
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
420 34th St
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 327-4647
Diversity at Dignity Health is about more than celebrating differences. We believe workplace diversity introduces new ideas and unique viewpoints that we all can learn from. We proactively seek out staff who will enrich our culture and make our teams stronger through their varied backgrounds, skills and perspectives.