Surgical Affiliates and Kern Medical Announce Partnership to Enhance Emergency Surgical Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 15th, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Surgical Affiliates, a leading provider of in-house emergency surgical services for hospitals and healthcare systems, and Kern Medical of Bakersfield, Calif., a Level II Trauma Center, have announced their partnership to enhance patient care in providing 24/7 acute care and trauma surgical services.

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Kern Medical’s partnership with Surgical Affiliates supports the hospital’s commitment to providing the highest quality of emergency surgical care as the only trauma center serving patients in California’s southern Central Valley. Through the partnership, Kern Medical’s excellent standard of care will be enhanced by ensuring patients have 24/7 access to the highest level of acute care and trauma surgical services supported by Surgical Affiliates’ proven expertise in emergency surgical care.

“We are excited to welcome this new team to Kern Medical.  As the only major trauma center between Los Angeles and Fresno, it is our privilege to provide our patients up-to-the-minute, lifesaving care in times of immense need,” said Kern Medical Chief Executive Officer Russell Judd. “Our partnership with Surgical Affiliates will only strengthen our trauma center and improve our patient experience overall.”

The enhanced suite of surgical services to be provided by Surgical Affiliates includes a dedicated, in-house team of board-certified trauma and acute care surgeons who will implement evidence-based guidelines in providing round-the-clock care to patients entering the Emergency Department as well as a fully staffed follow-up clinic offering post-discharge care to patients. The surgical team will provide patients with a systematic, personalized approach to care that is the cornerstone of the Surgical Affiliates acute care surgical model. In addition, Kern Medical’s experienced surgical teams will be supported and led by a dedicated medical director focused on maintaining high-quality standards and efficient clinic operations.

“Our partnership with Kern Medical goes beyond the provision of trauma and emergency surgical care – which is core to the mission of Kern Medical.  We are also committed to ensuring the service will support the graduate medical education programs at Kern Medical,” said Surgical Affiliates President and CEO Lynette Scherer, MD, FACS.

Kern Medical is a leading Central Valley healthcare organization featuring a 222-bed public hospital offering a comprehensive range of primary care and specialty clinics. As the area’s only trauma center and teaching hospital, Kern Medical provides services that are unique in the region.

 About Surgical Affiliates

Surgical Affiliates is a national leader in surgical hospitalist care with published, peer-reviewed results in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons that demonstrate how they benefit hospitals, clinicians, and patients by providing quality 24/7 emergency surgical care.  The team is composed of a dynamic group of experienced, board-certified surgeons, healthcare providers, and medical directors. Programs offered to provide strategic, structured surgical programs that encompass Acute Care, Trauma, Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics, and fuse with a hospital’s ICU, Emergency Department, and Medical Hospitalist Program to ensure the quality of care and proper workflow throughout these departments.