Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1981 to raise funds for equipment and services at Memorial Hospital. Since then, BMH Foundation has grown and established many worthy projects and raised more than $29 million, all to assist the hospital, its employees and ultimately and most importantly - the patients.
Since 1991, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital has been the only Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) member serving Kern County and the southern San Joaquin Valley. All of the Foundation's fundraising efforts in conjunction with CMNH support pediatric services at Memorial Hospital. As with all of our philanthropic activities, all funds raised here, stay here to help serve our community.
In the early 1950's, the people of Bakersfield and Kern County found themselves in desperate need of a new hospital. A fundraising campaign was formed by civic leaders and healthcare professionals to raise money to build a true community hospital -- one owned and governed by the people. That drive led to the opening of the original 112-bed Greater Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in 1956.
Thanks to the continuing support of many donors, volunteers and local leaders, Memorial Hospital has continued to grow and meet the needs of this community. Numerous construction projects completed throughout the years have made Memorial the largest regional medical center in the Southern Valley. The facility now includes 426 general acute beds, 48 licensed critical care beds, 13 state-of-the-art surgical suites, and a full-service Emergency Department with an Accredited Chest Pain Center and Nationally Certified Stroke Center. In addition, it offers a beautiful Family Care and Birthing Center, the Lauren Small Children's Center including the area's only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Family Care Center, a Level II NICU, the Sarvanand Heart and Stroke Center with Kern County's first Bi-Plane Interventional Suite, the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbarics, and many more services.
In 2017, Memorial will open the Robert A. Grimm Children's Pavilion for Emergency Care. Designed specifically for pediatric patients, the Pavilion will feature a separate waiting area and specialized treatment area just for children.