San Joaquin Community Hospital (Bakersfield, California, US)

A 178-bed medical institution established in Bakersfield, Kern County, California, in 1910. After incorporating in the early 1920s, the hospital was purchased by Dr. Joseph Smith, a visionary who saw the future of the hospital as a professional medical and surgical institution. In 1964 Dr. Smith invited a group of Seventh-day Adventists to form a nonprofit corporation to manage the hospital. The institution, which had been known as San Joaquin Hospital, became San Joaquin Community Hospital. Meeting an obvious need, the hospital gravitated toward specialized cardiac care. A skilled heart surgical team was formed and SJCH became Kern County’s leader in cardiac care. In 1987 the hospital became a member of the Adventist Health System/West, the largest nonprofit Protestant health-care corpo...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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Bakersfield, CA
United States