SJCH Receives Top Honors and Opens New Facility


Kern County’s First Platinum Award for Cardiac Care

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At a press conference on February 19, San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) announced that it had received the American College of Cardiology’s Platinum Performance Achievement Award – the first time a hospital in Kern County has been given this level of recognition.

To receive this award, SJCH had to meet specific performance standards for heart care – which are based on the American Heart Association’s clinical best practices – for eight consecutive quarters. Areas that are measured include administering aspirin upon arrival, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation.

“My favorite part about this award is that it truly represents our entire organization,” said President and CEO Doug Duffield. “Almost every employee in our hospital – whether they work in the Emergency Room, ICU or in one of our outpatient service areas – plays a role in providing our patients with extraordinary heart care. This latest community first is just further validation that we’re fulfilling our commitment of giving the citizens of Bakersfield and Kern County the high level of health care they deserve.”

New Downtown Quest Imaging Location


SJCH has expanded its services by opening a new Quest Imaging facility in downtown Bakersfield. The new Quest Imaging Center expands cutting-edge technology with exceptional customer service and medical expertise to more people in Kern County. The ribbon cutting was held today to officially open the newest and latest Quest Imaging location.

This is the third location for Quest Imaging. The new downtown location enhances the mission of San Joaquin Community Hospital to provide the community with top-notch care, technology and board-certified radiologists.

The new facility offers an intimate Women’s Center with spa-like amenities and all-digital technology. It’s also home to the all-new Breast Center which features 3-D mammography, proven to be 41% more effective at detecting breast cancer. Quest also offers convenient, extended evening and weekend hours.

Excerpt from San Joaquin Community Hospital website.

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