BAKERSFIELD, CA (October 11, 2021) – Dignity Health Bakersfield provided more than $82 million in patient financial assistance and community benefit programs in fiscal year 2021 (FY21).
Mercy and Memorial Hospitals offer a comprehensive approach to improve community health, including financial assistance for those unable to afford medical necessary care, a range of prevention and health improvement programs conducted by the hospital alongside community partners, and investments in efforts that address the social determinants of health.
In FY21, Mercy Hospitals Bakersfield provided $54,424,249 in patient financial assistance, unreimbursed costs of Medicaid, community health improvement services, and other community benefits.
Sister hospital, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, provided $27,980,319 in FY21 in patient financial assistance, unreimbursed costs of Medicaid, community health improvement services, and other community benefits.
In addition to the community health improvement services and other community benefit programs Dignity Health Bakersfield provides, Mercy and Memorial Hospitals also offer financial assistance for medically necessary hospital services to patients who meet certain criteria. More information about Dignity Health’s Financial Assistance Policy at Mercy and Memorial Hospitals, including who is eligible to receive assistance, can be found here, and general information about our hospitals can be found here.
About Dignity Health Bakersfield
Dignity Health Mercy and Memorial Hospitals is Kern County’s premier healthcare system with three acute care hospitals in Bakersfield and a growing number of medical facilities to meet the needs of our community. With a reputation for providing award-winning care and state-of-the-art services in a compassionate, caring environment, Kern County residents know they have access to some of the most advanced medical care available between Los Angeles and Fresno. Our family of services range from our beautiful birth and family care centers to specialized centers of excellence such as robotic surgery, The Sarvanand Heart and Brain Center, Grossman Burn Center, The Lauren Small Children’s Center, including the area’s only dedicated pediatric emergency room, The Women’s Center, and Orthopedic, Spine and Hand Center.
Mercy and Memorial Hospitals are members of Dignity Health and a part of CommonSpirit Health, a national nonprofit Catholic health system dedicated to improving the health of the people we serve.