Dignity Health Medical Network - Central California (DHMN-CC) was formed as GEMCare, an Independent Practice Association (IPA) with 10 primary care physicians and three specialists. These physicians came together and saw a need for another health care option in Kern County. Forming a new group enabled physicians to contract with the major health plans in California.
Today, DHMN-CC has over 150 primary care physicians and more than 300 specialists it services members in Bakersfield, CA and the outlying communities of Delano, Lake Isabella, Taft and Tehachapi. Membership has grown from 50 members in November of 1992 to over 40,000 members.
Dignity Health management services
Dignity Health Management Services Organization (DHMSO), part of CommonSpirit Health, is a leading health care management company that helps providers and payers deliver better clinical outcomes through innovative tools and technology and offers high-quality, full-service administrative and clinical support services to organizations responsible for providing medical services through health plan agreements or health benefit programs. DHMSO provides these services to hospitals, independent physician networks, medical groups, and employers.