Valley Children’s Hospital has opened an outpatient clinic in Bakersfield in an effort to help ease the growing demand for pediatric specialists in Kern County.
The clinic on 34th street opened its doors Monday.
“We’re able to start seeing patients that would of normally had to travel to Madera a little bit closer to home in Bakersfield,” says Kari Boscacci, the director of Ambulatory Operations.
The specialty care center is offering pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric hematology, pediatric surgery, pediatric urology, pediatric nephrology and ear, nose and throat specialists.
The clinic is open five days a week but not every service will be available every day.
Boscacci says Valley Children’s treated nearly 6,000 children last year from Kern County. As far as the new clinic, they hope to add cardiology services and others specialties in the near future.