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East Kern Health Care District meetings to begin next week

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital–

The public will have a chance to learn more about the East Kern Health Care District’s (EKHCD)  consideration of annexing the Indian Wells Valley (IWV) community starting next week during a pair of Zoom meetings, followed by public hearings located in Ridgecrest and California City.

Zoom meetings are scheduled for Friday, April 5, at 3 p.m. (Meeting ID: 881 5795 6999 Dial-in: +1 669 900 6833) and Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m. (Meeting ID: 881 5795 6999

Dial-in: +1 669 900 6833). The in-person meeting for Ridgecrest residents will be held Thursday, April 11, at 5 p.m. in the SpringHill Suites Maturango Room.

“Joining the EKHCD is one of many paths Ridgecrest Regional Hospital has been exploring in order to improve quality, access, and sustainability for providing healthcare to the IWV and surrounding communities,” said Thomas Hayes, a consultant hired by RRH to help navigate the process.

“We want our community to have the opportunity to hear more about the process, and have any questions or concerns they may have addressed.”

Hayes noted that current actions being considered by EKHCD and RRH do not involve raising taxes or changing the organizational or leadership structure of the hospital.

RRH has been exploring the potential of joining EKHCD in order to qualify for new revenue streams.

Like other rural communities across the nation, RRH has been facing serious obstacles to healthcare access and sustainability, which became more severe during the pandemic.

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