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Governing Board

Kern Health Systems, the County Health Authority, is an independent public agency that governs Kern Family Health Care. The Board of Directors are appointed by the Kern County Board of Supervisors and includes major healthcare stakeholders, such as physicians, safety-net providers, hospitals, pharmacies and community representatives. Board meetings are held bi-monthly in: February, April, June, August, October and December, and are open to the public*.

Governing Board Members

  • Timothy McGlew
    Timothy McGlew, Chairman
    Rural Hospital Representative
  • Scott Thygerson
    Scott Thygerson
    Kern Medical Representative
  • Cindy Stewart
    Cindy Stewart, LVN, Secretary
    Safety Net Provider Representative
  • Wayne Deats
    Wayne L. Deats, Jr., Treasurer
    Community Representative, 4th District
  • Vijaykumar Patel
    Vijaykumar B. Patel, MD
    Rural PCP Representative
  • Philipp Melendez
    Philipp Melendez, MD
    Urban PCP Representative
  • Kimberly Hoffmann
    Kimberly Hoffmann, PharmD, BCPP
    Pharmacist Representative

  • Michael T. Bowers
    Community Representative, 1st District
  • Elsa Martinez
    Elsa Martinez
    Community Representative, 1st District

  • Todd Jones
    Community Representative, 2nd District

  • John Nilon
    Community Representative, 2nd District
  • Jeff Flores
    Jeff Flores
    Community Representative, 3rd District
  • Larry Rhoades
    Larry Rhoades
    Community Representative, 3rd District

  • Barbara Patrick
    Barbara Patrick
    Community Representative, 4th District
  • Alex Garcia
    Alex Garcia
    Community Representative, 5th District
  • Kristen Beall Watson
    Kristen Beall Watson
    Community Representative, 5th District

Governing Board Agendas

Next Meeting:

Regular Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Closed Session: 8:00 a.m.
Open Session: 8:30 a.m.

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda for Thursday, April 14, 2022
Board of Directors Meeting Packet for Thursday, April 14, 2022
Notice of Virtual Board Meeting for Thursday, April 14, 2022

Kern Health Systems
2900 Buck Owens Boulevard
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Board meeting agenda will be posted according to The Brown Act requirements*.

*Note: Kern Health Systems (KHS) hereby provides notice that as a result of the declared federal, state, and local emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in light of the Governor’s order, the KHS Board meeting will not be physically open to the public.

Past Agendas

Please note: Kern Health Systems Board of Directors meetings and the Kern Health Systems Finance Committee meetings will occur every other month.