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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

  • Kristen Beall Watson
    Kristen Beall Watson, EdD, Chairman
    Community Representative,
    5th District
  • Scott Thygerson
    Scott Thygerson, Vice Chairman
    Kern Medical Representative
  • Vijaykumar Patel
    Vijaykumar B. Patel, MD, Secretary
    Rural PCP Representative
  • Elsa Martinez
    Elsa Martinez, Treasurer
    Community Representative,
    1st District
  • Sarabjeet Singh, MD
    Sarabjeet Singh, MD
    Urban PCP Representative
  • Timothy McGlew
    Timothy McGlew
    Rural Hospital Representative

  • Olga Meave, MD (Photo pending)
    Safety Net Provider Representative
  • Kimberly Hoffmann
    Kimberly Hoffmann, PharmD, BCPP
    Pharmacist Representative

  • Michael T. Bowers
    Community Representative,
    1st District
  • Cathy Abernathy (photo pending)
    Community Representative,
    2nd District

  • John Nilon
    Community Representative,
    2nd District
  • Jeff Flores
    Jeff Flores
    Community Representative,
    3rd District
  • Barbara Patrick
    Barbara Patrick
    Community Representative,
    4th District
  • Wayne Deats
    Wayne L. Deats, Jr.
    Community Representative,
    4th District
  • Alex Garcia
    Alex Garcia
    Community Representative,
    5th District

Governing Board Agendas

Next Meeting:

Regular Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, October 13, 2022
Closed Session: 8:00 a.m.
Open Session: 8:15 a.m.


Board of Directors Meeting Packet for Thursday, August 11, 2022
Notice of Virtual Board Meeting for Thursday, August 11, 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.