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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,
    3rd District
  • Scott Thygerson
    Scott Thygerson, Vice Chairman
    Kern Medical Representative
  • Vijaykumar Patel
    Vijaykumar B. Patel, MD, Secretary
    Rural PCP Representative
  • Sarabjeet Singh, MD
    Sarabjeet Singh, MD
    Urban PCP Representative
  • Timothy McGlew
    Timothy McGlew
    Rural Hospital Representative
  • Olga Meave
    Olga Meave, MD
    Safety Net Provider Representative
  • Kimberly Hoffmann
    Kimberly Hoffmann, PharmD, BCPP
    Pharmacist Representative

  • Michael T. Bowers
    Community Representative,
    1st District
  • (Photo Pending)

    Ross Elliott
    Community Representative,
    1st District
  • Cathy Abernathy
    Cathy Abernathy
    Community Representative,
    2nd District

  • John Nilon
    Community Representative,
    2nd District

  • Jay Tamsi
    Community Representative,
    3rd District
  • Barbara Patrick
    Barbara Patrick
    Community Representative,
    4th District
  • Alex Garcia
    Alex Garcia
    Community Representative,
    5th District

  • Michael Turnipseed
    Michael Turnipseed
    Community Representative,
    5th District

Governing Board Agendas

Next Meeting:

Regular Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, April 13, 2023
Closed Session: 8:00 a.m.
Open Session: 8:15 a.m.

Board of Directors Meeting Packet

Kern Health Systems
2900 Buck Owens Boulevard
Bakersfield, CA 93308

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

Past Agendas

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