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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
  • Russell Judd
    Russell Judd, Vice Chairman
    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

Board of Directors Virtual Meeting
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Closed Session 8:00 a.m., Open Session 8:15 a.m.

Kern Health Systems
2900 Buck Owens Boulevard
Bakersfield, CA 93308

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

*Note this meeting will be held via a virtual session due to Executive Order N-29-20.

Governing Board Notice of Virtual Meeting and Agenda for Virtual Meeting on October 14, 2021

Past Agendas

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