May 28, 2021

Kern Valley Hospital Foundation

It has come to my attention that the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation (KVHF) is not well known within the Kern Valley Healthcare District boundaries. Allow me to share with all of you what we are, who we are and how we want to accomplish our goals.

My name is Judy Hyatt, and I am the president of the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation. It is my sincere belief that the people of the Kern Valley are among the most generous and caring people I have come to know. The Kern Valley has been good to me, and this is my time to pay it forward.

The Kern Valley Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the health and welfare of our Kern Valley communities. Yes, your contributions are tax-deductible. We are a group of volunteers committed to ensuring the medical needs of our community are met with proven state-of-the-art equipment, well-trained personnel and viable programs for healthy living. We support people working in the health care field by providing funding opportunities in scholarships and providing the needed training in selected healthcare fields. We provide funding for the purchase of furnishings and equipment for the Skilled Nursing Facility.

As you can imagine, it takes major fundraising to make a difference. We work to accomplish our goals through fundraising efforts and events throughout the calendar year. 

We sponsor annual health fairs that provide outreach to the community and inform the residents of available services in our rural communities. We sponsor major events such as the Jeanette Rogers Erickson Annual Heartwalk in February, "free to the public" series of musical concerts “River Rhythms” every Friday evening in August — an event that provides an opportunity for the public at large to come and enjoy various genres of live music in an outdoor venue, “Crabfest” in September an amazing meal of “surf and turf” to be shared by friends and family while providing an opportunity to meet hospital personnel and enjoy the beautiful weather of the Kern Valley. Our “Health Fair'' in the fall is an opportunity to learn about new exciting health care programs such as the diabetic cooking classes, and if we are awarded a grant, Medi-Yoga will be offered by 2022. This is an extremely popular exercise regime for the mind and body.

We are proud of the people who work hard to serve the people of the Kern Valley and want to ensure they have our continued support. It has been a difficult year for businesses, family, friends and fundraising, but we are ready to hit the ground running.

I will be sharing “all the news that is the news” in a monthly column in the Kern Valley Sun. Please visit us on our Facebook page, “Kern Valley Hospital Foundation.” Do not forget to follow and like our page. It does make it easier to spread the word.