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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 12:00 am

Attending community meetings is informative, but can raise questions as well. During several meeting over the past couple of months representatives from Kern Valley Hospital have spoken about new services as well as upgraded services that are a great benefit to those who formally traveled to Bakersfield or elsewhere for those same services.

At each of those meetings the subject of Dialysis has been broached and the question as to why dialysis cannot be offered is broached. According to the hospital representatives the valley would require 70 to 75 dialysis patients in order to bring a Nephrologist (kidney specialist/dialysis doctor) on board, and currently the hospital can only account for about 30 locals that require dialysis. It has been argued at every meeting by attendees that there must certainly be the minimum required locally to provide dialysis. If so their identities are unknown to the Kern Valley Hospital staff.

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