North Kern-South Tulare Hospital District

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The North Kern – South Tulare Hospital District was formed in December 1966 and operates under the rules and regulations of the Health and Safety Code, Sections §32000-§32492 as a government non-profit public entity. It was originally formed to provide healthcare services to the communities of Delano, McFarland, and Earlimart and encompassed approximately 420,000 acres among 2 counties.

The Hospital District currently owns and operates the Delano District Skilled Nursing Facility, the Gloria Nelson Center Family Clinic, and the Delano District Medical Center. Within these facilities, the Hospital District is able to offer a spectrum of healthcare services specializing in seniors, women, children, and adult medicine.

In 1991, the District opened a 99-bed skilled nursing facility, Delano District Skilled Nursing Facility. As the population within the district boundaries grew, there was an increased need for nursing care services to the aging senior population. As a result of this growth and demand, the skilled nursing facility expanded by 42 beds in 2001, bringing the total number of beds to accommodate a maximum of 141 residents.

In April of 2012, the District opened the Gloria Nelson Center Family Clinic. This health facility specializes in pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Over the past few years, the Board of Directors and the District Administrator have been engaging in plans for growth and development to expand healthcare services to the growing population of the community. We are proud to announce the completion of the first phase of expansion.

The goal of the District is to ensure that the citizens of Delano, McFarland, Earlimart, Richgrove, and other neighboring communities have healthcare options and are provided with an opportunity to receive a high level of quality care. The District is also dedicated to expanding services to Wasco for this growing population as well.