COPD Support Group Meetings

Join us for a series of free COPD support group meetings at Delano Regional Medical Center. Please see the flyer below:


Wasco Medical Plaza Health Fair

Join Us For The Wasco Medical Plaza Health Fair

We’re excited to invite you and your family to our Community Health Fair on Saturday October 10th from 10am to 2pm!


2015 COPD Support Group Meeting

What Is COPD?

COPD Support Group Flyer

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.

COPD can develop for years without noticeable shortness of breath. You begin to see the symptoms in the more developed stages of the disease.

What are the symptoms?

  • Increased breathlessness
  • Frequent coughing (with and without sputum)
  • Tightness in the chest

DATE: Tuesday, September 15th 

TIME: 5:30PM to 6:30PM 

LOCATION: Scarlet Oak Room 

For additional information, please contact the Education Department: 661 721-5212 or 661 721-5683

DRMC’s Exciting Expansion Plans

We are proud to announce plans to construct a new three story Outpatient Services Center on current hospital property that will include a fresh, contemporary front entrance.

Designed by Ordiz Melby Architects, Bakersfield, the new 15,000 square foot structure is another step toward fulfilling the goal to expand and improve care, access and services for patients. It will bring all radiology and laboratory services plus new, leading edge technology into one convenient location. Other services will include a convenient retail pharmacy, sleep study program, spacious waiting areas and more, all designed with the need of the patient in mind. In many cases patients will find it unnecessary to check into the main hospital for various outpatient services.

Groundbreaking is anticipated the beginning of 2016 and construction will be completed with a year.

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DRMC Acquires Toshiba’s Aplio 300 Ultrasound System

New Ultrasound with Wendy ScheerDelano Regional Medical Center has announced the installation of three new Toshiba’s AplioTM 300 ultrasound systems within the hospital providing the latest in imaging technology and resulting in advanced patient diagnoses. These systems have been placed in both the inpatient and outpatient imaging departments. The new equipment has helped create a progressive and essential ultrasound system at the hospital that is vital for today’s healthcare environment.

“The new Aplio 300 Ultrasound provides our patients with advanced capability for nearly any imaging need,” said Donald Cornforth, MD, Chairman, Department of Imaging Services. “The design of the system also allows us to perform faster exams, enables our team to treat patients more efficiently and provides greater patient safety.”

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DRMC Promotes American Heart Month

Faith MarieStarting with the smallest patients in the Birthing Center, Delano Regional Medical Center is taking the message of “Keep Your Heart Healthy” to all patients.

Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the United States, making it the leading cause of death in America. In an effort to raise awareness of this deadly disease, the month of February has been declared American Heart Month. There are some key steps you and your loved ones can take to protect against heart disease.

By maintaining a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and not smoking, you can dramatically reduce the risk of premature death or disability due to heart disease. Awareness of risk factors is also critical to preventing heart disease.

“Far too many people who are at high risk for heart disease don’t know it,” says Amy Scroggs, RN, Chief Nursing Officer for the hospital. “That is why it is so important to get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly and to speak with your doctor about your health history.”

Taking steps to learn about this disease and improve your heart health is becoming increasingly important in our fast paced society. Visit our website,, for more information about heart disease, warning signs and how to take care of your heart.

Picture: Faith Marie Valdivia (daughter of Juan Valdivia and Ester Vasquez) wears red hat hospital is giving to all new babies during February to promote “Keep Your Heart Healthy.”

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February 2015 Toolkit – American Heart Month

New Chief Nursing Officer Joins Hospital

AmyScroggsNew Chief Nursing Officer Joins Hospital

Delano Regional Medical Center recently welcomed Amy Scroggs, RN, BSN, to the executive position of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for the hospital.

Ms. Scroggs began her healthcare career as a physical therapy technician in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated nursing school in Fort Worth, Texas and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa for academic achievement. Upon graduation from nursing school, she worked in the emergency department of Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas as staff nurse, ER charge nurse, supervisor, and Associate Unit Manager.

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At 8:23 a.m., January 1, 2015 Delano Regional Medical Center officially welcomed Adrian Zepeda Manzo, Delano’s 2015 New Year’s Baby! The son of Julie Zepeda and Gustavo Manzo, Adrian weighed 8 pounds 2.5 ounces and was 19.25 inches long.

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DRMC Awards 2014 Employee of the Year

Employee of the year 2014Delano Regional Medical Center presented the honored 2014 Employee of the Year Award to Lucy Zarate, R.N. The announcement was made at a recent employee celebration and comments from several employee nominations were given.

Ms. Zarate is known for her compassion and vision to provide quality care to every patient with exceptional customer service. Lucy contributes much of her time to the community and working with individuals. She treats each person like family and is very engaged with their needs.

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DRMC’s Ebola Preparedness

Delano Regional Medical Center stated it began aggressive preparedness procedures in the event of an Ebola outbreak in our area. These procedures include the implementation of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Ebola patient screening tool, designation of a specially prepared negative air pressure room within the hospital for any patient identified with positive screenings and an increased availability of protective equipment (including isolation suits) throughout the hospital and clinics.

DRMC’s clinical and ancillary (laboratory, radiology, respiratory and therapy services) staff are automatically educated upon hire on isolation procedures and proper use of protective equipment. However to provide increased protection of our staff and our patients, we will conduct mandatory education the week of October 27th to assure staff have a very clear understanding of the current CDC guidelines and Ebola response.

Management of the hospital participates in weekly conference calls with the Kern County Public Health Department and CDC to monitor Ebola and to keep abreast of any changes.

DRMC is also developing a plan to educate the residents in our local communities. Specific dates, times and locations will be published when they are finalized.

Delano Regional Medical Center always stands prepared for a variety of emergencies in order to care for patients and keep health professionals safe. The health and safety of our community is a priority in the event of a local outbreak of this virus.

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New Stroke Program


Delano Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that we have expanded our stroke and emergency neurology treatment capabilities through a partnership with Specialists On Call, Inc. (SOC). This collaboration will deliver the country’s best neurologists directly to the bedside of stroke patients via telemedicine. Working together, local physicians and SOC’s board certified, U.S. trained neurologists will treat patients suffering stroke or any other neurologic emergency.

“This community deserves the best care we can help provide,” Says Sherri Johnson, Chief Nursing Officer, at Delano Regional Medical Center

Specialists On Call currently provides teleneurology services to more than 300 hospitals nationwide and has conducted over 100,000 consultations via telemedicine since the company’s inception. Their experience and commitment to clinical quality has earned them both the leadership position within the telemedicine industry as well as The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

“With stroke, time is of the essence,” commented Specialists On Call’s CEO, Dr. Joe Peterson. “We offer fast, high quality neurology care from highly trained neurologists. It’s a win for the patients, their families and Delano Regional Medical Center. We’re thrilled to be working with them and making a real difference within their community.”

Delano Regional Medical Center Becomes Tobacco Free Campus

Delano Regional Medical Center (DRMC) went “tobacco free” on January 1, 2014. The hospital will no longer permit employees, physicians, patients or visitors to use tobacco products anywhere on any hospital and clinic properties, including outdoor areas and parking lots.

DRMC is joining hospitals across the country that have already committed to a tobacco-free campus. As a healthcare organization we are committed to the health and safety of our employees and patients.

Tobacco use can cause diseases such as cancer, lung disease, heart disease, stroke and more.  Secondhand smoke also is linked to cancer and heart disease and according to the U.S. Surgeon General, “there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”

“By becoming a tobacco-free campus, DRMC is reinforcing our commitment to providing a healthy environment for all of our patients, employees and visitors,” says Sherri Johnson, RN, Chief Nursing Officer.

DRMC brought together a tobacco-free team of both tobacco users and non-users to help implement the policy and develop a program to assist employees who use tobacco and wish to quit.

DRMC’s decision to go tobacco-free requires the cooperation of the entire community as we work together for a healthier community.

Free Tobacco Cessation Program

If you smoke, quitting is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. Tobacco use in the United States causes more than 440,000 deaths each year. Of those deaths, 170,000 are from cancer. The positive effects of quitting begin very soon after you stop using tobacco and continue long after you’ve quit.

  • Your blood pressure, pulse and body temperature which were abnormally elevated by nicotine, return to normal.
  • Carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in your blood return to normal.
  • Nerve ending start to regrow; your ability to taste and smell improves.
  • Lung function returns to normal and coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decreases.

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Health Benefits to Quitting 

  • Better breathing
  • Less coughing
  • Increased energy
  • Reduction in some medications
  • Improved taste and smell

Program Sessions:

Session 1: January 17th

Session 2: January 24th

Session 3: February 7th

Session 4: February 21st

Session 5: February 28th

Session 6: March 7th

Time: 5:00PM to 6:00PM

Location: Education Department

Press Release: Delano Regional Medical Center to Launch Patient Internet Portal

Delano, California, October 15, 2013 — Delano Regional Medical Center (DRMC) was recently awarded $300,000 from Kern Health Systems to develop an internet portal for patients.  This valuable tool will enable patients to communicate more effectively with the hospital and clinic caregivers and better manager their health care by using the internet portal.

MyDRMC Patient Portal will be launched in December, 2013 and allow hospital and clinic patients fast, easy access to their personal health information. MyDRMC is a personalized, safe, secure and completely confidential communication link between the patient and the hospital caregivers.

Through a secure Internet portal, patients can view portions of the medical record, including lab results, medications, immunizations andcurrent health problems. Patients will also be able to communicate with their caregivers, schedule routine appointments online, received appointment alerts, as well as view and pay bills.

“While MyDRMC patient portal is not a replacement for personal contact, it is a vital tool to improve communications between the patient and their caregivers,” says Sandra Bakich, Director of Information Management at DRMC.

Patients can access the portal from home once they have registered for an account and established a secure username and password.

“Our goal is to keep patients informed and involved in their health care every step of the way.  MyDRMC will enable our patients to always get the best medical care we have to offer, from anywhere and at any time,” stated Bahram Ghaffari, President, DRMC.

MyDRMC is just another way the hospital, partnering with Kern Health Systems, is fulfilling their health leadership role in local communities.

Delano Regional Medical Center is a fully accredited acute care hospital with five satellite clinics serving the city of Delano and surrounding communities.

Press Release: Delano Welcomes First Baby of 2013

Dimitri Cudal Castellanos arrived at Delano Regional Medical Center on January 1st at 2:30 a.m. and was officially crowned Delano’s First Baby of 2013.   The son of Romalyn Cudal and Javier Castellanos, he weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

Baby Dimitri has three big sisters that are anxiously awaiting his arrival at home.  He has also created some excitement at the hospital since his mommy is  an employee at Delano Regional Medical Center.

Local merchants and DRMC provided Dimitri and his parents a room full of gifts to celebrate the birth.  The gifts included baby furniture, clothes, blankets, diapers and more.

Mom and Dad were delighted when they learned their son was Delano’s first baby of 2013.  “Thank you to everyone who gave our baby these gifts,” said the parents.