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The County of San Bernardino Healthcare Landscape

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The County of San Bernardino

San Bernardino has the largest area of any county in the country. It is the 12 most-populous county in the United States. With a population of over 2 million people it makes up a little more than 5% of the population of California.1

San Bernardino County is young with a median age of 32. The area is racially and ethnically diverse: 51% of San Bernardino County residents are Latino, 31% are White, 8% are Black or African American, 7% are Asian or Pacific Islander, and 2% report two or more races. 2

Hospitals and Registered Clinics

There are 26 hospitals serving San Bernardino County.3

The hospitals in San Bernardino County are:

  • Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
  • Ballard Rehabilitation Hosp
  • Barstow Community Hospital
  • Bear Valley Community Hospital
  • Canyon Ridge Hospital
  • Chino Valley Medical Center
  • Colorado River Medical Center
  • Community Hospital of San Bernardino
  • Desert Valley Hospital
  • Hi-Desert Medical Center
  • Kaiser Fnd Hosp Fontana
  • Kaiser Ontario Medical Center Campus
  • Kindred Hospital Ontario
  • Kindred Hospital Rancho
  • Loma Linda Univ. Med. Center East Campus Hospital
  • Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center
  • Loma Linda University Heart and Surgical Hospital
  • Loma Linda University Medical Center
  • Montclair Hospital Medical Center
  • Mountains Community Hospital
  • Patton State Hospital
  • Redlands Community Hospital
  • San Antonio Community Hospital
  • St. Bernardine Medical Center
  • St. Mary Medical Center Apple Valley
  • Victor Valley Global Medical Center3

There are 2 trauma centers at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Loma Linda University Medical Center is a Level I Trauma center which means they provide the highest level of surgical care to trauma patients, and have formal research and education programs related to trauma care. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center, that means they participate in an inclusive system of trauma care, working collaboratively with Level I Centers to provide trauma care and supplement the clinical expertise of a Level I institution.4

Eighteen hospitals have an emergency room,3 eleven are baby-friendly hospitals and there is one burn center at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.4

There are 56 licensed clinics in San Bernardino County. Of those nearly half are are chronic dialysis clinics, 24 are primary care clinics, 4 are surgical clinics and there is one rehabilitation clinic and one alternative birthing clinic.3

San Bernardino County is home to some of the finest medical centers in the state. Last year the California State Association of Counties presented awards to San Bernardino County for automating hospital referral records, improving the quality of health care for patients, and streamlining access to services for the homeless. The CSAC Challenge Awards are part of a competitive program that honors the best and most innovative among the state’s 58 counties.5 Combined, hospitals in the County of San Bernardino have over a dozen Healthgrades Quality Awards and over 50 Healthgrades 5-Star Ratings, Desert Valley Hospital has the most with 12.6

Health and the Population

There are 1,736 people for each primary care physician in San Bernardino County, higher than the state and most neighboring counties. The national target ratio is 1,067 for each primary care physician.4

Most people living in San Bernardino County (over 80%) have a usual place they go to receive medical attention. Over 80% of mothers receive early prenatal care which can improve birth outcomes and reduce the likelihood of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Almost three-quarters of San Bernardino County adults are overweight.4 San Bernardino County’s death rate due to heart disease has decreased 34% since 2005. More people have received mental health care, especially young children. Treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse has increased.4

Health Care Economy

Since 2001 healthcare employment has steadily risen by 37% (in 2013).4 Loma Linda University Medical Center and their Children’s Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center are among the leading employers in the County of San Bernardino.7

Looking Ahead

San Bernardino County falls far below the national average for doctors, surgeons, highly skilled specialists, registered nurses, and nursing assistants. As more and more people get health care with the Affordable Care Act and as the aging baby boomer generation requires more doctor and hospital visits health care professionals are in need.8

This has prompted hospital CEOs, school administrators and a variety of community and business leaders to create a group called the Convergence. The group serves San Bernardino and Riverside counties, as well as Eastern San Gabriel Valley. The goal is to create a pipeline of students from high schools and universities to head directly into healthcare jobs that will be in demand.8

GoodFaith Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

GOODFAITH MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION CO., INC. has been serving select cities in the Counties of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino for almost 24 years, providing ambulatory, wheelchair and gurney services 24/7. We are proud to partner with these hospitals and other medical facilities to meet the growing needs of patients and we believe that our company values, combined with our caring personal touch and a team of dedicated employees make for a winning combination.

  1. Wikipedia, San Bernardino County, California (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Bernardino_County,_California)
  2. United States Census Bureau (http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/06071,00#flag-js-NA)
  3. Healthcare Atlas (http://gis.oshpd.ca.gov/atlas/places/list-of-hospitals/county/san-bernardino)
  4. The San Bernardino County Community Indicators Report 2015 (http://cms.sbcounty.gov/Portals/21/Resources%20Documents/CIR_2015_Report.pdf)
  5. The Sun San Bernardino County received three CSAC awards (http://www.sbsun.com/government-and-politics/20150909/san-bernardino-county-received-three-csac-awards)
  6. Healthgrades (http://www.healthgrades.com/)
  7. State of California Employment Development Department (http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/aspdotnet/databrowsing/empResults.aspx?menuChoice=emp&searchType=Industry&keyword=Hospitals&naicscode4=6221&geogArea=0604000071)
  8. California Economic Summit (http://www.caeconomy.org/reporting/entry/inland-empire-health-care-workforce-hits-the-road-to-recovery)

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