New bus unveiled at Fall Health Fair

Photo by Debbie Teofilo / Special to the Sun; Cindi Rupert, President of the Hospital Auxiliary, stands proudly alongside the new Skilled Nursing Center bus at the Fall Health Fair on October 5. The Auxiliary contributed $25,000 to the Hospital Foundation toward its purchase.

By Debbie Teofilo
Special to the Sun

It was a beautiful day to be outside at the Fall Health Fair, which was held October 5 on the lawn at the Kern Valley Hospital. Presented by the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation (KVHF), the event was also sponsored by AltaOne Federal Credit Union, Liberty Ambulance, and Kern Family Health Care.

With nearly 30 exhibitors, there was enough variety in information and health screening services for everyone to find something of interest. Healthy snacks and prize drawings were an added bonus for attendees.
The Kern Valley Healthcare District was seeking among attendees those who might be interested in taking a multi-week class to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, and then work at the Hospital after class completion. The district was also notifying attendees that there were three openings left in the four-week diabetic cooking clinic beginning Wednesday evening, October 11.

The flu shot vaccines did not arrive in time to be administered during the health fair as planned, but there will be a Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic at the hospital on Thursday, October 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
In addition to the Liberty ambulances on display was the new bus purchased by KVHF for the transportation needs of Skilled Nursing Center residents. It has space to lock in eight wheelchairs rather than the capacity of two in the former bus. The Hospital Auxiliary provided $25,000 toward purchase of the bus through revenues generated from the Thrift Shop and Hospital Gift Shop.

Among all the pleasures of the Fall Health Fair, the “new car smell” of the bus was remembered as a delight, as was knowing that Skilled Nursing Center residents are going to be treated to such a comfortable ride.