Dr. Walker and Dr. Shakespeare ONLY have privileges at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital (BMH) and San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH). Based on quality of care issues and patient safety concerns we strongly recommend that you consider BMH as your hospital of choice for delivery. Please ask us about any questions or concerns you have personally about either facility.
If you go to another hospital such as Mercy Southwest or Kern Medical by either private car or ambulance, we CANNOT take care of you. The physician who will be responsible for your care at those facilities is whoever is contracted to be on call for patients who have never seen a doctor or patients whose doctors are not on the Medical Staff. We obviously don’t recommend that you go to these hospitals since they are both within minutes of the hospitals where we do have privileges and can take care of you. You should try to avoid Mercy Truxtun, Good Samaritan, the Heart, Tehachapi and Kern Valley Hospitals since they don’t have Labor & Delivery units and appropriate facilities to care for pregnant women.