Emergency Services

First California Accredited Heart Failure Center and Certified Chest Pain Center, Adventist Health Specialty Bakersfield Emergency Department patients can expect very rapid assessment, diagnosis and treatment for their cardiovascular complaints from physicians and nurses highly trained in emergency medicine. In addition, the staff is trained to provide emergency care to all patients with a wide variety of illnesses or injuries no matter how critical. Registered nurses in the department are highly trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. They are assisted by trained Patient Care Partners who receive continual training in the use of life saving equipment and techniques. Along with 24-hour access to laboratory, radiology, respiratory and other support services, physicians are also available 24 hours a day.

Whatever it is, we’ll treat it fast.

It doesn’t matter what kind of emergency you have, it’s your emergency and you want it treated fast. Strains, sprains, breaks, bites, cuts — you name it, and we’ll treat it. Our experienced physicians and highly skilled staff will get you in and out fast. We’re rated number one in Kern County for medical excellence. And since we’re experts at treating heart emergencies, you know we can handle yours. So no matter what your emergency is, think of the Adventist Health Specialty Bakersfield.

Get in. Get out. Get well. In an emergency, choose Adventist Health Specialty Bakersfield.

Emergency Services Insurance Coverage

Heart and Vascular Care

Accredited Chest Pain Center. Adventist Health Specialty Bakersfield is proud that our chest pain center has been accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. This mark of distinction signifies our commitment to exceeding quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine. The accreditation also recognizes the expertise of our physicians, nurses and other dedicated professionals and the excellence of our treatment protocols.

Accredited Heart Failure Center. Hospitals receiving Heart Failure Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology achieve accreditation by meeting or exceeding an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education, improved patient outcomes, and more effective and efficient disease control.


It’s your choice. Choose Adventist Health Specialty Bakersfield

If you are having a heart attack, tell Emergency Medical Services to take you to Adventist Health Specialty Bakersfield. The physician specialists on our medical staff are experienced in quickly and appropriately diagnosing and treating heart emergencies, which generally result in better outcomes for our patients. And, because of the large number of heart surgeries and procedures performed by our physicians, the greater the likelihood that our patients will experience the best outcomes possible.

Know the warning signs of a heart attack. Act immediately – call 911.

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. They are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.