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By Corey Costelloe
Assistant to the City Manager 

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Economic Development Update


August 3, 2019

Corey Costelloe

Dignity Health adds to Tehachapi Health Care offerings

Dignity Health, the fifth-largest health-care provider in the nation, officially welcomed the community to their new Tehachapi clinic on Monday, July 22 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The clinic was purchased from Dr. Mark Pesche who retired in late 2018 as Dignity took over the six-room clinic which serves patients in general family practice areas. Additionally, Dignity Health provides specialist care, has extended their hours until 7 p.m. and accepts walk-in patients.

The ribbon cutting message was clear from Dignity Health staff, this is just the first step of their investment in the City of Tehachapi.

Dignity joins a list of quality healthcare providers that have recently expanded into the Tehachapi area, all of which continue to offer more of a contribution to the local economy and residents. Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley opened the new hospital on Nov. 8, 2018 and operates at near capacity on a regular basis. Along with expanding emergency and non-emergency services, AHTV offers general surgery, something that has been lacking in Tehachapi for decades.

Kaiser Permanente continues to offer new services at their Tehachapi clinic and is currently underway with their third renovation of the facility since opening in Tehachapi in 2016. Recent additions include walk-in blood lab services and in August they will be adding a third physician to allow for more Tehachapi residents to receive primary care without traveling outside of the area. Omni Family Health continues the robust family practice, pediatrics and behavioral health among many other things at their clinic on North Mill Street. They continue to use Tehachapi as their base for expansion in East Kern.

The access to quality medical care, previously reserved for larger cities outside of Tehachapi, is now available here locally thanks to the investment of these companies. Additionally, they are contributing to the healthcare industry in remaining the fastest-growing in Kern County. Locally, according to Adventist Health, they currently employ over 250 people at their Capital Hills site. This is a 23 percent increase in employees since transitioning to the new site. Others are also recruiting on a smaller scale, bringing high-paying jobs into the community.

Tehachapi's healthcare offerings are growing at a responsible pace with the needs and size of the community, a perfect match for a City and a critical quality of life industry.

Olde Vineyard Charm Brings home decor shop to Downtown Tehachapi

The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting event for Olde Vineyard Charm, a new home decor shop located at 112 East F St., Ste. B in Downtown Tehachapi. The shop specializes in custom kitchen and home decor items.

Businesses in the News

Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting of Walmart will be on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 8 a.m. The Walmart Supercenter, located at 400 Tucker Rd., will be open seven days a week, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Neighborhood Improvement Project collects over 10 tons

The second neighborhood cleanup day as part of the Tehachapi Neighborhood Improvement Project, a joint effort between the Tehachapi Police, Public Works and Economic Development Departments collected over 10 tons of bulky waste.

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