VEP Healthcare to Manage Emergency Department Services at Dignity Health's Mercy Hospitals Bakersfield

CONCORD, Calif.--()--VEP Healthcare, Inc. has contracted with Dignity Health’s Mercy Hospitals to manage the physician group, physician assistants (PAs), and nurse practitioners (NPs) in the emergency departments of two medical centers in Bakersfield, California. Mercy Hospital Downtown and Mercy Hospital Southwest maintain an 18-bed and 21-bed, respectively, Level II Emergency Department delivering 24/7 care. Managing MDs, PAs, and NPs will enable VEP to deliver collaborative, coordinated emergency care at each medical center.

Both emergency departments offer access to board-certified physicians, nurses, state-of-the-art digital diagnostic imaging technology, and a primary stroke center. For non-life-threatening emergencies, Mercy Downtown and Mercy Southwest offer InQuicker, a convenient online waiting service that allows patients to select an estimated arrival time and wait in the comfort of their home until then.

Bruce Peters, President and CEO of Mercy Hospitals in Bakersfield, states, “Continuing Mercy Hospitals’ long legacy of excellent care for the people of Bakersfield, we are pleased to partner with VEP to make our emergency services even better.”

Adds Steven Maron, MD, President and CEO of VEP Healthcare, “We are honored to serve both of these outstanding hospitals and help build on Mercy’s tradition of excellent care.”

For more information, contact VEP Healthcare. Call 925.225.5837 and visit VEP online at

About Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Hospitals have a history of caring for our community that goes back more than 100 years. We provide a broad range of medical and surgical services including minimally invasive and outpatient options. Our family of services includes the area's only inpatient oncology unit, state-of-the-art imaging technology, the Orthopedic, Spine, and Hand Center, da Vinci Robotic Surgery Center, Family Birth Center, the Lactation Support Center and retail store, and many others. Mercy Hospital Downtown is a 194-bed facility located in downtown Bakersfield. Mercy Hospital Southwest is a 78-bed facility and the only hospital located in the rapidly growing area west of Highway 99. Mercy Hospital is a member of Dignity Health and is a trusted community partner, serving residents of Bakersfield and Kern County with quality, compassionate care since 1910. Learn more at

About VEP Healthcare
VEP Healthcare began providing emergency medical management services in 1981. In the years since, the organization’s expertise has expanded into hospitalist services, intensive care, clinical decision units, telehealth, and surgicalist services. Today, the owners of VEP – the company’s physicians, advanced practice clinicians, and corporate personnel – deliver clinical staffing and management services to major urban, smaller community, and rural hospitals nationwide. Partner hospitals call the organization’s positive impact on quality, efficiency, and patient satisfaction “the VEP Effect.” For more information about VEP Healthcare, call 925.225.5837, or visit