Adventist Health hospital in Tehachapi will join the total 13 rural critical access hospitals across a four-state region in building up its own foundation, the Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley Foundation.

This foundation will help connect with the community, assess their needs, educate and provide a way to raise funds for developing services within the hospital.

“This is a huge step in the right direction moving into this new building, but there will be a need for growth in the future. ... It’s new, it will take time and we will build up what it needs to be based on what the community's needs are,” said Christina Scrivner, the new Tehachapi Valley Foundation manager.

The foundation is being introduced to the community and can in the very near future bring in support to departments most needing assistance. Meeting the needs of the community is the first goal, along with making sure the care provided is the highest quality possible.

The approach is to “bring physical, mental and spiritual health and healing to our neighbors of all faiths," said Sharlet Briggs, president and CEO of Adventist Health Bakersfield and AHTV.

Support can possibly go to different departments most needing assistance. This may be for new equipment, new services, ICU or delivery.

Scrivner is excited about the opportunity to help the foundation. She is meeting with other rural hospitals and seeing how they have helped their foundations grow.

“I think it’s a real cultural fit for this community and me personally because it’s a faith-based institution. They do approach wellness, the whole person and that whole concept delights a lot of people,” Scrivner said.

The new hospital will have 25 beds, feature top-quality emergency care, medical and surgical services, and labor and delivery in the future.

As of now, according to Teresa Adamo, marketing manager for AHTV, the projected opening of doors for the hospital located on Magellan Drive is the end of 2017 or early 2018. Also, starting July 1, the hospital will be known as Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley.

Kevin Burton, president of the SJCH Foundation/AH Tehachapi Valley Foundation, added, "My hope for the new Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley Foundation is to help share our stories and spread our mission of living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope through the Tehachapi Valley communities.

"I’m excited to build relationships with individuals and companies that want to open their hearts and give, because no gift is too small. I want to personally pledge that every dollar will stay local, and through philanthropy and new partnerships, together we can enhance the exceptional care here in the Tehachapi Valley.”