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Panda Express Donation Helps Advance Pediatric Services at Lauren Small Children’s Center

Yesterday, the Lauren Small Children’s Center received a check for $237,763 in the Children’s Healing Garden at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. The check was presented by representatives from Panda Express.

This donation represents funds donated year-round in 2019 by their generous customers at the 11 Panda Express locations in Kern County.   “I’d like to point out that our Delano restaurant ranked 5th in the nation for total funds raised during Panda’s campaign,” said Robin Woodward, CMN Manager at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation. Panda Express is a proud partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s and is happy to raise much-needed funds for the Lauren Small Children’s Center.


About the Lauren Small Children’s Center

The Lauren Small Children’s Center at Memorial Hospital is the first comprehensive pediatric program in Kern County. This children’s center includes a 31-bed Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for premature or seriously ill newborns, an 8-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and a 35-bed Pediatric Unit with around the clock in-house pediatricians.

The Bolthouse Family Pediatric Department and Helen Taylor Cobbs Children’s Healing Garden opened in the spring of 2016.

The Robert A. Grimm Children’s Pavilion for Emergency Services opened September 21, 2017 and is the area’s first and only pediatric emergency room.

The Lauren Small Children’s Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital is proud to be Kern County’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital partner.  Donations made to the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) program help provide local patients state-of-the art, life-saving equipment and assist with capital improvement projects for the Lauren Small Children’s Center.  One-hundred percent of funds raised with this program locally stay right here in Kern County.