GEMCare is the acronym for Golden Empire Managed Care, a Medical Group and has served Kern County since 1992.
GEMCare was formed as an Independent Practice Association (IPA) with 10 primary care physicians and three specialists. These physicians came together and saw a need for another health care option in Kern County. Forming a new group enabled physicians to contract with the major health plans in California.
Today GEMCare has over 120 primary care physicians and approximately 200 specialists. It services members in Bakersfield and the outlying communities of Arvin, Delano, Lake Isabella, Shafter, Taft, Tehachapi and Wasco. Members have access to Dignity Health, Mercy and Memorial Hospitals, as well as available treatment at nine urgent care locations. Equally important is access to care management and wellness services to keep you and your family healthy year-round.
Board of Directors
Vincent Phillips, MD – Chairman
David Dougherty, MD – Vice Chairman
Jorge Del Toro, MD – Chief Financial Officer
John Young, MD – Secretary
Javier Bustamante, MD
Hasmukh Amin, MD
Dignity Health Management Services Organization (DHMSO), formerly known as Managed Care Systems, LLC, provides administrative services for over 170,000 covered managed care lives throughout California. The company has provided administrative services for GEMCare since 1991. These administrative services include the areas of utilization review, claims processing, provider credentialing, member and provider services, marketing and communications, accounting, and contracting.
President, Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operations Officer
Chief Information Officer
Stephan Bass, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Glenn Singer, MD
Vice President, Quality Management and Clinical Informatics
Eric McMurtrey, MBA, FACHE
Vice President, Network and Practice Management
Susan Nagy, PharmD
Vice President, Clinical Program Development
Vice President, Human Resources