BC’s Health Center has hired two new directors

Felicity Tomisaka, Reporter


The Bakersfield College Health and Wellness Center has added two key personnel to its staff.

Raymond Purcell, who has been a registered nurse for 30 years and a nurse practitioner for 20 years, was hired as the new director. Ron Ostrom, who currently serves as an attending physician at Tulare Regional Medical Center and Ojai Valley Hospital, has been hired as the medical director. Ostrum also serves as the medical director for Hall Ambulance.

Purcell graduated from Cal State-Bakersfield where he received his bachelor’s degree in nursing, and he obtained his master’s at UCLA. He has experience in family practice, internal medicine, trauma, orthopedics and urgent care. A nurse practitioner serves as a primary-care provider and is able to do day-to-day duties similar to a doctor.

Ostrom graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at Western University of Health Sciences. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Kern Medical Center in 2003.

The Student Health and Wellness Center is open to registered students Monday and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The center is open from 8 a.m. to noon Fridays.