Big Bear Lake, CA, May 9, 2012, 3:00pm – Under sunny, blue skies the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District broke ground on Wednesday morning for a new facility on hospital property on Garstin Drive.  The new facility will be known as The Brenda Boss Family Resource Center to honor Brenda Boss for her years of dedication and determination towards improving healthcare in Big Bear.  Board of Director for the Bear Valley Community Hospital, Brad Summers, addressed the crowd with introductions and thanks for those who have helped to set this project up for success.  The Brenda Boss Family Resource Center project is the first expansion of the hospital campus since 1974.  Dignitaries on hand included Dr. Peter Boss who is a physician in the hospital’s emergency room and son of Brenda Boss.  Dr. Boss reiterated his mother’s passion for a hospital in Big Bear with “as long as I can remember, my mother wanted a hospital in Big Bear and I wanted to become a doctor”.  In 1949, Dr. Boss was born in Big Bear in the doctor’s office that now houses Murray’s Saloon.  As early as 1955, Mrs. Boss’ dream of building a hospital began when she formed the Bear Valley Community Health Fund.  And, Dr. Boss commented that the hospital would not exist without the support of this community.   The Brenda Boss Family Resource Center will house the Family Health Center and the Mom & Dad Project as well as twelve exam rooms and three treatment rooms within the footprint of the new building’s 8500 square feet.  This state of the art facility will provide diverse medical and educational resources to our community and visitors with expanded services and specialties as well as create jobs locally.  The added volume of the new building will generate enough income to offset the additional expenses for construction with a projected cost of $3.5 million.  Construction is estimated to last for eight months with the proposed opening date of March 2013.

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VIP's break ground for construction to begin next to the hospital on Garstin Drive for the new Brenda Boss Family Resource Center

Artist's rendition of the future Brenda Boss Family Resource Center.