Big Bear Lake, CA, May 9, 2012 – 12 pm - In a memorandum dated May 7th and addressed to all hospital and District staff and employees, the Bear Valley Healthcare District Board of Directors announced the leave of absence of CEO of the Bear Valley Community Hospital, Marc Hecksel. Mr. Hecksel has been diagnosed with Lymphoma and is taking an immediate medical leave of absence. The Board of Directors has unanimously voted to appoint Rudy Shutta, current CFO of the hospital, as the Interim CEO in Mr. Hecksel’s absence. The interoffice memo also stated that all hospital or District related business be directed to Mr. Shutta while Mr. Hecksel is on a leave of absence and undergoing medical treatment. Marc Hecksel plans on returning to his position as soon as he is well enough to resume his duties as CEO.