Tag: Barbara Willey

Sara Russ Maps Out Priorities For Healthcare District

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 5, 2014 – After serving a little more than a year on the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District (BVCHD) Board of Directors, Sara Russ is taking the reins. Her fellow board members elected officers last week, and named her President, an election she calls “a rare opportunity that comes with great responsibility.” Russ joined the BVCHD board in November of 2012, serving on the finance committee. She says her main objectives in 2014 include an affiliation agreement, passing the parcel tax, reducing expenses, increasing patient volume, renegotiating employee union contracts, increasing services through telemedicine, and improving the overall quality of the Skilled Nursing Unit. She is also calling for a profitability analysis of each department. A Big Bear resident for three decades, Russ previously spent five years as CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, and two years in the Event Resource Office. Other officer assignments include Barbara Willey as 1st Vice President, Christopher Fagan as 2nd Vice President, Barbara Espinoza as Secretary and Donna Nicely as...

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Healthcare District Hires Permanent CEO

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 3, 2013 – The Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Board of Directors has announced Raymond Hino as the permanent CEO for the District. Hino has been acting as full-time Interim CEO since January. Board President Barbara Willey commented, “Ray’s extensive background and experience in healthcare, specifically rural healthcare, has prepared him to tackle the challenges facing our district both now and in the future. His experience is exactly what this district needs and I believe he is the right person to make the changes we require, while providing long-term stability for the district.” Hino brings to his work over 30 years experience in healthcare and an extensive background in Rural District California Hospitals. Since joining the district, he has supported and led various departments in accomplishing a significant number of critical items, such as: • Starting the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation process, which could bring an additional $400,000 annually • Completing (and now implementing) a Financial Plan of Corrections, which is resulting in $1,500,000 in cost reductions • Bringing all doctor contracts up-to-date and in compliance • Leading the first Financial Summit for the district to add transparency and gain community input on how the district functions • Bringing back a General Surgeon to provide a much needed service and increase revenue • Supporting the implementation of a new hospital computer system and electronic medical system to improve...

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