Tag: Bear Valley Community Healthcare District

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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Surgeon returns to Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 23, 2013 – General Surgeon Dr. Arturo T. Santos MD FACS, has returned to the mountain, seeing patients in Big Bear Lake at Dr. Mike Norman’s office by appointment.  He will be performing surgeries at Bear Valley Community Hospital on an elective basis. Dr. Santos received his medical education at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Philippines.  He trained and completed his General Surgery residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York and at St. Joseph Medical Center in Maryland. He has been a Board Certified General Surgeon since 1978, actively improving his practice of medicine through continuing education for the past 35 years.  As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), his education, training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct have been evaluated and found to be consistent with the high standards of the ACS. He specializes in laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgeries, which include endoscopy and surgeries on upper and lower hernias, breasts, thyroid, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), rectum, appendix, gallbladder, hemorrhoids, spleen and more. Some benefits of laparoscopic surgery are less incidence of infection, reduced pain due to smaller incisions, minimal blood loss and shorter recovery time. Dr. Santos says, “The atmosphere in Big Bear is very, very nice. Patients have been good to me and I have formed relationships with them, like family.” He...

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Health Center extends hours

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 1, 2013 –  The Bear Valley Community Healthcare District’s Family Health Center (FHC) is about to become more accessible. Starting May 6, 2013, they are extending the midweek evening hours to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The extended hours have become necessary to meet the ever increasing needs of the community. BVCHD clinics have experienced a 26% growth in patient volume over the past two years — consistently seeing between 1,100 to 1,500 visits per month combined. FHC accepts PPO Insurance, Medicare, MediCal, and private pay clients, with a substantial discount to patients who pay at the time of service. Appointments can be made by calling (909) 878-8246 or visit us online at...

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Healthcare board meets Tuesday night

Big Bear Lake, CA, April 23, 2013 – The Board of Directors for the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District holds their business meeting this evening at 41870 Garstin Drive, Big Bear Lake: Closed Session @ 5:00 pm – Hospital Conference Room Open Session @ 6:30 pm –Hospital Cafeteria For more information, call Administrative Assistant Shelly Egerer at (909)...

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Healthcare District invites public to financial summit

Big Bear Lake, CA, April 8, 2013 — The Bear Valley Community Health Care District (BVCHD) invites the community to a Financial Summit on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00 p.m. at the Big Bear Masonic Lodge (385 Summit Blvd. in Big Bear Lake). Desserts and refreshments will be provided. The Summit will include a presentation by Interim CEO Raymond Hino and CFO Rudolph Shutta. Their overview of District services and finances will include an update on the construction of the Brenda Boss Family Resource Center, as well as a strategy for addressing current financial issues. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions on those topics. “We know the community has a lot of questions and concerns about the District. At the Summit it is our intent to give the public all of the information along with engaging them in a productive conversation so that we may move forward to improve our financial situation using a strategic plan of action,” stated Hino. BVCHD Board President Barbara Willey added, “The District has experienced many financial challenges in recent years, but I believe that the new board and management have now developed a cohesive and comprehensive plan of action that will enable the District to weather the challenges ahead. Our intent for this Summit is to provide transparency in our community and include the public in the discussion as we improve...

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