Helen Walsh Honored

Big Bear, CA – On Sunday, August 27, at the home of Kent and Linda Ricchiuti-Stalcup, Helen Walsh was honored as the recipient of the inaugural Helen Walsh Humanitarian Award. The purpose of this award is to honor those individuals who have provided exceptional support of the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Foundation and other community organizations that support the greater good of the Big Bear communities. Helen Walsh has exemplified these efforts for the past 15 years as a member and leader of the BVCHD foundation. During this time, it is estimated that Helen has provided leadership in raising...

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BVCHD Announces Resignation of CEO and CFO

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 28, 2015, 5:00pm -Bear Valley Community Healthcare District has approved leadership transition changes recommended by it’s new management advisory firm, Quorum Health Resources.  Donna Nicely, President of the Hospital Board, has announced the resignation of Interim Chief Executive Officer, Randy Simmons and Chief Financial Officer, Wade Sturgeon.  “We appreciate the contribution made to our hospital by Mr. Simmons and Mr. Sturgeon and we wish them well in their future endeavors”, said Nicely.  “Our Board was concerned about recent management decisions, and with Quorum here, we were able to respond quickly and bring in Quorum executives to make a seamless transition”.  As of July 28th, Quorum executive, Barbara Brooks will be on-site providing Quorum oversight to operations.  Quorum division Vice President, Bill Donatelli, will install a new Interim CEO, David Faulkner on Monday, August 3rd.  On August 5th, Donatelli plans to have options for the Board to select an Interim CFO.  The Hospital Board will be closely involved to find the best candidates for this hospital and community.  “There is no current time frame for the searches to be completed”, Nicely explained.  “Quorum management services provides immediate interim resources to minimize disruption within the hospital while allowing the Board time to choose a CEO and CFO who can meet our needs and fill the significant role executives play in the hospital and the...

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Sara Russ Resigns as BVCHD Board President

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 24, 2014 – In a letter addressed to the Board of Directors of the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District dated October 20, 2014, Sara Russ announced her resignation as President of the Board, effective immediately. According to Russ, her husband recently accepted a teaching position at a local college, which unfortunately requires them to move off the mountain. The Board wishes Sara’s family well as they set out on their new adventure. BVCHD is now in the process of identifying the steps required to fill the vacant seat with the assistance of the Registrar of Voters and District Legal...

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Health Care District Hires New COO-CFO

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 16, 2014 – BVCHD Board of Directors announced Monday that effective immediately, the District has hired Wade Sturgeon to assume the position of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Sturgeon has been serving as Interim Chief Financial Officer for the District since August 20. According to Sara Russ, President of the Board, they have been greatly impressed by the many positive changes to their operations, that have been implemented in such a short time by Mr. Sturgeon. In addition to his duties as CFO, Wade will assume administrative responsibility for the Family Health Center and all areas included in the Brenda Boss Resource Center. He is a graduate of Boise State University and has been working in Rural/Critical Access hospitals since 1997 having previous experience as both a Hospital CEO and CFO. Raymond Hino, District CEO, believes that with that experience and his track record of financial turnarounds, Mr. Sturgeon will do well and be an asset to the District. Because of Wade’s permanent position, the District Board made the decision to change their search for CEO from an interim to a permanent position as well. Russ hopes the Board will be able to make a selection and hire a new CEO in the next 30-60...

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Big Bear Lake Rotary Presents Check to BVCHD

  Big Bear Lake, CA, October 14, 2014 – At the Bear Valley Community Hospital this morning, the Big Bear lake Rotary Club Foundation and the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Foundation conducted a ribbon cutting and check presentation to commemorate the completion of three hospital rooms. The Rotary Club raised $30,000 at last year’s first annual Rotary Valentine’s Sweetheart Ball, and were very happy to present a check, along with the BVCHD Foundation, for that amount to Hospital CEO, Ray Hino. The $30,000 check covered the renovation of three hospital rooms at a cost of $10,000 per room. On Saturday, February 14, 2015, the Big Bear Lake Rotary Club Foundation will host the second annual Sweetheart Ball with hopes of raising enough money to renovate at least two more rooms in 2015, completing the ‘Rotary Wing’ with the...

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