Tag: Sara Russ

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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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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Chamber President Set To Resign on March 1st.

Big Bear, Ca, December 21, 2011, 8:00am – The Big Bear Chamber of Commerce will have a few changes coming their way as of March 1st of next year. Yesterday, President and CEO Sara Russ announced her resignation in a letter to the Chamber Board of Directors.  Russ who has served as the Chambers President and CEO for the past four years is resigning for personal reasons.  According to the Chamber Board Chair Marlene Cain, a search committee consisting of Chamber board members will be put together and will provide more information about the search process for a new President and CEO at a later date.  The Big Bear Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that serves the business members of the Big Bear...

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