Category: Health

BVCHD Announces Permanent CFO

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 23, 2016 – The Board of Directors of Bear Valley Community Healthcare District is pleased to announce the appointment of Garth Hamblin as the permanent Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. Mr. Hamblin has served the District as the interim CFO for the past 11 months, and the Board voted unanimously to keep him with the district as the new permanent CFO. Garth Hamblin was born and raised in southern Idaho where he attended Ricks College in Rexburg, and graduated with an Associate Degree. He continued his education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he graduated with a degree in accounting. Prior to joining the District, Mr. Hamblin has worked for over 30 years in healthcare finance. Most of Mr. Hamblin’s years were spent in Alaska, however from August 2013 to June 2015, he and his wife, Sandy lived in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. When Mr. Hamblin is not working he enjoys fly-fishing, camping, reading, music and singing. He and his wife enjoy traveling, and he expressed that his favorite place that they have traveled to is Polynesia. Mr. Hamblin stated “I am excited to be the permanent CFO! We still have some work to do, and I am excited to be a part of the District’s future.”...

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Reach Out and Read Program Now Part of the Healthcare District

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 29, 2016 – Bear Valley Community Healthcare District is proud to announce that they have been the first agency in San Bernardino County awarded funding from First 5 San Bernardino to implement the Reach Out and Read Program. The program is a collaborative effort between two of the Healthcare District’s departments, The Mom & Dad Project and the Family Health Clinic. Reach Out and Read is a national program that distributes books through pediatricians to connect reading as a vital practice for quality early childhood development. While in the waiting room, volunteer readers or parents themselves are provided books to read to...

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NOAA Forecasts Extremely Hot Weather This Weekend

Big Bear, CA, June 15, 2016 – High pressure aloft over northern Mexico will strengthen and expand to the north and west bringing a strong warming trend for Friday through Sunday with excessive heat likely by Sunday for inland areas and possibly near the coast. The heat wave could extend past Sunday and Monday into the middle of next week, but that is less certain. The hot temperatures and the transition from below average to well above average high temperatures could cause heat stress or illness. The potential for heat illness will increase if this heat wave extends beyond Sunday and...

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Bear Valley Community Receives California Department of Health Care Services Public Hospital Healthcare District Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) grant

Big Bear, CA, June 13th, 2016 – Bear Valley Community Healthcare District is proud to announce that they have been awarded up to 6 million dollars from the California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS) in a competitive grant process to serve undeserved populations over the next 5 years. The award comes after an in depth proposal was written to help one of Big Bears most vulnerable populations; the non-malignant chronic pain management patients. Under this funding Bear Valley Community Healthcare District will implement a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach which is viewed as best practice for meeting the needs of patients suffering from non-malignant chronic pain. Bear Valley...

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BBMS Students Raise Money to Help Fellow Students in Flint, MI

Big Bear, Ca, June 2, 2016 – Big Bear Middle School students are aiming high in the name of fundraising for themselves and students of Armstrong Middle School in Flint, Michigan, who may have been affected by the Flint River crisis. Drinking water in the Michigan town has been heavily contaminated by lead due to the toxic and corrosive nature of the river. This year, Big Bear Middle School Fundraising efforts have been to raise money for an Elkay EZ H2O water bottle filling station for the campus and a matching unit for Armstrong Middle School. The Flint station will help to cut down on plastic waste from the influx of plastic water bottles that have been sent to the area. Armstrong Middle School is not directly affected by the Flint River water issue, but many of its students are. Local students have raised money by making blender-bike smoothies, and hosting the Salsa Showdown and Healthy Taste of Big Bear dinner during STEM night.  Students were able to raise enough money for the Flint station, and with a generous grant from the Big bear Chamber of Commerce, they will reach their goal of installing a water station at Big Bear Middle School. For more information about the fundraising and how you can contribute, call Big Bear Middle School at...

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