It is our mission to deliver quality healthcare to the
residents of and visitors to
Big Bear Valley through the most effective use of available
To be the premier provider of emergency medical and
services in our Big Bear Valley.
E T Russell___ In its mission and vision statements it is indicated that the
efforts of the Bear Valley Community Hospital is to provide the best possible
healthcare services that are possible for the public. The name-title also carries the word ‘community’;
we define as, to work in unity. The residents of the mountain community claim a
close relationship with the local hospital and want to be aware of the
healthcare administration activities. Most of the staff, healthcare providers
and employees are neighbors and friends; therefore claim a close acquaintance
with each other.
the 40 years history, not only was the facility founded and funded by residents
of the community, with expectation that the hospital would provide medical
services including emergency care but they expect the board of directors and
administration to understand the that local participation and funding was
necessary for the hospital’s survival. The residents have voted for their
neighbors or friends to serve on the board of directors and have created a
close bond to the hospital’s physicians and medical-care workers.
experience of local citizens serving on the Bear Valley Community Healthcare
District Board of Directors through the years has contributed to the
close-relationship, as well. Since this reporter has lived in the valley for
eighteen years, I’ve become aware of how residents are possessive of
transactions regarding the hospital
board. Many of those same residents have financially contributed and served as
directors. Not only because the hospital has cared for us and our loved ones
but the attachment has motivated us to stay aware of the decisions and actions
of the BVCHD Board.
public consists of residents of whom are approximately two-thirds of the population
second homeowners; which means they have invested financially in the
availability of our local medical facility. In casual conversations with
residents, comments have been made that they couldn’t live here on the mountain
unless they were assured of the hospital’s services, especially the emergency
care. Since a serious accident in October 2013, I am one of many residents who
can honestly feel that because of their expertise of emergency personnel, I am
many hospitals throughout the country the critical economic crisis has
threatened to close or impose tremendous constraints on them and especially on
small rural hospitals. The BVCHD Board has gone through many challenges in the
recent years to cope with survival concerns; not to mention several Chief Executive
Officers. This Board of Directors has played ‘musical chairs’ in recent years
that have challenged the authority of the directors and the actions that have influenced
their faith in the decisions.
notified by email the Agenda on the Special BVCHD Board Business Meeting, to be
held Monday January 5, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. for the board’s closed session and the
open session to convene at approximately 2:00 P.M. In the agenda the business
to be discussed in the CLOSED SESSION was only one item,
TRADE SECRETS: *Health and Safety Code Section: 32106 &
A. Fidelity Partners
Physician Search Agreement
B. EmCare Contract
the OPEN SESSION Agenda were several Notice
to the Public items, from past meetings such as 8. D. Policies &
Procedures (1) Board Members Code of Conduct. Interesting! Why this isn’t on
the open session’s agenda for discussion, as the public may have suggestions
that could improve the conduct of the board members. Isn’t there room for
further in the agenda:
10. A. Discussion and Potential
Approval of Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Board of Director
Candidate (For some reason, it appeared there was only one candidate.) Also,
upon receipt there was nothing, indicating the follow-up of the candidates’
interviews and choosing a new board member.
vacated seat was that of the board president, who resigned in October 2014. Visit: http://www.bigbearlake.net/etnews/hospital-board-pres-resigns- Because of the informal
resignation of Russ, there was a procedure to the process of bringing on a new
board member from the public. Originally, all of the directors are elected by
this point Board President Donna Nicely stated that there were three candidates: Rob Robbins, Jack Briner and Dr.
Peter Boss. Nicely called Robbins to be interviewed first, followed by Briner
with Boss the last. All three applicants
offered explanations of their past professional experiences of working with
boards, financing and suggestions of possible improvements with BVCHD.
the close of the interviews, Nicely made a few comments and called for an
adjournment of the Open Session, inviting the public of approximately twenty
with a few hospital staff managers; to stay until the directors discussed and return
with their selected candidate that would fill the board vacancy.
question was, why would the board go into ‘closed’ meeting, due to the fact
public originally participated and now shouldn’t the issue be to automatically
complete the process publically. No sooner that I was questioning the
president’s adjourning to a closed session, did the Big Bear Grizzly Editor
Judi Bowers, spoke up that the posted agenda did not indicate any ‘closed
session’ or discussion of the interviewed candidates.
addressed both Nicely and BVCHD’s legal counsel,
Deborah Tropp, objecting
t0 no reference to a closed session, or change of the posted agenda and Brown
Act violations. To avoid a Brown Act violation, the discussion of the
interviewed candidates would have to be in a regular, posted open session of
the board, previously scheduled January 14, 2015. In research of the Brown Act, there are
several violation guidelines that needed clarification such as ‘discussion in
closed (doors) session’ of the applicants and ‘trade secrets’ subjects that
should be avoided.
Nicely asked for a move to an Open Session in the January 14th Bear
Valley Community Healthcare District Board of Directors Regular Meeting and the
Applicants Interviews would be scheduled on the agenda. A vote of approval was
public and those interested in the BVCHD board’s actions are welcome to attend
14th meeting, Open Session at 3:00 P.M.