Big Bear Valley Hospital
“We are looking forward to developing the program and working with the community
to meet the needs of our patients and improve quality of life for those that live
with chronic non-malignant pain.”
May 19th, Bear Valley Community Healthcare District proudly announced
that the Hospital has been awarded up to $6,000,000 from the California
Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS).
To qualify for the funding there was a competitive grant process to
serve, underserve populations over the next 5 years. The award comes after an
in-depth proposal was written to help one of Big Bear Valley’s most vulnerable
populations - the non-malignant chronic
pain management patients.
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.
Valley Community Healthcare District will be hiring a Licensed Clinical Social
Worker (LCSW) to provide program oversight, as well as provide case management
and care coordination. This approach will lead to a more comprehensive service
delivery which will in turn provide improved health outcomes for pain
management patients. The program will be a collaborative effort between various
BVCHD departments, including the Emergency Department, Family Health Clinic,
and Tele-health, along with other multi-modal service providers as deemed
Murisck Director of Outpatient Services stated: “Our goal is to meet the needs of
our patients through all stages of pain management through program development
and networking with existing community resources.”
the PRIME grant, Bear Valley Community Healthcare District will be providing a
gap-fill service, as there are currently no services of this kind available in
the Big Bear area. Bear Valley Community Healthcare District will be looking to
partner with local agencies, as well as the community at large to establish
quality healthcare for this population, close to home.
Jex, Emergency Department Manager stated, “The PRIME Project is an exciting
opportunity for the hospital to grow resources and expand programs that will
largely benefit our community and provide valuable resources that are currently
unavailable or not accessible on the mountain. We are looking forward to
developing the program and working with the community to meet the needs of our
patients and improve quality of life for those that live with chronic non-malignant
PRIME grant is just one of the areas that Bear Valley Community Healthcare
District is looking to expand and enhance services provided to local residents,
as well as visitors to the Big Bear Valley. The current team at Bear Valley
Community Healthcare District is committed to the enhancement of future
services to ensure sustainability as the leader in local healthcare.
About Bear Valley Community Hospital:
Founded in 1974, Bear Valley Community Hospital specializes
in the areas of coagulation, hematology, microbiology and urinalysis. The
hospital offers respiratory and physical therapies. It provides 24-hour
emergency and skilled nursing care services. Bear Valley Community Hospital’s
diagnostic imaging services include CT scan, ultrasound, X-ray and mammography.
The hospital operates a family health center that offers several types of
medical care solutions for children, adults and senior citizens. In addition,
it specializes in inpatient and outpatient services for ophthalmic and cosmetic
About Non Malignant Pain Management:
International Society for the Study of Pain defines pain as an “unpleasant
sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue
damage, or described in terms of such damage.”1 Chronic nonmalignant pain
(CNMP) is defined variously as pain lasting 3 months or more, or as pain
persisting beyond the time of expected healing. It can begin with trauma (e.g.,
back strain) or disease (e.g., pancreatitis) or can occur de novo (e.g.,
fibromyalgia, daily migraine).