Effective May 9th Bear Valley Community Healthcare District will welcome John Friel as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the local hospital. He will succeed David M. Faulkner, who has served as the Healthcare District’s Interim CEO since August of 2015.

BVCHD Board President Donna Nicely noted, “The Board is thrilled to have unanimously approved John Friel as our new CEO. We believe that he is a great fit for the District, as well as the community. He brings a multitude of experiences to this facility, and we are so excited for him to be a part of our team.” She also expressed gratitude for the leadership provided by David Faulkner as Interim CEO:

John Friel brings 25+ years of healthcare experience to the position. Friel will be responsible for the leadership of the hospital as well as working with the Board of Directors and the community in continuing to bring quality healthcare to the residents and visitors of Big Bear Valley.

Friel stated “I’m excited to join the team of professional caregivers of physicians, Board, employees and volunteers at Bear Valley Community Hospital.  I look forward to continue the quest for the highest quality of care possible for the residents and visitors of the District.  My wife Connie and I will be relocating to Big Bear Lake and are eager to get involved in the community.  Outside of our professional responsibilities we enjoy skiing, fishing, golf, walking and are thrilled to experience all the beauty the area has to offer.”

Prior to joining the BVCH District, Friel served as CEO for Catalina Island Medical Center. He comes to the Big Bear Valley with critical access hospital (CAH) experience, as well as experience in resort communities, rural health, bond campaigns, lobbying federal legislation, grants, seismic retrofitting and union negotiations, among many other valuable skills for our unique facility. Mr. Friel began his career as a nurse, and has served in our armed forces as a First Lieutenant Staff Nurse.


  Joins the Hospital Team 

Bear Valley Community Healthcare District

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 Big Bear Valley hospital offers a family health center that with 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 surgeries.