Hospital Chief Executive RESIGNS


__E T Russell ____ Raymond Hino, Chief Executive Officer of the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District submitted a letter of resignation to the Hospital Board of Directors, President Sara Russ, Wednesday September 3rd.  Hino began as interim Chief Executive Officer of Bear Valley Community Healthcare District

in January of 2013 and three months later began the permanent position.


“Ray Hino was the right person for the CEO position with Bear Valley Hospital when he agreed to come on board in 2013. He was the leader the District needed during a critical time. Not only did Ray successfully eliminate a $3 million deficit in two years, he also led the District to achieve the critical access hospital designation, establish our new swing bed program, and helped pass the recent parcel tax election in June; that will provide $11 million in funding to the District for the next ten years,” commented Board President Russ.


Hino states, “I want the entire Board to know that I am very appreciative to each of you for giving me the opportunity to lead this organization for the past 21 months.”


When notified of Hino’s decision, Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Foundation Helen Walsh commented, “Ray Hino has supported the Foundation since the first day he arrived. He attends the meetings and events and has kept the membership up to date on projects, the CEO was working on and most importantly guided us to becoming the state-of-our-hospital, that it is today.

Ray Hino understands what it takes to run our small Hospital and he understood what the citizens of Big Bear Valley expect from our small, rural Hospital. He has provided us with a ‘sense of stability’ and he has set us on the right track for success. We will always be grateful.”


City of Big Bear Lake Mayor Pro-tem David Caretto comments, “Ray Hino has made great progress at the hospital, with the overwhelming approval of the tax measure, the Critical Access designation and working toward a beneficial affiliation with another larger hospital.”   


The effective date of Hino’s resignation as Chief Executive Officer, is October 17, 2014. Hino has accepted a new C.E.O. position in Northern California. “This is a rare opportunity to open a new hospital from the ground up within driving distance of my home in Mendocino where my wife has lived to take care of an aging parent,” said Hino. He added, “It was a difficult decision to leave Bear Valley Community Hospital because I love this hospital, the community, and the many friends here. Now, it is important for me to live closer to home. This new job provides me that chance.”


BVCHD Board has called a Special Board meeting with Hino scheduled for Friday September 5th evening. Hino and the Board of Directors will discuss his plans for completion of several key initiatives that are currently underway, such as hospital affiliation and union contract negotiations. The Directors will also begin to develop an immediate plan for recruiting a CEO replacement to ensure continuity of leadership prior to his departure in October. Friday, a closed session will begin at 5:15 P.M. followed by an open session that will begin at approximately 7:15 P.M. that is open to the public.