Loma Linda University Health and the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District enter into an affiliation agreement

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Agreement will bolster community access to quality healthcare in Big Bear Valley

Bear Valley Healthcare District Affiliation

Loma Linda University Health and the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District enter into an affiliation agreement

Loma Linda University Health and the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District have entered into an affiliation agreement in order to enhance community access to high quality care in the Bear Valley. This agreement became effective November 30.

“Loma Linda University Health is focused on improving the health status of communities and individuals throughout the expansive four county region it serves,” said Kerry Heinrich, CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center and executive vice president, hospital services, Loma Linda University Health. “We are delighted for this new opportunity to expand our services in this community and work in collaboration with the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District.”

Under this affiliation agreement, Loma Linda University Health will provide resources to district-run Bear Valley Community Hospital, enhancing medical and hospital services to the Bear Valley community. Additionally, on-site specialty care in selected service areas will be developed, where feasible, at Bear Valley Community Hospital and the Bear Valley Community Hospital Rural Health Clinic.

The affiliation will provide a streamlined system for patient referrals for those in need of specialty care not available at Bear Valley Community Hospital, such as oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, and neurosurgical services.

A plan is also being developed to conduct regularly scheduled specialty services and consultations via telemedicine using telecommunication and information technologies that will provide clinical health care from a distance. The partnership is also investigating the establishment of a program where Bear Valley Community Hospital will serve as a rural training site for Loma Linda University medical students and residents.

David Faulkner, chief executive officer of Bear Valley Community Hospital, said,
“The mission of the Bear Valley Healthcare District is to deliver the highest quality healthcare to the residents of and visitors to Bear Valley through the most effective use of available resources. The affiliation with Loma Linda University Health is an exciting opportunity for us and for the community we serve.”

The two parties met at Bear Valley Community Hospital on February 10, to kick off the affiliation.

“This affiliation with Bear Valley Community Healthcare District and Bear Valley Community Hospital is another step in fulfilling our strategic plan for establishing a clinical integration network that increases our ability to provide quality healthcare to local communities while also offering easy access to tertiary, quaternary and advanced specialty care for the vast four-county area that falls within our area of responsibility,” stated Loma Linda University Health president, Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH. “We intend to integrate our commitment ‘to make man whole’ with mission and devotion to the community.”

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From Left to Right:

David M. Faulkner, Interim CEO, Bear Valley Community Healthcare District; Barbara Wiley, 1st vice president, BoD, Bear Valley Community Healthcare District; Donna Nicely, president, BoD, Bear Valley Community Healthcare District; David Caretto, Mayor, Big Bear Lake; Trevor Wright, COO, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Peter Baker, vice president-Business Development, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Andrew Hibbert, manager-Business Development, Loma Linda University Medical Center

Bear Valley Community Healthcare District
CONTACT:
Megan Meadors
Marketing Director
Phone: 909-878-2326
Fax: 909-878-2973
E-mail: megmeadors(at)hotmail(dot)com
Website: http://www.bvchd.com

Loma Linda University Health
CONTACT:
Susan Onuma
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 909-651-5823
Fax: 909-558-4181
E-mail: sonuma(at)llu(dot)edu
Website: http://www.lomalindahealth.org

About Loma Linda University Health

Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University's eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center's six hospitals and more than 800 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, Loma Linda University Health is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers over 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ."

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 surgeries.

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