Bear Valley Hospice has its roots back in Big Bear High School from the 1980s. Dr. Stewart, the hospice administrator and medical director, was then a student football player who had found a calling through helping the team through first-aid. Since then, he has studied at Point Loma Nazarene College, Loma Linda University, and UC Irvine for residency. Going on, he has served in the medical field with over 18 years of experience in hospice. Now, this calling has led him back home to Big Bear with the establishment of the mountain's first local and community-based hospice.
Recognizing the value of Big Bear's beauty and the small town community, it is our goal to provide the best care possible for individuals while remaining in the mountains. Through being a small, streamlined team of professionals, we can provide timely, personal, and exceptional care without the overhead and distraction of larger corporations. Part of our commitment to the local community includes donating a portion of our income to the community's non-profit organizations.
As Big Bear Valley's first very-own hospice, we hope to serve the community with the same honesty, respect, and compassion that makes these mountains such a special and cherished place.
Kim Sanchez RN, Director of Patient Care Services
I am an RN case manager. I evaluate and admit patients for hospice care. I also make two visits per week to each of my patients to check on their well being and comfort level.
I've been an RN for 34 years. In addition to my work at Bear Valley Hospice, I am a full time nurse at JFK Hospital in Indio, CA on the telemetry unit. Big Bear Lake is my second home where I enjoy skiing, fishing, and boating.
Lynda Boggie LVN, Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Admininstrator
I provide patient care, coordinate our volunteer program, and assist with other programs like infection control and disaster preparedness. I also manage inventory with supplies and purchasing.
I am a wife and mother. And have worked at Bear Valley Community Healthcare District as a CNA and then LVN. I also worked as a LVN at Lutheran Social Services.
Michelle Minor RN, Case Manager
I do hospice with my heart. It just happens. I wish I had done this years ago.
I have 27 years working in obstetrics; pecializing in labor and delivery of newborns, high risk mothers and neonates. Early in my career I worked in Pediatric Intensive Care Units. Life has brought my husband and I to Big Bear and working for Bear Valley Hospice is the most rewarding job I have ever done.
Sherrill Reynolds, LCSW
Bereavement and Volunteer Coordinator
Sherrill is the Social Worker for the team. She offers support to the patient and caregivers while providing interventions across the life cycle and coordinating community resources. She has expertise in enhancing the quality of life and promoting the well-being of patients, families and caregivers. An 18 year resident of the Big Bear Valley, Sherrill has long appreciated the small town life style of Big Bear. She enjoys gardening, reading and crocheting.
Lynnette Zickefoose, LVN
At Bear Valley Hospice I do patient visits and handle all medications for all of our patients, including delivery.
I have been an LVN for a year and a half. Before that, I was a CNA for many years. I have over 10 years experience working with the elderly. Before coming to work for Bear Valley Hospice I worked at Bear Valley Community Hospital as a CNA and then LVN in the Skilled Nursing Department. Since I have been working with Bear Valley Hospice I have come to love this specialty. I am proud to be part of such a wonderful team.
Alan Herendich, Volunteer
Personal description to be posted.