Bear Valley Hospice has roots stretching back to Big Bear High School in the 1980's. Dr. Stewart, our Medical Director, played football for the high school and had found a calling through helping the team with first-aid. Since graduating from BBHS, he has studied at Point Loma Nazarene College and Loma Linda University as well as completed his residency at UC Irvine. Dr. Stewart has over 20 years of experience in hospice. His passion for our community has led him back home to the Big Bear Valley to establish the mountain's first and only local, community-based hospice.
Recognizing the value of Big Bear's beauty and the small town culture, it is the goal of Bear Valley Hospice to provide the best care possible for individuals while remaining local to the mountain communities. As 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 local non-profit organizations as well as volunteering our time and efforts to various community events.
As Big Bear Valley's first and only local hospice care provider, we hope to serve the community with the same honesty, respect, and compassion that makes these mountains such a special and cherished place.
Meet Our Staff
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.
Meet Our Volunteers
Alan Herendich, Volunteer
Personal description to be posted.