About The Foundation

The Bear Valley Community HealthCare District Foundation was formed in December, 1996 as an ongoing source of fundraising and public relations for the HealthCare District. We are proud to work alongside our donors; volunteers; physicians and employees; and our friends in the community who have contributed significant resources over the years to help Bear Valley Community Hospital to achieve the vision “to be the premier provider of emergency medical and healthcare services in our Big Bear Valley”.

Hospital Foundation Purpose

The primary focus of the Foundation is to generate charitable giving and to identify ways to use donations to improve and enhance the Healthcare District as it strives to provide more comprehensive medical care and emergency services for the Big Bear Valley.

Foundation Board Members

• Helen Walsh, Presidenthwchef1@gmail.com
• Sharon Gonzales, Secretary
• Mary Jo Jahn, Treasurer

Emily Bears For Sick Children

The Hospital Foundation gives Emily bears to children who come to the Bear Valley Community Hospital who are sick. Our Emily Bear is named after a little girl named Emily Segal. Emily suffered a serious skiing accident and her family believes that the bear was partly responsible for her miraculous recovery. Emily takes the bear to school with her every day!

The Foundation is raising funds to buy other bears to give to children who have come to our hospital because they are very sick. Emily says, “I am very cuddly and I am anxious to comfort a friend. I cost about $15.00. I am not fuzzy, my eyes are painted on, and I come with a non-toxic pen so I can be autographed by the Doctors and Nurses who help my friend to get well!”

If you would like to contribute so that more of the approximately 1,300 children under the age of twelve who visit our emergency room every year can have something to cuddle when they are frightened and hurt, please make your donation now by using our quick and easy donation button.


All gifts, and gifts-in-kind, are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Tax ID# 33-0714985 501(c)3. Please use our convenient “Donate” button to make your contribution. We are grateful for the support we generously receive from the community and our donors; volunteers; physicians and employees; and our friends in the community who have contributed significant resources to achieve our mission to…”deliver the highest quality of healthcare to the residents of and visitors to Big Bear Valley through the most effective use of available resources”. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Become Involved

For more information on the Hospital Foundation and how you can become more involved please contact us:
Helen Walsh, Presidenthwchef1@gmail.com.

Board Meetings for BVCHD Hospital Foundation occur every month on the 4th Tuesday at the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce Board Room at 12:00 p.m.

Events Hosted By The Hospital Foundation

Bear Valley Community Hospital Foundation hosts community events that support the hospital. We welcome everyone both within our community and those who want to support our local hospital to join in on the fun. Below is a listing of events: (Coming Soon!)