Marquez Named Rural Health Champion

Renee Marquez has been honored by the California State Rural Health Association as a Rural Health Champion. Marquez is affiliated with the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District. (Photo by CSRHA)

By Michael P. Neufeld

Big Bear Lake, CA – The Rural Health Champion for 2012 is Renee Marquez.

Marquez, Director of Outpatient Clinical Services at the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Rural Health Clinics, received the award at the annual meeting of the California State Rural Health Association (CSRHA) in Anaheim earlier this month. She was recognized for her long-term commitment and achievements in supporting health in rural California.

The award presented to Renee Marquez (center) by the California State Rural Health Association. (Photo by CSRHA)

This award,” according to CSRHA Executive Director Steve Barrow, “was one of just five awarded statewide from the 340+ rural health leaders attending the award lunch at the Disney Grand Hotel Resort & Spa. We are very proud of her and what she brings to rural health and her rural community.”


In addition, Marquez was recognized by her peers for demonstrating leadership characteristics, commitment and distinguished service.  She was cited as an individual that cares very deeply about the community of Big Bear and is considered a great asset to Bear Valley Community Healthcare District.

Renee is truly a champion for our patients as well as her staff,” Joanne Merrill, Certified Telemedicine Coordinator at the Family Health Center, stated in a media release. “I am blessed to have her has a friend as well as my boss.  She is an inspiration with what she has accomplished and what she has overcome.”

She reminds me of that old saying, when the going gets tough, the tough get going,”  Mom and Dad Project Director Megan Meadors commented about her boss. “She has a unique strength that she is able to face challenges and address them.”


The Family Health Center and the Rural Health Clinic, who serve prenatal to geriatrics, consistently sees between 1,100 to 1,500 visits per month combined.

In the last 2 years the clinics have experienced a 26 percent growth in patient volume.  The staff include 2 RN.s, 3 LVN’s, 6 Medical Assistants and 9 clerical support staff.  Their specialty support staff is through Telehealth and CPSP.  The clinic’s future plans include Telehealth to deliver health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies to better serve the communities health needs.  The Comprehensive Perinatal Services (CPSP) program has been integrated by the collaborative efforts of the rural health clinic’s (RHC) and the Mom and Dad Project.

The rural health clinic’s (RHC) provides obstetric services to Medi-Cal eligible expectant women, from conception through 60 days postpartum.  The Mom and Dad project also assists in providing educational support along with resources through CPSP.  Both facilities also provide enhanced services in the areas of nutrition, psychosocial and health education.


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