TEMECULA –The Boy Scouts of America Tahquitz District will honor Ken Rivers, chief executive officer of Southwest Healthcare System’s hospitals, Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta and Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, with the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award, Thursday, Sept. 27 at Pechanga Resort and Casino.
Rivers is being honored for his contributions to the community through his volunteer work and improvements of healthcare in the Valley. He also serves on many volunteer service organization boards including Chairman for the Riverside County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International.
He serves within his trade organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives, Federation of American Hospitals, California Hospital Association, Hospital Association of Southern California and United Hospital Association in leadership and legislative action committee roles. Rivers has a Sc.B. from Brown University and a MS/MBA from University of La Verne. He is completing his fellowship with American College of Healthcare Executives (A.C.H.E.)
The Distinguished Citizen Award is presented to individuals whose personal ethics and family values are representative of the Scout Oath and Law. Past recipients of the award include President Gerald Ford, Governor George Deukmejian, Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne. The Tahquitz District has honored Dan Stephenson, Jerry Wilson, Bill Green, 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone, Christine and John McCusker, Dan Atwood, Pastor Steve Struikmans, Terry Gilmore, and Joan Sparkman in the past.
The Distinguished Citizen Dinner begins at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction. Dinner and award presentation follows at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person and available by calling Tina Roy, BSA District Director at (951) 972-2201.