Monthly Archives: February 2015

CMHS Welcomes New Board Members

New Board Member, Jeff Paul

Jeff Paul, a longtime Venturan with over 30 years of experience in the local banking field, has been named the new Chair of the Board for Community Memorial Health System.

Paul, who served previously as treasurer on the CMHS board, succeeds Dr. Martin Pops, who has served as board chairman since 2009. Longtime trustee Gary Wolfe, a former board chair, will replace Paul as Treasurer.

Paul is the Director of Retail and Commercial Banking at Montecito Bank & Trust, the oldest and largest independently owned community bank in Santa Barbara and Ventura County. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Chico State University in political science and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Also joining the Community Memorial
Health System Board of Trustees are:

Roy Schneider, M.D.
CMH Chief of Staff

Elizabeth Patterson, M.D.
OVCH Chief of Staff

Lydia Hopps
CMHF President

Lamar Bushnell, M.D.
CMH Chief Elect

Sandy Frandsen
Auxiliary President

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CMH Auxiliary Honors Volunteers Years of Service

Donation Check from Auxiliary 

Adam Thunell (left) and Dave Glyer (right) receive donation check from Auxiliary Treasurer, Carol Torsney (center).

Community Memorial Hospital and nearly all of its Auxiliary members honored 58 women and men who together have donated thousands of hours of service to hospital patients and their families.

Volunteers who have reached levels ranging from 100 hours to 30 years over the course of their years of service for CMH were celebrated at the annual Auxiliary Meeting and Awards Luncheon. CMHS held the event on Feb. 6 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Ventura. This year’s theme was “Volunteers Serve With Heart.”

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You’re Invited to the New Santa Rosa Health Center’s Open House

Your Medical Care Team 

Your Medical Care Team
Darshan Shah, M.D., Neurology & Neuromuscular Disease | Debra Ouyang, M.D., Endocrinology | Shaun Patel, M.D., Cardiology | Benito Pedraza, M.D., Gastroenterology | Cammy Babaie, M.D., Internal Medicine | and Eric Watson, D.O., Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Please join us for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


5800 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 149
Camarillo, CA


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Free Seminar – Joint Pain & Arthritis


Saturday, February 28, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Soule Park Golf Course
Banquet Room
1033 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai

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Or contact Brown Paper Tickets at 800/838-3006

Do you suffer from painful joints? Joint pain is a concern among active young adults, baby-boomers feeling the onset of arthritis, and older adults alike. Whether you are experiencing arthritis pain, a sports injury, or are considering surgery, this free seminar is designed for you. Presented by two orthopedic surgeons, the seminar covers:

  • Diagnosing the cause of pain
  • Procedures and lifestyle modifications
  • Surgical treatment options and rehabilitation
  • Pain management

Dr. Jason HoferDr. Kentaro Suzuki

Presented by Dr. Jason Hofer &
Dr. Kentaro Suzuki

Dr. Jason Hofer (pictured on the left) is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee replacement surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine and completed an orthopedic surgery residency at University of California – Irvine. Dr. Hofer is a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and California Orthopedic Association.

Dr. Kentaro Suzuki
(pictured on the right) specializes in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He received his medical degree and also completed an orthopedic surgery residency from University of California, San Diego. Dr. Suzuki is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Drs. Hofer and Suzuki are active
members of the Community Memorial
Hospital medical staff.

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Free Seminar – Hyperbaric Oxygen & Chronic Wound Care


Tuesday, February 24, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Nichols Auditorium, 8th Floor,
Community Memorial Hospital
147 N. Brent St., Ventura, CA

Make Reservations

Or contact Brown Paper Tickets at 800/838-3006

This seminar will provide an introduction to hyperbaric medicine with information on diagnosis and treatment of difficult wounds. Dr. Tesman will also talk about CMHS’s Center for Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Healing while explaining:

  • What causes non-healing wounds
  • How hyperbaric chambers work and what they treat
  • How wound care centers heal difficult wounds
  • Find out if you are a candidate for specialized wound care

Dr. John Tesman

Presented by Dr. John Tesman

Dr. John Tesman specializes in hyperbaric medicine and is board certified in undersea and hyperbaric medicine as well as emergency medicine, and is a fellow of the College of Chronic Wound Care Specialists. Dr. Tesman has been a hyperbarics and chronic wound care medical director locally for the past 10 years and is the medical director for The Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine. Dr. Tesman is an active member of the Community Memorial Hospital Medical Staff.

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Hospitalists at Ojai Valley Community Hospital

2014 Get with the guidelines  - stroke honor roll silver

“We’re in tune with what’s going on at OVCH. If there is a unique situation that comes up, we’re the first one to treat the patient. The faster the treatment, the better the outcome.”
– Dr. Carl Constantine

When asked what they do, most physicians often say, “I’m a doctor.” It’s an easy-to-understand answer. Because when it comes to healthcare, there are all types of specialists: endocrinologists, nephrologists, even perinatologists – just to name a few. The multi-syllabic names can be confusing, to say the least. There is, however, a type of doctor whose name says it all: a hospitalist.


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Local Community Members Enjoy a “Behind the Scenes” Day at CMH

Recently a group of county residents joined us for a special day visiting several of our physicians in their workplace.

The program called “Behind the Scenes” brings together small community groups that tour the facility and meet our physicians within the areas they practice; such as the operating room, catheterization lab, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Attendees get an upclose and intimate view of the many services we offer directly from our physicians, who provide an educational overview as well as answer the numerous questions that follow.

The group on this day visited:  Drs. Dominic Tedesco and Lamar Bushnell, cardiothoracic surgeons; Dr. Gary Coppa, anesthesiologist; Dr. Thomas Kong, Jr., cardiologist; Dr. Ishu Rao, electrophysiologist; and Dr. Stan Frochtzwajg, chief medical officer.

If you would like to learn more about the program, click on the story below.

Click here to see photos of the day.

Click here to read the story in Caring.

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