Monthly Archives: April 2015

Free Seminar – Update on Management of Brain Tumor



Tuesday, May 12, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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

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New treatment options in neurosurgery have improved brain tumor patient outcomes, including surgical techniques, imaging and complementary therapies. This seminar will provide information on the latest advances in state-of-the-art care treating patients with brain tumors as well as innovative topics on:

  • Diagnosis of brain tumors
  • Risks and benefits of brain tumor surgery
  • Surgical management of brain tumors at CMH
  • Future therapies

Dr. Dorsi

Presented by Dr. Michael Dorsi

Dr. Dorsi specializes in neurosurgery with subspecialty expertise in brain, spine and peripheral nerve surgery. He received his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He trained in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins and completed an advanced spinal care fellowship at UCLA. He is an active member of the Community Memorial Hospital medical staff and the clinical instructor for Western University School of Medicine.

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Join Us – State of the Health System Address



Thursday, May 7, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main Street, Ventura

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  • Healthcare Reform and How it Affects You
  • Update on the Building Projects
  • Community Programs and Services
  • Financial Update


Gary Wilde
CMHS President & CEO

Dr. Stanley Frochtzwajg
CMHS Chief Medical Officer

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CMH Awarded Accreditation as a Lung Cancer Screening Center

Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center

Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura is pleased to announce that the American College of Radiology has designated CMH as an accredited lung cancer screening center.

This designation means CMH meets the top standards for patient care in the screening for lung cancer set by the American College of Radiology and that CMH has been accredited in CT scans of the chest.

The nonprofit American College of Radiology, with more than 30,000 members, is the principal organization of radiologists, radiation oncologists and clinical medical physicists in the United States. The college periodically defines new practice parameters and technical standards for radiologic practice to help advance the science of radiology and improve the quality of care for patients.

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CMHS Nurse Receives DAISY Award

Donation Check from Auxiliary 

Accompanied by Critical Care staff, Lisa Baker (Center) receives DAISY Award

A Community Memorial Health System nurse, Lisa Baker, is a recent recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a peer-elected awards program the hospital participates in each quarter. Nurses are nominated for the DAISY awards by patients, family members and colleagues.

Lisa, a registered nurse in Community Memorial Hospital’s Critical Care Unit, is known at the hospital for her compassionate care, concern, and dedication to patient health.

Lisa was nominated by a colleague who wrote:

“Lisa is continually used as a resource by staff throughout the entire hospital for her wealth of knowledge, experience, amazing ability to critically think during tough situations, and her willingness to work as a team to assist in any role — whether it is assisting in giving a bed bath or to help stabilize a critical post-opt open heart patient in order to send the patient back to the OR. I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of the DAISY Award. Lisa is the type of nurse we should all strive to become. It is an honor to work with her.”

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Free Seminar – Neurologic Diseases of Aging


Tuesday, April 21, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard
600 E. Esplanade Dr., Oxnard

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Over the past four decades, great strides have been made in our understanding of health and disease; medical advances have improved the quality of our lives, allowing us to live better and longer. As the population ages, neurologic diseases are becoming more common. Such conditions not only mentally and functionally limit a patient’s independence, they place a significant burden on caregivers, the greater medical community and society at large. This seminar will review:

  • Common neurological diseases of aging
  • Common presenting signs and symptoms
  • Diagnostic work up and treatment strategies

Dr. Kentaro Suzuki

Presented by Dr. Darshan Shah

Dr. Shah specializes in neurology and neuromuscular disease. He received his medical degree from Ross University Medical School in Portsmouth, Dominica, and completed his internal medicine residency at Illinois Masonic Medical Center and his neurology residency at University of Chicago Hospitals. He is certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Shah is a member of the Community Memorial Hospital medical staff.

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Ethics in Healthcare Series


Watch the March 25, 2015 Ethics in Healthcare Video

Extraordinary Physician Stories

Everyday and everywhere, doctors collect stories. These stories reflect the profoundly human bond between those who are seeking help (patients) and those who wish to help (doctors). Sometimes these stories are funny or tragic, sometimes touching or just silly. But all of these stories are incredibly personal because they reflect the lessons we can learn about life, death, relationships and meaning. You won’t want to miss this extraordinary evening when four doctors share their personal stories about… well, you.


Jim Hornstein, MD, Moderator
CMHS Chairman of the Bioethics Committee

Alison Shuman, MD, Pediatrics
CMHS Pediatric Hospitalist/Chair of Department of Pediatrics

Gösta Iwasiuk, MD, General Surgery
CMH, Program Director Surgery

Cecily Hintzen
Central California Field Organizer, Compassion & Choices

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Free Seminar – Ethics in Healthcare


Thursday, April 16, 2015
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main St., Ventura

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A Conversation on the Pros and Cons of Physician-Assisted Suicide

Should patients have the right to decide to end their lives when faced with a terminal illness? Should doctors have a professional duty to assist them? These questions have been vigorously debated for centuries, and in California we are now being asked to support or reject a bill currently in the senate (SB 128) which seeks to legalize aid-in-dying. While all sensitive citizens should support compassionate and dignified care for patients through the end of their lives, should this care include the option to select the exact time and place of their death? Community Memorial Health System presents a subject which touches on many of our most personal and deeply held beliefs such as the meaning of life, death, suffering and the preservation of human dignity.

Jim Hornstein, M.D., Moderator

CMHS Chairman of the Bioethics Committee
William Rajala, M.D.
Boarded Internist, Medical Director, Assisted Home Hospice
Debbie Weinstein, M.D.
Emergency Medicine Specialist, Compassion & Choices Volunteer

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Benefactors’ Ball to Honor Physicians and Community Members

Benefactors' Ball

Saturday, April 18, 2015
6:00 p.m.

2101 Mandalay Beach Rd, Oxnard, CA 93035

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The Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation is holding its 42nd Benefactors’ Ball on Saturday, April 18, with proceeds benefitting the new Community Memorial Hospital.

For the first time this year, three notable individuals will be recognized with the prestigious Cephas Bard Award, named after the founder of the first Community Memorial Hospital. Awardees to be recognized at this event:


CMH Physician
J.N. Warwar, MD


CMH Retired Physician
James McKinzie, MD


Community Leader
William J. Kearney

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