Monthly Archives: May 2015

CMH Hosts Celebration for Cancer Survivors

Celebrate<br /> with<br /> Community<br /> Memorial<br /> Hospital

Join us for lunch, program, entertainment,
raffles and more.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 | Ventura Beach Marriott | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A FREE event for cancer survivors and one guest.
Space is limited, please RSVP to 805/652-5459.

Community Memorial Healthcare System and The Amercican Cancer Society

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Join us for Motion By The Ocean – Saturday, July 25, 2015 – Building the New Community Memorial Hospital

Motion by the Ocean - Walk/Run - Satuday, July 25, 2015


Teams can be friends & family, company teams, school clubs, running clubs, etc.
For more information on corporate teams, contact

Special Team Awards in these categories:

Largest Team Best Dressed Team Best Team Name

Register Now at

Proceeds will help build the new Community Memorial Hospital
For more information call 805/667-2881

Sponsored by:

Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation


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CT Imaging at CMH Reduced Radiation by 40% and is ACR Accredited

Computed Tomography Accredited Facility

CMH offers the Discovery GE 750 HD. This new technology allows reduced radiation dose by 40%, and faster scan time. This is great news for the patient.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed.

  • Reduces patient dose by 40%
  • Faster than any scanner currently in the area
  • Now offering lung cancer screening CT
  • ACR Certified

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month.


Time is crucial in the treatment of stroke, as on average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke and roughly every four minutes someone dies from a stroke. The earlier a stroke is recognized and the patient receives medical attention, the greater chance of recovery. Strokes occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When this occurs, part of the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, destroying millions of valuable nerve cells within minutes.

Free Stroke Assessment

Anyone can have a stroke, regardless of age, sex or race. Your chances for having a stroke increase if you have certain risk factors. Approximately 750,000 strokes will occur each year. 500,000 of those strokes could be prevented. Don’t be a statistic.

Visit the Stroke Center to take our free online stroke assessment and find out if you are at risk.


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Ethics in Healthcare Series


Watch the April 16, 2015 Ethics in Healthcare Video

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

Cecily Hintzen
Central California Field Organizer,
Compassion & Choices

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Benefactors’ Ball Honors Three with Cephas Bard Awards

Dr. Cephas L. Bard moved to rural San Buenaventura in 1868 after serving as a surgeon in the Civil War. In 1901 he and his brother built the first private hospital in Ventura County — Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital, which is now known as Community Memorial Hospital.

At this year’s Benefactors’ Ball, Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation debuted what is to become an annual recognition of an outstanding community leader and two medical professionals associated with Community Memorial Hospital.

Awardees at the inaugural ceremony were:

William J. Kearney 

Community Leader
of the Year

J.N. Warwar, MD 

Physician of
the Year

James McKinzie, MD 

Retired Physician
of the Year

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CMHS is Saving Lives Thanks to Specialized Training and Education

2014 Get with the guidelines  - stroke honor roll silver

“We are extremely proud that our success with sepsis is much, much better than
the national average.”
– Cindy DeMotte

CMHS Vice President of Quality


Quality healthcare in the 21st Century, more than ever before, requires a
multi-disciplinary approach to achieve the best outcomes for patients. A noteworthy example of Community Memorial Health System’s successful “Commitment to Caring” through this team effort is the recent strides made battling sepsis.

Sepsis is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when natural chemicals released in a person’s bloodstream to fight an infection actually trigger inflammation throughout the body and cause complications. This can lead to a cascade of serious health events, including damage to organs and even failure.

Each year sepsis strikes an estimated 750,000 people nationally. Furthermore, sepsis is the leading cause of death for non-cardiac, critically ill patients in hospitals in the United States.


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Thank You to Our Benefactors’ Ball Sponsors

Benefactors' Ball

Sterling Sponsor
John Hammer

Crystal Sponsors
Bud Hartman/Taft Electric
Navigant Cymetrix Healthcare
Ventura Anesthesia Medical Group
Ventura Emergency Physicians
ZestNet, Inc.

Champagne Sponsors
Ted Mayr Funeral Home
Ventura Party Rentals

Cabernet Sponsors
City National Bank
Clinkenbeard, Ramsey, Spackman & Clark LLP
John Gardner/Ensign Group
Grossman Imaging
Mrs. Richard S. Hambleton, Jr.
Kaiser Permanente
Bill & Elise Kearney
Joe Kreutz/County Commerce Bank
Dr. Jim & Marilyn McKinzie
Montecito Bank & Trust
Dr. and Mrs. Lamar J. Bushnell &
Dr. and Mrs. Dominic J. Tedesco
Ventura Pulmonary & Critical Care Medical Group
Amir Arfaei, MD
Robert J. Bernstein, MD
Thomas Brugman, MD
John A. Handley, MD

Dr. James & Kay Woodburn

Pearl Sponsors
Arent Fox
Richard & Ellen Gilleland
David & Maryellen Glyer
The Hopps Group at Morgan Stanley
Lydia M. Hopps and Benjamin E. Hopps CFP®
Lynn & Gary Jacobs
Limoneira Limco Del Mar
Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association
Patricia Kong Slater in honor of Dr. Thomas Kong, Sr.
Rasmussen & Associates
Dr. Richard & Jane Rush
Tolman & Wiker Insurance
Dr. Roz Warner
Gary & Cheryl Wilde
Dr. Doug & Caryn Woodburn

Cephas Bard Sponsors
Robert Garrison & Brenda Nancarrow-Garrison
Gilbert Family Trust/Carol Gilbert
Rod Gilbert
Isensee Flooring
Dorothy Jue Lee
Lupe Ortiz
Janice Petit Willis

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