Monthly Archives: January 2016

CMH is Revolutionizing How Doctors Treat Congestive Heart Failure


The CardioMEMS HF System is the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device to considerably improve quality of life for congestive heart failure patient.


The heart, that ever-incredible muscular organ which pumps blood throughout the body, provides the essence of life.

Indeed, a healthy heart is critical to a body’s wellbeing, and doctors have long sought ways to monitor the heart to ensure the muscle stays strong for years to come. With each new technological breakthrough, doctors have been better able to understand the health and function of this highly complex organ.

Yet with even all the incredible medical technology that continues to evolve by leaps and bounds, cardiologists – the doctors who specialize in the heart – have long been challenged with treating the millions of patients who suffer from congestive heart failure, or CHF.

Dr. Thomas Kong, an interventional cardiologist for nearly 20 years, said a new heart monitoring device will revolutionize how doctors treat patients with CHF, significantly reduce hospital visits and improve the quality of life for the 5 million Americans afflicted with the heart disorder.


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CMH Selected to Join Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

Mother and Baby Bonding

Community Memorial Hospital has been selected to be among the first hospitals in the nation to join the EMPower Initiative to enhance maternity care practices and work toward achieving the Baby Friendly USA© designation.

EMPower is a hospital-based quality improvement initiative focusing on maternity care practices leading to Baby-Friendly designation. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EMPower is aimed at increasing breastfeeding rates

throughout the U.S. and supporting optimal breastfeeding practices toward the ultimate goal of improving the public’s health.

As part of this effort, CMH will receive ongoing support in breastfeeding practices from experienced coaches, as well as training and resource support in lactation education.


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Maternal Child Health Offers Classes and Support Groups


Getting ready for a new baby is a thrilling time. Through our New Parent Resource Center, we offer classes to help you, your coach and your family prepare for the arrival of your baby and parenthood. Our goal is to offer services that promote healthy individuals and strong families.

The New Parent Resource Center is located at 2580 E. Main Street, Suite 101 in Ventura.

For questions and current class information please call the Babyline at: 658-BABY (2229).


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Free Seminar – Ouch! My Aching Back


Tuesday, January 26, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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

Make Reservations

Or contact Brown Paper Tickets at 800/838-3006

Is back pain keeping you from doing things you enjoy? Most of us move our bodies with little thought — to walk, run, lift, bend and play. That is until an injury or illness limits us in some way often affecting bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves and muscle tissue. Nationwide, bone and joint health problems have become the leading cause of disability. Come join us and learn about:

  • Causes
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Rehabilitation

Dr. Cristina Porch-Curren

Presented by Antulio B. Aroche Jr., D.O.

Dr. Aroche is an Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in spine surgery. He is Dual Fellowship trained in Orthopedic and Neurosurgical spinal surgery at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and several honor societies. Dr. Aroche is an active member in the Ventura community. He is on staff at Community Memorial Hospital and Ojai Valley Community Hospital.

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CMH Still a Leader in Lowest Reported Infection and Patient Safety Rate

Community Memorial Hospital rates 2.75 

CMH improves 12% over last year’s score.

Local hospitals are rated on a scale of 1 to 10 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program. CMH is one of only two hospitals in the county to avoid penalties both years.

The lowest scores represent the best performance.

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Instant Friends at Ojai Valley Community Hospital are Joined at the Hip


“From that moment on, we were like two guys who have known each other since we were five years old.”
– Doug McAden and Danny Colohan

Total Hip Replacement Patients


Doug McAden and Danny Colohan each went into Ojai Valley Community Hospital this past January 26 to receive a total hip replacement and were discharged four days later with an unexpected gift. In addition to new state-of-the-art titanium joints, they received a new friend in one another.

“Nice to see you, brother,” Danny said, greeting Doug with a bear hug as the two met for lunch at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa on a rainy afternoon four months into their sunny rehabs.

”You, too, roomie,” Doug replied warmly. ”You’re getting along well.”

Traveling different journeys of hip degeneration, Doug, who lives in Oxnard, and Danny, an Ojai resident, remarkably arrived in the same hospital, on the same day, for the same surgery, from the same highly skilled orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Fredrick Menninger. They also found themselves in the same patient room at OVCH afterwards.


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Nightingale Ball Raises $75,000 for Ojai Healthcare Needs

The 14th annual Nightingale Ball, presented by the Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation Guild, raised just over $75,000 for the Ojai Hospital and its Continuing Care Center.

Attendees were treated to a special cabaret performance by local resident Amanda McBroom, an international-recognized Broadway performer, singer and songwriter. In addition, Richard Amend, one of Ojai’s distinguished artists, donated a unique digital archival print as a special raffle prize this year.

The event co-chairs were Peggy Russell and Linda Law, with Thomas and Esther Wachtell serving as honorary chairs.

Click here for slideshow

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CMH’s Bariatric Program Receives Unique Adolescent Recognition

Community Memorial Health System is pleased to announce its Bariatric Weight Loss Center has achieved a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications accreditation under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Adolescent qualifications require the center to provide pediatric and psychiatric expertise, and also to include the very specific health needs of an adolescent. Families are an integral part of the process and are included in this major health challenge.

“Community Memorial is committed to providing our patients with the highest level of comprehensive bariatric care,” said Helmuth Billy, M.D, director of Bariatric Surgery at the Bariatric Weight Loss Center located at Community Memorial Hospital. “Our team never stops striving to improve and including adolescent qualifications is another example of that dedication.”

For more information about the CMHS Bariatric Weight Loss Center call 805/658-5839.

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Twins Greet New Year at CMH

K’lah Jenkins and Cameron Jenkins are parents to Brynlee Rae Jenkins and Brystol Skye Jenkins

K’lah Jenkins and Cameron Jenkins are parents to Brynlee Rae Jenkins, who was born at midnight on Jan. 1, Ventura County’s first baby of 2016 born in a hospital. Her twin, Brystol Skye Jenkins, was born a minute earlier at 11:59 p.m. at Community Memorial Hospital. K’lah Jenkins was not able to hold her babies, only touch them out of precaution for the premature girls.

Photos by Karen Quincy Loberg – The Star



TOP: Brystol Skye Jenkins was born at Community Memorial Hospital in the final minute of 2015.

BOTTOM: Brynlee Rae Jenkins was the first baby born in a hospital in 2016 in Ventura County. She was born at Community Memorial Hospital. Her twin sister, Brystol Skye Jenkins, was born in the last minute of 2015.

Ventura Babies Last of ’15,
First of 2016

Twin girls were born a minute apart but in different years at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, making them the last baby born in 2015 and the first born in 2016 at CMH.

Brystol Skye Jenkins was born at 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and her younger sister Brynlee Rae Jenkins was born at midnight on New Year’s Day, said Remie Lempke, the hospital’s house supervisor. Brynlee was the first baby born in 2016 at a Ventura County hospital.

The girls’ parents, K’lah Jenkins, 27, and Cameron Jenkins, 24, were excited to greet their new bundles of joy, said the twins’ mother.

The twins are the couple’s first children together, the Ventura woman said. She has two sons, 8 and 9, from a previous relationship and said the boys are looking forward to being big brothers.

The Ventura woman said the twins were born premature via cesarean section and required extra care in the neonatal intensive care unit.

“Because they were premature they have them hooked up to oxygen,” she said. Brystol weighed 5 pounds and 2 ounces and Brynlee weighed 4 pounds and 9 ounces, their mother said.


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