Monthly Archives: February 2016

CMH Saves Wife and Mother of Three from Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection


“As I lay on the operating
table, this amazing
cardiologist explained I
was going to be okay.”
– Leslie Schmidt


I am your every day mom. I am 37 years old, have an awesome husband and three beautiful children. We love to go camping, have friends over, watch our oldest play baseball every weekend, and feel very blessed to have a great network of family and friends. Everything was wonderful, we had just had a baby and life was beautiful.

Our new baby was delivered via C-section because he was breach. Even though C-sections are common, I was scared because my only sibling died merely hours after a surgery. She had many unforeseen complications and not knowing if my experience would be the same, I couldn’t relax until I was in the recovery room where I could finally hold him. A couple days later, we brought the baby home and I began recovering.

Early one morning the following week, I woke with excruciating pain in my chest, throat and spine. When I stood up, I couldn’t catch my breath. Suddenly, my left arm felt like my bone was breaking from the inside out. I began to panic. I told my husband I thought I was having a heart attack and dialed 911.


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Free Seminar – Advances in Cardiovascular Disease


Saturday, February 27, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Soule Park Golf Course
Banquet Room
1033 East Ojai Ave., Ojai

Make Reservations

Or contact Brown Paper Tickets at 800/838-3006

Coronary artery and valvular heart disease affect millions of people every year. Thanks to steady advances in cardiology, patient outcomes continue to improve. Many of you have had personal experiences with cardiac procedures. Come and join us in learning about some of these advances.

  • Cardiac catheterization and intervention
  • Transcatheter valve replacement
  • Left ventricular assist devices

Dr. Rishi Patel

Presented by Rishi Patel, M.D.

Dr. Rishi Patel specializes in interventional cardiology. He received his medical degree from the Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy in Rootstown, OH, and completed his residency at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland. Dr. Patel is fellowship trained in interventional cardiology and cardiovascular disease. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Patel is an active member of both Community Memorial Hospital and Ojai Valley Community Hospital medical staff.

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Free Seminar – Minimally Invasive Cardiovascular Care & Common Therapies


Tuesday, February 23, 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

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. with five million Americans hospitalized each year with chest pain and 1.1 million suffering heart attacks. Immediate care, prompt diagnosis and treatment can make a critical difference. This seminar will focus on advancements in cardiovascular care, and how they have improved quality of life for people with heart disease. Dr. Fatemi will review:

  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Radial catheterization
  • Peripheral vascular interventions
  • Structural heart interventions such as aortic valve replacement

Dr. Omid Fatemi

Presented by Omid Fatemi, M.D.

Dr. Omid Fatemi specializes in interventional cardiology. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas and his fellowship at Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC. He is a member of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. Dr. Fatemi is an active member of both Community Memorial Hospital and Ojai Valley Community Hospital medical staff.

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CMH Receives Recognition from US Department of Health & Human Resources

Community Memorial Hospital rates 2.75

Left to right: Diane Cornell, Director of Critical Care/CV Services; Cynthia Fahey, VP Patient Care Services/CNO; Lisa Marciano, One Legacy; Carrie Cherrie, Clinical Manager ICU/CCU

Community Memorial Hospital was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources for our efforts in encouraging hospital staff and community members to enroll in their state registry as organ, eye and tissue donors.

Presenting the certification to our staff was Donation Development Coordinator Lisa Marciano of One Legacy, a non-profit organ and tissue recovery organization.

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Benefactors’ Ball Announces 2016 Cephas Bard Award Honorees

Benefactors' Ball

Barbara Meister
Community Leader of the Year
Thomas F. Golden, M.D.
CMH Physician of the Year
William L. Hart, M.D.
CMH Retired Physician of the Year

The Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation is holding its 43rd Benefactors’ Ball on Saturday, April 16, with proceeds benefitting the new Community Memorial Hospital.

At this event, 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 are: CMH Physician – Dr. Thomas F. Golden, CMH Retired Physician – Dr. William L. Hart, and Community Member of the Year – Barbara Meister.

This event represents an opportunity for residents to support community-based healthcare. The new Community Memorial Hospital will feature advanced medical technology, all private rooms and a considerably larger emergency department.

Saturday, April 16, 2016
O’Brien Hall
San Buenaventura Mission

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