Monthly Archives: May 2016

Cancer Resource Center Offers Lymphedema Treatment Program

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Claudia Steele-Major is a physical therapist and certified lymphedema therapist—Lymphology Association of North America.


Actress Kathy Bates, perhaps best known for her Academy Award-winning performance in the 1990 psychological thriller “Misery,” has taken on a new role as the spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education and Research Network.

After surviving ovarian and breast cancer, Bates struggled with lymphedema—a chronic condition that resulted from a double mastectomy four years ago.

Her goal is to raise awareness and help provide support and hope for about 10 million Americans affected by the condition, according to the LE&RN.

Lymphedema is an abnormal swelling in an arm or leg that may occur after surgeons have removed lymph nodes during cancer treatment. Without the lymph nodes, lymph fluid does not drain properly, which can lead to serious infections.


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Free Seminar – Joint Pain


Tuesday, May 24, 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


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. Hofer is an active member of the Community Memorial Hospital medical staff.

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. Dr. Suzuki is an active member of the Community Memorial Hospital medical staff.

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CMH Cardiologists First in County to Use Breakthrough Stent

Synergy Stent System

Interventional cardiologists at Community Memorial Hospital are the first in Ventura County to treat patients with breakthrough drug-eluting stents approved in October 2015 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).

A cardiac stent restores blood flow in diseased blood vessels. Unlike traditional drug-eluting stents, Boston Scientific’s latest Synergy stent utilizes a bio-

absorbable polymer on the surface of the stent that breaks down and is cleared by the body after the drug it contains is released, leaving behind a bare platinum-chromium stent.


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Free Seminar – Stroke: Causes, Treatment & Prevention


Tuesday, May 17, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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

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Or contact Brown Paper Tickets at 800/838-3006

Strokes can cause a variety symptoms: blindness, paralysis, trouble walking, inability to talk, slurred speech or inability to understand language. Resulting disabilities limit independence and may include a risk for lifelong complications. Prompt recognition of signs and symptoms and immediate treatment is crucial in minimizing disabilities, and to prevent recurrent stroke. This seminar will review:

  • Common signs and symptoms of stroke
  • Stroke risk factors and its acute and chronic treatment
  • Treatment of residual stroke symptoms

Dr. Omid Fatemi

Presented by Darshan Shah, M.D.

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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Don Felder, a Former Eagles Lead Guitarist, to Headline Health System Benefit Concert

OCTOBER 22, 2016<br />

Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation and Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation are pleased to announce that Don Felder, a former legendary guitarist with the Eagles, will be performing at this year’s “At The Bowl” benefit concert.

Felder, who played lead guitar with the Eagles for 27 years, originated the music on numerous Eagles milestones and co-wrote their biggest hit—the iconic “Hotel California.” In addition to performing this song, he will be showcasing many Eagles hits in a specially crafted concert entitled “Don Felder, an Evening at the Hotel California.”

This extraordinary evening of music will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai, California. The funds raised by this event will support Community Memorial Health System construction projects: building a new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura and a new Continuing Care Center in Ojai.

Waych a Video of Don Felder



For more information please call 805-667-2881.

Presented by Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation & Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation

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Video of Ethics in Healthcare Event


In case you Missed the Ethics in Healthcare Goodbye “Death Panels” Hello Patient Choice Event – Watch it on Video

Goodbye Death Panels Hello Patient Choice

As Americans it is our right to make our own healthcare choices. Yet also as Americans, we rarely tell anyone what those choices are. Watch the video to learn about living wills and filling out your own advance care directive.

Dr. Jim Hornstein, Chair, CMHS Bioethics Committee

Diana Jaquez, RN – Manager, CMHS Palliative Care
Teri Helton, RN – President, Ventura County POLST Coalition


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Free Seminar – Ethics in Healthcare


Wednesday, May 11, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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

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Or contact Brown Paper Tickets at 800/838-3006

Gluten & Red Meat & GMOs: Oh My!

When did eating become so complicated? In the old days, you could walk into your favorite restaurant and order a hamburger, fries and soda, and then sit back and enjoy. Today, no way! Why is that? Because today, you ought to ask yourself:

  • Should you eat the red meat because it’s associated with heart disease, stroke and cancer?
  • Should you eat the bun because there’s gluten in it?
  • Should you drink the soda because excess sugar leads to diabetes, and if it’s a diet soda, are you being harmed by the artificial sweeteners?
  • Should you be concerned about possible GMO’s in every part of this meal?

What should a normal person do? Eat air? Come join us for a delicious discussion about many of the controversies surrounding the food we buy and the way we eat. Since we all need to eat, who knows, this talk may just save your life! Bon Appetit!

Moderated by:
Jim Hornstein, M.D. – Chair, CMHS Bioethics Committee

What is a Gluten? A GMO? A Trans Fat? Understanding the Lingo
Karen Kiefer, RD – CMHS Director of Food & Nutrition

The Good, the Bad, and the Controversies
Greg Cauchon, Ph.D. – Agri Scientist, Director, Ventura BioCenter

Food Fights: Do Our Choices Really Matter?
David Alvarez, RD, M.S. – Supervising Health Educator, Kaiser Permanente

When Food Becomes Disease: A Physician’s View of Diabetes, Obesity and Disease of Eating
Tricia Westhoff-Pankratz, M.D. – Endocrinologist

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Continuing Care Center of Ojai Receives Five Star Quality Rating

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The decision to move a loved one into a skilled nursing facility can be an emotional one. For many, it’s the realization that a family member or friend can no longer care for themselves and requires professional, around-the-clock care.

Oftentimes the person in need of skilled nursing has themselves been a caretaker and the time has come to find a facility that provides compassionate, qualified and diligent assistance in a healthy and comfortable setting.

The question becomes: How can someone be sure a skilled nursing facility is a good one?


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