Monthly Archives: June 2016

Free Seminar – How Do Sleep Apnea and TMJ Pain Contribute to Headaches?


Tuesday, July 19, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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

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Or contact Brown Paper Tickets at 800/838-3006

Do you or someone you know suffer from chronic headaches, persistent TMJ pain and undiagnosed toothache? This agonizing pain or discomfort can occur in your head, jaw, neck or shoulders. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, this seminar will provide you details about warning signs, diagnosis and treatment. Please join us to learn more about:

  • Headache treatment, management, and types of headache
  • TMJ/TMD pain – night guards, appliances, injections
  • Sleep apnea/snoring custom made alternative dental appliances

Marc Beaghler, MD

Presented by Brigitte Lovell, D.M.D.

Dr. Brigitte Lovell received her medical degree from Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and completed residency training at UCLA. Dr. Lovell is a member of the American Headache Society, American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.

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Free Seminar – Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia


Tuesday, June 21, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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

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Or contact Brown Paper Tickets at 800/838-3006


Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia affects more than 37 million men in the U.S. alone. Twelve times more common than prostate cancer, BPH occurs when the prostate gland surrounding the male urethra becomes enlarged with advancing age and begins to obstruct the urinary system. One in four men experience BPH-related symptoms by age 55, and 90 percent of men over 70 are symptomatic.

Come join us and learn about:

  • Causes and symptoms
  • Diagnosis and screening
  • Treatment options available

Marc Beaghler, MD

Presented by Dr. Marc Beaghler

Dr. Marc Beaghler received his medical degree from the Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE, and completed a urology residency at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA. He is the CMH Medical Director of Robotics and Co-Medical Director of the operating room and is a clinical professor of Urology at USC Keck School of Medicine, and a member of the Community Memorial Hospital medical staff.

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Homeland Security Expert David Fukutomi Appointed to CMHS Board of Trustees

David Fukutomi,

David Fukutomi, a prominent government and private sector consultant specializing in security and emergency management, has been appointed as a member of Community Memorial Health System’s Board of Trustees.

Fukutomi has held a number of consulting positions in a career spanning over 20 years. His government service has included stints with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He has served as a consultant to various government agencies including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S Department of Veterans Affairs and State of California.


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Aging for Women Symposium – Free to Those With Concerns About Aging Women’s Health


Saturday, June 18, 2016
7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Light breakfast & Exhibitors at 7:30 a.m.

Presentations 8:00 a.m. – Noon

Ventura Beach Marriott
2055 E Harbor Blvd
Ventura, CA 93001

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Or contact Brown Paper Tickets at 800/838-3006

WOMEN OF ALL AGES are invited to attend a free Aging for Women Symposium designed to be an educational resource for women, families, caregivers, and those with concerns about aging women’s health. This event provides a range of physician expert presenters helping to educate the community on the latest research, procedures, treatment and support available.


Light Continental Breakfast & Exhibit Tables

Opening Remarks
Charles Pankratz, M.D., Moderator

Menopause: Natural Process
or Disease Process

David Crownover, M.D.

Urinary Incontinence
Evaluation & Management

Jill Hall, M.D.

Chest Pain in Women
Megha Agarwal, M.D.

Question & Answer Panel
Expert Panel Discussion

Break/Exhibit Tables

Women’s Health Nutrition
Justine Meyer, R.D.

Mood Disorders in
Endocrine Diseases

Tricia Westhoff-Pankratz, M.D.

Mental Changes with Aging
Including Alzheimer’s and Other Types of Dementia

Darshan Shah, M.D.

Question & Answer Panel
Expert Panel Discussion


Exhibit tables will be available before the presentations and at break with information on elder care living, senior services and programs from local organizations.


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Community Memorial Health System’s Aid‑in‑Dying Policy

Effective today, June 9, 2016, California Assembly Bill X2-15 goes into effect. This is the state bill, also known as the End of Life Option Act, that permits an adult (18 years of age or older) with a terminal disease and the capacity to make health care decisions to request and be prescribed an aid-in-dying drug if specified conditions are met.

Community Memorial Health System’s position and policy on this new bill is as follows:

The mission of Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) is to heal, comfort and promote health for the communities we serve. We strive to provide respectful, compassionate and personal care to all dying patients and their loved ones, and support the patient’s rights to make medical decisions, including accepting and refusing treatments at any time.

The End of Life Option Act is not a hospital-focused law; rather it is focused on the individual who is making the request and the physicians involved in the process. We strongly support the integrity and professionalism of our medical staff and encourage compassionate and honest communication between patients and physicians regarding therapeutic options at the end of life. What occurs privately in the patient-physician relationship, CMHS defers to the individual physician.

While reaffirming a deep sense of compassion and respect for patients at the end of life, our tradition and values within any and all facilities run by CMHS will not permit any active interventions whose sole purpose is to intentionally cause a patient to end their own life. Also, CMHS will not allow lethal prescriptions to be brought into or self-administered by any terminally ill patient in Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, Ojai Continuing Care Center (CCC), or any of its clinics.

However, CMHS will offer to the rare in-patient, or CCC resident, who requests aid-in-dying while in a CMHS facility, a dedicated interdisciplinary response team of professionals who will address their end of life request and work with them to coordinate their individual needs, including the identification of community resources.

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Watch the Ethics of Eating Video


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

In case you Missed the Ethics in Healthcare Gluten & Red Meat & GMO’s: Oh My! Event – Watch it on Video

Gluten & Red Meat & GMO’s: 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? Watch a 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 video may just save your life! Bon Appetit!


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World War II Veteran Defeats a New Enemy with Help from Robotic Surgery at CMH


“I was home the next day. Went for walks and felt good.”
– Ben Gehr


The recipient of two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars, Gehr learned of the fall of Berlin and Hitler’s death while in a hospital in England. He was discharged in 1946.

Born and raised in Santa Barbara County, Gehr faced another deadly enemy ten years ago when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer during a routine exam. This time, however, it was the cancer that was moving quickly.

“My doctor, Dr. James Halverson, was checking my prostate and said there was a swelling,” Gehr said. “He wanted me to see Dr. Marc Beaghler right away.”


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