Monthly Archives: May 2017

Infants Remembered Through Memory Box Program

Her name is Olivia Grace Venegas – a tiny infant who was loved immensely in her short life and will be loved forever. She was born at Community Memorial Hospital on April 12, 2012, and lived a brief 17 minutes. But the meaning of someone’s life can’t be judged by its length.

Beautiful Olivia Grace inspired her parents, Toby and Sarah, to celebrate her life each April when they invite friends and family to contribute to a fund through which Community Memorial Hospital can purchase some very special Memory Boxes to give to parents who suffer the loss of an infant. These boxes are filled with cherished mementos such as the infant’s foot or hand print; a pin of tiny baby feet for the parents to wear; a bracelet for the mother; and a picture of the infant wrapped in a tiny blanket.

This year, the Venegas family came to CMH with their 1-year-old son and presented Megan Rodarte (far right), Director of Maternal Child Health, and Christine Stella (far left), Manager of Labor and Delivery, with a check for $655 to purchase Memory Boxes.


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Free Seminar – What is a Hospitalist?

2017 Speaker Series

Who is This Doctor Taking Care of Me in the Hospital?

Chances are, if you have been admitted to the hospital recently, you weren’t cared for by your usual doctor. Instead, a doctor you didn’t know and had never seen before, was in charge of your care. You may have wondered:

  • Where is my doctor?
  • Why isn’t my doctor here to coordinate my care while I’m in the hospital?
  • Does my doctor even know that I’m in
    the hospital?
  • Will my doctor be updated about my care?

In this seminar, Dr. Desai will explain what a hospitalist is, the role they play in your care, and the many advantages of having a hospitalist oversee the treatment you receive during your stay.


Dr. Christina Desai is a hospitalist physician specializing in internal medicine. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein School of Medicine and completed her residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Dr. Desai is a member of the Society of Hospitalist Medicine, and she is affiliated with Pacific Inpatient Physicians, the hospitalist provider for CMH.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
6:00 P.M.
Community Memorial Hospital
Nichols Auditorium, 8th Floor
147 N. Brent St., Ventura


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at 800/838-3006


News Talk 1590 KVTA SeaView IPA Accountable Care Alliance of Ventira, LLC


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Construction Update on the new Continuing Care Center – Ojai

The construction of the new Continuing Care Center (skilled nursing facility) in Ojai is well underway as the concrete footings have recently been placed.

The new 75-bed facility will provide a valuable resource for short-term rehabilitation and long-term care, both for the residents of the Ojai Valley as well as the surrounding region.

The new center is slated to open in the Spring of 2018.

Click here for pictures

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7 Ways to Help Prevent a Stroke

1. Manage blood pressure 2. Control cholesterol 3. Reduce blood sugar 4. Get active 5. Eat better 6. Lose weight 7. Stop smoking

Every 40 seconds, someone has a stroke in the U.S., but 80% of all strokes are preventable. You have the power to prevent stroke and be a Stroke Hero by controlling your high blood pressure and taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle.

Learn more about stroke prevention


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5 Things Every Stroke Hero Should Know

Are You a Stroke Hero?

You don’t need superpowers to be a Stroke Hero. You just need to know the stroke warning signs and the risk factors of stroke. Join the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in the effort to teach all Americans when to respond fast to a stroke and 5 important facts you should know about stroke:

  1. Stroke risk increases with age, but young adults, children, and even babies in the womb can suffer strokes. If one of your parents had an ischemic stroke before 65, you are at 3X THE RISK of suffering one yourself.
  2. High blood pressure is public enemy #1. About three out of four people who suffer first strokes have high blood pressure.
  3. Anyone can have a stroke, but some are at increased risk. African Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first-ever stroke than Caucasians.
  4. Clot-busting drugs and medical devices have made stroke largely treatable, but every second counts. The faster you are treated, the more likely you are to recover without permanent disability.
  5. Friends usually save friends from stroke. Learn to recognize the warning signs of stroke.

Be Aware, Act Fast, and Call 911 – Learn the Warning Signs


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CMHF Benefactors’ Ball – A Smashing Success!

On April 22nd, 320 people gathered on the site of the new Community Memorial Hospital to celebrate four extraordinary people, enjoy friends & family, and take a first “sneak peek” into the new Ocean Tower at CMH.

This special one-of-a-kind event, held by Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation, honored the following individuals with the Cephas Bard award – signifying their devotion and commitment in furthering CMHS’s standing in the community.  Honored were:

Don & Bonnie Carlton – Community Leaders of the Year
Dr. Sig Storz – Retired Physician of the Year
Dr. Dominic Tedesco – Physician of the Year

This wonderful evening could not have occurred without the generous support from our sponsors and attendees.  CMHS would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to both our sponsors and honorees for their gracious partnership.

Click Here for our Sponsors and Pictures of the Event

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Join Us – State of the Health System Address

2017 State of Hospital Address

Join us for our annual report to the community where we will discuss:

  • The current state of healthcare in California and how it affects your family, your insurance and your budget.
  • Community hospitals make up the backbone of the nation’s healthcare system – how does it benefit you and your family?
  • How to receive the best care and benefits from the services that our health system offers.


Gary Wilde - CMHS President & CEO Gary Wilde
CMHS President & CEO
Dr. Stanley Frochtzwajg - CMHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stanley Frochtzwajg
CMHS Chief Medical Officer

Thursday, May 18, 2017
5:30 P.M.
Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main St., Ventura


Or contact Brown Paper Tickets
at 800/838-3006


News Talk 1590 KVTA SeaView IPA Accountable Care Alliance of Ventira, LLC


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May is Stroke Awareness Month Activate Your Stroke Hero Knowledge

Signs of a stroke - F.A.S.T., (Face drooping,Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1)

Fewer than 1 in 10 people know all the letters of F.A.S.T., (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1) the simple acronym, used to teach stroke warning signs and save lives.

This is why the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association need you to be a Stroke Hero and teach why responding rapidly to a stroke emergency is important. Rapid treatment allows stroke patients to receive treatment options such as the clot busting drug tPA and highly-recommended stent retrievers for the allotted time window. Studies show that patients who receive treatment fast have a higher chance at full recovery and preventing permanent disability.

Test Your Superpowers! Take the Stroke Hero Quiz


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