Monthly Archives: June 2017

3rd Annual Women’s Health Symposium Provides Education to Hundreds

The 3rd Annual Women’s Health Symposium drew an enthusiastic audience of health-conscious women and men together at the Ventura Beach Marriott last Saturday morning.  Over 300 members of the community attended the event and enjoyed breakfast, networking, and valuable presentations prepared by physicians and nurses from Community Memorial Health System and our partner, Kaiser Permanente.

Topics included Osteoarthritis, Breast Imaging, Women’s Heart Health, Hormone Replacement, Pelvic Prolapse, Lung Health, and Mindfulness.  Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in an expert panel discussion and an engaging Q&A session.

Event exhibitors included Cardiology Associates, the Centers for Family Health, Midtown Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente, the Coastal Communities Cancer Resource Center, San Buenaventura Urology Center, The Breast Center, and Health Aware.

This free community event was made possible by our sponsors KVTA News Talk 1590, the Accountable Care Alliance of Ventura, LLC, and Kaiser Permanente.

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Join Us on the 4th of July at Ventura College!

4th of July

Free Face painting and Free Glow Sticks

Community Memorial Health System is the presenting sponsor for the Ventura Rotary’s 4th of July Fireworks Show & Family Picnic, which is a celebration of family, community and country! The event includes a spectacular fireworks show, live music, special guests, food trucks, a Kids’ Fun Zone, and the friendliest hometown picnic in America!

100% of the event net proceeds benefit community programs right here in Ventura!

Tickets available at Vons, the gate or online.

Buy Tickets Online

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Precious Cargo

The great philosopher Confucius once said, “Study the past if you would define the future.”  CMHS has taken this sentiment to heart throughout the fundraising, design, and construction of the new Community Memorial Hospital; celebrating, honoring, and learning from our history with every step we take forward.

Our past and our future came together in symbolic fashion with the recent relocation of the treasured Millard O. Sheets mural from its long-time home in the Mathilde Huntsinger Garden to its new place of prominence at the entrance to the new hospital.

The Sheets mural, “A Child’s Discovery of Nature,” was dedicated on September 9, 1974, and originally placed at the Brent St. entrance to the hospital.  An expansion in 1996 required that it be moved to the Huntsinger Garden where it has been enjoyed by patients, families, physicians, and staff for over 20 years.

Moving this precious cargo was an incredible feat, accomplished over the course of several days by a team of logistics professionals.  On the momentous day that the mural was raised out of the garden and moved over the existing hospital by crane, onlookers witnessed a pivotal moment in the history of our hospital.

We captured this extraordinary event on video and are proud to share it with our community.  Click here to watch.

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Community Memorial Hospital Wins VC Star Readers’ Choice Award

Community Memorial Hospital is proud to announce that we have once again been awarded the Ventura County Star Readers’ Choice Award for Best West County Hospital.

We are honored to be voted #1 by the communities we serve for the 12th year in a row and believe this award highlights the dedication of our staff to providing the level of exceptional care Ventura County residents know they can count on when they walk through our doors.

Thank you to our patients, staff, stakeholders, donors and neighbors for your dedicated support of Community Memorial Health System.  We look forward to serving you for many years to come!

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Stryker Critical Care Technology Arrives at CMH

In preparation for the opening of the new Ventura hospital, CMH recently received delivery of 28 Stryker InTouch Critical Care patient beds into the existing CMH Intensive Care Unit.

Featuring innovative design for enhanced maneuverability, our new Stryker InTouch beds will contribute to greater efficiency and safety of patient transportation throughout the hospital while helping to improve patient comfort.  The beds’ on-board, touch-screen computers provide an extra level of critical patient monitoring by remotely alerting staff to any changes in preset bed positions, and Stryker’s unique early mobility friendly design includes a 16-inch low bed height and supportive side rails to help our teams facilitate early mobility exercises.

The Stryker InTouch beds are one of the first new technologies to be used by our staff before the opening of the new hospital.  The significance and excitement of delivery day was captured on video as our teams prepped and installed the beds for use.

Click here to watch the video.





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Free Event – Women’s Symposium

2017 Women's Symposium

Women of all ages are invited to attend the Aging for Women Symposium.
Come learn about the latest research, procedures, treatment and support available for women’s health.


Continental Breakfast & Exhibit Tables

Opening Remarks

Susan Slater, M.D. – Moderator

Breast Mammography: TOMO & Whole Breast Ultrasound

Rita Krane, M.D.

Women’s Heart Health

Omid Fatemi, M.D.

Hormone Replacement

Kameron Poole, M.D.

Pelvic Prolapse

Miki Takase-Sanchez, M.D.

Panel Discussion

Break & Exhibit Tables


Mitchelle Manalo, Specialty RN, Mental Health/Psychiatry

Lung Cancer

Robert Bernstein, M.D.


Susan Slater, M.D.

Panel Discussion

Saturday, June 24, 2017
7:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Ventura Beach Marriott
2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura


or contact Brown Paper Tickets

2017 Women's Symposium Sponsors

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Long-Time CMHS Nurses Receive Rayman Scholarships

Scholarship season continues at Community Memorial Health System with the announcement of the first inaugural Holly Rayman Nursing Scholarship recipients, Maria “Lupe” Vaca and Fiona Shaffer.  Both women are veteran members of the CMHS team who have demonstrated a true passion for nursing, a commitment to the health system, and are taking their educations to the next level.

Maria “Lupe” Vaca has worked as an RN on the 6th floor for 17 years and is passionate about Oncology nursing.  In 2014, she received a certificate of recognition from the Community Memorial Hospital Physicians for her support of the Sound Hospital Team, and in 2015 she was an American Cancer Society Oncology Nurse Honoree.  Lupe is pursuing her BSN through the University of Phoenix.

Fiona Shaffer paid many childhood visits to Community Memorial Hospital to see her grandmother who was a ward clerk on the 5th and 6th floors.  As a child, Fiona thought her grandmother was a nurse and wanted to be just like her.  For the last 16 years she’s done just that; spending her first six years as an RN on CMH’s 4th floor and the last ten years as a key member of the Labor and Delivery team.  Fiona is currently enrolled at Grand Canyon University where she is working to complete her Baccalaureate degree.

(L to R) Emilie and Myron Rayman presented Lupe Vaca and Fiona Shaffer with their scholarships.  Cynthia Fahey and Gary Wilde also attended the presentation.  Please join us in congratulating Lupe and Fiona and thanking them for their dedication to CMHS!


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Free Film Screening – Being Mortal

Being Mortal Film Screening


Dr. Atul Gawande

Join us for a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary Being Mortal. Based on the bestselling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, this film explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members who care for them.

See the film and be part of a national conversation taking place in our community that asks: “Have you and your family had these important conversations and planned ahead?”

Thursday, June 22, 2017
5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

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

2017 Speaker Series
or contact Brown Paper Tickets

Being Mortal film screening sponsors

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2017 Meister Nursing Scholarships Awarded

Two Ventura College nursing students and Community Memorial Health System team members were recently awarded the 2017 Meister Family Foundation Nursing Scholarship.  Taylor Dransart and Dorothy Owusu were chosen by a four-member panel comprised of CMHS nursing professionals and evaluated based on a number of criteria including GPA, community involvement, and their personal stories of dedication to the field of nursing.

Taylor Dransart has worked at Community Memorial Hospital in the Mother Baby Unit for 5 years and is a proud mother herself.  Daughters Teiara, 6, and Malaya, 2, were two of Taylor’s biggest motivations to finish the RN program at Ventura College.  Taylor has wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl and believes that nothing is more rewarding than caring for others.  She hopes to continue her career at CMHS as a Labor and Delivery or Emergency Room nurse.

Dorothy Owusu’s journey to the field of nursing began in West-Africa Ghana where she was the first of her siblings to get her high school diploma.  While attending school, Dorothy worked and helped care for her younger siblings.  When she arrived in the United States she discovered that a career in nursing would allow her to continue to care for others.  She currently works at Community Memorial Hospital as a Certified Nurse Assistant, Telemetry Technician, and Telemetry Unit Secretary and recently completed her third semester of nursing school at Ventura College.

The scholarship fund is awarded annually and was started in 2007 by Barbara Meister as a way to show her deep appreciation for the exceptional care her late husband received as a patient at Community Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Meister (center) is pictured below with the 2017 scholarship awardees, Taylor Dransart (right) and Dorothy Owusu (left).  Please join us in congratulating both recipients for this special recognition!


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Continuing Care Center Construction Reaches Milestone-Ojai

Construction of the new Continuing Care Center (skilled nursing facility) on the Ojai Valley Community Hospital campus reached a major milestone with the recent pouring of its concrete slab.  The slab forms the foundation for an essential 75-bed center that will allow residents of the Ojai Valley and surrounding communities to receive short-term rehabilitation and long-term residential care in the comfort of their own community.

This highly anticipated phase of construction was captured in an aerial time-lapse video that illustrates both the magnitude of the project and the expansiveness of the new CCC.

Click here to watch the video.

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