Ojai Valley Community Hospital Receives National Recognition for Excellence

Today, on National Rural Health Day, Ojai Valley Community Hospital announces that it has been recognized by Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for Overall Excellence in the categories of Patient Satisfaction and Outcomes, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

“We remain dedicated to serving the residents of the Ojai Valley,” said Haady Lashkari, Chief Administrative Officer, Ojai Valley Community Hospital.  “This achievement underscores the commitment of our physicians and staff to providing outstanding patient care.  We are proud to be recognized among the top quartile of rural providers in the nation.”

The rankings are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance.  In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care.  The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for all rural and Critical Access Hospitals.  Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from more than 50 individual metrics into three major categories and eight pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

Michael Topchik, national leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health, said, “It’s great to recognize these top performers who are excelling in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, or operating at a lower cost than their peers.”

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, healthcare for America’s 61 million rural citizens.  The Chartis Group is a comprehensive advisory and analytics service dedicated to the healthcare industry.  Chartis provides strategic planning, value-based care, advanced performance, informatics and technology consulting services, and decision support tools to the country’s leading healthcare providers.  A subsidiary of The Chartis Group, iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools.

Please join us in congratulating the physicians, staff, and administrators at Ojai Valley Community Hospital on this outstanding achievement!

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Community Memorial Health System Launches Nurse Residency Program

Over the years, National Counsel States Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) have examined issues related to the training and retention of new graduate nurses.  Their findings consistently demonstrate that the inability of nurses to properly transition into new practice after graduation can have significant negative consequences.

In response to the assimilation challenges faced by many new nurses, Nurse Residency Programs have begun to take shape at hospitals across the country.  These programs transcend standard orientation programs in duration, focus, and complexity and are designed to strengthen new graduate clinical and analytical skills and reduce turnover.  They provide emotional support to new nurses and seek to foster their interest in practice improvement and career advancement.

Always at the forefront of clinical innovation and academic development, Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) is proud to announce our first inaugural Nurse Resident Class!  The class of Fall 2017 includes (Back Row, L-R) Jennifer Wise, RN, Taylor Edsel, RN, Camille Finnerty, RN, Marika Schipper, RN, Kierstyn Polte, RN, Jocelyn Briggs, RN, (Front Row, L-R) Annel Lupian, RN, Sara Maffet, RN, Lauren Barnett, RN, Darcy Young, RN, Rachel Alan, RN, and Riley Friedl, RN.

The CMHS Nurse Residency Program provides a structured experience that gives our newly graduated RNs the support to begin their nursing careers with confidence.  The recently developed curriculum is designed to help build solid foundations and guide career development.  It incorporates proven methods of adult learning and emphasizes the development of both clinical skills and leadership skills throughout the transition from student nurse to acute care professional.

Nurses in the CMHS Nurse Residency Program work in a direct care role in our academic medical center at the Ventura campus.  The one-year program begins with 16 weeks of preceptor-led programming and is followed by monthly seminars.  It will involve the majority of new graduates hired into Community Memorial Health System.

Please join us in welcoming out first Nurse Resident Class and congratulating CMHS Nursing Administration on the development and implementation of this crucial program!  For more information on the program, contact our Nursing Administration office at 805-652-5011 or Debbie Wilkes, MSN/MBA, RN, Manager, Clinical Education at Community Memorial Health System.

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Free Seminar – Do You Suffer From Tingling and Burning Hands and Feet?

Community MemorialHealth System 2017 Seminar Series

This condition, known as peripheral neuropathy, affects an estimated 20 million people in the United States alone. Symptoms can range from numbness and tingling, to burning, pricking and even muscle weakness. Symptoms may be experienced over a period of days, weeks, or years, and many neuropathies worsen over time. Come and learn as Dr. Heidari discusses ways to manage your symptoms and help alleviate the discomfort.

Dr. Neda Heidari

Dr. Neda Heidari specializes in neurology and neurophysiology. She received her medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, completed residency training at University of Nebraska Medical Center, and fellowship at USC University Hospital. Dr. Heidari is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and is an active member of the Community Memorial Hospital medical staff.

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


or contact Brown Paper Tickets
at at 800/838-3006


KVTA 1590 News/Talk Radio SeaView IPA Accountable Care Alliance of Ventura
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Breast Cancer Symposium

Breast Cancer Symposium

In the United States, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. An estimated 252,710 women will be diagnosed this year and more than 40,500 will die. This symposium provides the latest information on breast cancer detection, diagnosis and the latest concepts on treatment options and cancer support for those facing breast cancer, caregivers and family.


Maria Halvorson, D.O.
Breast Cancer Screening and
Survivorship Care
Debra Lawry, R.N., OCN and
Lyndsay Heitmann, LCSW

Patient Navigation Services and
Resources for Breast Cancer
Lynn Kong, M.D.
Personalized Treatment of
Breast Cancer
Thomas Fogel, M.D.
Advances in the Radiotherapeutic
Treatment of Breast Cancer
Constanze Rayhrer, M.D.
Modern Breast Cancer Surgery
MeeAe Kwon, M.D.
Pathology Specimens, Diagnosis
and Prognostic Tests
Susan Speer, MS, RD, CSO
The Anti-Cancer Diet

Saturday, November 4, 2017
7:30 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.
Soule Park Clubhouse
1033 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai


or contact Brown Paper Tickets
at 800/838-3006


Breast Cancer Symposium Co-Sponsors

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You’re Invited – Community Memorial Health System Wellness & Fitness Center GRAND OPENING

You’re Invited! JOIN US on Tuesday October 24th from 5 -7 pm at the NEW Community Memorial Health System Wellness & Fitness Center Our new facility is located at 2723 Main Street in Ventura – that’s the corner of Borchard & Main in the old “Video Tyme” building.

The new facility includes a number of enhanced features and amenities:

  • A spacious new floor plan with 20% more space than our previous facility
  • Brand new cardio equipment
  • Innovative new strength equipment featuring enhanced ergonomics and unilateral arm & leg movement
  • New free weight area
  • 1300 sq. ft. group fitness classroom and a variety of classes including yoga, tai chi, strength, and general wellness lectures
  • Brand new locker, shower and bathroom facilites
  • Towel service
  • Secure street-level entry
  • Professional friendly Human Movement Specialists on staff

Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attend the Grand Opening for details about membership rates and additional support programs.  Please RSVP at 805.652.5436.  We look forward to seeing you on the 24th!

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October Classic & Wellness Fair – Saturday October 28th


The 16th Annual October Classic and Wellness Fair is returning to Ojai Valley Community Hospital on Saturday October 28th! Get your costume ready and JOIN US for the 5k, 10k, or 1k Kids Run!  Registration begins at 7am and races start at 8am.

NEW this year is our “Paws for a Cause” Dog Walk!  We know your four-legged friends want to help raise money for our new skilled nursing facility, and this is their chance.  Sign your canine companion up today – the first 50 pre-registered pups will receive event bandanas!

Awards will be given for the best “people” and “pooch” costumes!  We can’t wait to see your creativity, but please keep costumes family-friendly and safe for running.

All proceeds benefit the Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation and construction of our new Continuing Care Center.  For more information or to register, visit www.octoberclassic.org or call 805-640-2317.

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Free Seminar – Latest Treatment for Men’s Urological Issues: Urinary Frequency, Impotency, BPH (New  Urolift  Technique)

CMHS 2017 Speaker Series

Some of the most common urological health issues that arise in male patients include increased urinary frequency, impotency and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). In the U.S. alone, roughly 20 to 30 million men have some form of erectile dysfunction, and BPH is present in half of all men by age 60. Come join us as
Dr. Beaghler discusses:

  • Causes and symptoms
  • Screening and diagnosis
  • Latest treatment options


Dr. Marc A. Beaghler specializes in urology and is
the CMH Robotics Medical Director and Co-Medical Operating Room Director, as well as a former Chief
of Staff and Chief of Surgery. He received his medical degree from the Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE and completed a residency at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA. Dr. Beaghler is an active member of the Community Memorial Hospital medical staff.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
6:00 P.M.
Camarillo Library
4101 Las Posas Rd., Camarillo


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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Free Seminar – Ethics in Healthcare: How Healthcare Controls Us – Reform Efforts in Uncertain Times

2017 Speaker Series

Why is healthcare reform so difficult? Learn about the tough choices and tradeoffs our country might ultimately have to make before we find a workable solution.

  • Is private insurance becoming unaffordable?
  • Is a single payer system the solution?
  • Are healthcare costs out of control?
  • Are the health insurance exchanges working?
  • What are your options right now?


President and CEO, Community Memorial Health System


Health policy expert and author, California at the Crossroads:
Choices for Healthcare Reform


Chair, Community Memorial Health System Bioethics Committee, Moderator

September 27, 2017
5:30 P.M.
Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main St., Ventura


or contact Brown Paper Tickets
at 800/838-3006


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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We're Part of the Fight

At Community Memorial Health System, we know
awareness and early detection save lives.

That’s why we’re dedicated to providing the best in screening and imaging technologies to all women in our communities. We are proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by offering low-cost breast imaging to all women who schedule a screening for the month of October!

$90 - 3D Breast Tomosynthesis is available in Ventura at The Breast Center*

$65 - Traditional 2D Mammography is available at Ojai Valley Community Hospital*


Community Memorial Hospital

Ojai Valley Community Hospital

The Breast Center

*Cash only price, must be paid at time of service.
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Daisy Award Winner Honored at Community Memorial Hospital

Community Memorial Health System is proud to announce our 2017 2nd Quarter DAISY Award winner – Joceline Lam, RN!

Created in 1999, the DAISY Award is a very special recognition that honors extraordinary nurses who demonstrate clinical expertise, provide skillful, compassionate care, and go above and beyond for patients and family members.

Joceline Lam is a Critical Care Nurse at Community Memorial Hospital who was nominated for the DAISY award by the daughter of a CCU patient who was extremely afraid of hospitals.  Joceline’s kindness, care, and attention eased the patient’s fears and made her feel like she was in great hands.  The patient’s family attributes much of her ability to recover to the care and reassurance Joceline provided.

Joceline was honored by health system leadership, physicians, and her peers last week with a celebration in the Critical Care Unit.  Please join us in congratulating her on this incredible achievement!

If you would like to nominate an extraordinary nurse from Community Memorial Health System for providing exemplary care, please visit our DAISY Award nomination page by clicking here.

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