Innovative Imaging at Community Memorial Health System Enhances Early Breast Cancer Detection



Did you know there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today? While there are no proven strategies to prevent breast cancer entirely, enhanced screening technologies and early detection have played a significant role in the overall decrease in breast cancer mortality.  Routine screenings are an essential component of early detection, but are all imaging technologies the same?

Community Memorial Health System is dedicated to the idea that the best in screening and imaging technologies should be available to all women in our communities.  The Breast Center at CMHS was the first medical facility in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to receive the “Breast Imaging Center of Excellence” designation from the American College of Radiology, and we continue to offer the most innovative mammography and diagnostic procedures available.

One of these cutting-edge imaging technologies is GE Healthcare’s SenoClaire 3D Breast Tomosynthesis, also known as DBT Mammography.  With traditional 2D imaging, the structures and tissues of the breast overlap.  This image clutter limits the detail radiologists are able to read and can conceal troublesome masses.  SenoClaire removes the clutter of these layers by using a low-dose X-ray sweep around the compressed breast.  This technique separates the breast tissues, reduces the overlapping of structures, and allows radiologists to more easily identify small abnormalities such as early cancers or suspicious legions.  Not only is this enhanced screening technology effective for every breast tissue type, it also uses the same low-dose radiation as traditional 2D digital mammography!

We’ve made this 3D Mammography video available for anyone who wants to learn more about this state-of-the-art technology and how it can play a role in the breast health strategy of you or your loved ones.  Not all imaging is the same, so be sure to ask your primary care physician about 3D Mammography or contact The Breast Center at Community Memorial Health System to schedule an appointment!

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Community’s Continuing Care Center Construction Continues

Ojai Valley News

Concrete pads are poured for the new Continuing Care Center in Ojai.

Ojai Valley News, Friday, July 21, 2017
By Perry Van Houten

Construction of Ojai Valley Community Hospital’s (OVCH) new skilled nursing facility — the Continuing Care Center — is moving closer to completion.

The soil work and underground plumbing are nearly finished, slabs have been poured and framing work is starting at the site, behind the main hospital at 1306 Maricopa Highway.

“What I like about this phase is you begin to see all the trades that have been working on the project,” said Haady Lashkari, the hospital’s chief administrative officer.

Groundbreaking on the $17-million project took place last summer.

Building the new Continuing Care Center is the last phase of the three-part, $20-million project to modernize the community owned, not-for-profit hospital.


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Free Seminar – What is My Biopsy Result?

2017 Speaker Series

The Role of a Pathologist on Your Healthcare Team

Effective treatment starts with the correct diagnosis. While primary care physicians are typically on the frontlines of healthcare – examining patients, ordering tests and implementing treatments – they oftentimes collaborate with pathologists to interpret the results and establish the best course of action. Pathologists are both scientist and physician, and use this combined knowledge to ensure patients receive the most effective care.

In this seminar, Dr. Kwon will explain what a pathologist is and the critical role they play in your healthcare.


Dr. MeeAe Kwon specializes in pathology. She received her medical degree from University of Nebraska College of Medicine, completed residency training at University of California Irvine, and a fellowship in blood banking/transfusion medicine at UCLA. Dr. Kwon is certified by the American Board of Pathology, and is an active member of the CMH medical staff.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
6:00 P.M.
Community Memorial Hospital
Nichols Auditorium, 8th Floor
147 N. Brent St., Ventura


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Community Memorial Health System Introduces Advanced Prostate Health Screening

Prostate cancer continues to be one of the leading causes of male cancer mortality in the United States.  According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.  Community Memorial Health System recognizes the importance of early detection of prostate cancer, and is proud to announce the introduction of the recently FDA approved Prostate Health Index (PHI) – a simple blood test for enhanced prostate cancer detection.

For years, Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing has been the standard Prostate Cancer screening used by physicians across the country.  This test measures the presence of antigens historically associated with prostate cancer and alerts physicians to elevated levels of these antigens.  Patients whose PSA levels are in the 4-10 ng/ml range are typically referred for prostate biopsies, however, roughly 75% of all prostate biopsies performed are negative for cancer.

The new Prostate Health Index (PHI) at Community Memorial Health System fills the diagnostic gap between PSA testing and prostate biopsy by providing an added element of specificity and detail in the testing process.  If a patient’s PSA is elevated, a PHI can now be administered to determine their risk of prostate cancer before a biopsy is ordered.  As a result, 1 in 3 men with elevated PSA can avoid a prostate biopsy.  In addition to reducing unnecessary procedures, the enhanced diagnostic data provided by the PHI will help our patients’ healthcare teams create the most effective and most personalized treatment and monitoring plans for their individual prostate health needs.

If you or someone you know is interested in a PHI test, ask your primary care physician to order the test at the Community Memorial Health System lab.

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Community Memorial Hospital Brings Ancient Geometry to New Public Park -Ventura

A unique and powerful element has been added to the public park that is taking shape in front of the new Community Memorial Hospital.  Over the course of roughly two weeks in June, a small crew of four talented artisans laid an ancient geometric pattern on a concrete slab at the center of the park, creating a walkable and handicap accessible labyrinth designed to be enjoyed by patients, family members, physicians, staff, and members of the community.

According to the labyrinth’s creator, Chuck Hunner of Asheville, NC, the 800 year old labyrinth pattern is a proportionate replica of the labyrinth from the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France.  It’s beautiful from any angle, and is said to have been developed using sacred geometry.  Hunner, a former jeweler who began drawing and constructing labyrinths in 1998, believes that walking a labyrinth can be a metaphor for one’s journey through life.

“Once you enter the labyrinth, there are no dead ends and no wrong turns,” he says.  “As long as you keep going, you’ll always find your way to the center and you’ll always find your way back out.”  Labyrinths can also promote relaxation, concentration, and a sense of peace; making them an ideal addition to hospital gardens and campuses.

The CMH labyrinth in one of only three labyrinths in Ventura, and Hunner hopes it will help those who walk it to experience a sense of calmness, but also a sense of joy.

“I’m fulfilling a passion in my life,” Hunner says.  “My passion is to expand happiness.”

Hunner’s team included Sean Marshall of Ventura, and David and Nina Blonski of North Carolina.  We captured their work in an incredible aerial time-lapse video.

Click Here to View Video > or watch it on our Facebook page!

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CMHS Celebrates Employee Service Milestones

Community Memorial Health System had the honor of celebrating the service milestones of 351 members of our talented team at this year’s annual Employee Recognition Dinner.  Employees who reached five, ten, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 year benchmarks were recognized for their outstanding commitments to the organization.

The event brought together staff representing a number of departments and locations within the health system; from Surgical Services and Human Resources to Information Systems and Environmental Services.  Each and every member of our team plays a vital role in the exceptional care we provide to the communities we serve, and we look forward to celebrating their dedication every year.

Awardees and their guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and a program held at the Ventura Beach Marriott on Friday June 30th.  The program included a special video presentation featuring awardees in the 35 and 40 year categories.  This year, CMHS honored 13 individuals with 30 years of service, 9 with 35 years of service, and five with 40 years of service.

Click here to see a list of everyone who was honored and a photo of our 40 year awardees!

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Welcome to the NEW Community Memorial Hospital 6th Floor

As we round the final turn and enter the homestretch of construction on the new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, more technology is being installed, more cosmetic work is underway, and more areas of the incredible new facility are nearing completion.  The excitement amongst our physicians, staff, donors, and community members is growing, and today, we are proud to invite you in for a sneak peek of our new 6th floor!

Our 5th and 6th floors are identical patient floors, full of natural healing light and breathtaking views of Ventura’s treasured hillsides and expansive beaches.  The exposed diagonal piping houses seismic structural components and was intentionally left uncovered to allow the organic light to pour in.  Combined, the 5th and 6th floors have 120 large and entirely private rooms, complete with their own bathrooms and showers.  These expanded rooms will enhance privacy and comfort, facilitate more peaceful recovery, and allow for more intimate visits with physicians, nurses, family, and friends.

Both floors are made up of an east wing and a west wing – mirror images of each other separated by three visitor-only elevators.  Located in the middle of each wing are large central nurses stations, specifically designed to be accessible to guests while also meeting the dynamic needs of our staff and physicians.  Eco-friendly finishes such as recycled glass counter tops and flooring made of organic materials are also found throughout the 5th and 6th floors.

We know you want to see more, so we created a video fly-through of the 6th floor east wing.  If you’d like to see it in person, please join us on an upcoming construction tour.  Reserve your spot by contacting Tinette Hood ( or Lindsey Dunn (

Click Here to View Video > or watch it on our Facebook page!




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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.

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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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