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.
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!
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.
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!
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?”
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!
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.
The care our patients receive at Community Memorial Health System is our number one priority. That’s why we are proud to announce that CMHS has once again been awarded the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Quality Achievement Award!
This award highlights Community Memorial Health System’s dedication and success in implementing the highest standards in stroke care and providing our patients with the best in nationally accepted and evidence-based stroke treatment.
American Stroke Association Regional Director Ron Loomis, Jr. (far left) visited the Ventura campus yesterday to present the award. Accepting on behalf of CMHS were (L to R) Dr. Al Boiney, Elaina Hall, Stephanie Lara-Jenkins, Claudia Hemming, Cynthia Fahey, Kathy Wright, Amy Querol, Cindy DeMotte, and Gary Wilde.
Please join us in congratulating the entire CMHS staff on this outstanding achievement!
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.