Medical Staff Voice – March 4, 2019

CME Tuesday Noon Conference – CANCELLED

Pathology Department Moves into New Offices – Mountain Tower

Our pathologists have officially moved in the Mountain tower to the former radiology reading area. The Pathologists retain their same phone numbers as previously held. Individuals will be able to access the pathologists through the former front radiology area where radiology office staff use to be.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Program

Congratulations to the Community Memorial Hospital TAVR Team on their first successful TAVR procedures in our NEW Ocean Tower last week! With our expanded surgical center and state-of-the-art heart catheterization and electrophysiology labs, we are excited about the future of TAVR and other structural heart procedures. Stay tuned as we share more on this exciting program!  Dr. Omid Fatemi, Structural Heart Medical Director, has led our team to these first two successful TAVR’s and we look to his leadership for our future success in Structural Heart.

In Memoriam – Gary Nishida, M.D.

It is with sadness that I must announce the untimely death of our colleague Dr. Gary Nishida on Feb. 24th.

Dr. Nishida was a well-respected and admired obstetric and gynecology physician. He was most active at St. John’s Hospital, but often had patients at CMH. Dr. Nishida’s family had a memorial service at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura, last Saturday. There also will be a hospital-based memorial service to honor his life and share memories with colleagues and work friends, Tuesday, March 5th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in St John’s Regional Medical Center Conference Rooms 2 & 4.

VCMA General Membership Dinner Meeting

Thursday – March 14, 2018 –  TWO WEEKS AWAY! – RSVP today!
Spanish Hills Country Club
999 Crestview, Camarillo

“Good Things Happening In Ventura County”
A Panel Discussion of Top Issues & Services in Our County
Keynote Speakers:

Mike Powers – CEO, County of Ventura
Josh Lemore, PhD -Clinical Director, Casa Pacifica
Emergency Services Representative: Status of Services & First Responders
New Feature: “Medical Mission (10) Minutes”

At each General Meeting, one Medical Mission will be featured and shared (10 minutes Powerpoint) by a VCMA Member. Get to really know your fellow colleagues.

5:30-7pm – VCMA Exhibitor Reception
7 pm – Buffet Dinner
7:20pm – Program

 RSVP – ASAP! (no later than Monday, March 11) to

Extortion Scam Targeting DEA Registrants

DEA is aware that registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel.  The criminals have masked their telephone number on caller id by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number.  Please be aware that a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand money or threaten to suspend a registrant’s DEA registration.

If you are contacted by a person purporting to work for DEA and seeking money or threatening to suspend your DEA registration, submit the information through “Extortion Scam Online Reporting” posted on the DEA Diversion Control Division’s website,

CMH Weekly Medical Staff Calendar – March 4 – 8

12:00 pm JWM Education Conf – NA - CANCELLED!

5:30 pm MEC - BR
12:00 pm General CA Conf – BR

12:15 pm OB/GYN Cmte – NA - Front
5:30 pm Credentials Cmte – BR

OVCH Weekly Medical Staff Calendar – March 4 – 8

CMHS Credentials Committee - CANCELLED
Medical Executive Committee
7:15am (Physicians)
7:45am (Hospital Staff)
Emergency Medicine Department

Final Thoughts

“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Keep the faith,

Stan Frochtzwajg, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Community Memorial Health System – Medical Staff Voice Blog link

Tracey Shoop – Physician Liaison – & (805) 490-3860
Megan O’Neill – Business Development Manager – & (805) 207-8216
Scott Goodfriend, M.D. – Physician Advisor – & (805) 701-3514
Medical Staff Office – (805) 948-5662


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