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News Releases / 2008

Community Memorial and Ojai Valley Hospitals
Name New Chiefs of Staff

Ventura, California, 03/20/2008

Community Memorial Health System has announced that Dr. William A. Speitel has been elected Chief of Staff at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura for 2008 and Dr. Daniel G. Sommer has been re-elected as Chief of Staff at Ojai Valley Community Hospital.

Dr. Speitel, who practices family and sports medicine, has been on staff at CMH for 24 years. He also will serve on the Board of Trustees as the medical staff’s representative to the board, and he will preside over medical staff meetings and oversee all standing medical committees at the hospital.

Dr. Speitel, a Ventura resident, is certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, the American College of Sports Medicine and American Running and Fitness Association. He also served as president of the Ventura Division of the American Heart Association from 1993-94.

Dr. Speitel, native of Nashville, Tenn., has a private practice in Ventura and serves as team physician for Ventura College men’s and women’s sports as well as the Ventura High School wrestling team. Previously, he was medical director of the Faculty Medical Group in Ventura and also practiced at the Foundation Health Medical Group of Ventura and the West Ventura Urgent Care Center.

Dr. Sommer, an Oak View resident and board-certified radiologist, serves as the leading medical officer at the Ojai hospital, where he has been chief of the Radiology Department since 2002. Previously, Dr. Sommer was a longtime staff radiologist at Community Memorial Hospital since 1978, and he served prior to that as a radiologist in the United States Air Force at Castle Air Force Base Hospital in Merced. Dr. Sommer also practices at Goleta Valley Hospital and Santa Ynez Hospital.

Dr. Sommer is a member of several local and regional medical associations, including the medical associations of Ventura County, California and America, and the American College of Radiology.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Speitel as our new Chief of Staff at Community Memorial Hospital, and Dr. Sommer as returning Chief of Staff at Ojai Valley Community Hospital,” states Gary Wilde, President & CEO of Community Memorial Health System.  “I look forward to working closely with both of these physicians in providing our community with outstanding healthcare and medical expertise.”