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News Releases / 2008

11th Annual NICU Golf Tournament Benefits Hospital’s Smallest Patients

Ventura, California, 05/30/08

Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation is proudly accepting entries for its 11th annual NICU Golf Tournament on Friday, July 25, at Sterling Hills Country Club in Camarillo, with proceeds benefiting Community Memorial Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Funds raised are used to offset the cost of the latest in equipment technology used to save the lives of premature and struggling infants. Community Memorial Hospital’s NICU holds a designation of Level III Community NICU, a certification reflecting the highest quality of comprehensive care.

Proceeds from this year’s tournament will go toward the purchase of a Bunnell Life Pulse High Frequency Ventilator, used for early intervention and treatment of premature infants with pulmonary interstitial emphysema and other volutrauma-induced lung injuries.

“This machine is wonderful, and is very effective in treating premature infants,” said Dr. John van Houten, NICU Medical Director at CMH.

“The tournament allows us to buy equipment that puts us at the forefront of hospitals in Ventura County,” Dr. van Houten added. “It really does make a difference.”

In addition to golf, the tournament features lunch, prizes, awards and an auction. The tournament’s format is four-person “Texas Scramble.” The tournament offers a variety of sponsorship packages, starting with the Businessperson’s Pack that includes green fees, carts, gift packs and dinner for four. Tee time at 12:30 p.m.

“It’s a tremendous afternoon that raises much needed money for the NICU,” said Tournament Chairman Mel Sheeler, owner of Sheeler Moving and Storage. “We appreciate everyone’s participation and support.”

The field will be limited to 144 players. To sponsor this event or for more information visit, or call the Community Memorial Healthcare office at 805/667-2881.