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Ground-Breaking for New CMH is set for Sept. 14

Ventura, California, 09/08/2011

Ground-breaking for the new Community Memorial Hospital will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

The six-story, 338,000-square-foot hospital, which meets seismic demands, will be built next to the present hospital at 147 N. Brent St. It will have 250 private rooms, comfortable space for families and a healing garden on the grounds.

The new CMH also will have a larger Emergency Room and greater imaging capability than the present hospital. It also will have additional Heart Catheterization Labs, expanded Intensive Care and Cardiac Care Recovery Units, and a larger Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The hospital’s 10 Surgical Theaters will have leading-edge medical technology.

In addition, the new hospital will meet the needs of the community for the next 50 years, and will feature environmentally friendly, featuring “green” components such as triple-paneled glass windows that will reduce heating and air-conditioning costs.

The current 242-room CMH was built in 1962. Previous hospitals in the 110-year history of Community Memorial Health System were Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital, built in 1901, and Foster Memorial Hospital, built in 1930.

Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call 805-652-6307 or visit

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and nine family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health.  The health system is located in Ventura County, California.