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CMHS Seminar to Focus on Healthcare Decisions  

Ventura, California, 03/23/2012

In conjunction with National Healthcare Decisions Day, Community Memorial Health System is holding a community dialogue on end-of-life care, including advance medical directives and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, on Tuesday, April 17.

James Hornstein, M.D., chairman of the Bioethics Committee at Community Memorial Hospital, will lead the discussion that will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium at CMH, located at 147 N. Brent St. in Ventura. Professionals from CMH’s Social Services, Palliative Care and Spiritual Care departments also will be on hand.

At the conclusion of the evening, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the various tools to support their end-of-life wishes;
  • Have the opportunity to work with CMH professional to answer questions;
  • Begin to fill out their own advance directives;
  • Learn what resources are available for caregivers.

Dr. Hornstein received his medical degree from UCLA in 1980 and his certificate in Advanced Studies in Bioethics from Loyola Marymount University in 1996. He is board-certified in Family Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine and has been a lecturer at UCLA, USC and other institutions, where he has taught ethics in society and medical ethics.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 652-5436, 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 12 family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health.  The health system is located in Ventura County, California.