News Releases / 2013
First steel beam to be placed for New CMH on Monday, Sept. 16
Ventura, California, 09/13/2013
The first steel beam for the new Community Memorial Hospital is scheduled to be put in place on Monday, Sept. 16, at approximately 11:30 a.m. The media is being urged to check in Monday to confirm the actual start time or any delays in the schedule.
The six-story, 325,000-square-foot hospital is being built next to the current hospital at 147 N. Brent St, and is scheduled to open in 2015. It will have 250 private rooms, comfortable space for families and a healing garden on the grounds.
The new CMH, which meets seismic demands, 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.
The new hospital will meet the needs of the community for the next 50 years, said Gary Wilde, President and CEO of Community Memorial Health System, and will feature environmentally friendly "green" components such as triple-paneled glass windows that will reduce heating and air-conditioning costs.
The current 242-bed hospital was built in 1962. Previous hospitals in the 110-year history of Community Memorial Health System were the Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital, built in 1901, and Foster Memorial Hospital, built in 1930.
Community Memorial Hospital is a member of Community Memorial Health System, a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and twelve family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.