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CMHS to Hold First Ostomy Surgery Support Group Meeting on April 23

Ventura, California, 03/15/2016

Community Memorial Health System is forming a support group for patients who have undergone ostomy surgery. The first meeting is set for Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to noon in the eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium at Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St.

Ostomy surgery is performed on 120,000 people in the United States annually. Patients, who range in age from infants to seniors in their 90s, suffer from a variety of disorders, including colon cancer; inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease; bladder cancer; trauma and birth abnormalities. There are four types of ostomy surgeries: colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy and continent diversion.

People who have had an ostomy, their spouses, partners, caregivers, family, friends and any other interested parties are invited to attend. In conjunction with the Ostomy Association of Ventura County, the CMHS Ostomy support group is a peer to peer format facilitated by Daphne Weiland, RN, Certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse. There is no charge to attend this meeting.

For reservations, future meeting dates and locations, or for more information call 805-652-5636 or email