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Community’s Continuing Care Center Construction Continues

Ojai Valley News, 07/21/2017

Construction of Ojai Valley Community Hospital’s (OVCH) new skilled nursing facility — the Continuing Care Center — is moving closer to completion… >>

Heels & Wheels Rev Up Breast Cancer Awareness with Charity Ride

Ventura County Star, 07/17/2016

Close to 200 mostly female motorcycle riders in pink took to the streets Sunday morning to participate in a local ride to support and raise funds for breast cancer awareness and screenings… >>

Often Untreated, Lymphedema Affects Millions of Americans

Camarillo Acorn, 05/13/2016

Actress Kathy Bates, perhaps best known for her Academy Award-winning performance in the 1990 psychological thriller “Misery,” has taken on a new role as the spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education and Research Network… >>

Continuing Care Center Receives Five-Star Rating


The decision to move a loved one into a skilled nursing facility can be an emotional one. For many, it’s the realization that a family member or friend can no longer care for themselves and requires professional, around-the-clock care… >>

Twins greet new year at CMH

Ventura County Star, 01/02/2016

Twin girls were born a minute apart but in different years at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, making them the last baby born in 2015 and the first born in 2016 at CMH… >>

County and Simi hospitals face Medicare patient safety penalties

Ventura County Star, 12/21/2015

Ventura County Star
by Tom Kisken

For the second straight year, Ventura County Medical Center, county-run Santa Paula Hospital and Simi Valley Hospital face federal penalties stemming from patients who develop infections or other conditions after they're admitted… >>

Aid-in-dying forum draws big crowd

Ventura County Star, 04/17/2015

Ventura County Star
by Tom Kisken

Viewpoints on legislation are presented - People packed a Ventura conference room Thursday night for a forum on physician-assisted suicide, with many of them murmuring — at least one loudly asserting — agreement with the concept… >>

CMH Auxiliary Honors Volunteers Years of Service


Community Memorial Hospital and nearly all of its Auxiliary members honored 58 women and men who together have donated thousands of hours of service to hospital patients and their families… >>

Community Memorial Hospital is the highest ranked hospital in Ventura County in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Study

Ventura County Star, 12/19/2014

Five Ventura County hospitals face financial penalties because the federal government says they exceeded new standards for infection rates and patient safety measures… >>

Hospital staff was wonderful

Ojai Valley News, 08/08/2014

The morning of May 24 my 85-year-old mother, Eileen, was in terrible pain; she recently moved in with my husband and me from Ventura and her concern was she didn’t know anything about the hospital or the doctors… >>

Healthcare employees honored for service

Camarillo Acorn, 08/01/2014

Community Memorial Health System recently honored 264 employees at its annual recognition dinner at the Ventura Beach Marriott… >>

Construction to make Ventura hospital huge

Ventura County Star, 07/21/2014

The steel and concrete structure that will be the new Community Memorial Hospital stretches 443 feet from Ventura's Brent Street almost all the way to Borchard Drive… >>

CMH launches residency program to combat coming doctor shortage

Ventura Chamber of Commerce, 05/09/2014

Ventura County’s Community Memorial Health System has embarked on an ambitious effort to address a severe shortage of family doctors that is looming nationwide… >>

CMH Auxiliary Honors Volunteers' Years of Service

Ventura Chamber of Commerce, 02/26/2014

Community Memorial Hospital and nearly all of its Auxiliary members honored 63 women and men who together have donated thousands of hours of service to hospital patients and their families… >>

Ojai man honored for his response to Missouri tornado

Ventura County Star, 02/25/2014

Patients were everywhere in the hospital, on the floor, slumped in chairs, sprawled on gurneys.
A tornado nearly 1 mile wide ripped through Joplin, Mo., in May 2011… >>

Community Memorial rising: $350M hospital in Ventura takes shape

Pacific Coast Business Times, 01/31/2014

The $350 million, 350,000-square-foot Community Memorial Hospital construction project in Ventura is on budget and on track, scheduled to open in the second half of 2015… >>

Heart Health Month observed at CMH

Camarillo Acorn, 01/31/2014

In honor of February as Heart Health Month, Community Memorial Health System's HealthAware program will host an event at 10 a.m. Fri., Feb. 7 on the front lawn of the hospital, 147 N. Brent St., in Ventura… >>

High school teams have a ball for charity

Camarillo Acorn, 01/24/2014

Six years ago, the parents of the boys on Rio Mesa High School's basketball team approached head coach Chris Ruffi- nelli and asked him to help them find a way for the teens to give back to the community… >>

By calendar and clock, Olivia is a No. 1 baby Nurse delivers just as she had dreamed

Ventura County Star, 01/02/2014

Ultrasounds put the due date for Stacy Vera"s baby at Jan. 10. Her subconscious said otherwise… >>

Health reform problems, goals dissected in Ventura seminar

Ventura County Star, 11/19/2013

The 27-year-old man wearing camouflage shorts came to a seminar on health care reform Tuesday because of the notice from his insurance company that his policy is being canceled… >>

Health reform as a team sport

Ventura County Star, 11/17/2013

On a recent drive home, I came across a bumper sticker that I thought was hilarious. It read: "An Alternative U.S. Health Care Plan— Don't Get Sick"… >>

Federal health reform draws mixed reviews at Ventura seminar

Ventura County Star, 10/29/2013

Federal health care reform received kudos for improving access to treatment but criticism for not going far enough at a seminar Tuesday night in Ventura… >>

Medical Scribes Improve Revenue Cycle, Patient Satisfaction

Virtual-Strategy Magazine, 09/30/2013

Ask any doctor what it's like learning how to chart on the electronic medical record (EMR), and you'll likely get a response similar to that of Dr. Chris Johnson… >>

Community Memorial Contracts with Oncology OnTrack to Support its Navigation Program

PRWEB, 09/19/2013

The Cancer Program at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, Calif., has implemented Oncology OnTrack to support its nurse navigation program. The Cancer Program serves patients at all stages of cancer care, from prevention to recovery… >>

Ojai Valley Community Hospital to perk up exterior

Ojai Valley News, 08/30/2013

The Ojai Valley Community Hospital (OVCH) is one step closer to a makeover, thanks to a recent approval of the external remodel plans by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development… >>

CMH women's health center to open Tuesday in Camarillo

Ventura County Star, 08/30/2013

A center offering a comprehensive range of medical services for women under one roof will open its doors Tuesday in Camarillo… >>

Sound Physicians Partners with Community Memorial Health System to Host Session at HASC 2013 Annual Meeting

The Sacramento Bee, 05/02/2013

Leading hospitalist organization presents "Engaging Physicians to Lead Patient Experience Improvement"… >>

Conference advocates new mind-set for health care

Ventura County Star, 04/18/2013

After being diagnosed with brain cancer, Salvatore Iaconesi wanted a cure. He wanted support and advice… >>

Community Memorial Hospital in California Starts Osteopathic Residency Program

Becker's Hospital Review, 04/16/2013

Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, Calif., is starting an osteopathic residency program geared toward family and internal medicine and Orthopaedics, according to a Ventura County Star report… >>

David Howard: Why I volunteer

Ventura County Star, 04/14/2013

I volunteer at Community Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department in Ventura. My duties include wiping down gurneys, changing linens, restocking shelves, distributing warm blankets and doing whatever else I can to support the nurses and emergency medical technicians… >>

Community Memorial launch means doctor-training programs will be blocks apart

Ventura County Star, 04/13/2013

Two blocks from one of the oldest and best known family medicine residency programs in the nation, Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura will launch its own training program for new doctors in July… >>

Hospital redo gets go-ahead

Ojai Valley News, 02/08/2013

The Ojai Planning Commission voted Tuesday to approve the design review permit for an exterior remodel of the Ojai Valley Community Hospital. The commission stipulated two conditions along with its approval… >>

The Electrician of the Heart

YHC Magazine, 02/01/2013

Electrophysiology is the discipline of Cardiology that specializes in the treatment of electrical disorders of the heart… >>

Mothers push for birthing rule changes that speed newborn contact after C-sections

Ventura County Star, 02/01/2013

When Heather McGuire gave birth to her daughter via cesarean section at Ventura's Community Memorial Hospital in 2011, she didn't get to hold the infant until two hours later… >>

Walls begin to rise at Community Memorial Hospital construction project

Ventura County Star, 01/17/2013

Some 17 months after underground and foundation work began on a $273 million hospital that is one of Ventura's biggest construction projects ever, work is beginning on the skeleton of the new Community Memorial Hospital… >>

‘Heels & Wheels’ Ride Raises $20,000 for CMH’s Breast Center

Ventura County Star, 08/27/2012

Ventura Harley-Davidson’s seventh annual “Heels & Wheels” women’s motorcycle ride in July raised nearly $20,000 for The Breast Center at Community Memorial Hospital… >>

Community Memorial Health System Honors 370 Employees

Ventura County Star, 07/05/2012

Community Memorial Health System honored 370 employees at its annual Employee Recognition Dinner, including one employee with 50 years of service, one with 40 years and six others who celebrated their 35th anniversary with CMHSt… >>

Cultivating a Culture of Excellence in a Shared EP/Cath Lab

EP Lab Digest, 06/21/2012

“How do you fight the boredom?!” I commonly heard that question a decade ago from an interventional cardiologist as he would pass through the EP lab, where I toiled as an EP fellow… >>

Chamber of Commerce hosts forum to envision future of Ventura

Ventura County Star, 06/21/2012

There's something unnerving about Highway 101 as a motorist approaches the off-ramp into downtown Ventura, the exit to California Street… >>

Cancer patients, loved ones celebrate life

Ventura County Star, 06/03/12

Life, good humor and support were celebrated at a lunch for National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday in Ventura… >>

Filling a need for bilingual health care, 05/21/2012

All of the receptionists at the 12 Ventura County Centers for Family Health speak Spanish — because they have to… >>

$350M CMH project will meet deadline

Pacific Coast Business Times, 04/06/2012

Half a year after ground broke on Ventura’s new Community Memorial Hospital, the $350   million construction project is on track to lay its foundation this summer and open its doors by 2015… >>

Laying a Foundation for the Future

Executive Insight Vol: 3.5, 04/01/2012

Foundation” is defined in the dictionary as “the basis or groundwork of anything.” In regards to a building project, the word simply defines the structure upon which a building sits… >>

Community Memorial Hospital nurse specialist wins Hospital Hero award

Ventura County Star, 02/28/2012

Loquintha Rex, a diabetes nurse specialist and educator with Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, has received the Hospital Hero award, which recognizes exceptional talent in hospital workers throughout the Hospital Association — Southern California region… >>

Centers for Family Health: Port Hueneme Ribbon Cutting

Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce Blog, 02/06/2012

Welcome to the Port Hueneme Chamber Blog. The Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member, Center for Family Heath, a Community Memorial Health Systeml… >>

CMHS Breaks Ground on New Community Memorial Hospital

Santa Paula News, 10/05/2011

Community Memorial Health System broke ground Wednesday, September 14th, for the new Community Memorial Hospital… >>

New hospital to boost economy - Community Memorial’s new facility is scheduled to open in 2015

Camarillo Acorn, 09/23/ 2011

DIG RIGHT IN—Community Memorial Health System broke ground on the new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura on Sept. 14… >>

Ventura hospital construction expected to bring jobs, spur the economy

Ventura County Star, 09/14/2011

Construction of a new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura will create new jobs, protect old ones and should help turn a midtown area into a second downtown, city and hospital leaders said at a groundbreaking Wednesday night… >>

Pink Ladies Not Just Do-Good Grandmas

Ojai Valley News Blog, 09/08/2011

You may know of them as the Pink Ladies, Ojai Valley Community Hospital’s volunteer arm, but this isn’t just a do-good group for grandmas anymore… >>

Ojai Hospital gets new doors, signs,  Hospital Foundation funding provides much needed improvements  

Ojai Valley News, 08/26/2011

The long-range, multi-phase transformation of Ojai Valley Community Hospital is well under way with the latest additions being new automatic doors and a new sign… >>

$350 million from bonds means private Ventura hospital set to begin building

Ventura County Star, 08/17/2011

The wiring of the money culminates a nearly three-year journey in which the nonprofit hospital was turned down by one government loan guarantee program and told by another it would have to dramatically change its plans… >>

Community Memorial Health System on the move  

Ojai Valley News, 08/17/ 2011

This past week Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) received the exciting news that commitments have been secured for tax-exempt revenue bond financing to support the long-awaited construction projects for the two hospitals… >>

Exhibit standout: 'Splashes of Color' on display at Ventura hospital

Ventura County Star, 08/11/2011

"Watching Tadpols," an acrylic painting by Nicole Rapattoni, is on display in the "Splashes of Color" exhibit… >>

Ventura City Council agrees to assist hospital with bonds

Ventura County Star, 07/19/2011

Community Memorial Health System's new $320 million replacement hospital got a big boost Monday night when the Ventura City Council agreed to issue $390 million in tax-exempt municipal bonds to finance the midtown facility… >>

Community Memorial Health System Honors Longtime Employees

Ventura County Star, 07/11/2011

Community Memorial Health System honored 306 employees at its annual Service Awards Banquet on June 17, including three employees with 40 years of service and three others who celebrated their 35th anniversary with CMHS… >>

Four CMH Junior Volunteers Earn Maria Cavallo Scholarships

Ventura County Star, 07/02/2011

Community Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary awarded four members of the hospital’s Junior Volunteers program who plan to pursue careers in healthcare with scholarships totaling $6,500 from its Maria Cavallo Scholarship Fund… >>

CMH demolishes offices to make way for reconstruction

Ventura County Star, 05/27/2011

A crew from Standard Industries works on clearing debris from a parcel where Community Memorial will build a new hospital with an entrance facing Main Street. The current hospital will be used for offices and other support services… >>

CMH to celebrate opening of cancer center

Ventura County Star, 02/22/2011

Community Memorial Hospital on Thursday will celebrate the new Coastal Communities Cancer Center, which opened in November as the Ventura hospital upgrades and expands… >>

Pediatrician joins family health center

Camarillo Acorn, 02/04/2011

Maya Bose Vinod said being a mother of two and practicing medicine in other countries has made her a better, more caring doctor… >>

Green medical clinic greets public

Ventura County Star, 01/25/2011

The floors of the new Vineyard Center for Family Health are made of linseed oil, yeast and bark. The counters are made from crushed root beer bottles, and the carpets in the physicians' offices are recycled… >>

Ojai Valley hospital gains new administrative officer

Ventura County Star, 01/24/2011

A 2001 internship at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura while he was studying public administration at CSU Northridge led Haady Lashkari to find his ideal line of work… >>

Neurologist joins hospital group

Camarillo Acorn, 01/21/2011

Dr. Neda Heidari When the hiring committee from Community Memorial Health System set out last year to find a neurologist and a urologist for its medical group, the recruiters never expected to send offers for both jobs to the same household… >>

Ojai Hospital gets new CAO

Ojai Valley News, 01/19/2011

With just a handful of months to go until his 10-year anniversary with the Community Memorial Health System, Haady Lashkari has just accepted a promotion and is moving into his new office at the Ojai Valley Community Hospital… >>

Concept approved for a new CMH

Ventura Breeze, 12/15/ 2010

The Ventura City Council has ap- proved plans for a new Community Memorial Hospital to be located adjacent to the existing hospital. The existing hospital would be remodeled into offices as part of the new master plan for the site… >>

Ventura council approves plans for new CMH

Ventura County Star, Monday, 12/06/2010

The Ventura City Council on Monday overwhelmingly approved plans for a modernized, six-story Community Memorial Hospital that would be constructed next to the existing hospital campus, which would be used as offices… >>

Common ground for doctors and hospitals: Tricky medical partnership

Ventura County Star, Monday, 10/03/2010

Like teens at a dance, private hospitals and doctors are trying to figure out new ways of asking each other to link arms… >>

Cancer prevention symposium set

Ventura County Star, Wednesday, 09/26/2010

While most of us have heard that eliminating tobacco and wearing sunscreen can prevent cancer, new causes of the disease, many related to our environment, are identified regularly… >>

Last month's Hop earns OVCH $30K

Ojai Valley News, Wednesday, 06/09/2010

Nearly 200 Ojai Valley Community Hospital supporters brought the 1950s back to Ojai at “The Hop” on May 15 at St. Thomas Aquinas Hall. The Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation Guild is still calculating expenses and donations… >>

Work could begin this year on new $320-million hospital

The Camarillo Acorn, Thursday, 05/14/2010

Gary Wild Construction is expected to start in November on a new $320-million Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, CEO Gary Wilde said last week during the 2010 State of the Hospital address at Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura… >>

CMH set to break ground on new building in November
Work also planned in Ojai, Oxnard

The Ventura County Star, Thursday, 05/06/2010

Groundbreaking on Community Memorial Hospital’s new $320 million building is scheduled for November, about a month after the hospital’s new cancer center is set to be completed… >>

National search brings specialist to Camarillo center for family health

The Camarillo Acorn, Friday, 04/23/2010

Tammy Cheng Richard Reisman, a vice president with Ventura-based Community Memorial Health System, personally sought out Tammy Cheng in his search for a rheumatologist to bring to Ventura County… >>

Advance directives help families, and hospitals, in a medical crisis

Ventura County Star, Friday, 04/16/2010

Patient rights concerning end-of-life care have become more defined over the past two decades, with the Supreme Court ruling in 1990 that adult patients have the right… >>

Groundbreaking ceremony spotlights Ventura cancer center

Ventura County Star, Friday, 03/25/2010

After a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday to honor the beginnings of a new $8 million cancer center at Community Memorial Hospital, physicians, volunteers and other attendees peered over a wall to view the construction site… >>


Hospital receives MRI vascular injection pump,
Nightingale Ball $20, 000 auction proceeds made upgrade possible

Ojai Valley News, Wednesday, 02/17/2010

Last November at the eighth annual Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation Guild's Nightingale Ball, a "fund a need"auction was held to benefit the hospital… >>

Prep work begins on new CMH cancer center

Ventura County Star, Sunday, 01/20/2010

When a parking lot and three small buildings are torn down next week, they will be the first dominoes toppled in a $320 million chain of events designed to bring a new six-story hospital to Ventura… >>

Local doctor joins aid team headed to Haiti

Ventura County Star, Sunday, 01/29/2010

As many people sat at home watching the news from Haiti, Scott Changchien was boarding an airplane Tuesday to begin a journey to the heart of the earthquake-devastated country… >>

The Future is Robotic Surgery
by Marc A. Beaghler, MD, MPH


Recently the Star ran an article entitled “Robots’ place in diagnostics, surgeries debated”. The article featured two new technologies, the da Vinci robotic surgical system and a remote robot system named ERNI… >>

Robots' place in diagnostics, surgeries debated

Ventura County Star, Sunday, 11/15/2009

When the doctor is out, the robot is in. As part of a mechanical march stirring debate over the future of hospital care, an Ojai specialist heads a group of doctors who use a 5-foot-tall robot named ERNI for long-distance examinations of stroke patients in an Orange County hospital… >>

Local M.D. discusses link between global warming, disease in seminar

Ventura County Reporter, 11/05/2009

During the decades since mass industrialization and pollution became problem points for people in the United States, environmental advocates forewarned that global warming would become an insurmountable problem in the years to come… >>

An interview with Community Memorial Health System, Part II by Tim Pompey

The Breeze, 11/04/2009

With the debate over health care reaching critical mass in Washington, The Breeze thought it might be helpful to talk with some health care professionals from Community Memorial Health System… >>

An Interview with CMH Healthcare System, Part I by Tim Pompey

The Breeze, 10/07/2009

Michael Ellingson, Vice President, Marketing & Development, Gary Wilde, President & CEO, and David Glyer, Vice President, Finance, sat down with the Breeze to discuss issues related to the current healthcare debate… >>

Ojai gets state-of-art emergency room, department

Ventura County Star, 10/01/2009

Dr. Betsy Patterson is delighted the emergency room she oversees at Ojai Valley Community Hospital has undergone a huge transformation… >>

A healthy step for Ojai Valley hospital

Ventura County Star, 09/27/2009

The long-term health of Ojai Valley Community Hospital, which has already greatly improved since its merger with Community Memorial Hospital San Buenaventura in 2005… >>


The Art of Medicine - Hospital promotes careers as community doctors

Ventura County Star, 07/27/2009

She saw life, death and pretty much everything in between.
As part of a program designed to show medical students what it means to be a community doctor.… >>

Athletes post a win off the court

Camarillo Acorn, 07/24/2009

Faculty and students from Camarillo and Rio Mesa high schools present a pair of checks totaling $4,148.24 to officials with the Community Memorial Health System's Centers for Family Health at the Camarillo Center for Family Health on Arneill Road… >>

Hospital workers honored - Five recognized for 35 years of service at CMH, Ojai Valley Community

Ojai Valley News, 07/22/2009

Community Memorial Health System honored 275 employees at Community Memorial and Ojai Valley Community hospitals, including five for their 35 years of service… >>

Doctor donates services to teen athletes

Camarillo Acorn, 07/03/2009

Joe Martinez, the head football coach at Hueneme High School, knows his team will face tough competition in the Pacific View League come fall… >>

Community Memorial Hospital Acknowledged for Heart Bypass Mortality Rate

Ventura Business, July 2009

In a recent government performance report, Community Memorial Hospital’s heart bypass mortality rate of 0.66 was lower than the statewide average of 2.2… >>

Nation Cancer Survivers Day celebrated with relish and barbecue

Ventura County Star, 06/08/2009

The sunny skies, aromatic smells of barbecue and lively music provided a joyful backdrop for cancer survivors and their families at the Cancer Survivors Day celebration… >>

Hospitals overhauled - Three area facilities plot expansion plans

Pacific Coast Business Times, 05/03/2009

For nearly 70 years, the Lompoc Valley Medical Center has provided medical services for residents of northern Santa Barbara County… >>

Community Memorial Hospital Lauds Volunteers

Ventura County Star, 04/24/2009

Community Memorial Hospital and nearly all of its Auxiliary members honored close to 40 men and women who have donated thousands of hours of service to hospital patients and their families… >>


Hunk with a heart Keith Anderson to flex philanthropic muscles at gala

Ventura County Star, 04/17/2009

Country singer Keith Anderson has burly biceps, looks like Brad Paisley and once played baseball well enough to interest a major league team… >>

Ask the director: To meet seismic standards, CMH needs new building

Ventura County Star, 04/16/2009

Saving lives. Saving jobs. What could be more important? The former is always job one, and, given today’s economy, the latter is at the top of everyone’s to do list… >>

Cancer survivor art project goes on view soon

Ventura County Star, 4/12/2009

One year ago, the Breast Center at Community Memorial Hospital joined with the Buenaventura Art Association to kick off A Celebration of Life… >>

Pops named CMHS board chairman

Ojai Valley News, 04/10/2009

Martin Pops, M.D., has been named the new chairman of the board for Community Memorial Health System. Dr. Pops assumed his new position upon election at the annual board of trustees meeting in January… >>

Cowboys out, brides in at Hospital Foundation Guild’s annual benefit

Ojai Valley News, 04/08/2009

Put away your six guns, pardner, and get out your wedding trousseau. That’s the advice of Charlene Hartenstein and Kari Rodems, co-chairs of the 2009 springtime benefit for Ojai Valley Community Hospital… >>

da Vinci Robotic Surgery at CMH Slices Recovery Time & Trauma

Your Health Connection, 4/2009

How would you feel if, faced with major surgery, your doctor gave you the option of returning home the day after surgery rather than three to five days, with significantly less pain, discomfort and loss of blood, reduced trauma to your body, smaller sutures and scarring… >>

Gold Dust Gala benefits women with breast and cervical cancer

Ventura County Star, 03/17/2009

In 2008, an estimated 182,460 new cases of breast cancer were reported in the United States. Another 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer… >>


Slaght, Small named new hospital chiefs

Ojai Valley News, 03/11/2009

Community Memorial Health System has announced that Dr. Samuel D. Small has been elected chief of staff at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura for 2009… >>

Two local hospitals win national honors

Ventura County Star, 10/08/2008

Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura and Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks have been named 2008-09 Consumer Choice Award winners by the National Research Corp… >>

CMH construction plan draws concern from city officials

Ventura County Star, Thursday, 09/11/2008

Ventura city leaders praised the footprint for the construction of a new Community Memorial Hospital but expressed concern about how the six-story, about 80-foot-tall structure will look… >>

Plan for new hospital facility shared

Ventura County Star, Friday, 07/18/2008

Community Memorial Hospital's $300 million plan to build a replacement facility over the next five years holds the key to a revitalized midtown Ventura, City Manager Rick Cole told business leaders Thursday… >>

Ojai Hospital Given Clean Checkup

Ojai Valley News, Wednesday, 06/28/2008

Three years into the merger between Ojai Valley Community Hospital and the Community Memorial Health System, administrators, support groups, physicians and staff gathered Thursday… >>

Russert's death has people talking about heart health
by Irving Kent Loh, M.D.

Ventura County Star, Sunday, 06/22/2008

The unexpected death of an ostensibly healthy and young individual is always a tragedy for friends and families… >>

Annual Go Red for Women encourages heart health

Ventura County Star, Friday, 06/13/2008

Six years ago, at the age of 45, Simi Valley personal trainer and fitness instructor Diane Gonneau suffered what she describes as "a massive stroke" that left her paralyzed and unable to speak… >>

People who live with cancer celebrate survival

Ventura County Star, Monday, 06/02/2008

Being told that they had cancer, survivors say, propelled them into a dark, lonely place that left them looking for people to buoy them up… >>

Breast cancer group offers support, guidance

Ventura County Star, Tuesday, 05/27/2008

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, Lynda Kessler has been able to accept her condition in a way that she may not have been able to before… >>


Ventura expo gives a chance to check out the available options

Ventura County Star, Thursday, 05/22/2008

Tammy Washington took a spin at the Circle of Life, filling out a self-assessment of her strengths and weaknesses… >>

New hospital could improve streets, traffic

Ventura County Star, Thursday, 04/24/2008

A roundabout could eventually replace the maze of traffic lights at Ventura's busy Five Points intersection… >>

$200 million hospital plan for Ventura introduced

Ventura County Star, Friday, 04/18/2008

Community Memorial Hospital officials are unveiling plans for a nearly $200 million construction project that city and hospital leaders say will be one of the biggest and most expensive in Ventura history… >>

Hospital auxiliary lauds volunteers for thousands of hours of service

Ventura County Star, Thursday, 04/17/2008

Community Memorial Hospital and 158 of its auxiliary members honored nearly 60 men and women who have donated thousands of hours of service to patients and their families… >>

Hospital opens new health clinic for families

Ventura County Star, Thursday, 04/03/2008

Community Memorial Health System has relocated and expanded its Ventura Center for Family Health in an effort to meet community demand for health providers… >>

Peripheral artery disease treated - A minimally invasive way to get the plaque out

Ventura County Star, Friday, 03/07/2008

Jim Wingate did something a month ago that a few years ago seemed impossible. He packed up and moved from Ventura to Eureka… >>


Two county couples married for more than 50 years have cardiac surgery within past year

Ventura County Star, Sunday, 02/10/2008

Four hearts belonging to two couples are stronger this Valentine's Day following his 'n' hers heart surgery… >>

Symposium offers heart-healthy ideas

Ventura County Star, Sunday, 02/10/2008

In matters of the heart, having the right medical information at the right time can be life-saving. That was the central theme of a heart disease symposium in Camarillo on Saturday… >>

Expert panel to give heart-smart advice in Camarillo

Camarillo Acorn, Friday, 02/08/2008

Ishu Rao knows what makes people tick. Literally. The 37-year-old cardiologist specializes in electrophysiology- the study of the heart's complex electrical circuitry… >>

Taking No 1 killer of women seriously
by Alon Steinberg, M.D.

Ventura County Star, Wednesday, 02/06/2008

Do you know what the greatest health problem facing women today is? Most women answer cancer, specifically breast cancer… >>

Steinberg: Taking No. 1 killer of women seriously

Ventura County Star, Wednesday, 02/06/2008

Do you know what the greatest health problem facing women today is? Most women answer cancer, specifically breast cancer… >>

Ojai Valley hospital reinvigorated merger with CMH aids facility, region

Ventura County Star, Wednesday, 01/30/2008

Three years ago, Ojai Valley Community Hospital was struggling financially, threatening the work Dr. Martin Pops and other community leaders had done to save the facility from closure… >>

Study finds wide disparity in hospital pricing in California

Los Angeles Times, Wednesday, 01/16/2008

Fifteen of the state's 20 least expensive hospitals are in Southern California -- as well as some of the costliest, a study released Tuesday says… >>

Thank guardian angels

Ventura County Star, Thursday, 11/22/2007

Thanksgiving is different at our house this year. My wife is a nurse at Community Memorial Hospital, and it is her turn to work today and Friday, 12-hour shifts… >>

State panel to weigh new seismic regulations

Ventura County Star, Wednesday, 11/14/2007

The California Building Standards Commission will consider adopting new regulations that could effectively delay costly seismic updating for hundreds of… >>

ER crisis handled with competency
Ojai Valley News, Wednesday, 11/14/2007

I helped my mother move to Ojai last summer. She is in her early 90s. Twice since her move, I have found it necessary to take… >>


Heart 'electrician' joins area hospital

Ventura County Star, Saturday, 11/10/2007

Pauline Rojelio had trouble climbing stairs, walking across the Oxnard school campus where she works as a teacher's assistant, even bending over to tie her shoes… >>

Local healthcare excels

Ventura County Star, Wednesday, 11/07/2007

At one point or another we've all read the headlines and seen the news about the demise of our country's healthcare system, including insurance complications… >>

Healthcare worker shortage a danger

Ventura County Star, Tuesday, 11/06/2007

California is facing an unprecedented shortage of college-educated healthcare workers that poses a serious threat to the industry and to Californians' health… >>

Plain talk offered on breast cancer
Ventura event covers reconstruction, therapies

Ventura County Star, Sunday, 10/21/2007

In the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, about 200 people took the opportunity to go beyond pink ribbon campaigns and spent the day learning more about the disease… >>

Investigations: County follows state regulations, autopsy protocol in such cases

Ventura County Star, Sunday, 10/07/2007

Roughly three-quarters of the sudden, unexplained infant deaths in Ventura County from 2000 to 2004 were attributed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome… >>


New program in county aids heart attack victims

Ventura County Star, Wednesday, 09/26/2007

If you're having a heart attack, time equals heart muscle. The longer you go without treatment, the more likely your heart will suffer significant and irreversible damage… >>

Babies relay needs without words

Ventura County Star, Friday, 09/21/2007

When 15-month-old Jake wants his favorite toy, a tiger doll, he scrunches his fingers into claw shapes and presses them to his face… >>

Patients find comfort in 'medical homes'

Ventura County Star, Thursday, 09/20/2007

Marisela Magallanes knew she'd found her medical home when her new physician called her to discuss a complaint she'd made regarding wait times… >>

Assisted-suicide discussion held at Ventura hospital

Ventura County Star, Friday, 07/27/2007

End-of-life care and the agonizing choices often faced by dying patients and their loved ones is never an easy subject to discuss, privately or publicly… >>

Physician-assisted suicide discussion
by James Hornstein, M.D.

Ventura County Star, Sunday, 07/22/2007

An Oregon doctor, having just participated in the assisted death of one of his patients, wrote: "Although we have accepted our roles as comforters in end-of-life care… >>

Physician-assisted suicide discussion

Ventura County Star, Sunday, 07/22/2007

An Oregon doctor, having just participated in the assisted death of one of his patients, wrote: "Although we have accepted our roles as comforters… >>

Two births are 'seven' wonders of the county

Ventura County Star, Tuesday, 07/10/2007

For Casey and Elena Pullman, July 7 was a momentous day.When the couple's first baby came into the world at Simi Valley Hospital… >>

Two college nursing students win scholarships

Ventura County Star, Thursday, 06/28/2007

Julia Durr, who is in her final year in Ventura College's associate degree nursing program, and Evie Arauz, who recently completed her first semester in the program… >>

New Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation
by Lamar Bushnell, M.D.

Ventura County Star, Tuesday, 09/05/2006

Atrial fibrillation is a serious affliction affecting 2.3 million individuals in the United States with an annual incidence of 160,000… >>

5 Myths for Ms. and Mrs.: Correcting Misunderstandings about Heart Disease in Women
by Siegfried Storz, M.D.

Ventura County Star, Sunday, 02/26/2006

Although her heart looks like a man’s heart and works just as hard, a woman should know that there are real gender differences which may affect her in unexpected ways… >>

Is the world ready for audacious face transplants?
by Samuel Bern, M.D.

Ventura County Star, Monday, 12/05/2005

In the 1997 film, "Face Off," John Travolta takes the war on terror to a new level of personal sacrifice… >>

Low-risk alternative is available for weight loss
by Helmuth T. Billy, M.D.

Ventura County Star, Sunday, 10/23/2005

Unlike the better-known and permanent gastricbypass surgery, LAP-BAND helps patients lose weight by placing an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach to reduce its capacity… >>

R2D2 in the O.R.

Ventura County Star, Monday, 06/13/2005

A few weeks removed from having 14 inches of her colon taken out, Marci Grace says she feels "like a miracle" and "a very successful pioneer."… >>