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

Ojai Valley News
Friday, August 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.

In July, crews installed the new automatic doors at the hospital's main entrance and at the entryway to the Emergency Department. The work was completed by Barringer Construction, DK Electric of Ojai, and American Automatic Doors in Ventura.

This important facility upgrade was fully funded by the Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation,and the main lobby door was donated by American Automatic Doors.

The Hospital Foundation also contributed two new facility signs. One directs patients to the Emergency Department, and the other is at the main entrance. The local design team of Rasmussen & Associates and Vogue Signage planned the concrete landmarks. Measuring 4 feet tall and over 12 feet long, the main entrance sign features hand-painted tiles by the artisans of RTK Studios in Ojai. Complementing the structure's design is an assortment of colorful plants. Special lighting also illuminates the sign, as well as several hundred feet of trees and landscaping, at night.

The installation of the new signs and electric doors follows months of exterior upgrades, including repaving the parking areas and giving the grounds a much-needed face-lift. Lisa Phelps, of Lisa Phelps Landscape and Design, added a variety of plants and flowers throughout the facility, including native Ojai trees. A new irrigation system was also installed.

"These improvements have really changed the facility's overall appearance," said Robert Roddick, OVCH support services director. "And it's wonderful for hospital patrons to see their donation dollars at work."

As a reminder, the main entrance of the hospital is locked each evening at 9 p.m. Patients and visitors can gain access to the hospital24 hours a day through the lobby of the Emergency Department.