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

Camarillo Acorn
Friday, September 23, 2011

DIG RIGHT IN—Community Memorial Health System broke ground on the new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura on Sept. 14. The six-story, 325,000-square-foot hospital will be built next to the current hospital and is scheduled to open in 2015. The ceremony, attended by city, county and hospital officials, also included Joseph and Lynn Bova, parents of CMH’s first quintuplets, born in 2001. Standing before an artist’s rendering of the new hospital, four of the Bova quintuplets of Ventura hoist the ceremonial first shovel of dirt, as they are joined by others in attendance at the evening event. Community Memorial Health System broke ground on Sept. 14 for the new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura.

The celebration drew about 500 community members, including hospital medical staff and employees as well as city and county dignitaries.

Ventura Mayor Bill Fulton told the crowd that adding the new hospital will boost the city’s economy and turn midtown into a “second downtown.”

The six-story, 325,000-square-foot hospital will be built next to the current hospital at 147 N. Brent St. and is scheduled to open in 2015.

The new facility will have 250 private rooms, comfortable space for families and a healing garden on the grounds.

The new hospital meets seismic demands and 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 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.
The project is financed through $350 million in tax-exempt bonds.

The ground- breaking ceremony also featured 14 speakers representing different segments of the Ventura community including former Ventura County District Attorney Michael Bradbury, a member of the CMHS Board of Trustees for 15 years and chairman of the campaign to build a new hospital.

Joseph and Lynn Bova, parents of CMH’s first quintuplets, born in 2001, represented the families of children cared for in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Doug Woodburn, chairman of the hospital’s physician campaign, represented active and retired physicians with the hospital.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system based in Ventura, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital and 10 family-practice health centers.

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