Monthly Archives: January 2013

Modernizing Ojai Valley Community Hospital Underway

Recently a flurry of activity has been going on at the Ojai Valley Community Hospital. That’s because the initial phase of modernizing the 52-year old hospital has begun.

A new roof, and new air conditioning and heating units, have been installed as a part of a plan to bring the hospital into compliance with state-mandated earthquake safety standards. Besides meeting these safety standards, the new heating and air units are a long-anticipated improvement that staff, patients and visitors alike will certainly appreciate as Ojai Valley temperatures routinely dip in the winter and heat up again come summertime.

Inside, the hospital’s 4-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) was remodeled. New flooring, an improved staff work station, and ceilingbraces were installed in the 1,630-square-foot ICU. These enhancements will help the hospital meet seismic laws through 2030.

In the coming years, Ojai residents will see many changes at the 37-bed hospital and its adjacent 66-bed Continuing Care Center, as Community Memorial Health System moves forward with its facility master plan to modernize these two facilities. The next phase of the master plan is a major remodel of the hospital’s façade—the first such undertaking since OVCH was built in 1960.

One of the most important projects to be undertaken will be improvements to the 66-bed skilled nursing facility. The health system is exploring the best solution for our Continuing Care Center, a facility that provides inpatient programs and therapy treatments for both short-and long-term placement.

Catch up on all the construction projects

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CMHS Honors Donors and Volunteers on National Philanthropy Day

Community Memorial Health System selected National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 15 to pay tribute to 31 community members for their outstanding philanthropic and volunteer efforts in support of CMHS.

National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside to recognize the great contributions that philanthropy and those active in philanthropy have made to our lives, our communities and our world. In 2012 more than 125 communities and 50,000 people around the world participated in National Philanthropy Day events and celebrations. In Ventura, the Association of Fundraising Professionals/Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Chapter sponsored a luncheon to celebrate and honor outstanding local philanthropists and volunteers at the Ventura Beach Marriott.

Those CMHS paid special recognition to at the luncheon were: Dave Bayer; Claudia and Dr. Neil Canby; Noelle Claeyssons-Burkey; Suzan Cooper; Karen Donovan; Duane Eells; Brenda and Gary Farr; Glen and Karen Farr; Carol Gilbert; Rod Gilbert; John Hammer; Jim and  Tish Harris; Sally and Walter Hartman; Bill and Elise Kearney; Carolyn and Harry Maynard; Jeff Paul; Allan Pinkerton; Barbara and Dr. Marty Pops; Ric Ruffinelli; John and Peggy Russell; and Caryn and Dr. Doug Woodburn.

“Your involvement, whether in volunteering at one of our events or supporting our efforts with a financial gift, makes philanthropy possible, and makes National Philanthropy Day so special and meaningful,” said Mary Schmitz, CMHS’s Director of Development.

Photo Top: Left to Right: Barbara Pops, Elise Kearney, Erin Quinn, Bill Kearney, Rod Gilbert
Photo Bottom Left: Left to Right: David Bayer, Karen Donovan, Suzan Cooper
Photo Bottom Right: Left to Right: Chris Rock, Barbara Pops, Peggy Russell, Erin Quinn, Ric Ruffinelli, Bill Kearney, Elaine Forest

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