Monthly Archives: December 2017

Community Memorial Health System Thomas Fire Update

Air Quality Updates and Precautions for Ventura County Residents

Information about air quality across Ventura County and recommended precautions can be found on the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District website at http://www.vcapcd.org/Forecast.aspx .

Ojai Valley Community Hospital Facility Update

Ojai Valley Community Hospital and its Emergency Department are secure, fully-functional, and accepting patients.  The movement of our patients on Wednesday night was a precautionary measure – no mandatory evacuations were ordered and the campus remains safe at this time.  We will provide an update once plans have been finalized to return patients to OVCH and our adjacent skilled nursing facility.  If you have a question regarding an upcoming appointment or scheduled procedure at OVCH, please call 805-646-1401.

Community Memorial Hospital Facility Update

Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura is completely operational and secure.  For questions regarding appointments or upcoming procedures at CMH, please call 805-652-5011.

Community Memorial Health System Outpatient Clinics Update

The following CMHS outpatient clinics are closed until further notice:

  • Ojai Multi-Speciality Clinic
  • Ojai Midtown Medical Group
  • Oak View
  • Main Street, Ventura
  • Midtown Medical Group, Ventura

San Buenaventura Urology and our outpatient clinic on Ashwood in Ventura are open and seeing patients.

If you have an upcoming appointment at any of our outpatient clinics, or have questions about available providers in your area, please call 805-652-6353.

For additional updates related to the Thomas Fire, please visit our Facebook page or http://www.cmhshealth.org/media/thomas-fire/.

 

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Community Memorial Hospital First in Ventura County to Offer Innovative WATCHMAN Procedure

Community Memorial Hospital is the first in Ventura County, and among the first in California, to offer patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) an alternative to long-term, blood-thinning warfarin medication with the newly approved WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure Implant.

“The WATCHMAN device has proven to be extraordinarily helpful in the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF),” said Dr. Ishu Rao, Director of Electrophysiology Services at Community Memorial Hospital.  “With this minimally invasive procedure, we can eliminate the need for blood thinners in patients with AF who have high risk features for stroke.  The CMH program has been growing since its inception in August 2017, and patients have already experienced the benefits of discontinuation of their blood thinners.  We expect the WATCHMAN to become a key tool in our management of patients with atrial fibrillation.”

For patients with AF who can take warfarin but seek a non-drug alternative, the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure Implant is an alternative for reducing their risk of AF-related stroke.  The WATCHMAN Implant closes off an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA) to prevent harmful blood clots from the LAA from entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke.  By closing off the LAA, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking warfarin.

The most common treatment to reduce stroke risk in patients with AF is blood-thinning warfarin medication.  However, long-term warfarin medication is not well tolerated by some patients and carries a significant risk for bleeding complications.  Implanting the WATCHMAN is a one-time procedure that usually lasts about an hour.  Following the procedure, patients typically stay in the hospital for just 24 hours before discharge.

Click here to watch the WATCHMAN procedure animation and learn more about device implantation and function.  If you think you or someone you know might be a candidate for the WATCHMAN, ask your cardiologist or primary care physician to refer you to the Electrophysiology program at Community Memorial Hospital for a consultation.

 

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Thomas Fire – Update on CMHS Facilities

Ojai Valley Community Hospital & Continuing Care Center Update

At midnight last night, Community Memorial Health System made the decision to transfer the majority of our patients at Ojai Valley Community Hospital and our adjacent skilled nursing facility.  Although the fire never directly affected OVCH, the fire department advised us that the situation across the Ojai Valley was very fluid, and a shift or increase in the winds could impact our facilities.

At the time, plenty of transportation and assistance was available, so we made the decision to move our non-ambulatory patients.  A total of 48 patients were transferred to Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura and are resting comfortably.  27 patients remain safely at Ojai Valley Community Hospital.  Our skilled nursing facility (The CCC) has been completely vacated at this time.

Currently, Ojai Valley Community Hospital and its Emergency Department are fully operational.

CMHS Centers for Family Health Update

The following CMHS Centers for Family Health locations are closed until further notice:

Ojai Multi-Speciality Clinic

Ojai Midtown Medical Group

Oak View

Main Street, Ventura

Ashwood, Ventura

Midtown Medical Group Ventura

San Buenaventura Urology

If you have an upcoming appointment at any of these locations, or have questions about available providers in your area, please call 805-652-6353.

For additional updates throughout the day, please visit the Community Memorial Health System Facebook page.

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Thomas Fire – Update

Community Memorial Hospital Status

Currently, Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura has not been affected by the Thomas Fire and is safe and secure.  No evacuations have been initiated.

If you have a question regarding an appointment or scheduled procedure at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, please call 805.652.5011.

Ojai Valley Community Hospital Update

The Ojai Valley Community Hospital campus is also safe and secure.  No evacuations at this location have been initiated.

If you have a question regarding an appointment or scheduled procedure at Ojai Valley Community Hospital, please call 805.646.1401.

CMHS Centers for Family Health

The following CMHS Centers for Family Health locations may be affected:

Ojai – Midtown Medical Group and Multi-Speciality Clinic

Oak View

Ashwood Street, Ventura

Main Street, Ventura

Santa Paula

Fillmore

If you have an upcoming appointment at any of these CFH locations, please call 805.652.6353.

 

Please visit our Facebook page for additional updates throughout the day.

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