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 .

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.

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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


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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Ojai Valley Community Hospital Receives National Recognition for Excellence

Today, on National Rural Health Day, Ojai Valley Community Hospital announces that it has been recognized by Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for Overall Excellence in the categories of Patient Satisfaction and Outcomes, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

“We remain dedicated to serving the residents of the Ojai Valley,” said Haady Lashkari, Chief Administrative Officer, Ojai Valley Community Hospital.  “This achievement underscores the commitment of our physicians and staff to providing outstanding patient care.  We are proud to be recognized among the top quartile of rural providers in the nation.”

The rankings are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance.  In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care.  The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for all rural and Critical Access Hospitals.  Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from more than 50 individual metrics into three major categories and eight pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

Michael Topchik, national leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health, said, “It’s great to recognize these top performers who are excelling in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, or operating at a lower cost than their peers.”

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, healthcare for America’s 61 million rural citizens.  The Chartis Group is a comprehensive advisory and analytics service dedicated to the healthcare industry.  Chartis provides strategic planning, value-based care, advanced performance, informatics and technology consulting services, and decision support tools to the country’s leading healthcare providers.  A subsidiary of The Chartis Group, iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools.

Please join us in congratulating the physicians, staff, and administrators at Ojai Valley Community Hospital on this outstanding achievement!

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Community Memorial Health System Launches Nurse Residency Program

Over the years, National Counsel States Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) have examined issues related to the training and retention of new graduate nurses.  Their findings consistently demonstrate that the inability of nurses to properly transition into new practice after graduation can have significant negative consequences.

In response to the assimilation challenges faced by many new nurses, Nurse Residency Programs have begun to take shape at hospitals across the country.  These programs transcend standard orientation programs in duration, focus, and complexity and are designed to strengthen new graduate clinical and analytical skills and reduce turnover.  They provide emotional support to new nurses and seek to foster their interest in practice improvement and career advancement.

Always at the forefront of clinical innovation and academic development, Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) is proud to announce our first inaugural Nurse Resident Class!  The class of Fall 2017 includes (Back Row, L-R) Jennifer Wise, RN, Taylor Edsel, RN, Camille Finnerty, RN, Marika Schipper, RN, Kierstyn Polte, RN, Jocelyn Briggs, RN, (Front Row, L-R) Annel Lupian, RN, Sara Maffet, RN, Lauren Barnett, RN, Darcy Young, RN, Rachel Alan, RN, and Riley Friedl, RN.

The CMHS Nurse Residency Program provides a structured experience that gives our newly graduated RNs the support to begin their nursing careers with confidence.  The recently developed curriculum is designed to help build solid foundations and guide career development.  It incorporates proven methods of adult learning and emphasizes the development of both clinical skills and leadership skills throughout the transition from student nurse to acute care professional.

Nurses in the CMHS Nurse Residency Program work in a direct care role in our academic medical center at the Ventura campus.  The one-year program begins with 16 weeks of preceptor-led programming and is followed by monthly seminars.  It will involve the majority of new graduates hired into Community Memorial Health System.

Please join us in welcoming out first Nurse Resident Class and congratulating CMHS Nursing Administration on the development and implementation of this crucial program!  For more information on the program, contact our Nursing Administration office at 805-652-5011 or Debbie Wilkes, MSN/MBA, RN, Manager, Clinical Education at Community Memorial Health System.

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Free Seminar – Do You Suffer From Tingling and Burning Hands and Feet?

Community MemorialHealth System 2017 Seminar Series

This condition, known as peripheral neuropathy, affects an estimated 20 million people in the United States alone. Symptoms can range from numbness and tingling, to burning, pricking and even muscle weakness. Symptoms may be experienced over a period of days, weeks, or years, and many neuropathies worsen over time. Come and learn as Dr. Heidari discusses ways to manage your symptoms and help alleviate the discomfort.

Dr. Neda Heidari

Dr. Neda Heidari specializes in neurology and neurophysiology. She received her medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, completed residency training at University of Nebraska Medical Center, and fellowship at USC University Hospital. Dr. Heidari is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and is an active member of the Community Memorial Hospital medical staff.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:00 P.M.
Community Memorial Hospital
Nichols Auditorium, 8th Floor
147 N. Brent St., Ventura


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Breast Cancer Symposium

Breast Cancer Symposium

In the United States, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. An estimated 252,710 women will be diagnosed this year and more than 40,500 will die. This symposium provides the latest information on breast cancer detection, diagnosis and the latest concepts on treatment options and cancer support for those facing breast cancer, caregivers and family.


Maria Halvorson, D.O.
Breast Cancer Screening and
Survivorship Care
Debra Lawry, R.N., OCN and
Lyndsay Heitmann, LCSW

Patient Navigation Services and
Resources for Breast Cancer
Lynn Kong, M.D.
Personalized Treatment of
Breast Cancer
Thomas Fogel, M.D.
Advances in the Radiotherapeutic
Treatment of Breast Cancer
Constanze Rayhrer, M.D.
Modern Breast Cancer Surgery
MeeAe Kwon, M.D.
Pathology Specimens, Diagnosis
and Prognostic Tests
Susan Speer, MS, RD, CSO
The Anti-Cancer Diet

Saturday, November 4, 2017
7:30 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.
Soule Park Clubhouse
1033 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai


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Breast Cancer Symposium Co-Sponsors

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You’re Invited – Community Memorial Health System Wellness & Fitness Center GRAND OPENING

You’re Invited! JOIN US on Tuesday October 24th from 5 -7 pm at the NEW Community Memorial Health System Wellness & Fitness Center Our new facility is located at 2723 Main Street in Ventura – that’s the corner of Borchard & Main in the old “Video Tyme” building.

The new facility includes a number of enhanced features and amenities:

  • A spacious new floor plan with 20% more space than our previous facility
  • Brand new cardio equipment
  • Innovative new strength equipment featuring enhanced ergonomics and unilateral arm & leg movement
  • New free weight area
  • 1300 sq. ft. group fitness classroom and a variety of classes including yoga, tai chi, strength, and general wellness lectures
  • Brand new locker, shower and bathroom facilites
  • Towel service
  • Secure street-level entry
  • Professional friendly Human Movement Specialists on staff

Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attend the Grand Opening for details about membership rates and additional support programs.  Please RSVP at 805.652.5436.  We look forward to seeing you on the 24th!

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October Classic & Wellness Fair – Saturday October 28th


The 16th Annual October Classic and Wellness Fair is returning to Ojai Valley Community Hospital on Saturday October 28th! Get your costume ready and JOIN US for the 5k, 10k, or 1k Kids Run!  Registration begins at 7am and races start at 8am.

NEW this year is our “Paws for a Cause” Dog Walk!  We know your four-legged friends want to help raise money for our new skilled nursing facility, and this is their chance.  Sign your canine companion up today – the first 50 pre-registered pups will receive event bandanas!

Awards will be given for the best “people” and “pooch” costumes!  We can’t wait to see your creativity, but please keep costumes family-friendly and safe for running.

All proceeds benefit the Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation and construction of our new Continuing Care Center.  For more information or to register, visit or call 805-640-2317.

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