Behind the Scenes

#OurNewCMH – The Final Touches

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With the final move into our new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura just days away, our Environmental Services Department has been working around the clock to finish their specialized training and make sure everything is ready to welcome our first patients! Our incredible EVS teams have been putting the finishing touches on our new facility in preparation for patient move on Sunday December 16th, and we are grateful for all their hard work and dedication.

Over the last several months, our physicians, clinical teams, support departments and transition specialists have all come together as one team to prepare for the big day, and we’re all excited it’s finally here!

New Community Memorial Hospital Adds Second daVinci Surgical Robot

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As we prepare to debut our new Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Ventura this winter, we are excited to announce the arrival of our second daVinci surgical robot! The daVinci device, made by Northern California-based Intuitive Surgical, is a three-armed robot which allows surgeons to perform amazingly precise surgeries with very small incisions. We captured the delivery, installation, and calibration of this advanced surgical system in this behind the scenes vlog!

The Community Memorial Hospital robotics surgery program was the first non-academic robotic surgery program to launch between Los Angeles and San Francisco almost 15 years ago. The arrival of this innovative system at CMH marked the beginning of a whole new frontier of surgery in Ventura County by introducing technology that allows surgeons to perform amazingly precise surgeries with very small incisions. Smaller incisions mean less invasive procedures overall, which can shorten recovery times, decrease post-procedure pain, and lower the likelihood of excess blood-loss and scarring.

Today, Community Memorial Hospital handles the largest number of robotic surgery cases between Los Angeles and Monterey, preforming well over 350 procedures every year. When our new Community Memorial Hospital opens this winter, our second daVinci surgical robot will allow us to increase our capacity for robotic procedures.

#OurNewCMH – Ocean Tower Update

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The move into our new Community Memorial Hospital Ocean Tower hit another major milestone with the recent installation of our exterior way-finding and marquee signage!

Our teams installed a new marquee sign at the new hospital entrance on Main Street, and replaced the old marquee sign at the corner of Brent Street and Loma Vista Road. New signage was added to identify the Mountain Tower parking structure, which is located adjacent to the existing emergency room off Loma Vista Road and will provide parking for patients arriving to the Mountain Tower for outpatient services such as lab work, cardiac therapy, and rehabilitation.

In front of the new Community Memorial Hospital Ocean Tower, signage was installed to direct patients, visitors and family members to the drive-thru drop-off and pick-up areas, new emergency room entrance, main hospital lobby, and new Ocean Tower parking structure located at 75 N. Brent Street.

#OurNewCMH – Ocean Tower Update

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The move into our new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura continues! While our physicians and staff are busy training new procedures and learning new equipment – such as the Mobile Heartbeat communication system shown here – teams from our support departments are hard at work receiving supplies, organizing our storeroom, and stocking supply cabinets on patient floors and in clinical areas!

This is an exciting time for our entire health system as we work toward opening our new hospital to patients and the public this winter.

New CMH Dedicates Entire Floor to Moms, Babies, and Children

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Our new Community Memorial Hospital Maternal Child Health unit features the caring experts you know and trust in an expanded, modern environment.

As the area’s leading birth center, we know how important the health of our youngest patients is to our community. That’s why our new Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) features an entire floor devoted to the well-being of moms, babies, and children!

Located on the third floor of our new CMH Ocean Tower, the modern and spacious Maternal Child Health unit now matches the caliber of the award-winning maternity, postpartum, and pediatric care our physicians and staff are known and trusted for. The maternity wing features 11 expanded birthing suites with private bathrooms, plenty of space for family members, scenic Ventura views, and abundance of natural light. Seven of these birthing suites also include bathtubs, providing extra relaxation for laboring moms when needed. All-private postpartum recovery rooms await new moms, dads, caregivers and family members so they can get to know their new little ones in a comfortable, supportive environment surrounded by expert pediatricians, postpartum nursing teams, and lactation specialists.

Our new birthing suites are spacious, comfortable, and full of natural light.

For preemies and infants who need extra care, our new CMH features a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) located just down the hall from our birthing suites and postpartum recovery rooms. Community Memorial Hospital’s existing NICU opened 24 years ago and offers an extremely high level of care. Expanding from 16 beds in the existing hospital to 23 in the Ocean Tower, our new NICU also includes two private NICU suites for one-on-one care and a dedicated procedure room.

The Level III NICU in our new Community Memorial Hospital has been expanded from 16 beds to 23 beds.

Our new Maternal Child Health floor is made complete by an eight-bed pediatric unit to meet the healthcare needs of the children in our community. This unit is outfitted with a playroom for patients, an exam room, and specially selected whimsical, light-hearted artwork chosen to sooth and comfort our youngest patients.

Whether welcoming a new addition to the family or caring for a sick child, moms, dads, caregivers and family members will feel comfortable and supported at Community Memorial Hospital. Not only are we a designated “Baby-Friendly” Birth Facility, but we have been recognized with the IBCLC Award for Excellence in Lactation Care, the Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care award, and remain a leader in safety practices for moms and babies!

CLICK HERE to learn more about Maternity & Delivery services at Community Memorial Hospital, as well as our New Parent Resource Center, which offers ongoing education and support for moms, dads, and caregivers!

#OurNewCMH – Ocean Tower Update

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It’s been a busy few weeks of our move into the new Community Memorial Hospital Ocean Tower! We’ve completed our second “Day in the Life” training, hosted a tour for our local media, finished prepping some imaging equipment and moved a lot of furniture and supplies into the building. Clinical teams from departments throughout the hospital have spent time getting familiar with their new spaces, testing new procedures, and learning how to use new equipment. There’s still so much to do, but we’re looking forward to opening to patients and the public this winter!

#OurNewCMH – Community Open House

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On October 11th we hosted our first Community and Employee Open House at our NEW Community Memorial Hospital Ocean Tower! Over 400 community members, physicians, and staff joined us for a chance to see the facility before it opens to the public this winter. The evening included a self-guided, “behind-the-scenes” tour that took visitors to some of the most interesting spaces in our new hospital. Our state-of-the-art operating suites, GE Imaging Equipment, Electrophysiology labs, all-private patient rooms, expanded critical care spaces and dedicated Maternal Child Health floor were all on display!

There’s still time to get an up-close look at YOUR new Community Memorial Hospital! CLICK HERE to visit our Opening Events page and see a list of upcoming Open Houses!

New Community Memorial Hospital Features Expanded Emergency Department

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One of the most exciting features of our new Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Ventura is our expanded Emergency Department! When you have a medical emergency, your life can depend on getting to the best emergency room as soon as possible and seeing a doctor or nurse quickly. With 37 private treatment rooms – an increase from 17 curtained bays in our current hospital – our new CMH emergency department will allow us to treat the emergency medical needs of our community while maximizing privacy and minimizing wait times.

The Emergency Department at our new Community Memorial Hospital features 37 private treatment rooms, an increase from 17 curtained bays in the current hospital.

In addition to the significant increase in patient capacity, our new Emergency Department includes a few other key features that will allow us to treat emergent cases in the most efficient way possible. Among these features is a dedicated critical care elevator located adjacent to the ambulance bay entrance. This elevator allows for direct and immediate access from the emergency department to our surgical services, maternal child health, and critical care floors, minimizing transport time when every moment counts.

We’ve also added dedicated imaging technology to our Emergency Department! Featuring CT, X-Ray, and UltraSound capabilities, this space gives our physicians the ability to order and obtain diagnostic images quickly. This means that in many cases, patients can be diagnosed, stabilized, treated and admitted or discharged without leaving the emergency department.

Our Emergency Department physicians and staff also have access to trauma rooms in the new hospital. Although we are not Ventura County’s dedicated trauma center, we are well-prepared to receive, stabilize, and re-route trauma patients to Ventura County Medical Center, and these new rooms give us the space and technology to do so quickly and effectively.

Our new community park is located just steps from the Emergency Department entrance and offers friends and family members an inviting outdoor space to wait for loved ones who are being treated.

When our new Community Memorial Hospital opens this winter, patient drop-off and pick-up will be more convenient with our drive-up public entrance and new, conveniently located parking structure on Brent Street. Family members and friends will also be able to wait for their loved ones in an expanded waiting room with plenty of natural light, beautiful artwork created by local and regional artists, and access to our new community park located just steps from the Emergency Department entrance.

Our New CMH Sneak Peek – Ocean Tower Isolation Rooms

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Our new Community Memorial Hospital Ocean Tower is equipped with a number of features that enhance patient privacy and safety. Many of these features also provide benefits to our physicians and staff, allowing them to provide the best care possible to our community in a more effective and efficient manner.

Among these new features are 11 Isolation Rooms scattered throughout the patient care areas of our new hospital. Featuring private bathrooms and expansive views of Ventura, these rooms are designed for patients whose conditions require special precautions. Physicians, nurses, and staff members enter the isolation rooms through “anterooms” where personal protective equipment is applied and other protective measures can be taken as needed. From the “anteroom”, a second door leads to the patient room.

All of our Isolation Rooms are negative air pressure rooms. This means that none of the air from the patient isolation room mixes with the air in the “anterooms” or the air in the rest of the hospital. Special filters are used to clean all of the air from the isolation rooms as it’s processed out of the building.

#OurNewCMH – Week 5 in the Ocean Tower

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Week 5 of the move into our new Community Memorial Hospital Ocean Tower saw the installation of several significant pieces of artwork in our new main lobby, Emergency Department entrance, and dining room. Throughout the remainder of the hospital, countless local and regional works of art were hung in patient rooms, hallways, waiting areas, and clinical spaces.

As we prepare to open our new Community Memorial Hospital this winter, we are working to install over 500 pieces of original artwork with pieces from Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara County artists. Each floor of the hospital has a theme, and many placements match the use of the rooms. Playful pieces adorn the walls of the pediatrics unit and calming art comforts friends and family members in surgical and critical care waiting rooms. The entire collection was curated and organized by the Community Memorial Hospital Art Advisory Board (AAB), led by Co-Chairs Richard Amend, Susan Petty, and Barbara Hirsch.

“The Kelp Forest” by Frank Bauer.

“The Kelp Forest” is a stunning mosaic by local artist Frank Bauer located just inside the Emergency Department entrance. Crafted from brilliant blue, green, and yellow tile and glass, the underwater seascape of fish, kelp, and sea creatures fits perfectly with the Ocean Tower’s modern coastal vibe. Other notable works by Bauer can be found in Oxnard at The Collection at Riverpark.

Patients and family members entering our new hospital through the main lobby will be greeted by Hiroko Yoshimoto‘s stunning work, “Peaceful Ocean.” Located in a place of prominence over our new front desk, “Peaceful Ocean” conjures up images of luminous, glassy water and creates a calming focal point in the modern entry and waiting space. Yoshimoto’s newest works can be viewed in The Crosscurrent 2019 at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum beginning in January 2019, and in a solo show “Biodiversity: New Works” at Gallery Rin Tokyo, also in January 2019.

Hiroko Yoshimoto’s “Peaceful Ocean” greets guests to our new CMH in the main lobby.

Comprised of two installments located in the Ocean Tower Dining Room, “ELEMENTAL HUMANISM” by Lori Shocket, M.D. serves as a reminder that the human element is the force that holds our hearts and our commonality together. READ MORE about “ELEMENTAL HUMANISM” at our new CMH!

“ELEMENTAL HUMANISM: Remembering the Human Element 2018” by Lori Shocket, MD.

The CMH volunteer Art Advisory Board, led by Co-Chairs Richard Amend, Susan Petty, and Barbara Hirsch, has devoted countless hours to helping bring our new hospital to life with these, and many more, incredible works of art. Art Advisory Board members include Adam Thunell, CMHS Vice President of Operations and AAB Administrative Advisor, Dr. Moustafa Abousamra, Architectural Oversight Committee Advisor, Dawne Folkes Crushing, Colin Fraser Gray, Lydia Hopps, Mary Perez, Susan Scott, Denise Sindelar, Martha Spriggs, Hiroko Yoshimoto, and AAB Secretary Leila Benoun.

“Elemental Humanism” at Our New Community Memorial Hospital

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ELEMENTAL HUMANISM: Remembering the Human Element 2018

From the day we began construction on our new Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Ventura, we knew we were building something that would have a long and significant impact on our community. We knew the most advanced technology, all private rooms, and enhanced emergency and critical care areas would allow us to better meet the growing healthcare needs of residents across Ventura County, and we knew the new facility would help us attract the next generation of talented physicians. But until recently, our new hospital was just a building – a beautiful collection of bricks and mortar waiting to be brought to life.

Over the last several weeks as we’ve begun the move into our new CMH, its final and most crucial feature has taken shape. That vital element of this extensive and exciting process is the human element – the physicians, staff, and volunteers that give our new Community Memorial Hospital the heart and soul that our community knows, trusts, and loves.

It’s only fitting then that one of the first of over 500 pieces of local and regional artwork to be installed in our new CMH perfectly encapsulates and communicates the importance of people in the work that we do. Comprised of two installments placed in our new CMH Ocean Tower Cafe, “ELEMENTAL HUMANISM” by Lori Shocket, M.D., serves as a reminder that the human element is the force that holds our hearts and our commonality together.

ELEMENTAL HUMANISM: Remembering the Human Element

Created by Russian scientist Dimitri Mendeleev, the periodic table of the elements is a visual depiction of the relationship between each physical elements, as well as a means of predicting their individual behaviors, reactions, and interactions. It was this organizational chart that inspired The Human Element Project and served as the basis for Dr. Shocket’s Elemental Humanism installation(s).

Artist Lori Shocket, M.D. pictured in front of “Remembering the Human Element 2018” with husband Neil.

The first of the two installations located in the Ocean Tower Cafe, ELEMENTAL HUMANISM: Remembering the Human Element 2018, is based on the rubric of the periodic table, and introduces the Human Element (Hu) into its center. According to Dr. Shocket, “the Human Element concept reminds us that when we provide care for the physical needs of our patients and our families, we must also consider their human needs as well.”

Each element of the ELEMENTAL HUMANISM periodic table is an acrylic and pastel enhanced electron micrograph of a variety of human tissue.

The remainder of the table is organized into ten different sections, with each section representing a group of elements – each element on its own tile – with like characteristics. The background on the tiles for each group is an acrylic and pastel enhanced electron micrograph or an acrylic painting of an assortment of human tissue. These tissues include myocardium (heart), goblet cells (mucus membrane), neurons (brain), sertoli cells (male reproductive), fallopian tube (female reproductive), pleura (lung), columnar epithelium (gastrointestinal), osteocytes (bone), retina (eye), and malignant cells (cancer).

The second of the two installations, ELEMENTAL HUMANISM: Celebrating Diversity 2018, is comprised of ten 24 x 24 acrylic and chalk enhanced photographic prints featuring faces from around the world and the Human Element (Hu) described against the photographs in their associated languages.

We invite you to learn more about The Human Element Project and Dr. Lori Shocket’s other installations by visiting www.TheHumanElementProject.com.

Our New CMH Artwork

The installation of “The Kelp Forest” by Frank Bauer in the new CMH Emergency Department entrance.

As we prepare to open our new Community Memorial Hospital Ocean Tower to patients and the public this winter, we are working to install over 500 pieces of original artwork with pieces from Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara County artists. Each floor of the hospital has a theme, and many placements match the use of the rooms. Playful pieces adorn the walls of the pediatrics unit and calming art comforts friends and family members in surgical and critical care waiting rooms.

Other notable works currently installed on the first floor of the new hospital include Hiroko Yoshimoto’s “Peaceful Ocean” in the main lobby and Frank Bauer’s “The Kelp Forest” in the Emergency Department entrance.

Each piece of artwork in our new CMH Ocean Tower was curated by our Community Memorial Hospital Art Advisory Board (AAB). The volunteer board, led by co-chairs Richard Amend, Susan Petty and Barbara Hirsch, has devoted countless hours to helping bring our new hospital to life with incredible local and regional works. Board members include Adam Thunell, CMHS Vice President of Operations and AAB Administrative Advisor, Dr. Moustafa Abousamra, Architectural Oversight Committee Advisor, Dawne Folkes Crushing, Colin Fraser Gray, Lydia Hopps, Mary Perez, Susan Scott, Denise Sindelar, Martha Spriggs, Hiroko Yoshimoto, and AAB Secretary Leila Benoun. Please join us in thanking them for their dedication to this incredible project!

Hiroko Yoshimoto’s “Reflections” greets guests to our new CMH in the main lobby.

#OurNewCMH – Week 4 in the Ocean Tower

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One of the most exciting features of our new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura is our expanded Emergency Department! Featuring 37 private treatment rooms – an increase from 17 curtained bays in our current hospital – this enhanced space will allow us to treat the emergent medical needs of our community in a more private setting while also decreasing wait times!

During week four of the move into our new hospital, our Emergency Department physicians and staff were hard at work planning and training in their new space. Meanwhile, our new “Emergency” marquee became the first significant sign to be installed on the exterior of the building!

#OurNewCMH – Week 3 in the Ocean Tower

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Week 3 of training and moving in to our new Community Memorial Hospital Ocean Tower in Ventura was significant, as we prepared for and took part in our first “Day in the Life” training exercise in the new building!

Over 300 staff, physicians, and volunteers gathered for our first “Day in the Life” training event.

Led by our highly specialized transition team, HTS, the “Day in the Life” event gathered over 300 staff, physicians, administrators, and volunteers for a full activation of the new building. The day kicked off with breakfast and a morning briefing in a large tent just off the new Ocean Tower Cafe Terrace, before moving into the new hospital for a number of training scenarios in patient care and support areas throughout the facility. These scenarios were designed to familiarize our staff and physicians with their new departments, test some policies and procedures, and identify potential challenges. “Issues Recorders” were present in every scenario to help document the challenges encountered and questions raised by the team members participating in the exercise.

Clinical teams and support departments had a chance to familiarize themselves with their new areas and activate new procedures.

Staff and physicians practiced treating volunteer “patients” who presented with a variety of symptoms and conditions, while members of our Environmental Services, Transport, Hospital Admissions, Nutrition Services, and Information Technology teams activated their areas and practiced providing support to the clinical teams. Our Electrophysiology team, Imaging team, Stat Lab, and Surgical teams also took part in important scenarios in their areas.

We have a few more “Day in the Life” events scheduled before we open to patients and the public this winter. We want to send a huge THANK YOU out to everyone who volunteered their time for this first training exercise – we couldn’t have done it without you!

#OurNewCMH – Week Two in the Ocean Tower

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#OurNewCMH – Week Two in the Ocean Tower

It was an exciting “Week Two” of our move into the new Community Memorial Hospital Ocean Tower! With so much equipment to install, so many staff and physicians to train, and a ton of furniture and other supplies to move in to the building, it was nice to take a bit of a break this week to celebrate everything we’ve accomplished thus far and welcome some of our first visitors from the community into our new hospital!

We had a chance to gather our management team in the new Ocean Tower Cafe dining room to celebrate taking official possession of the new hospital and thank everyone for their dedication and support during the building process. Chef Brian prepared dessert platters for each manager to take back to their departments so ALL our physicians and staff could be part of the celebration!

Woman with baby boy

At just six weeks old, baby Jack is the youngest visitor (so far) to our new Community Memorial Hospital! He and his two older siblings were all born at CMH.

We also hosted a mixer for the Ventura Chamber of Commerce! This event was the first in a series of open houses to showcase YOUR new community hospital. The Chamber mixer included hors d’oeuvres on the Ocean Tower Cafe terrace, comments from Community Memorial Health System President & CEO Gary Wilde, and comprehensive tours of the new hospital! We also welcomed our youngest visitor, baby Jack, to the Ocean Tower!

Group of CMHS Champions

Our CMHS Champions have learned everything there is to know about our new Community Memorial Hospital and are excited to pass their knowledge along to attendees at our community open houses!

As we prepare for a number of events to introduce our new Community Memorial Hospital to our community, we want to acknowledge and Thank our CMHS Champions! This incredible group of volunteers has devoted hours learning the ins and outs of our new hospital so they can provide tours and other support for our opening events. We have some great events in the works, and we wouldn’t be able to do it without them!

We want everyone to come see YOUR new hospital! CLICK HERE for a schedule of upcoming public events, and be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the CMHS NewsBites Blog and LIKE US on Facebook for more behind the scenes access as we continue our move into the new Community Memorial Hospital!

#OurNewCMH – Week One in the Ocean Tower

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#OurNewCMH – Week One in the Ocean Tower

It was a busy first week in our new hospital! One of the first steps in the move-in and training process is to ensure that all of our physicians and staff complete Fire/Life Safety Orientation. This training begins in the Ocean Tower Cafe dining room and makes its way through the hospital, from the 6th floor back down to the 1st floor, highlighting important safety features and points of interest along the way.

Fire/Life Safety training covers evacuation routes, fire extinguisher and alarm locations, and general policies and procedures to keep our staff and our patients safe. Upon completion, each team member received a red badge sticker permitting them to enter the building and take part in additional training.

For many of our staff and physicians, this orientation was their first opportunity to see the inside of our new hospital and the areas in which they’ll be working. Over the next few months, each department will undergo extensive orientation and training in their new areas, and several additional hospital-wide training events known as “Day in the Life” trainings will occur.

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Our New CMH Sneak Peek – Ocean Tower Imaging

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When we built our new Community Memorial Hospital, we built it with the future in mind. Filled with some of the most advanced technology available at any community hospital anywhere, our new facility is equipped to serve our community for decades to come.

Some of the most impressive pieces of equipment are found in our new imaging wing, located on the first floor of the new Ocean Tower. This department features the latest in GE Healthcare imaging, interventional, and monitoring technology, including advanced X Ray, Ultrasound, CT, and MRI machines. Our new Emergency Department also includes state-of-the art imaging technology with dedicated X-Ray and CT rooms available for emergency imaging purposes. We look forward to formalizing our relationship with GE Healthcare as a West Coast Show Site when the new hospital opens this winter.

One of the ways we ensured the longevity of our new CMH was by intentionally reserving empty space in this area for the imaging solutions of the future. These spaces stand ready to house the next wave of radiology tech, and will help ensure that Community Memorial Hospital is always able to offer the best to our patients and our community.

Community Memorial Hospital Begins Move Into New Ocean Tower

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CEO Gary K. Wilde standing in front of the new CMH Ocean Tower

CMHS President & CEO Gary K. Wilde has been given the keys to the new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura.

Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) moved a significant step closer to opening the new Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) when CEO Gary K. Wilde received the keys to the now complete 250 room Ocean Tower located on Brent Street in Ventura. The six-story Ocean Tower is adjacent to the current/old hospital, which is now known as the CMH Mountain Tower.

Now that CMHS has taken official possession of the newly constructed facility, the move-in process will begin. It’s anticipated that the new hospital will open to patients and the public in about four months.

During the next four months, CMHS will install the final pieces of technology and equipment, provide safety training and new process and procedure training to all staff, train physicians on the facility’s new features, stock the building with supplies, and install over 500 pieces of original artwork from local artists.

The new Ocean Tower features 250 all private patient rooms.

“It has been our pleasure to serve this community for over 100 years,” said Gary K. Wilde, Community Memorial Health System President and CEO. “Now we continue this legacy for future generations as we debut the new Community Memorial Hospital.”

With overwhelming community support and a capital campaign that successfully raised over $25 million, CMHS built the new Ocean Tower to meet seismic requirements that the state of California mandated after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, to replace an aging structure built in the 1960s, and to attract the next generation of physicians. The new CMH will better meet today’s needs and expectations for high-quality care and enhanced patient privacy.

The Ocean Tower Emergency Department offers 37 private rooms, as compared to 17 curtained bays in the existing hospital.

The new Ocean Tower fully complies with state seismic codes and will be able to provide critical medical services to the community during emergencies or disasters. To ensure the building is secure and does not move from its foundation during a major earthquake, steel anchors were embedded into a newly created concrete bedrock foundation underground, then encased in a concrete structure and secured to the new hospital, anchoring it to the bedrock.

Features of the Ocean Tower include 250 all private rooms and expanded space in all critical healthcare areas such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Intensive Care/Coronary Care Unit. The Emergency Department has also been significantly expanded and will offer 37 private rooms, compared to 17 curtained bays in the current hospital.

The surgical capacity also increases as the new facility will feature 10 operating suites as well as 5 new heart catheterization laboratories, and an entire floor will be dedicated to the care and well-being of moms, babies, and children.

The expanded CMHS campus includes the new Ocean Tower, the Mountain Tower, Medical Office Building, Coastal Communities Cancer Center, and two parking structures.

The new 8-acre campus is now comprised of the Ocean Tower (inpatient services), Mountain Tower (outpatient services), the medical office building and same-day surgery facility, the Coastal Communities Cancer Center, a new community park and labyrinth, a Healing Garden for patients and their families, and a Respite Garden for staff and visitors. Other new features include an outdoor dining terrace and additional parking in a newly constructed parking structure for the hospital and the public.

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CMHS Honors Major Donors to the New Community Memorial Hospital

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It was an experience both magical and memorable when 260 of Community Memorial Hospital’s major campaign donors gathered to be honored for their generous donations that helped build the new hospital.

The June 28th celebration began with hors d’oeuvres and spirits, served on what will be the new hospital’s outdoor dining terrace. When guests entered the large white event tent adjacent to the new hospital, they seated themselves at farm-style feasting tables decorated with natural greenery and lit by soft overhead lighting that created the casual, warm ambiance of an outdoor farm-to-table dining experience.

Donors enjoyed a farm-to-table dining experience on the grounds of the new Community Memorial Hospital.

After a warm welcome and hospital update from President and CEO Gary Wilde, followed by words of gratitude from Campaign Co-Chair Bill Kearney, the evening’s chef described the various courses, their preparations and seasonings as each was served. The sommelier chosen to select the wines discussed each pairing, helping both wine connoisseurs and neophytes alike thoroughly appreciate the experience.

Guests enjoyed two plated selections, followed by a family-style course featuring delicious short ribs and salmon. For those who still had room, fresh strawberries and petite cupcakes topped with the hospital’s logo in icing, were served for dessert.

Dessert included petite cupcakes topped with the CMHS logo in icing.

The evening’s delights didn’t end with the dessert course, however. There was much joy, laughter, and perhaps a few tears of happiness yet ahead for the attendees. Each donor was offered an opportunity to have their picture taken at the space that will bear their name in the new hospital. Entering the “Ocean Tower,” as the new hospital will be known, donors were immediately drawn to the large area where their names were displayed on marble paper that served as a temporary donor recognition wall. Emotions ran from delight to sentimental as some had their pictures taken pointing to where their names appeared, while others shared how much a deceased loved one would have wanted to be there to see this new hospital become a reality.

Donors visited the spaces that will bear their names in the new hospital. Many dedicated their gifts to loved ones.

Moving on to stand in the area specifically designated by their gift, donors were photographed holding a sign indicating that this space was “A Gift From” with their names inscribed. Several held a photograph of a loved one in whose name the gift had been given as a memorial. Named spaces ranged from entire floors to departments, from patient rooms to operating rooms, and from trees to fountains and gardens. Numerous naming opportunities are still available for anyone wishing to become a donor. Please call the Development Office at 805.667.2885.

Community Memorial Health System is extremely grateful to all its Community Memorial Hospital Campaign donors and to the generous individuals and businesses whose donations of food, beverages, financial and other support made the evening so memorable. These special contributors include: Union Bank, Ventura Rental Party & Events, Ventura Spirits, Mission Avocados, Avo Pacific Oils, Petty Ranch, Houweling’s Group, Underwood Family Farms, Season’s Catering, Lapis Luna, Cafe Ficelle, Simone’s Coffee, and In the Mix Events.

Donors had the opportunity to visit a mock-up donor recognition wall to see where their names will be displayed when the final marble wall is complete.

Welcome to the NEW Community Memorial Hospital 6th Floor

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As we round the final turn and enter the homestretch of construction on the new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, more technology is being installed, more cosmetic work is underway, and more areas of the incredible new facility are nearing completion. The excitement amongst our physicians, staff, donors, and community members is growing, and today, we are proud to invite you in for a sneak peek of our new 6th floor!

Our 5th and 6th floors are identical patient floors, full of natural healing light and breathtaking views of Ventura’s treasured hillsides and expansive beaches. The exposed diagonal piping houses seismic structural components and was intentionally left uncovered to allow the organic light to pour in. Combined, the 5th and 6th floors have 120 large and entirely private rooms, complete with their own bathrooms and showers. These expanded rooms will enhance privacy and comfort, facilitate more peaceful recovery, and allow for more intimate visits with physicians, nurses, family, and friends.

Both floors are made up of an east wing and a west wing – mirror images of each other separated by three visitor-only elevators. Located in the middle of each wing are large central nurses stations, specifically designed to be accessible to guests while also meeting the dynamic needs of our staff and physicians. Eco-friendly finishes such as recycled glass counter tops and flooring made of organic materials are also found throughout the 5th and 6th floors.

If you’d like to see it in person, please join us on an upcoming construction tour. Reserve your spot by contacting Tinette Hood (thood@cmhshealth.org) or Lindsey Dunn (ldunn@cmhshealth.org).