#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.

#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!

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.

#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.