St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital

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St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital
Dignity Health
Geography
Location Camarillo, California, United States
Organization
Care system Private
Hospital type Community
Affiliated university None
Services
Beds 181
History
Founded 1974
Links
Website http://www.dignityhealth.org/pleasantvalley/
Lists Hospitals in California

St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital is a hospital in Camarillo, California, United States, operated by Dignity Health, along with its sister hospital St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, California.[1]

The hospital was founded in 1974 by a group of community leaders and physicians who believed that a hospital was needed in their community. In addition to its 81 acute-care beds, St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital has a 99-bed extended care unit and the only hyperbaric medicine unit in western Ventura County.[2]

Together, St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John's Regional Medical Center represent the largest acute-care health organization in Ventura County. St. John’s hospitals serve all of Ventura County and beyond, including the cities of Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ventura, and Somis.[3]

Darren Lee serves as president and CEO of both St. John’s Pleasant Valley and St. John’s Regional Medical Center.

History[edit]

The hospital opened in July 1974 and was originally named Pleasant Valley Hospital. Located on a 12-acre site nestled near the foothills of Camarillo, the hospital was built with five acres that were donated originally by the Berylwood Investment Company. James P. Lockett designed the facility using a hexagon shape first seen in early Roman architecture.[4]

In 1976, Pleasant Valley Hospital received accreditation from the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAHO).[5] That same year, the hospital reached full occupancy of its 46 beds for the first time since opening.[5]

In 1986, ground breaking began for the new 99-bed skilled nursing facility. The first floor's 49 beds were used for rehabilitation of stroke victims, heart attack victims, and patients on respirators. The second floor's 50 beds were used for long-term care patients.[5]

In 1993, Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo became known as St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital, after it merged with St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. Together, St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital represent the largest acute-care healthcare organization in Ventura County.[6]

In 1997, St. John’s hospitals joined Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) as part of the CHW Central Coast system of hospitals.[5] After the merger of the two hospitals, St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital has undergone significant growth. The hospital has added important technology, including wound treatment and hyperbaric medicine oxygen chambers, as well as the latest in diagnostic imaging equipment.[5]

In 2014, the hospital began construction on an expansion of the tower which will add an additional 50 private patient rooms. The new tower is expected to open in 2016. Renderings of the new facility can be seen online.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CHW Hospitals". Catholic Healthcare West. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "History". Catholic Healthcare West. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Who We Are". Catholic Healthcare West. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.dignityhealth.org/pleasantvalley/about-us/history
  5. ^ a b c d e http://www.dignityhealth.org/pleasantvalley/about-us/history
  6. ^ Davis, Maia (March 9, 1993). "Camarillo: Hospital in Merger Will Be Renamed". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 

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Coordinates: 34°14′35″N 119°01′06″W / 34.243027°N 119.018417°W / 34.243027; -119.018417