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    Health Care CEOs Take On Sit-up Challenge to Benefit Behavioral Health Services in Ventura County


    Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center

    OXNARD, CA – April 6, 2021 – St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) welcomes members of the media to attend the CEO Challenge for Behavioral Health.

    WHAT: St. John’s Healthcare Foundation, in partnership with Dignity Health, is raising money to expand access and behavioral health services in Ventura County.

    WHO: Lloyd H. Dean, CEO for CommonSpirit Health, has challenged Darren W. Lee, President and CEO for St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center, to a sit-up challenge in support of behavioral health expansion in Ventura County. The CEOs will compete to see who can do the most sit-ups and raise the most money for behavioral health initiatives in Ventura County!

    WHEN: Wednesday, April 7, 2021, a video recording will be available on the hospital’s Facebook page by 4 p.m. PST.

    WHERE: St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard

    WHY: Behavioral health continues to be a growing health equity problem in the United States, which crosses all socioeconomic boundaries and age groups. One in five adults is living with mental illness, with one in 25 adults experiencing severe or acute mental illnesses.

    National standards for care recommend that a minimum of 50 inpatient mental health beds serve every 100,000 people; currently, Ventura County has only 10 for every 100,000 people. The need to expand access and services is immense.

    About Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center St. John’s Regional Medical Center is a 265-bed acute care, award-winning facility. Serving Ventura County for more than one hundred years, St. John’s is the first and only Certified Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center in Ventura County and a recipient of the American Heart Association’s, Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Designated as a STEMI Receiving Center, St. John’s is highly recognized in the community for excellence in cardiac care. Our Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and our Integrated Breast Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. SJRMC houses a comprehensive Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, providing specialized care to the tiniest patients as well as a Beacon Award-Winning Intensive Care Unit. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities.

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