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    St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH), a Dignity Health hospital, is pleased to share it has received one of the largest gifts from the Esper A. Petersen Foundation. The undisclosed financial gift will go directly to help fund patient programs and services now and in the future.

    The Petersen’s history of giving to SJPVH in Camarillo spans more than a decade. The Foundation has been a principal contributor to several hospital projects, including the expansion and modernization of the Emergency Department, the enhancement of cardiovascular services, and the Circle of Dignity Campaign, which helped fund the new 75,000 square foot hospital.

    “The Camarillo community continues to grow and change, and through it all, St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital has been there,” said Esper Petersen III, during the check presentation. “The hospital has maintained a focus on their mission and are a vital part of this community. I am happy to continue my family’s legacy of support for St. John’s Hospitals.”

    In honor of this incredible gift, the hospital’s new lobby is now named the Esper A. Petersen Foundation Welcome Center.

    “We are honored by the Petersen’s generous support and their dedication to helping us continue providing the excellent health care services our community has come to expect and deserves,” stated, Darren Lee, President, and CEO of St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center.

    From left to right: Esper A. Petersen, Esper A. Petersen III, Dr. Ann Sophie Petersen, Martin Petersen, Dr. Leslie Pam

    St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH) is an award-winning hospital in the heart of Camarillo with 50 acute care patient rooms and a 72-bed extended care unit. As a leader in stroke care, SJPVH is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and a recipient of the American Heart Association’s, Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. SJPVH houses Camarillo’s first-ever cardiac catheterization lab and the only hyperbaric medicine unit in western Ventura County. SJPVH’s Emergency Department is accredited as a Level 3 Geriatric Emergency Department and the Intensive Care Unit is a Bronze-Level Beacon Award winner. The SJPVH cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for exceptional expertise and patient-centered care. We are proud to share our growing list of accomplishments, awards, and accolades. These prestigious recognitions are a testament to our dedication to delivering high quality, compassionate health care services to our community. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Learn more at

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