Dr. Richard R. Rush, former president of California State University Channel Islands, has been named the new chair of the Board for Community Memorial Health System. He succeeds Jeffrey Paul, who has served as board chairman since 2015.
Dr. Rush became the first president of CSU Channel Islands in June 2001. As head of the 23rd and newest campus in the California State University system, he hired the faculty and senior administrative staff and oversaw the creation and development of the university’s strategic, academic and physical master plans as well as its budget and financial structure. He retired in 2016.
Before arriving at CSUCI, Dr. Rush spent nine years as president of Minnesota State University, Mankato where he established public-private partnerships that led to the first buildings in the State University system to be constructed using private financing.
Dr. Rush also played a key role in the founding of CSU San Marcos while serving as Vice President in Charge during site selection and program establishment. Subsequently, he served as Executive Vice President with responsibilities for accreditation, academic programs, student affairs, finance and administration, and fundraising.
Community Memorial Health System welcomes Dr. Lamar Bushnell as Chief of Staff at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura and Dr. Helen Petroff as Chief of Staff at Ojai Valley Community Hospital. Their terms run for two years.
Both physicians will serve on the Board of Trustees as their respective hospital’s medical staff representative.
Dr. Bushnell is a cardiovascular surgeon certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a member of the California Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons group. He received his medical degree from the University Of Utah School Of Medicine in 1987, completed his general surgery residency from the University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals in 1992, and his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship in 1995 from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Dr. Petroff has been a family medicine physician at Valley Oak Family Practice in Ojai since 2006.
Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, along with the Centers for Family Health serving various communities within and located in Ventura County, California.