Vol. 14, No. 05 – Dec 2 – Dec 15, 2020 – Ojai News & Events

Ojai Valley Community Hospital is one of only 10 hospitals in California to make the newly compiled list from Becker’s Hospital Review of the “top-rated hospitals for patient experience.”

Using scores from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Becker’s compiled a list of the best hospitals for patient experience in each of the 50 states. Hospitals either received five or four-star ratings based on a list of criteria from patient surveys. Becker’s Hospital Review is a major publication in the healthcare industry. Ojai Valley Community Hospital and the other nine California hospitals on the Becker’s list all received a top five-star rating. Ojai Valley Community Hospital is the only hospital in Ventura County to make the list.

Ojai Valley Community Hospital is a 25-bed acute care hospital with an emergency room, four beds for Intensive Care patients and 21 medical/surgical beds that also can serve patients needing skilled nursing care. The hospital recently opened a new, modern Continuing Care Center (skilled nursing facility) with 75 beds.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the HCAHPS survey is the first national, standardized, and publicly reported survey capturing the perspective of patients with regards to their hospital care.

Patients discharged from hospitals are asked a series of questions on topics including communication with nurses and doctors, the responsiveness of the hospital staff, the cleanliness and quietness of the hospital environment, communication about medicines, discharge information, an overall rating of the hospital, and if patients would recommend the hospital.

The Ojai Valley Museum presents a very special Virtual Annual Meeting with talented guests on the museum’s website, OjaiValleyMuseum.org.

When the Museum couldn’t have their typical Annual Meeting due to the pandemic, they got creative. Luckily for the viewing audience, the Museum has very talented and famous friends.

The twenty-minute video includes a performance by Grammy-nominated singer / songwriter Perla Batalla. A former back-up singer for Leonard Cohen, Batalla’s rendition of his “Anthem” is exquisite. MAD Magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragones shares why he loves Ojai, and our local community museum. Award-winning singer / songwriter Michele Brourman’s jazzy rendition of “You’re Only Old Once” is fun and intimate. The video ends with another upbeat performance as multitalented Jimmy Calire accompanies vocalist J. B. White on piano for “I Get a Kick Out of You” by Cole Porter. Ojai City Council member Bill Weirick shares why the museum is important to the community and Ojai Museum Executive Director Wendy Barker highlights their current exhibition, Insight 20/20: Ojai Studio Artists.

The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Ave, in Ojai, California. Visit online at OjaiValleyMuseum.org for information about exhibitions and events. OjaiHistory.com is filled with historic articles about the valley written over decades by a variety of local authors. You can also find the Ojai Valley Museum on Facebook and Instagram.

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