February 2012   
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CMH Helps Businesses During Construction of New Hospital 


CMH neighborhood postcardWhile construction continues on the new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, Community Memorial Health System is helping its neighboring businesses by promoting them in the media and to hospital employees, among other outreach efforts.

CMHS wants to encourage people to remember the businesses on Main Street and Loma Vista Road during construction. CMHS has taken out ads in the local media acknowledging the inconveniences due to the construction work and encouraging people to support their local businesses. CMHS also has hosted special construction update meetings for the public, sent informational mailers to area businesses about the meetings and is raising awareness among its employees of the businesses in the area.

The neighborhood program also will include a community bulletin board for merchants and workers.

VCOE Preps Educators and Parents for Common Core
State Standards


Focus on Education Winter 2012Public school educators throughout the state are preparing for some major changes coming in K-12 classrooms, and the Ventura County Office of Education is stepping up to help with the transition.

Called the Common Core State Standards, this new approach redetermines when and how specific educational standards are introduced to students at each grade level. The standards also outline how to better assess a student's progress through improved testing tools.

VCOE has hosted many workshops for school district personnel over the last couple of months to explain what the changes will mean in the classroom and how to pass the information on to teachers and the community. In February, VCOE  devoted its entire issue of its magazine, Focus on Education, to the ins and outs of the CCSS. Focus on Education is distributed three times a year through the Ventura County Star and is available online at www.vcoe.org.

Myra Harrison to Receive Trailblazer Award on March 20


Myra Harrison
Myra Harrison
Women's Economic Ventures is honoring Harrison Industries co-founder Myra Harrison with its Trailblazer Award, to be handed out at its "Empowerment is Priceless" breakfast on March 20. The breakfast, which celebrates WEV's 20 years of creating successful entrepreneurs, will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Sterling Hills Country Club in Camarillo.

The Trailblazer Award is for women in Ventura County who have made a significant contribution with respect to entrepreneurship, mentoring of other women, philanthropy or an overall positive impact on quality of life in the county.

One of 12 children and a direct descendent of a member of the DeAnza party which founded the San Buenaventura Mission, Myra was born Marina Velarde on Feb. 17, 1915 in Ventura. She was a 17-year-old mother when she and her husband, E.J. Harrison, established the Harrison Transfer Company in 1932. That year, E.J. fashioned a truck from several car bodies that he called "chop suey" and began making a modest living by hauling his neighbors' trash to the Ventura dumps for 75 cents a load. Myra helped with the books.

In its first year of business, Harrison Transfer Company had 150 customers. Today, 80 years later, Harrison serves about 90,000 customers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Myra, 97, remains with the company as co-founder, while four generations of Harrison family members are involved in the company's day-to-day operations.

CMH Nurse Earns National
Hospital Hero Award    


Loquintha Rex
Loquintha Rex
Loquintha Rex, a nurse at  Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, has been honored with the Hospital Hero award by the National Health Foundation.

Rex has a doctorate in Nursing and is a nurse practitioner with a focus in diabetes management. She has transformed diabetic care in the Community Memorial Health System to cutting edge proportions and ensures that diabetic patients are cared for safely.

Rex educates nurses, physicians and patients and has an outreach class on diabetes care. She has strengthened the inpatient diabetes management process at CMH and participates with many interdisciplinary and medical staff committees to establish inpatient diabetes protocols. She created the Diabetes Nurse Resource Committee and developed diabetic quick reference binders on all the inpatient units.
Issue: 31
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Email Etiquette 


In business, we can text and call people all we want but emailing remains probably the most popular and common way for business people to communicate and send documents, photos and other files.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when emailing, to help promote clear communication and make everyone feel valuable:  

  • Use the subject line to give the recipient a heads-up about the subject of your email. Leaving the subject line blank may result in your email being ignored.
  • When it comes to replying to the sender only or replying to everyone else included in the email, be careful. Long, unnecessary strings of emails can confuse people so don't send those along unless necessary. And, there might be something down at the bottom of the string that isn't meant for community eyes.
  • Use proper punctuation, grammar and spelling. Save the incomplete sentences and slang for texting with friends.
  • If someone responds quickly, does something for you, or does a good job, shoot them a nice thank-you email. Paying a quick complement can make someone's day and shows class.
  • Always be courteous.
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Community Memorial Hospital
Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE)
Harrison Industries
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