VCMC receives approval

VENTURA, Calif. –The Systems of Care Division/California Children’s Services Program has granted full approval to Ventura County Medical Center as a program-approved Congenital Gastrointestinal Disorders Special Care Center and Rheumatology Special Care Center. This clinic joins the Cleft Lip and Palate, Pediatric Pulmonary, and Endocrine and Diabetes multi-disciplinary teams.

The designation means that VCMC has met all of the California Children’s Services standards for gastrointestinal and rheumatology Special Care Centers and demonstrated excellent multi-disciplinary care, including ongoing assessments, plans and documented follow-up for the patients it serves.

“This is a tremendous honor, and a testament to the hard work of so many in our system,” said Dr. Chris Landon, Director of Pediatrics at VCMC. “We are committed, always, to the highest standard of care, and this approval is validation of that. VCMC is dedicated to providing the highest level of pediatric inpatient and outpatient care for the children and families of Ventura County.”

VCMC is a 180-bed hospital, currently undergoing a major renovation, which will include an expanded pediatric unit, and eight-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. It will also become the only hospital in Ventura County to have a Ronald McDonald House on campus when the hospital renovation is complete.

“Our hospital has a rich history of serving the most vulnerable patients in our county,” said hospital CEO Kim Milstien. “This approval from the Department of Health Care Services is further proof that VCMC is the hospital of choice for those needing excellent care for everyone, and certainly for the children in our care.”

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